Remove Conduit Toolbar and search.conduit.com (Uninstall Guide)

Conduit is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will change your browser homepage to and default search engine to search.conduit.com, and install a Conduit toolbar. Conduit Search will display advertisements and sponsored …

Conduit is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will change your browser homepage to and default search engine to search.conduit.com, and install a Conduit toolbar.
[Image: Conduit Search toolbar]

[Image: Conduit Toolbar]

Conduit Search will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries. The Conduit Search infection is used to boost advertising revenue, as in the use of blackhat SEO, to inflate a site’s page ranking in search results.
The Conduit Toolbar it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program.

Conduit Search got on your computer after you have installed a freeware software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this browser hijacker. This browser hijacker is also bundled within the custom installer on many download sites (examples: CNET, Brothersoft or Softonic), so if you have downloaded a software from these websites, chances are that Conduit was installed during the software setup process.
For example, when you install DivX Player, you will also agree to change your browser homepage to and default search engine to search.conduit.com, and install a Conduit toolbar.
[Image: Conduit Apps Search and Toolbar]
However when you uninstall DivX Player from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove Conduit Toolbar and search.conduit.com from your favorite web browser manually.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this browser hijacker. 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 Toolbar and search.conduit.com (Virus Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove Conduit Toolbar 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 Toolbar and search.conduit.com virus from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome
STEP 3: Remove Conduit Toolbar and search.conduit.com browser hijacker from your computer with AdwCleaner
STEP 4: Remove Search.Conduit Toolbar and search.conduit.com virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 5: Double-check for the Conduit Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Conduit, ValueApps, Conduit Toolbar and any other recently installed unknown program from your computer.
    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 Toolbar program from Windows]
    Depending on what program has installed the Conduit Toolbar 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 Toolbar program, you can use Revo Uninstaller to completely remove this unwanted program from your machine.


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

Remove Conduit Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the “Help” sub-menu, then select “Troubleshooting Information“.
    [Image: Firefox Troubleshooting Information]
  2. Click the “Reset Firefox” button in the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page.
    [Image: Reset Firefox to its default settings]
  3. To continue, click on the “Reset Firefox” button in the new confirmation window that opens.
    [Image: Reset Firefox settings button]
  4. 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar and search.conduit.com browser hijacker with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer and browser for Conduit Toolbar 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 Toolbar and search.conduit.com malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the Conduit Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar and search.conduit.com hijacker from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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158 thoughts on “Remove Conduit Toolbar and search.conduit.com (Uninstall Guide)”

  1. We had accidentally downloaded the Conduit toolbar and search engine to our browser (Firefox & Chrome). The Chrome search engine welcomed different malware, marketing websites to our computer. Lots of stuff was unknowingly downloaded on our computer. All Malwarebytes and ADW did was to react, block, and remove the constant assaults and files that were on our computer. The fix? Reset each browser to the default state. Apparently Malware programs couldn’t clean infected searc engine (s) in the browser itself. Simple. Done after a lot of heartache.

  2. Conduit is a rootkit, that digs into your software. It like a real life virus. It is violent. Unpredictable. And caused millions of computers to go coo-coo. What you want to do is, remove any Bing! type of search engines. Use Google or Yahoo! or if not, how about Aol.

  3. Tremendous. My data usage tripled just after I installed a new HP printer – not sure if that was the reason but nothing else had changed. This continued for just over a month and nothing I did remedied the situation. I then used the fix for Chrome mentioned here and the problem was solved. Over the last four days since the fix my usage is even lower than it was before the increase – I’m only using 50% of what I previously used before the increase. Thanks a million.

  4. Super product but has not completely solved my problem (I cannot open Chrome) – I was told to try AdwCleaner – I noted that the product did not appear to complete the task – on the graphic display it did about 95% then appeared to freeze – would appreciate your comments. Thanks

  5. Thank you so much. That stupid thing had infected both firefox and chrome and with your easy to follow guide I was able to remove conduit from both. That this is the most annoying thing ever! Thanks for taking the time to make this guide.

  6. I doubted that this was “legit” because of no negative replies,but I stand corrected! Thank You!

  7. Perfect. Thank you for your work. You’re way better than the billionaires who run Microsoft and Google. Much appreciated.

  8. Thank you very much!!!! Your advice was spot on and appears to have removed all of the malware.
    Keep up the great work.

  9. On the 8th day, the Lord created Stelian Pilici. Everything that happened after that is just epilogue.

    THANK YOU A TON, Mr. Pilici!!!!

  10. Awesome. Thank you so much. took an hour but well worth it. Amazing, the tentacles that sucker has.

  11. Tried a number of methods, to get rid of search.conduit.com malware. His method worked first time, did not need final product to get rid of it, just malwarebytes, which I always use.

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Many thanks…twice over! (first time my bad, second time my “better half.”) Felt so dirty with that stinking conduit lurking in my space!

  13. This was very helpful. make sure you follow each step which is time consuming but very important. Thank you!

  14. OMG THIS WAS AMAZING! I had done up to Step 3 already, but no other sites were suggesting Steps 4 and 5 and conduit was STILL on my comp! The anti-malware software and the hitman scan did the trick! Hitman even found 25 more threats that the others didn’t and I was able to remove them super easily with the free trial activation. I HIGHLY recommend using these steps if nothing else is working. I’m now conduit FREE :D Thank you thank you thank you!

  15. Awesome – I accidentally checked accept to this piece of c**p and couldn’t find a way of getting rid of it, until now! Thank you :)

  16. I am so thankful for this. I was seconds away from performing some percussive maintenance on my laptop when I found this guide. It was totally free and easy to follow. Thanks from one happy guy and his malware free computer?

  17. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

    This was about my third time accidentally downloading Conduit. The previous times I have somehow deleted it by messing around in my files and sheer luck, but this time it was harder to find. I followed your incredibly easy steps and it was gone! I am definitely going to recommend this to anyone that has this problem.

  18. All I can say like everybody else is Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I learned a lot here and will not let a monster like this invade my computer again!

  19. Use the ADWcleaner and it removed the conduit toolbar…thanks…it was literally driving me crazy…you’re a lifesaver!

  20. You are a life saver. My Office 2013 had also been corrupted. Your guide has helped me restore my computer back to life. Thank you.
    I will post your link in CNET comments for Free Scan to PDF download that infected my machine.

  21. Thank you so much! My Google Chrome has gone back to normal. You also helped me remove ads by Savingsbull! :D You are a lifesaver!

  22. Thank you…this worked and only took about 15 minutes. Wow i trully thought i would have to get a new laptop….i thought it was a virus that could not be removed….now i can woooo
    saaaahhh…

  23. Thank you for helping me fix this maddening menace! Awesome! Now I can stop pestering my son to help me… I fixed it myself (with your help, of course) ;-)

  24. Well done! I was on line chatting from some guy from Bullguard, and he wasn’t of any descent help. While chatting I fixed it with your stuff. Grtz from Belgium

  25. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!! You saved my Chrome! I got this thing from CNET download manager yesterday, when I downloaded a free FLAC to MP3 converter. Beware of CNET!!!

  26. I just want to thank you so much for this page! It 100% helped me out and fixed all my problems stupid conduit!!! The only problem that I had at all was fixing my proxy settings after running all 3 programs. But that seriously took me 2 seconds to fix.

    FOLLOW THIS STEP BY STEP AND IT WILL WORK

  27. Very helpful. I had the search.conduit malware and after numerous attempts to remove it, this finally got rid of it. Thanks.

  28. Thank you! I’m not familiar with chrome and could not get that bar off. I was in the right area but without your tips I wouldn’t have been able to delete it. Thanks again!

  29. great – clear and effective – i now retire to bed (its after midnight) much less anxious
    thanks very much Stelian

  30. It’s ok! Made it at last! I deleted the uTorrentControl2 from Mozilla’s add-ons and everything is back to normal now.

  31. WOW, amazing how you could guide a computer dummy that has anxiety when faced with computer viruses and the like! Your instructions were simple, to the point and best of all full of supporting images, I am a visual learner and this REALLY keeps me on track. Thanks a million, I will spread the word to my fellow computer illiterates! You are so very appreciated! Leona

  32. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS … I have no Idea what I’m doing & I followed all the steps . Nothing was found when I ran the Adw Cleaner or the hitman pro so I ran the CC Cleaner since that is what you told others to do. It found and fixed 168 issues , I have no clue what that means? Is it gone now? Is my computer safe ? passwords ? banking ? Please help

  33. Thanks to your easy to follow instructions managed to remove this conduit pain. I am very grateful to you.

  34. Finally got condushit off out of my Chrome & IE browsers – didn’t do adwCleaner or HitmanPro – been working on this for 3 months – Thanks

  35. Hello Ann,
    Lets try to remove this infection:
    STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner
    1. Download AdwCleaner from here: http://general-changelog-team.fr/fr/downloads/finish/20-outils-de-xplode/2-adwcleaner

    2.Close all open programs and internet browsers.

    3.Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.

    4.Click on Clean button. Your computer should restart.

    STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

    1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

    2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

    3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

    Next, please run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and HitmanPro as see in this guide.
    Stay safe!

  36. Hello!

    Hi manaully removed conduit and ran CCleaner and Malwarebytes. Yet everytime I open a new chrome window Conduit search appears… ~.~ I also changed all the settings in chrome yet it still appears.

  37. Hello Diana,
    Lets try to remove this infection:
    STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner
    1. Download AdwCleaner from here: http://general-changelog-team.fr/fr/downloads/finish/20-outils-de-xplode/2-adwcleaner

    2.Close all open programs and internet browsers.

    3.Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.

    4.Click on Clean button. Your computer should restart.

    STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

    1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

    2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

    3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

    Next, please run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and HitmanPro as see in this guide.
    Stay safe!

  38. Did it today/ Saved my life, thanks very much, only needed to use up to Step 3, but if the nasty little bugger appears again I will nuke it with steps 4 and 5. I picked it up from a utorrent update, so won’t be using that again.I also found when trying to remove in using Windows uninstall it keep saying it was in progress, and then needed to access the internet.

  39. Followed your instructions, I have my home page back, without that annoying tool bar and extras. Thank you.

  40. your instructions are so simple and straightforward yet totally effective. my profuse thanks to you!

  41. Thank you so much this page is so easy to use and help me get rid of that annoying conduit thing i hated it. I give your page 100 STARS!!

  42. Thank you SO much! I was very frustrated that even when I installed every program that was installed on my computer in the last week that I was still getting the conduit/white smoke search engine pop up….but after following your steps it no longer appears.

    Question though, do I still need to run a malware scan? And how come AVG didn’t pick up on the fact that I had this malware?

  43. OMG you have done a ton of people a favour. I can’t explain how happy I am. Thank you very much! <3

  44. Hello Rayko,
    Lets try to remove this infection:
    STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner
    1. Download AdwCleaner from here: http://general-changelog-team.fr/fr/downloads/finish/20-outils-de-xplode/2-adwcleaner

    2.Close all open programs and internet browsers.

    3.Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.

    4.Click on Delete, then confirm each time with Ok.

    STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

    1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

    2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

    3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

    Next, please run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and HitmanPro as see in this guide.
    Stay safe!

  45. Hello,
    Lets try to remove this infection:
    STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner
    1. Download AdwCleaner from here: http://general-changelog-team.fr/fr/downloads/finish/20-outils-de-xplode/2-adwcleaner

    2.Close all open programs and internet browsers.

    3.Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.

    4.Click on Delete, then confirm each time with Ok.

    STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

    1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

    2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

    3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

    Stay safe!

  46. THANK YOU so much for this!!!! Conduit is horrible and your instructions were so easy and detailed perfectly to get rid of all of it. You are a lifesaver.

  47. 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!

  48. Thanks for your posts. However, after doing everything twice I still get this message twice as I boot up:
    “There was a problem starting C:Program Files(x86)ConduitpluginsTBVerifier.dll
    The specified module could not be found.
    Any suggestions?

  49. Hello,
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware installed does not contain any kind of additional software in its installer. Most like, Leah is referring to another program.

    Stay safe!

  50. thanks for your guide, Stelian. Also, adwcleaner did an amazing job to get rid of all conduit crap! thank you.

  51. AdwCleaner did the job getting rid of Conduit ! I can’t thank you enough Stelian .. thank you so much !!!!

  52. Thank you very much for the help. I was getting pissed off seeing all of this Conduit bullshit everywhere. Ironically, I started getting a bunch of stuff like this on my computer when I downloaded a free computer cleaner.

  53. I used your instructions minutes after I discovered the conduit problem, and did not find any malaware, but need that peace of mind. So, thank you!

  54. Hello Barbara,
    HitmanPro and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free are both on-demand scanners, they will not run in Real-Time like your antivirus.
    I recommend that you install this two programs, and perform regular computer scans with them.

    Stay safe!

  55. Hi Stelian!

    I already have McAfee Security Scan Plus installed on my computer. Should I also install Malwarebytes and Hitman, as well? And if you recommend this procedure, should I delete Malwarebytes and Hitman after scanning? Thank you! Barbara

  56. Hello Mary,
    Lets try to remove this infection:
    STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner

    Please run AdwCleaner (as seen on STEP 3) to remove this infection!

    STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

    1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

    2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

    3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

    Please post both logs in here, and also let me know how is your computer running!
    Good luck!

  57. Thank so you so much. Tried to use other sites to help me with this problem and it wasn’t enough for getting rid of conduit on IE. It was the resetting of the Internet Explorer settings (including personal settings) that finally did it.

  58. Wow! After trying everything under the sun (two or three times), I found this page, followed your instructions to the letter and it worked perfectly! What a huge relief to finally open Google Chrome and not have the tag along vgrabber/conduit toolbar. Thank you!

  59. Bless your heart! Just mentioning Brothersoft was the last piece of the puzzle I needed to get the final bits of this nasty challenge. I felt like it was tormenting me because I could not find the last tag that kept reinstalling the darn thing. Kudos for sharing with us, well done! Will certainly share. Thanks, TJ

  60. OMG THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!! I do wish I could donate SOMETHING but I am not able to at this time. In return I intend on recommending this site to anyone I come in contact with, with the same type of problem forEVER! And I’m sure someone I tell will hook you up. THANK YOU AGAIN SOOO MUCH!! You give AWESOME instructions, a 2 year old can follow them. I love when wealthy people share their wealth! (In your case your wealth is your knowledge.) Take Care!

  61. Thanks a lot finally no conduit search engine anymore, not sure about step 4 onward cause I have Norton antivirus

  62. OMG!!!! I can’t THANKYOU enough!!! Not only did your instructions uninstall conduit but so much more that I had been looking to unistall! It looks like the “bing toolbar” is finally gone also! The main reason I went on your site is because as of two days ago, I lost access to my ‘history’ by installing something (can’t remember lol). I’ll be passing the word around to all the sites I’ve been visiting to see how to uninstall Conduit and Bing….
    AGAIN…THANKYOU SO VERY MUCH!!!
    Joanne B.

  63. Thank you so much for the help of removing this Conduit on my computer. I uninstalled programs that were associated with the program but it had taken my Google Chrome and IE over. It’s wonderful to have them back as they were! Many thanks to you for the help!

  64. Thanks!!! I agree with above poster it was solo annoying and a little frightening how I couldn’t change the setting. Your directions were eddy to follow :)

  65. You’re a legend!! With a brilliant knowledge of how to wipe the most annoying conduit off my laptop,

    Thanks a million fella!!!

  66. Thank you! I was feeling that my personal space had been invaded by Conduit. Your suggestions and directions worked and now I am free of that annoying toolbar forever!

  67. Thank you soooooo much! Having Conduit on my computer was harmless, yet irritating. I’m glad to have my web browser back in its original format :)

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