How to remove Conduit Search (Virus Removal Guide)

Conduit Search is a browser hikacker program that has changed your browser homepage to search.conduit.com and default search engine to bing.com.
Apart from this unwanted changes, Conduit Search will add a toolbar on your browser and whenever your are doing a search, it will display on the first search results their own ads.
[Image: Conduit Apps Search and Toolbar]
Conduit Search got on your computer after you have installed another program that had bundled in their installer the Conduit Search toolbar.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this Conduit Search. Be very careful what you agree to install. Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

How to remove Conduit Search and search.conduit.com (Virus Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove Conduit Search and search.conduit.com from your Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Uninstall Search Protect by Conduit program from your computer
STEP 2: Remove Conduit Search and search.conduit.com virus from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome
STEP 3: Remove Conduit Search and search.conduit.com browser hijacker from your computer with AdwCleaner
STEP 4: Remove Search.Conduit Search and search.conduit.com virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 5: Double-check for the Conduit Search and search.conduit.com infection with HitmanPro

STEP 1: Uninstall Search Protect by Conduit program from your computer

In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer.

  1. To uninstall the malicious program responsible for the Conduit Search and search.conduit.com redirect from Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, click the Start button, then click on the Control Panel menu option.
    [Image: Control Panel in Windows Start Menu]
    If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel” .Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there.
    [Image: Control Panel in Windows 8]
  2. When the Control Panel window opens click on the Uninstall a program option under Programs category. This option is shown by the arrow in the image below. If you are using the Classic View of the Control Panel, then you would double-click on the Programs and Features icon instead.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  3. When the Programs and Features or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall Search Protect by Client Connect LTD, ValueApps, Conduit Toolbar and any other program from Conduit, Aztec Media or Spigot.
    To view the most recently installed programs, you can click on the “Installed On” column to sort your program by the installation date. Scroll though the list, and uninstall any unwanted or unknown programs.
    [Image: Uninstall Conduit Search program from Windows]
    Depending on what program has installed the Conduit Search and search.conduit.com infection, the above program may have a different name or not be installed on your computer. If you cannot find any unwanted or unknown programs on your machine, then you can proceed with the next step.

If you are having issues while trying to uninstall the Conduit Search program, you can use Revo Uninstaller to completely remove this unwanted program from your machine.


STEP 2: Remove Conduit Search and search.conduit.com virus from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

Remove Conduit Search and search.conduit.com virus from Internet Explorer

You can reset Internet Explorer settings to return them to the state they were in when Internet Explorer was first installed on your PC.

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the “gear icon[Image: icongear.jpg] in the upper right part of your browser, then click again on Internet Options.
    [Image: Internet Options in Internet Explorer]
  2. In the “Internet Options” dialog box, click on the “Advanced” tab, then click on the “Reset” button.
    [Image: Reset Internet Explorer]
  3. In the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” section, select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click on “Reset” button.
    [Image: Reset Internet Explorer to its default settings]
  4. When Internet Explorer has completed its task, click on the “Close” button in the confirmation dialogue box. You will now  need to close your browser, and then you can open Internet Explorer again.
    [Image Reset Internet Explorer settings]

Remove Conduit Search and search.conduit.com virus from Mozilla Firefox

If you’re having problems with Firefox, resetting it can help. The reset feature fixes many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill information, browsing history and open tabs.

  1. In the upper-right corner of the Firefox window, click the Firefox menu button ([Image: Firefox Menu button]), the click on the “Help” ([Image: Firefox Help button]) button.
    [Image: Click on the Menu button then Help]
  2. From the Help menu, choose Troubleshooting Information.
    [Image: Troubleshooting Information in Firefox]
  3. Click the “Reset Firefox” button in the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page.
    [Image: Reset Firefox to its default settings]
  4. To continue, click on the “Reset Firefox” button in the new confirmation window that opens.
    [Image: Click on the Reset Firefox button]
  5. Firefox will close itself and will revert to its default settings. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click on the “Finish“.

Note: Your old Firefox profile will be placed on your desktop in a folder named “Old Firefox Data“. If the reset didn’t fix your problem you can restore some of the information not saved by copying files to the new profile that was created. If you don’t need this folder any longer, you should delete it as it contains sensitive information.

Remove Conduit Search and search.conduit.com virus from Google Chrome

  1. Click on Chrome’s main menu button, represented by three horizontal lines ([Image: Chrome's main menu button]) .When the drop-down menu appears, select the option labeled Settings.
    [Image: Click on Settings button]
  2. Chrome’s Settings should now be displayed in a new tab or window, depending on your configuration. Next, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Show advanced settings link (as seen in the below example).
    [Image: Click on Show advanced settings link]
  3. Chrome’s advanced Settings should now be displayed. Scroll down until the Reset browser settings section is visible, as shown in the example below. Next, click on the Reset browser settings button.
    [Image: Click on Reset browser button]
  4. A confirmation dialog should now be displayed, detailing the components that will be restored to their default state should you continue on with the reset process. To complete the restoration process, click on the Reset button.
    [Image: Click on Reset button to restore Chrome to default settings]

STEP 3: Remove Conduit Search and search.conduit.com browser hijacker with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer and browser for Conduit Search and search.conduit.com malicious files that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Icon
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the “Scan” button as shown below.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Scan button
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for the Conduit Search and search.conduit.com malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the Conduit Search and search.conduit.com malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the “Clean” button.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Clean button
  5. AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or data as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the “OK” button.
    AdwCleaner will now delete all detected adware from your computer. When it is done it will display an alert that explains what PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) and Adware are. Please read through this information and then press the “OK” button. You will now be presented with an alert that states AdwCleaner needs to reboot your computer.
    Please click on the “OK” button to allow AdwCleaner reboot your computer.

STEP 4: Remove Conduit Search and search.conduit.com virus from your computer with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free uses industry-leading technology to detect and remove all traces of malware, including worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware, and more.
It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts.

  1. You can download download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the below link.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. Once downloaded, close all programs, then double-click on the icon on your desktop named “mbam-setup-consumer-2.00.xx” to start the installation of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware setup program]
    Picture of User Account Control You may be presented with a User Account Control dialog asking you if you want to run this file. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
  3. When the installation begins, you will see the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard which will guide you through the installation process.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard]
    To install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your machine, keep following the prompts by clicking the “Next” button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Final Setup Screen]
  4. Once installed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program, and that a scan has never been run on your system. To start a system scan you can click on the “Fix Now” button.
    [Image: Click on the Fix Now button to start a scan]
    Alternatively, you can click on the “Scan” tab and select “Threat Scan“, then click on the “Scan Now” button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Threat Scan]
  5. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now check for updates, and if there are any, you will need to click on the “Update Now” button.
    [Image: Click on Update Now to update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware]
  6. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for the Conduit Search and search.conduit.com virus. When Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is scanning it will look like the image below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware while performing a scan]
  7. When the scan has completed, you will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected. To remove the malicious programs that Malwarebytes Anti-malware has found, click on the “Quarantine All” button, and then click on the “Apply Now” button.
    [Image: Remove the malware that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has found]
    Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.
  8. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now quarantine all the malicious files and registry keys that it has found. When removing the files, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot your computer, please allow it to do so.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware while removing viruses]
    After your computer will restart, you should open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and perform another “Threat Scan” scan to verify that there are no remaining threats

STEP 5: Double check for the Conduit Search and search.conduit.com infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti virus software, firewalls, etc.). HitmanPro is designed to work alongside existing security programs without any conflicts. It scans the computer quickly (less than 5 minutes) and does not slow down the computer.

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. Double-click on the file named “HitmanPro.exe” (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or “HitmanPro_x64.exe” (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
    [Image: HitmanPro start-up screen]
    Click on the “Next” button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro setup options]
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for Conduit Search and search.conduit.com malicious files.
    [Image: HitmanPro scanning for malware]
  4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the “Next” button, to remove Conduit Search and search.conduit.com malware.
    [Image: HitmanPro scan results]
  5. Click on the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro Activate Free License]

Your computer should now be free of the Conduit Search and search.conduit.com infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the Premium version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future, and perform regular computer scans with HitmanPro.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Conduit Search and search.conduit.com hijacker from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • Fei

    Thank you.

  • Pixiesrock

    You are an angel sent from computer heaven!! Microsoft wanted $160 to remove this annoyance. Being unemployed that wasn’t in my budget. Thank you for your easy to follow instruction and saving my laptop and my hair

  • fsddsfsg

    THANK YOU!!!

  • nono london

    finally got read of conduit search. what a pain this software has been. tx guys

  • tracy

    I just did this last night and WOW! so far so good! I was sooo happy to find this and have it actually work! Very VERY HELPFUL and I GREATLY APPRECIATE this service. xxoo

  • Cmo

    Thank you , I can’t believe this got by me as safe search pro. It Was all the conduit stuff that showed up after scans amazing .thanx

  • Mich

    thanks a lot, really helped me out

  • gruebz

    thanks so much

  • HeyitsColin

    Fantastic guide man. Really detailed with clear cut instructions. Thank you!

  • steve121

    WOW!!!!! Worked great!!! I have spent so much time trying to figure out how to get rid of this on my own, then found this page. Thank you very much for your help. Worked first time. Cheers,Steve121

  • Dorus

    Very detailed and efficient guidlines.
    Maybe it will be useful a blacklist with the most hard-to-get-rid-of crapware, to know what to pay attention for.

  • andrew hagi

    Mersi mult pentru ajutor!

  • Stephen

    Thanks–Removal from Google and Internet Explorer/Bing seems to have worked well!

  • MadDog

    Thanks Much!

  • Vinita Sappington

    I am so thankful I clicked on you! It is working like a charm and I am going to go ahead and get the full pkg upgrade next week. A dummy like me ( around computers ) even understood your Directions. Heartfelt Hug to you :)

  • Shaker

    Thanks somehow not watching what I was doing on a brand new laptop on the day I got it I got this virus :-( this process so far seems to have fixed my problem many thanks

  • James

    I have to say I am rather disappointed that Spybot Search & Destroy did not remove this.( a program I have used for years).

  • chills

    thankyou bro…very helpfull…

  • http://www.ideoma.nl Siem Eikelenboom

    After running ADWCleaner, I also removed 2 malicious entries in the registry to get rid two dll error messages at startup, using regedit at the section:
    HKEY_USERS…SoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun

  • ackvil

    Great job. Made a difficult job easy.

  • T

    Cheers bro, thought I’d never get rid of this crap

  • stupidtonothavepaidattention

    Worked like a charm! Thanks!

  • tcube

    Thank you very much for clear instructions… :D

  • KC

    I never thought I’d get rid of Conduit. I tried everything and had been searching for weeks. I came across this site and ran the Malware bytes scan. Totally worked! I’m so glad I found this.. Thanks

  • GW

    thanks man, worked great!

  • DJ

    You are a savior sir. I’m a really safe surfer and snagged this while getting a java update. Thanks a bunch for what you do. Sharing with my friends for sure!

  • hp

    thank you soooo much. work perfectly.

  • Kooba

    You sir are truly noble and rightful chap! May pixels shine your path!

  • Alpinegardener

    Worked perfectly for me too, thank you so much.

  • MoritzMeister

    Worked perfectly for me. Thanks very much!

  • InHisName

    thank you! worked perfectly.

  • Ididit

    Delete it in Safe Mode. I’m tried everything else & operating in safe mode was the only thing that worked.

  • That’s life.

    Deal with it.

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    Those ### signs are standard for when the tool will clean the profile, and you not need to take any other actions. Are you experiencing any other issues with Firefox?

  • Lore

    Adw cleaner worked excelent for me

  • ICTcurlgirl

    THANK YOU!!! Thank you for this excellent guide. It was very detailed and easy to follow even for someone like me with little experience fixing their own computer issues.

  • Rickston Pinto

    Thanks a lot ,sir! I thought my laptop was gone but I followed your detailed steps and that bugging conduit-thing was GONE! THANKS ALOT!!! it got istalled with a lot of other 3rd party software like mobogenie when I installed some codec. The PUP was gone by step 4, though I continued till step 6. thanks a lot.

  • darkus

    sometimes this thing installs without you even knowing about it

  • Arshey

    I just did Steps 1-3, and it seems to be gone. Is it okay if I don’t do the rest of the steps?

    • Nighty

      You know what they say, it’s better safe than sorry.

  • DufferAT

    This Conduit stuff is bad stuff! Who would think that a browser add-on would kill the performance of the who laptop. I removed Conduit from the Extension settings in Chrome and also did an un-install in Programs & Features. Glad to be rid of it!

  • sharad

    thank you very much it works perfectly

  • Othman

    your a great guy From Romania. Good on you keep up the good work. You are one of the decent Romanian I have known so many. I worked in Romania for almost 2 years. Thanks for your help.

  • Eric

    Hi, my name is Eric. I just need to know if I’m in the clear. I did not preform steps 3- 5. My reason is because it’s late, and I didn’t have the problem with search conduit taking over my browser. If anything, could I repeat steps 1 and 2, and continue all the way to step 5 if it decides to return? I’m no tech, but I’d really like some advice.

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello Eric,
      Usually the first two steps will remove the Conduit redirect, so that is enough!
      I do recommend that one of these days, when you’ll have more free time, to scan with the other tools, nevertheless if you are not being redirected to search.conduit.com you should be fine.

      Go to bed, and have a good night!

      Stay safe!

  • rgasub

    thanks for putting this very clear step by step process of removing Conduit. it took a while but it would have taken me hours more to figure it all out myself. again… many many thanks!

  • Kathryn

    Thank you so much! I could not get this thing off my computer and my computer kept freezing every time I tried to do anything online. Thanks to your steps, it’s gone!

  • Emilio

    Thank you, so much! I didn’t even know I had this until I was looking around my settings for Razer Game booster, seeing what programs to stop while I “boost” :D saw a weird little program on the list, and found this. AdWCleaner also found a few other minor programs and was able to rid me of them! Yeah buddy.
    I always told my girlfriend never to go to those link-trashed pages from Facebook, but she never listens.

  • Val

    worked wonderfully, thanks so much

  • Michael

    Hello: I followed all instructions and I can still see ConduitFloatingPlugin_gibberish when I open up msconfig in the Startup tab – is there any way to remove this?

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello,
      The infection has been removed, however it seems that it left behind a harmless start-up registry key.

      To remove this, we can run Ccleaner:

      1. Download Ccleaner from here: https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard

      2. Install Ccleaner and start this utility, click the Tools icon at left, then click the Startup button.

      3. In the Startup screen, you’ll see a list of all items that have been set to start automatically with Windows.

      4. Select for Conduit, and any other programs that you don’t want to start with Windows, then do one of the following:

      To prevent a program from starting with Windows, select the program entry and click Disable.

      To prevent a program from starting with Windows and to remove it from the auto-start list, select the program entry and click Delete.

      Stay safe!

  • Arcasar

    Conduit. Itself seem to be gone but google chrome still open search.conduit even thought the page never loads. what should i do and thnaks for everything
    Edit : Nvm that the page do load even after cc cleaner even. If any trace of conduit seem to be gone

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    The infection has been removed, however it seems that it left behind a harmless start-up registry key.

    To remove this, we can run Ccleaner:

    1. Download Ccleaner from here: https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard

    2. Install Ccleaner and start this utility, click the Tools icon at left, then click the Startup button.

    3. In the Startup screen, you’ll see a list of all items that have been set to start automatically with Windows.

    4. Select for Conduit, and any other programs that you don’t want to start with Windows, then do one of the following:

    To prevent a program from starting with Windows, select the program entry and click Disable.

    To prevent a program from starting with Windows and to remove it from the auto-start list, select the program entry and click Delete.

    Stay safe!

  • Steve

    Thank you so much! Hitman even removed a Trojan that I didn’t know about.

  • brian

    i would love to thank u this actually works and is not some bs. thx a ton bro

  • Missy

    Thank you so much. I thought that I was going to have to completely restore my computer! Thank you again!!

  • KAT

    Thanks so much… Really helpful!!!!!

  • ImgBurnt

    Conduit installed itself with ImgBurn even though I deselected Conduit during the ImgBurn install setup process.Thanks to your help, I’ve deleted all traces of Conduit. Decided to get rid of ImgBurn as well. Never again.

  • Ophelia hart

    Thanks so much for your help

  • Max

    Many thanks for the help, didn’t know how much my PC was infected. That scared me big time!

  • ann A

    Thank You!!! It worked

  • Der

    I didn’t follow any of these steps, instead I spent 5 hours of running through all the registry keys, looking for any random things that might’ve popped up. I noticed that the conduit files were no longer showing up when I did a general file sweep using the Windows 8 file search engine so i went ahead and uninstalled anything that looked conduit associated, even used the uninstaller that was in the file with the conduit stuff and poof, everything conduit associated is gone. Except 2 months later, i find another file that had conduit written all over it that I had not noticed. I ran the uninstaller on this one too, and it’s gone, and then i go through all the registry keys again just to make sure the fix was permanent. So my nerves are shot and im nervous as hell. Damn you conduit.

  • Colleen

    Thank you.

  • christian

    thank you soo much! it actually works!!

  • Maartje

    THANK YOU!! it came with Doubletwist update for my phone. THey will get a piece of my mind.

  • Rok

    In my case it was hidden under the program “uTorrentControl2″. You just have to uninstall it.

  • GG

    For my computer the program associated with Conduit was something called Babylon. Still managed to remove it so thanks for your instructions but just and FYI for others that it might not be the “brother” program you mentioned so just get rid of anything you don’t recognize

  • Peter Walter

    Re : search . Conduit . Will it do to fully uninstall the browser and re-install ?

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello Peter,
      Did you uninstall “Search protect by conduit” ? What browser are you using?

  • Ed A

    Thanks for taking the time to leave us these clear step by step instructions.

  • sheila

    thank you so much for your help. I am not very computer literate but following all your advice I found that I was able to delete the conduit for good (hopefully). i still have no idea how it came up in the first place, but my internet is working so much quicker now. Once again many thanks.

    • mel

      I got mine because accidentily because I was searching for outdated magzine article download and there was a “click here to download this issue for free” I should have known better. Lesson Learned.

  • leith malcolm

    I have conduit and cannot stand it but cannot see anywhere in my programs – cannot recognise any unwanted programs – I have windows 7

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello Malcom,
      Please uninstall Search protect by conduit, then follow the other steps from the guide….If you can’t find Search protect by conduit, go ahead and proceed with STEP 2, 3 and 4.

  • Derek

    Thank you for saving my computer. I will have to pay more attention to downloads

  • Anon

    Thanks guys, conduit has been a huge pain but this really helped, my startup time has now been quatered, so thanks a lot.

  • adrian canada

    after 2 days of running every removal tool i could find , and finally i got it removed from the deepest parts of my computer. thank you from the bottom of my grateful heart.

  • Louise Thomas

    A thousand hugs – you saved me from completely removing my hard drive! I thought I could NEVER get rid of conduit virus!

  • ketaki

    You are star. Thanks very much. I have interview coming and you know at last moment when I was downloading an ebook and it went all wrong , this malware or CONDUIT has installed. I struggled to get rid of this for 3hrs and finally I found your article and that worked FANTASTICALLY.
    Thanks and keep posted.

  • Rochelle

    Thank you for this info! I am usually really good about not doing anything that would risk my computer for viruses, but I did and conduit took over. I thought I did everything to take it off but it was still showing up as a new tab whenever I opened up Chrome. Your instructions fixed all that for me and ADwCleaner took care of the rest.
    Thank you for taking the time to show us how to do this.

  • Val

    I had already deleted conduit from my chrome settings but it still lingered, thank you for helping me get rid of it.