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:

ValueAppsLoader.dll
tb_Conduit.exe
ValueApps.exe
fogiohohcp.dll
NativeMessagingApp.exe
prxConduitEngine.dll
ToolbarService.exe
prxtbVafm.dll
CltMngSvc.exe
ekneeicf.dll
BackgroundContainer.dll
prxtbFree.dll
VC32Loader.dll
fhgc.dll
pcreg.exe
ConduitInstaller.exe
TBHostSupport_0.dll
SPVC64Loader.dll
uninstall.exe
TBHostSupport.dll
ConduitHelper.exe
prxtbrad0.dll
cltmngui.exe
cltmng.exe
ConduitEngine.dll
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Conduit
tbcore3.dll
APISupport.dll
ieLogic.exe
prxtbuTor.dll
SocialSearchBar_AppToolbarHelper.exe
tbfree.dll
prxtbWin2.dll
PwmNativeMessaging.exe
tbhelper.dll
ConduitCrashHandler.exe
%UserProfile%\AppData\LocalLow\Conduit
TBVerifier.dll
SPVC32Loader.dll
VC64Loader.dll
file.exe
orbiter.dll
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Conduit
tbHot1.dll
TBMessagingHost.exe
tbsoft.dll
SpSetup.exe
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Conduit
%PROGRAMFILES%\Conduit
prxtbInte.dll
UninstallerUI.exe
service.exe
ubitz.exe
NativeMessageHost.exe

Conduit virus DLL's to remove:

tbHot1.dll
tbcore3.dll
fogiohohcp.dll
ValueAppsLoader.dll
ConduitEngine.dll
SPVC64Loader.dll
ekneeicf.dll
prxtbWin2.dll
VC64Loader.dll
tbfree.dll
prxtbrad0.dll
prxConduitEngine.dll
TBVerifier.dll
BackgroundContainer.dll
tbsoft.dll
tbhelper.dll
orbiter.dll
prxtbInte.dll
prxtbVafm.dll
prxtbFree.dll
VC32Loader.dll
SPVC32Loader.dll
prxtbuTor.dll
APISupport.dll
TBHostSupport.dll
TBHostSupport_0.dll
fhgc.dll

Conduit virus processes to kill:

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

Remove Conduit virus registry entries:

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