Value Apps removal guide
What is Value Apps?
Value Apps is a browser add-on created by Conduit Ltd. The software claims to enrich Internet users' web browsing experience by offering deals, coupons, and related content. It is compatible with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla FireFox. This browser add-on is commonly installed together with Conduit-powered toolbars. Value Apps is a general name, which encompasses the Coupon Buddy and Easytobook.com add-ons. Note that many computer users refer to this plug-in as the Value Apps virus or malware. Although this classification is not strictly accurate, this browser extension is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
Negative associations relating to Value Apps arise since Internet users often inadvertently install Conduit-powered toolbars without their consent (together with free software downloaded from the Internet). Furthermore, these toolbars cause pop-up ads from Value Apps, modify the Internet browser settings (the homepage and default search engine are changed to search.conduit.com), and they can lead to serious privacy and security issues. Value Apps tracks Internet users' personal information including Internet Protocol addresses, visited web pages, and content. Moreover, this add-on monitors the frequency of visits to certain websites and the type of purchases made online. Value Apps is not a computer virus, however, it is a PUP, and thus should be eliminated from your Internet browser/s.
Value Apps forms part of the Conduit-powered toolbars range. If you observe pop-ups from this add-on suggesting that you 'try it now', it is likely that your Internet browser homepage and default search engine have been changed to search.conduit.com If you are unclear as to how the Conduit-powered toolbar was installed on your computer, you should be aware that, today, many popular free software download websites use 'download clients', which offer installation of additional programs together with the freeware you choose to download. Not paying close enough attention during the download and installation process of free software, can result in unwanted redirects or additional program installation. When downloading free programs, ensure that you opt-out of installation of any additional software. If you are forced into installing promoted programs, cancel the download process and attempt to download the selected freeware from another source. To eliminate Value Apps pop-up ads, use the removal guide provided. Browser add-ons created by Conduit include a helper object, which prevents modification of Internet browser settings. When dealing with Conduit toolbars, the first stage is to remove 'Search Protect by conduit'. The following removal guide describes how to remove Value Apps and the Conduit toolbar, which are 'bundled' with the xvidly download manager. This removal guide is effective in the majority of cases when dealing with Value Apps pop-up ads, however, be aware that the names of programs and browser add-ons can vary.
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- What is Value Apps?
- STEP 1. Uninstall "Search Protect by conduit", "Free download manager", "Get Lyrics", "Price Peep", "xVidly", "xvidly1 Toolbar" and "xvidly3 toolbar" applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Value Apps redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Value Apps browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Value Apps homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Value Apps redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Value Apps removal:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for "Search Protect by conduit", "Free download manager", "Get Lyrics", "Price Peep", "xVidly", "xvidly1 Toolbar" and "xvidly3 toolbar". Select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling programs (which cause Value Apps pop-up ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
Value Apps removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Free Download Manager", "Get Lyrics", "PricePeep", "xVidly1 toolbar" and "xvidly3 toolbar", select these entries and click "Remove".
To change your homepage from search.conduit.com to your preferred domain, click on the "gear" 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.
Change default search engine:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Conduit Customized Web Search".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the value apps adware, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Get Lyrics", "New Tab", "xVidly1" and "xvidly3", select each and click on the trash can icon.
Change your homepage from search.conduit.com to your preferred domain. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "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.
Change default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in the "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Conduit" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the value apps adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Free Download Manager plugin", "Get Lyrics", "PricePeep", "xVidly1" and "xVidly3".
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (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.
Change default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "Conduit"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with value apps adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the value apps adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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