Conduit Virus

Also Known As: Search.conduit.com Redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Conduit toolbars - how to eliminate browser redirects to search.conduit.com?

What is Conduit?

The Search.conduit.com website is promoted through various browser toolbars developed by Conduit. Many websites and developers use Conduit-powered toolbars to monetize their incoming web traffic and free software. This service is popular since is simple to create a toolbar with your website's logo and custom features. When computer users installs any Conduit-powered toolbars, their Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome) homepage and default search engine is changed to search.conduit.com This website uses a customized Google search engine, displaying legitimate organic search results, however, if a user clicks on sponsored results, Conduit and their partners shares the revenue.

search.conduit.com redirect

This website is not related to malware or virus infections. In most cases, redirects to this site are a consequence of reckless free software installation - most free software developers bundle their products with toolbars. If computer users do not closely study each software installation window, unwanted browser add-ons such as this are installed on their Internet browsers, followed by redirects and changes to the default search engine. Whilst search.conduit.com is not related to spyware or virus infections, it displays deceptive ads which may lead to installation of additional unwanted browser add-ons or software. Furthermore, clicking ads displayed on the search.conduit.com homepage, may lead to redirecting to online surveys and result in privacy issues. Furthermore, some Conduit-powered toolbars display deceptive offers (driver updates, computer performance improvements, etc.), which may lead to scareware installation.

The Search.conduit.com redirect is a consequence of browser toolbar installation, though it is not technically a virus or malware. If you have willingly installed a Conduit-powered toolbar and are happy using the social network shortcuts, online radio, or other enhancements, you need take no further action. If, however, you have installed one of Conduits toolbars by accident, and wish to eliminate browser redirects to search.conduit.com, use the removal guide provided. You should install browser add-ons with caution, since they slow down your Internet browsers, cause redirect problems, and may lead to installation of other unwanted software. Ensure that you check the list of installed plug-ins and leave only those which you use on a daily basis.

Deceptive free software installer used in Conduit browser hijacker distribution:

conduit browser hijacker installer

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Quick menu:

Search.conduit.com redirect removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

search.conduit.com uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for Conduit Ltd. related entries, select them click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

After uninstalling Conduit powered toolbar(s), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

Search.conduit.com redirect removal from browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

search.conduit.com redirect Internet Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Conduit Ltd. related entries (iWin Toolbar, Rihanna Toolbar, SweetIM Bar Toolbar etc.) and disable them.

To change your homepage from search.conduit.com to your preferred domain, click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.conduit.com redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

search.conduit.com redirect Google Chrome

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate extensions related to Conduit Ltd. Examples: "BrotherSoft Extreme, iWin, Rihanna, SweetIM Bar etc.", select these entries and click on the trash can icon.

To change your homepage from search.conduit.com to your preferred domain, click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over search.conduit.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.conduit.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Search.conduit.com redirect from FireFox:

search.conduit.com redirect Mozilla FireFox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable add-ons related to Conduit Ltd. Examples: "iWin, Rihanna, SweetIM Bar, BrotherSoft Extreme etc.".

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove search.conduit.com and enter your preferred domain.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.conduit.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.conduit.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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Alex

Nice blog!
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puzzleddeli

this worked! thank u very much!

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