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Danger level 6
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Slow internet connection
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

If your default search engine has been changed for, check whether you have recently installed any Conduit toolbar. This search engine is known to be used as a component by browser extensions from the Conduit family. Generally, these extensions may modify your default home page and search engine to, but as of late they have been noticed to be using as well. You can remove from your computer manually, but it would be for the best to scan the system with a reliable computer security application as well, because there might be other unwanted applications installed on your PC as well.

It should be pointed out that is not a genuine browser hijacker. Browser hijackers enter the system surreptitiously and then modify your browser settings without your permission. In case of, you are usually asked whether you want your browser settings changed or not. For example, when it arrives with BT syndication 7 Toolbar or Tuto4pc SP Toolbar (both Conduit products), the option that enables the application to modify your browser settings is usually not checked. Hence, we can make an assumption that users often just check various options on the installers to go through the setup as fast as possible, without even paying close attention to what is written.

Conduit toolbars may have their own official distribution pages, but users seldom come across them. In fact, they are more often distributed in bundles with freeware applications. For example, is known to be bundled with Brothersoft installers. Thus, if is set as your default home page, chances are that you have installed not only Conduit toolbar, but some other potentially unwanted application as well. cannot do much harm on its own, because it is merely a search engine that makes use of customized Bing page to provide you with search results. Nevertheless, the website is often embedded with various flash advertisements that are your biggest security concern at the moment. The problem is that does not review the content of the advertisements and they are always full of third party content that may prove to be detrimental to your computer security.

You should avoid clicking the ads displayed by, because you could be redirected to unfamiliar and even potentially dangerous websites to increase their web traffic count, to make you participate in various online marketing surveys, or even expose you to potentially malicious cyber threats.

Remove and related applications from your computer and then invest in a powerful antimalware tool that will ensure your PC is protected safeguarded against other future threats. Also, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions on the topic.

How to uninstall undesirable applications

Windows 8

  1. Move mouse cursor to the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Click Settings on Charm bar and then select Control Panel.
  3. Under Programs click Uninstall a program.
  4. Highlight any unwanted application and click Uninstall.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program and remove unwanted applications.

Windows XP

  1. Open Start menu and go to Settings.
  2. Click Control Panel and access Add or remove programs.
  3. Uninstall undesirable applications.

Modify browser settings

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+X and go to Internet options.
  2. Change your home page address under General tab and click OK.
  3. Press Alt+X again and select Manage add-ons.
  4. Click Search providers on the left pane.
  5. Set a new default search engines, delete and click Close.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Firefox button and go to Options.
  2. Change home page address under General tab and click OK.
  3. Press Search engine icon on the left of Firefox search box.
  4. Click Manage search engines on drop-down menu.
  5. Remove from the list and click OK.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Mark Open a specific page or set of pages under On Startup.
  3. Click Set pages and change your home page address. Click OK.
  4. Press Manage search engines under Search.
  5. Set a new default search engine, delete and click Done.
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