Written by Tomas Meskauskas
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Vuze Toolbar - how to remove browser redirects to search.conduit.com?
Vuze Toolbar is an Internet browser extension, which adds quick launch icons for social networks, coupon websites, and Vuze Remote access. This browser add-on self-installs together with a popular Bit Torrent client called Vuze, a free and very popular software package used to download torrent files. Alone, this software is legitimate and unrelated to any type of malware or viruses, however, the developers of this program use conduit-powered toolbars to monetize their free software. When installing Vuze, computer users should check each installation window of the program to avoid browser redirects to search.conduit.com Users should uncheck several options within the installation process to avoid the addition of the browser extension.
If you did not uncheck the options during installation, your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox) default homepages will be changed to search.conduit.com, and the same will apply to your default Internet search engine. The search engine displayed is a customized Google search engine, which delivers legitimate organic search results, however, the sponsored results are commonly unrelated to the original search queries. Clicking on these results may lead to installation of malware or unwanted software.
Vuze toolbar does not add any value to users' Internet browsing experience and the redirects to search.conduit.com are made only to monetize incoming web traffic. If your Internet browsers redirect to search.conduit.com, follow the removal guide provided to eliminate this problem. Using conduit-powered toolbars is not safe and not recommended.
Vuze Toolbar removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "Vuze Remote Toolbar" select it and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "Vuze Remote Toolbar" select it and click Remove.
Vuze Toolbar removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Vuze Toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Vuze Toolbar related entries (Vuze Remote Toolbar ) and disable them. To change your homepage from search.conduit.com to your preferred domain: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove search.conduit.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Remove Vuze Toolbar from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Vuze Remote". To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove search.conduit.com and enter your preferred domain.
After uninstalling Vuze Remote Toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Vuze Toolbar distribution:
To avoid installation of Vuze Toolbar be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Vuze Toolbar from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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