Conduit virus

Have you located the Conduit virus running on the Windows operating system? The first topic that needs to be addressed when discussing this potential threat is its category. As our researchers have revealed, this is not virus after all, and many computer users believe it to be one due the suspicious activity related to it. When you install Conduit software onto your personal computer you are always presented with an installer asking you to confirm the installation of additionally promoted software, including PasswordBox, TuneUp Utilities, or Conduit search tools. In some cases, these additional programs are set to install onto the PC automatically if you click the unifying Install/Accept button. Needless to say, you should not treat an application as malicious if it does not impose any threats. Despite this, there are a few reasons why we recommend that you remove Conduit related software.

Conduit is a platform which is used to create various different applications. There are hundreds of well-known Conduit Community Toolbars which you may have faced already. Some of them include Nvstech Toolbar, Bitlord Toolbar, Oscar Delta Toolbar and Metacrawler Toolbar. If you install the applications onto your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers without focusing on the presented installation setup, you could be surprised by the additionally installed software. It is quite possible that you will find search.conduit.com set as the default search engine and the home page of all your browsers. Even though the search engine does not look unreliable, we do not recommend running it because it is most likely to route you to various undesirable websites. For example, the search engine could easily route you to google.com/search, which is not risky but certainly undesirable. If you wish to use Google search, you should replace the unreliable search.conduit.com without further hesitation.

In order to have the so-called Conduit virus deleted from the operating Windows system and the affected web browsers, you can either follow manual removal guides below or you can install automatic malware detection and removal software. Without a doubt we advise utilizing authentic security software to delete the unwanted software because this is what will help you keep the operating system protected in the future as well. Note that if you install this software you will still need to delete undesirable search tools, which you can do manually following step 2 in the instructions below.

Step I: Remove Conduit virus from PC

Remove from Windows XP:

  1. Open the Start menu by clicking the Start icon on the Task Bar.
  2. Select Control Panel and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Choose the undesirable application and click Remove.

Remove from Windows Vista/Windows 7:

  1. Click the Start menu icon on the Task Bar and select Control Panel.
  2. Move to Uninstall a program and locate undesirable software.
  3. Right-click the program you wish to delete and select Uninstall.

Remove from Windows 8:

  1. Access the Metro UI menu and right-click on the background.
  2. Select All apps, click Control Panel and then Uninstall a program.
  3. Find the program you wish to delete, right-click and select Uninstall.

Step II: Delete Conduit virus from browsers

Delete from Internet Explorer:

  1. Open the browser and simultaneously tap Alt+T (Tools menu).
  2. Select Manage Add-ons and then click Search Providers.
  3. Select a new search provider, Remove the undesirable one and click Close.
  4. Open the Tools menu again (Alt+T) again and select Internet Options.
  5. Click the General tab and locate the Home Page.
  6. Change/remove the undesirable URL and click OK.

Delete from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open the browser and simultaneously tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Options from the appeared Tools menu.
  3. Click the General tab, change/remove the Home Page and click OK.
  4. Move to the search box on the right and click the search provider icon.
  5. Select Manage Search Engines.
  6. Remove the undesirable search provider and click OK.

Delete from Google Chrome:

  1. Open the browser and simultaneously tap Alt+F.
  2. Select Settings and move to the On Startup section.
  3. Mark Open a specific page or set of pages and click Set pages.
  4. Overwrite/remove the undesirable URL and click OK.
  5. Under Appearance mark Show Home button.
  6. Click Change and repeat step 4.
  7. Under Search click Manage search engines.
  8. Click X on the undesirable search provider to remove it and click Done.
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Danger level 9
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Strange toolbar installed without Your permission
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Annoying Pop-up's

How to manually remove Conduit virus

Files associated with Conduit virus infection:

PwmNativeMessaging.exe
tbsoft.dll
ValueApps.exe
uninstall.exe
ubitz.exe
SPVC32Loader.dll
tbHot1.dll
prxtbrad0.dll
prxtbWin2.dll
SPVC64Loader.dll
NativeMessageHost.exe
tbfree.dll
TBMessagingHost.exe
pcreg.exe
TBVerifier.dll
TBHostSupport.dll
SocialSearchBar_AppToolbarHelper.exe
NativeMessagingApp.exe
TBHostSupport_0.dll
fhgc.dll
ieLogic.exe
UninstallerUI.exe
orbiter.dll
service.exe
APISupport.dll
cltmng.exe
tb_Conduit.exe
%PROGRAMFILES%\Conduit
tbcore3.dll
fogiohohcp.dll
ConduitEngine.dll
ValueAppsLoader.dll
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Conduit
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Conduit
ToolbarService.exe
ConduitInstaller.exe
ConduitCrashHandler.exe
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Conduit
prxConduitEngine.dll
SpSetup.exe
CltMngSvc.exe
BackgroundContainer.dll
prxtbFree.dll
ConduitHelper.exe
prxtbuTor.dll
cltmngui.exe
file.exe
%UserProfile%\AppData\LocalLow\Conduit
ekneeicf.dll

Conduit virus DLL's to remove:

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

Conduit virus processes to kill:

CltMngSvc.exe
SocialSearchBar_AppToolbarHelper.exe
ConduitInstaller.exe
ieLogic.exe
uninstall.exe
PwmNativeMessaging.exe
ValueApps.exe
cltmng.exe
service.exe
cltmngui.exe
SpSetup.exe
ubitz.exe
NativeMessagingApp.exe
ConduitCrashHandler.exe
NativeMessageHost.exe
ConduitHelper.exe
tb_Conduit.exe
pcreg.exe
ToolbarService.exe
UninstallerUI.exe
file.exe
TBMessagingHost.exe

Remove Conduit virus registry entries:

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