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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.

To make sure that Search.Conduit did not invite any unwanted programs into your system, scan your PC with SpyHunter free scanner. Also, invest in a legitimate antimalware program if need be.

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How to manually remove Search.Conduit

Files associated with Search.Conduit infection:

avaxvbxvgx.exe
avaxvyyvyf.exe
uninstall.exe
TBMessagingHost.exe
service.exe
ConduitInstaller.exe
TBHostSupport.dll
avaxvyvax.exe
BackgroundContainer.dll
file.exe
prxConduitEngine.dll
prxtbrad0.dll
SPVC64Loader.dll
SPPD.sys
MlsUI.exe
inventoria.exe
SocialSearchBar_AppToolbarHelper.exe
tbhelper.dll
prxtbSea2.dll
avaavxvyex.exe
prxtbFree.dll
prxtbVafm.dll
pcreg.exe
ConduitHelper.exe
%PROGRAMFILES%\Conduit
tb_Conduit.exe
MLSClient.AutoUpdateService.exe
avayvaxxvae.exe
CltMngSvc.exe
fhgc.dll
ValueAppsLoader.dll
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Conduit
APISupport.dll
ekneeicf.dll
yrhs0nud.sy3.exe
SpSetup.exe
%UserProfile%\AppData\LocalLow\Conduit
SPVC32Loader.dll
TBVerifier.dll
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Conduit
tbsoft.dll
avaxvyyvyd.exe
TBHostSupport_0.dll
ConduitCrashHandler.exe
ieLogic.exe
PwmNativeMessaging.exe
tbHot1.dll
NativeMessageHost.exe
prxtbuTor.dll
avayvaxvaa.exe
ValueApps.exe
prxtbWin2.dll
avayvxvaxc.exe
CltMngSvc.exe
cltmng.exe
avaxvxvcxe.exe
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Conduit
tbfree.dll
tbcore3.dll
UninstallerUI.exe
fogiohohcp.dll
ubitz.exe
ToolbarService.exe
NativeMessagingApp.exe
ConduitEngine.dll
prxtbInte.dll

Search.Conduit DLL's to remove:

prxtbVafm.dll
fhgc.dll
tbsoft.dll
prxtbInte.dll
prxtbuTor.dll
prxConduitEngine.dll
fogiohohcp.dll
TBHostSupport.dll
TBVerifier.dll
tbfree.dll
tbHot1.dll
SPVC64Loader.dll
prxtbFree.dll
ConduitEngine.dll
tbcore3.dll
prxtbSea2.dll
tbhelper.dll
SPVC32Loader.dll
prxtbrad0.dll
ValueAppsLoader.dll
BackgroundContainer.dll
APISupport.dll
ekneeicf.dll
TBHostSupport_0.dll
prxtbWin2.dll

Search.Conduit processes to kill:

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

Remove Search.Conduit registry entries:

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