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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

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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How to manually remove Conduit virus

Files associated with Conduit virus infection:

prxtbrad0.dll
avaxvxvcxe.exe
ctbe.exe
inventoria.exe
MlsUI.exe
TBHostSupport_0.dll
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Conduit
The_Pirate_Bay.exe
prxtbSea2.dll
prxtbWin2.dll
ekneeicf.dll
%UserProfile%\AppData\LocalLow\Conduit
NativeMessageHost.exe
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Conduit
CltMngSvc.exe
TBMessagingHost.exe
UninstallerUI.exe
tbcore3.dll
spch.exe
PluginsWhiteListing.dll
pcreg.exe
PwmNativeMessaging.exe
ChromeInstaller.exe
NativeMessagingApp.exe
TBVerifier.dll
SPVC32Loader.dll
SPVC64Loader.dll
prxtbuTor.dll
tbHot1.dll
ConduitUninstaller.exe
avayvaxxvae.exe
ldrtbAsha.dll
prxtbFree.dll
ubitz.exe
mconduitinstaller.exe
Setup.exe
service.exe
prxConduitEngine.dll
ValueApps.exe
ConduitInstaller.exe
prxtbVafm.dll
ConduitHelper.exe
ieLogic.exe
prxtbInte.dll
file.exe
tbsoft.dll
avaxvyyvyd.exe
tbfree.dll
tb_Conduit.exe
avaavxvyex.exe
SpSetup.exe
ConduitRBCB_e1v0.exe
ldrtbDVDV.dll
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Conduit
avayvxvaxc.exe
ValueAppsLoader.dll
fhgc.dll
stub.exe
avayvaxvaa.exe
ToolbarService.exe
uninstall.exe
yrhs0nud.sy3.exe
tbhelper.dll
avaxvyyvyf.exe
TBHostSupport.dll
avaxvyvax.exe
ConduitCrashHandler.exe
BackgroundContainer.dll
avaxvbxvgx.exe
ConduitEngine.dll
%PROGRAMFILES%\Conduit
SocialSearchBar_AppToolbarHelper.exe
MLSClient.AutoUpdateService.exe
APISupport.dll
fogiohohcp.dll

Conduit virus DLL's to remove:

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

Conduit virus processes to kill:

spch.exe
pcreg.exe
Setup.exe
ChromeInstaller.exe
MLSClient.AutoUpdateService.exe
stub.exe
mconduitinstaller.exe
ValueApps.exe
file.exe
uninstall.exe
CltMngSvc.exe
avaxvyvax.exe
avaxvxvcxe.exe
tb_Conduit.exe
SpSetup.exe
MlsUI.exe
UninstallerUI.exe
ubitz.exe
ToolbarService.exe
ctbe.exe
ConduitRBCB_e1v0.exe
ConduitCrashHandler.exe
avayvxvaxc.exe
ConduitUninstaller.exe
inventoria.exe
avaxvyyvyf.exe
PwmNativeMessaging.exe
TBMessagingHost.exe
NativeMessagingApp.exe
avaxvyyvyd.exe
The_Pirate_Bay.exe
ConduitInstaller.exe
yrhs0nud.sy3.exe
ieLogic.exe
service.exe
SocialSearchBar_AppToolbarHelper.exe
avaxvbxvgx.exe
ConduitHelper.exe
NativeMessageHost.exe
avaavxvyex.exe
avayvaxxvae.exe
avayvaxvaa.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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