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Danger level 6
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application
Common infection symptoms:
  • Will change your homepage
  • Changes background
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Strange toolbar installed without Your permission
  • Annoying Pop-up's Toolbar

Have you downloaded the toolbar onto your personal Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer browsers? Have you discovered that TuneUp Utilities 2013 and Registry Mechanic have been installed alongside? Even though it may appear as if these have been dropped without your authorization, in reality you have an option to either install or cancel them. Even though these tools are set for an automatic installation and you have to un-check some boxes to cancel them, the story is different with Conduit search tools. In most cases, these tools need to be selected manually, which means that if you have rushed through the installation processes, these tools should not have been installed without your knowledge. Either way, we can show you how to remove related search tools.

The suspicious toolbar is also known as or Conduit Community Toolbar. Most users download it from, and Conduit is considered to be a third-party distributor. This is why you need to be familiar with the Privacy Policy that follows the toolbar. Conduit disclaims that the toolbar and search products could be used to collect information related to the browsing habits. It is also revealed that the company is affiliated to third parties who may display advertisements. Please see this statement:

Certain areas of the Website as well as third party websites linked to or accessible from this Website may have different privacy policies and practices. These third parties, and not Conduit, are responsible for the privacy practices of non-Conduit websites, or channels or areas of the Website that are operated by third parties, including but not limited to applications and/or features provided by third parties.

It appears that home page, which you may have chosen during the installation, can display Google Ads. Not all of them can be trusted, which is why you should not click on suspicious ads and install authentic spyware detection/removal software in case schemers tried to intrude.

Without a doubt, using any browser plugins and search tools which may link you to third-party content could be utilized as a security backdoor. Even if you delete toolbar and remove undesirable search tools or secondary software, you still could risk your virtual security. Therefore, we strongly recommend installing authentic security tools with automatic spyware removal capabilities. Of course, if you wish to delete the discussed plugins, you can follow the manual removal instructions below. If you face any issues, make sure to post a comment below.

Remove from the PC

Windows XP:

  1. Open the Start menu, click Control Panel and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Now select all of the programs which you want to delete and click Remove.

Windows Vista and Windows 7:

  1. Click Start, open Control Panel and go to Uninstall a program.
  2. Right-click the one you wish to delete and select Uninstall. Repeat the step for all unwanted programs, including Registry Mechanic and TuneUp Utilities 2013.

Windows 8:

  1. Right-click on the Metro UI start screen, select All apps, open Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
  2. To delete an undesirable application right-click it and select Uninstall.

Remove from the browsers

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open the browser, simultaneously tap Alt+T and select Manage Add-ons.
  2. From the menu on the left select Search Providers.
  3. Set a new default provider and Remove the unwanted one. Click Close.
  4. Now tap Alt+T and select Internet Options.
  5. Click the General tab, change/remove the Home Page and click OK.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Launch Firefox, simultaneously tap Alt+T and click Options.
  2. Now click the General tab, change the Home Page and click OK.
  3. Click the search provider icon on the search box and select Manage Search Engines.
  4. Remove the unwanted provider and click OK.

Google Chrome:

  1. Launch Chrome, simultaneously tap Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Under On Startup mark Open a specific page or set of pages and click Set pages.
  3. Overwrite/remove the unwanted option and click OK.
  4. Under Appearance mark Show Home button and click Change.
  5. Repeat step 3.
  6. Under Search click Manage search engines.
  7. Remove (click X) the unwanted provider and click OK.
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