Search Protect by Conduit

Also Known As: SearchProtect by Conduit or Conduit Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Search Protect by Conduit removal instructions

What is Search Protect?

Search Protect (or SearchProtect) is a potentially unwanted application created by Conduit Ltd. The software modifies users' Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) homepage and default search engine settings by assigning them to search.conduit.com Furthermore, this adware 'protects' these settings by preventing further user-changes to them. Developers of this browser hijacker state that Search Protect is a useful desktop application, which helps to maintain users' selected browser settings. This application, however, adds no real value and is created to redirect Internet users to search.conduit.com and prevent further modification of Internet browser settings by the user.

conduit search protect application

Unwanted redirects to this website are applied in order to generate revenue from users who click deceptive ads or use the dubious Internet search engine presented by this website. Computer users should be aware that, apart from unwanted browser redirects, Search Protect also tracks Internet browsing activity by recording web pages visited, user language, Internet Protocol (IP) address, geographic location, and search queries. The presence of Search Protect by Conduit on your system can lead to malware infections and privacy issues. Therefore, you are advised to eliminate this potentially unwanted desktop application and remove the search.conduit.com browser hijacker.

Search Protect by Conduit adware is similar to other browser hijackers, which modify users' Internet browser settings. Examples include Sweet-page.com, Aartemis.com, Nationzoom.com, and Do-search.com Commonly, Internet users install this browser settings-changing adware when downloading free software. Today, most freeware download websites employ 'download clients' - small programs offering installation of advertised browser plug-ins together with the chosen free program. Not paying close enough attention to the download steps can result in adware infections, thus, when downloading free software, be attentive and opt-out of installation of any advertised browser extensions by clicking the 'decline' button. Computer users who experience browser redirects to search.conduit.com should use this removal guide to eliminate adware from their operating system.

Screenshot of deceptive freeware download clients promoting installation of Search Protect by Conduit:

search protect browser hijacker installer sample 2 Search Protect by Conduit installer

Screenshot of Search Protect by Conduit:

Search Protect by Conduit settings

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Quick menu:

Search Protect by Conduit 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 Protect by Conduit uninstall from Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for "SearchProtect" (publisher - Conduit), select it and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

At time of research, Search Protect by Conduit installed with other potentially unwanted programs: PC Speed Maximizer, MyPC Backup, and Mobogenie. You can safely uninstall these programs.

After uninstalling Search Protect (which causes browser redirects to the search.conduit.com website), 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.

Search Protect by Conduit removal from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Change homepage:

Search Protect by Conduit removal from Internet Explorer homepage settings

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.

Change default search engine:

Search Protect by Conduit removal from Internet Explorer default search engine settings

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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 remove "Conduit Search".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchprotect by conduit or conduit virus, 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:

Change homepage:

Removing Search Protect by Conduit from Google Chrome homepage settings

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.

Change default search engine:

Removing Search Protect by Conduit from Google Chrome default search engine settings

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in the "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Conduit Search" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchprotect by conduit or conduit virus, 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 malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Search Protect by Conduit from Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Conduit".

Change homepage:

Search Protect by Conduit removal from Mozilla Firefox homepage

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.

Change default search engine settings:

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: "search.conduit.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset " to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with searchprotect by conduit or conduit virus 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 searchprotect by conduit or conduit virus from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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removed searchprotect. great guide. thanks mate.