Conduit Virus - How To Remove?

 

Conduit virus, search.conduit.com and Conduit Toolbar are products delivered by the same provider, all falling into the category of browser hijackers. While this software might not be recognised as a computer virus itself (it is distributed with various well-known and reliable products), it performs various malicious actions and thus users tend to get annoyed by it. It might be a struggle for a regular user to get rid of this application, therefore it is definitely unwanted.

We have what it takes to deal with a virus like this. We have already encountered infections like this in the past – both Trovi.com and Trovigo.com are almost identical to Conduit virus, therefore it won’t be much difference to get rid of this one as well. If you are looking for a help to get rid of this browser hijacker, please continue reading this post to the end.

Conduit Toolbar

Get to know Conduit

As described in the publication on Wikipedia, The Conduit toolbar “was an online platform that allowed web publishers to create custom toolbars, web apps, and mobile apps at no cost. It was developed by Conduit Inc. but demerged to Perion Network. Conduit had approximately 260,000 registered publishers who have collectively created content downloaded by more than 250 million end users. Web apps and pieces of content developed through Conduit’s platform can be distributed and exchanged online via the Conduit App Marketplace. Currently, 60 million users consume apps from the marketplace on a daily basis.” That means Conduit is like a tool, accessible by everyone, that can be used to create and publish various toolbars and online applications.

It sounds like a good idea, however, things turned South when this tool was used to develop unwanted software. That’s when a lot of users got sick of this item on their web browsers and decided not to keep it installed. As it turns out, this task can be more complicated than it might look at a first sight.

Basically, if you get hit by a malicious version of Conduit products, a lot of settings on your web browsers will be changed. For instance, your homepage and new tab option will be set to search.conduit.com. That’s a part of the plan, how Conduit is going to make money. All searches submitted to search.conduit.com website are tracked and recorded. This information is being stored and might be transferred to sources affiliated with Conduit virus. Actually, it is very dangerous, as some of your most sensitive information can be transferred to other parties, that might happen to be other cyber criminals, such as hackers or scammers.

Distribution of Conduit infection

We have already mentioned, that this infection is often distributed with well-known instruments. For instance, if you download and installed uTorrent application, by default you will be suggested to install Conduit Toolbar on your web browsers and set search.conduit.com as your homepage. That’s why technically it is not a virus – it is distributed legally and users usually are warned about installation of additional tools. However, due to malicious actions performed on the computer and unwanted consequences, it is still not recommended to keep it installed.

In addition to that, users around the Internet, like this one on the Reddit forum report that they get this infection from downloading and installing various applications from legitimate websites, such as online games and so on. That means you have to be always ready to make some changes during the installation of freeware.

Getting rid of Conduit virus

Luckily, removal of this malware is not that complicated and all bad things regarding the presence of Conduit can be easily fixed. First of all, you should get yourself a reliable anti-malware application. In some cases some cleaner like Ccleaner should be enough, but we recommend to get more powerful and specialised tool for this particular task, such as Reimage or SpyHunter. Either one of these applications should be able to detect and remove this infection in no time. As reported by Tomsguide, Conduit virus can try to block the access to the websites of cyber security tools, thus you might have to use other computer to download it.

However, the job is not over yet. Since Conduit operates as browser hijacker, you will have to fix some settings on your web browsers because anti-malware software can’t do that. First of all, you will have to disable Conduit add-on on your web browser and change homepage and default search engine settings. If you need more in-depth instructions how to do that – scroll down below this article and take a look at our step-by-step Conduit virus removal guide.



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Uninstall Conduit Virus from your computer

How to remove Conduit Toolbar using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Conduit virus install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Conduit Toolbar .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing Conduit virus from your browsers

  Top How To remove Conduit virus from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Conduit Toolbar, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Conduit virus from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Conduit virus related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Conduit virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Conduit virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Conduit virus virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the Conduit Toolbar from the list.

How to remove Conduit virus from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Conduit Toolbar and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Conduit virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Conduit virus from Microsoft Edge:  Top

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Conduit virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Conduit virus from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall Conduit Toolbar and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Conduit virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

Manual removal

 

Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Conduit Toolbar, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.

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About the author

 - Malware researcher
Continuous ads and struggles to browser the Internet due to web-based malware is what really grinds my gears. That’s why my main goal is to fight against malware like adware or web hijackers and provide our readers with efficient solutions in this particular field. Keeping up to date with newest trends in cyber security world is a must nowadays and thus my interest goes way beyond malware infections - IoT security, international cyber wars and hacking outbreaks are under my radar as well.
 
September 21, 2017 06:18, September 21, 2017 06:18
 
   
 

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