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Danger level 6
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Annoying Pop-up's

Search.Conduit

Search.Conduit is a name of a search engine that provides customized search service for Internet users. It is closely related to a number of browser plugins that are developed by Conduit Ltd. It is common to see Search.Conduit being called a "browser hijacker", but this search engine is not related to computer malware. Also, users often complain that their default search engines get changed to Search.Conduit, but that is not exactly true as well. If you want to remove Search.Conduit from your browser, simply scroll down to manual removal instructions below this article.

You are probably wondering how Search.Conduit changes your default home page and default search engine, if it is not a malicious application and yet you do not give your permission to change anything. Well, the truth is that you do. It does not matter where you download a browser plugin that is related to Search.Conduit from. The moment installation process is initiated, you are prompted whether you want to have your search engine and home page changed to search.conduit.com. You can choose to install a browser plugin of choice without having your home page changed. However, a lot of users go through the installation process automatically, without reading the instructions, and thus they end up with the full browser plugin setup, that is rarely to their liking.

So where does Search.Conduit come from? It depends on which browser plugin it is associated with. In general Search.Conduit search engine is packed with each browser toolbar from Conduit family. It includes YA Search Toolbar, Iminent Community Toolbar, Appbaria Toolbar, Z-game Toolbar and many other browser add-ons that can be downloaded at official Conduit homepages that have the ending .ourtoolbar.com. However, that is not the only source for Conduit toolbars. They can also be downloaded from third party websites, bundled with random freeware applications. What is more, Conduit toolbars often come with TuneUp Utilities 2013 which is a free computer optimization application, but our recommendation is to avoid installing this program, because it might slow down your system performance instead of upgrading it.

Therefore, if Search.Conduit is not a computer malware application, why should one remove it? That is so, all the Conduit browser plugins are considered to be potentially unwanted applications. They could be indirectly responsible for malware entering your computer, and the same can be applied to Search.Conduit - if this search engine redirects you to corrupted websites, your system can get compromised. That is the main reason why users are recommended to remove Search.Conduit from their computers.

Manual Search.Conduit Removal

Windows 8

  1. Move mouse cursor to the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Click Settings on Charms bar and go to Control Panel.
  3. Open Uninstall a program and remove browser plugin created by Conduit.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open Start Menu and go to Control Panel.
  2. Click Uninstall a program and remove browser plugin created by Conduit.

Windows XP

  1. Open Start Menu and go to Control Panel.
  2. Select Add or Remove Programs and uninstall a browser plugin created by Conduit.

Restore Browser Settings

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+X and click Internet Options.
  2. Change home page under General tab and click OK.
  3. Press Alt+X again and click Manage add-ons.
  4. Click Search Providers on the left.
  5. Set a new default search engine and remove Search.Conduit from the list.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Firefox button and click Options.
  2. Change home page under General tab and click OK.
  3. Click the search engine icon on the left of Firefox search box (top right corner).
  4. Select Manage search engines and remove Search.conduit. Click OK.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and go to Settings.
  2. Select Open a page or set of pages and click Set pages.
  3. Rewrite home page and click OK.
  4. Select Manage search engines under Search.
  5. Set a new default search engine and remove Search.Conduit from the list. Click Done.

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How to manually remove Search.Conduit

Files associated with Search.Conduit infection:

ConduitCrashHandler.exe
SPVC64Loader.dll
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Conduit
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Conduit
SocialSearchBar_AppToolbarHelper.exe
ToolbarService.exe
prxConduitEngine.dll
fhgc.dll
prxtbuTor.dll
tbHot1.dll
CltMngSvc.exe
ValueAppsLoader.dll
tbhelper.dll
uninstall.exe
PwmNativeMessaging.exe
tb_Conduit.exe
SPVC32Loader.dll
%PROGRAMFILES%\Conduit
avaxvyyvyd.exe
BackgroundContainer.dll
avaxvyvax.exe
NativeMessageHost.exe
avayvaxxvae.exe
prxtbInte.dll
ubitz.exe
avaxvyyvyf.exe
service.exe
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Conduit
pcreg.exe
avayvxvaxc.exe
TBHostSupport_0.dll
prxtbFree.dll
ConduitEngine.dll
ekneeicf.dll
MlsUI.exe
avaxvxvcxe.exe
SpSetup.exe
prxtbrad0.dll
ConduitInstaller.exe
ValueApps.exe
CltMngSvc.exe
cltmng.exe
avaxvbxvgx.exe
MLSClient.AutoUpdateService.exe
prxtbWin2.dll
tbfree.dll
ConduitHelper.exe
NativeMessagingApp.exe
ieLogic.exe
avayvaxvaa.exe
inventoria.exe
%UserProfile%\AppData\LocalLow\Conduit
fogiohohcp.dll
UninstallerUI.exe
APISupport.dll
file.exe
tbsoft.dll
TBVerifier.dll
TBHostSupport.dll
tbcore3.dll
yrhs0nud.sy3.exe
TBMessagingHost.exe
prxtbVafm.dll
avaavxvyex.exe

Search.Conduit DLL's to remove:

prxtbFree.dll
SPVC32Loader.dll
prxtbInte.dll
APISupport.dll
BackgroundContainer.dll
ConduitEngine.dll
prxConduitEngine.dll
ekneeicf.dll
fhgc.dll
ValueAppsLoader.dll
prxtbrad0.dll
prxtbWin2.dll
TBHostSupport_0.dll
tbfree.dll
prxtbVafm.dll
tbHot1.dll
prxtbuTor.dll
TBHostSupport.dll
tbcore3.dll
fogiohohcp.dll
tbsoft.dll
TBVerifier.dll
tbhelper.dll
SPVC64Loader.dll

Search.Conduit processes to kill:

TBMessagingHost.exe
avaxvyyvyf.exe
avayvaxxvae.exe
SocialSearchBar_AppToolbarHelper.exe
tb_Conduit.exe
avaavxvyex.exe
service.exe
ubitz.exe
ieLogic.exe
avaxvyvax.exe
ToolbarService.exe
PwmNativeMessaging.exe
inventoria.exe
CltMngSvc.exe
UninstallerUI.exe
NativeMessageHost.exe
yrhs0nud.sy3.exe
avaxvyyvyd.exe
ConduitHelper.exe
MLSClient.AutoUpdateService.exe
NativeMessagingApp.exe
ValueApps.exe
avaxvxvcxe.exe
avayvaxvaa.exe
ConduitCrashHandler.exe
SpSetup.exe
ConduitInstaller.exe
MlsUI.exe
pcreg.exe
CltMngSvc.exe
cltmng.exe
avayvxvaxc.exe
avaxvbxvgx.exe
file.exe
uninstall.exe

Remove Search.Conduit registry entries:

Software\AppDataLow\Software\ConduitSearchScopes
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{afdbddaa-5d3f-42ee-b79c-185a7020515b}
SoftwareAppDataLowSoftwareConduitSearchScopes
SoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearchScopes{afdbddaa-5d3f-42ee-b79c-185a7020515b}
Software\AppDataLow\Software\Conduit
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