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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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