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Danger level 8
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Changes default search engine
  • Hijacks homepage
  • 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 Search

Conduit Search is a search engine which is bundled together with different versions of the Conduit Community Toolbar. Even though in some cases it is considered to be part of a disruptive browser hijacker, our malware researchers categorize it as a regular browser plugin. This is because the search tool is optional and can be declined when installing browser extensions. In fact, even though sometimes the search tool also known as Trovi Search could be set for automatic installation, in most cases a user needs to select it manually to initiate the installation. Even though the search tool is not highly intrusive, we still recommend that you remove Conduit Search because this is not the most reliable tool either.

You will be provided with an option to install Conduit Search if you choose to download ConnectSo Toolbar, Quizulous Toolbar, Guffins Toolbar, IQmango Toolbar, or any other toolbar created on the Conduit platform. As mentioned before, the additional application is optional, and you do not need to install it if you do not want to. Are you intrigued by the search tool? We strongly advise that you think before installing any unfamiliar applications. If you choose to download Conduit Search, you will have the home page and the search provider of your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers modified. The home page will be changed to search.conduit.com and the default search provider will be changed to the Customized Web Search.

There is no doubt that Conduit Search is affiliated to third parties who can serve online advertisements. Conduit toolbars may track your virtual activity to learn more about your virtual habits and preferences, and this information is highly valuable to the third-party advertisers. Overall, it does not matter if the displayed ads are interesting to you or not, clicking on them could be dangerous, and so it is not advised. We recommend ignoring the ads pushing you to install media player updates, participate in prize giveaways, fill out questionnaires, or trust any other suspicious services. Remember that any ad could be used by schemers to trick you into exposing Windows vulnerabilities.

Even though Conduit Search is not a browser hijacker, virtual security experts recommend that you delete this search provider and employ a more reliable and beneficial option. This search engine has been discovered to display sponsored search results as well as the suspicious banner advertisements. You can use the manual removal instructions below to delete Conduit Search from your Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer browsers. If you wish to remove the toolbar or software bundled with it – use the search box on the right to find an article assisting with the removal of a specific application.

Remove Conduit Search

Remove from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox, simultaneously tap Alt+T and select Options.
  2. Click the General tab on the left and navigate to the Home Page below.
  3. Overwrite/delete the URL of the undesirable search engine and click OK.
  4. Navigate to the top-right corner of the page to the search box.
  5. Click the search provider icon to open a menu and select Manage Search Engines.
  6. Click the undesirable option, select Remove and then OK.

Remove from Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, simultaneously tap Alt+T and select Manage Add-ons.
  2. From the menu on the left select Search Providers and locate the undesirable option.
  3. Choose a new default search engine, Remove the undesirable one and click Close.
  4. Simultaneously tap Alt+T to open the Tools menu again and select Internet Options.
  5. Click the General tab on the left and navigate to the Home Page below.
  6. Overwrite/delete the URL of the undesirable search engine and click OK.

Remove from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome, simultaneously tap Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Go to On Startup, mark Open a specific page or set of pages and click Set pages.
  3. Overwrite/delete the undesirable search provider and click OK.
  4. Go to Appearance and mark Show Home button.
  5. Now click Change and repeat step 3 to delete the undesirable options.
  6. Finally go to Search and click Manage search engines.
  7. Choose a new default search engine, repeat step 3 and click Done.
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How to manually remove Conduit Search

Files associated with Conduit Search infection:

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

Conduit Search DLL's to remove:

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

Conduit Search processes to kill:

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

Remove Conduit Search registry entries:

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