Remove Search Conduit (Chrome/Safari) Sept. 2018 Update


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This page aims to help you remove Search Conduit. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Safari, Firefox , as well as every version of Win and Mac.

Browser ads are something that’s pretty much guaranteed to show on your screen whenever you try to surf the Internet. After all, advertising, in general, and online advertising, in particular, is a very profitable type of business and everybody seeks to earn money through it. However, most ads you encounter on the Internet can either be stopped by an ad-blocker tool or you can simply avoid them by not visiting the sites that have too many such adverts within their pages. The real problem comes when the ads on your screen keep nagging you even when you aren’t currently visiting a site that is known for intrusive ads-generation. There are many users struggling with this issue without realizing that the unwanted ads and page-redirects (as well as potential changes to the homepage and the search engine tool) are coming directly from their Chrome, Firefox, Opera or whatever other browser is the default on on their PC. In such cases, the cause behind the overwhelming generation of advertisements and the potential (and unwanted) changes to the browser have nothing to do with any particular site you might be visiting at the moment and everything to do with a software piece that has silently attached itself to your default browser. In the IT communities, the term used to describe such software elements is browser hijackers. You might have already heard about browser hijacker apps – after all, they seem to be everywhere nowadays and, as we already said, there are many users who are struggling with this particular type of software. Now, while browser hijacker apps are typically not seen as overly dangerous and threatening, they are still a type of software you wouldn’t really want to get on your computer and that you’d be willing to get uninstalled as soon as you learn about its presence on your PC.

This is also where the next issue associated with browser hijacker apps comes from – they are rather difficult to uninstall, especially if you have never before encountered and successfully removed such an app in the past. The problem is that most browser hijacker programs lack built-in uninstallation options which makes it kind of difficult to remove them. This is why, we believe that a lot of you will find the next guide on how to remove the Search Conduit browser hijacker app quite helpful.

Remove Search Conduit

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Search Conduit from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Search Conduit from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Search Conduit from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

Search Conduit

The reason why we have decided to dedicate the current write-up to this particular browser hijacker program has to do with the fact that Search Conduit is currently among the most widespread and also the most irritating forms of browser hijacker that you could possible get installed on your computer. Its ads, page-redirects, pop-ups and banners can not only heavily obstruct your browsing experience but they could also potentially make your computer more exposed to different hazardous threats like Ransomware cryptoviruses, Trojan Horses, Spyware programs and so on. Now, Search Conduit, itself, is not some kind of nasty Trojan Horse or Ransomware infection – it’s still is nothing more than a mere browser hijacker app used for online marketing purposes. However, the uncontrolled nature of its ads streaming is what makes this app even more undesirable. You simply can’t know what waits for you on the other side of a given advert generated by Search Conduit. So, even if this piece of software is not really a malware virus, it is still something that we’d advise you to remove from your computer in order to make your system safer and less likely to get infected by some actual cyber-threat. As we already said, the guide from the current page can help all those of you who have Search Conduit on their machines get rid of the pesky software component and thus make their PC clean once again.

What can get you an browser hijacker?

Normally, you can expect such unwanted apps and programs to get distributed via methods such as spam e-mail campaigns, sketchy and misleading online advertising materials and web requests as well as through the use of different low-quality software downloads and free installers. Generally, in order to keep away from browser hijacker apps like Search Conduit, you should be very cautious with the sites you tend to visit, the sources you use for downloading new software and the messages and the other forms of online content that you normally interact with.

Also, remember that many browser hijacker elements get bundled with different free programs by getting added to their installers. This is why it’s a good idea to always take a look at the advanced setup settings of a given installer so you can see if there are any bundled components and disable the ones you do not think you can trust so that they won’t get installed on your computer alongside the main program.

SUMMARY:

Name Search Conduit
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms A hijacker won’t try to hide itself, it will always try to nag you with its ads, redirects, browser changes and this is how you can detect it.
Distribution Method Mostly through ads, questionable web requests, spam and software bundles.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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