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How to Remove the Conduit Virus (Step 1)

Updated on June 30, 2013

What is the Conduit Virus?

The Conduit Virus (shown above), is a piece of malware that redirects your browser to, an internet search engine. There is also a Conduit toolbar that can get installed on your computer. The malware will hijack your browser, and add toolbars and change your default search engine and homepage. It puts files on your computer that can restore it if you try to change these settings back.

How to Remove the Conduit Virus

The steps involved in the removal of the Conduit virus are:

1. Uninstall the search engine and toolbar

2. Restore default internet settings

3. Remove temporary files

4. Run a malware scan (optional)

5. Restart the Computer

Uninstall the search engine and toolbar

Open the control panel by clicking start and then control panel. If the window is organized by category, click "Uninstall a program". If the control panel is organized by icons, click "Programs and Features". Click on the toolbar or search engine. Click uninstall. The installation may take a few minutes depending on your computer speed. It will tell you when it finishes.

Restore Default Internet Settings

The Conduit virus, has changed settings on your internet browser. Now that the virus is uninstalled, let's restore the default settings. If you are using internet explorer, there is a tool that can do this for you. Otherwise you will have to manually change the homepage and default search engine.

If you are using internet explorer, go to the control panel again (accessed through the start menu). Click "Internet Options". Go to the advanced tab. Click "Reset...". It will take you through some prompts to reset everything. Make sure you select "Delete Personal Settings" when asked. Now you can close those windows.

Repair Search Engine

Each search engine is repaired differently. After you have restored Internet Explorer to the default settings, follow the steps below for any and all browsers you may have:

  • Google Chrome

Open your Google Chrome->Wrench Icon > Settings > Manage Search Engines->Remove any unnecessary Search Engines from the list and make a certain search engine you prefer as your default search engine.

  • Mozilla Firefox

Open your Mozilla Firefox->Tools > Search Icon (Magnify Glass, Arrow) > Manage Search Engines->Remove any unnecessary Search Engines from the list and make a certain search engine you prefer as your default search engine.

  • Internet Explorer

Open your Internet Explorer->Tools > Manage Add-ons > Search Providers->Remove any unnecessary Search Engines from the list and make a certain search engine you prefer as your default search engine.

Remove Temporary Files

Temporary files are stored on your computer from using the internet. The Conduit virus can hide in the files and pop back up. The easiest way to delete the files is with a free tool called CCleaner. If you do not want to download anything, or you cannot, check out my tutorial that explains how to do this without CCleaner: Speed Up Your Computer without Downloading Anything. CCleaner is easier to use, does a faster job, and does a more thorough job. It deletes more files from more directories. Download CCleaner.

If you downloaded CCleaner, in the "Cleaner" section, click "Run Cleaner". When it is done running, run it again. After that, go to the "Registry" section and click "Analyze". When it finishes analyzing the registry, click "Run Cleaner". It will ask you if you want to backup the registry. Click "No". Then when it goes through the issues, select to fix all the issues at once.

Run a Malware Scan

This step is optional. If you want to be sure that the virus is gone, or it has come back, run a malware scan. A great anti-malware program is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The program is free. Download Malwarebytes.

Once Malwarebytes is installed, run a full scan. This will clean your computer, and ensure that the virus is gone.

Restart your Computer

To ensure that the changes are permanent, restart the computer.

If That Did Not Work

If that did not work, move on to step 2 of 3. Step 2 can be found here: How to Remove the Conduit Virus (Step 2).

If you would rather try to do it manually, move on to step 3. Step 3 can be found here: How to Remove the Conduit Virus (Step 3).


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      Ed Dormer 4 years ago

      I uninstalled the search engine but forgot to also remove the toolbar

      My default home page is still Conduit

      How do I uninstall the toolbar, have IE 7 browser


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      Phillip Rearick 4 years ago from Powell, Ohio

      Ed Dormer, the easiest way to do this is actually not within the browser. In the search box (windows 7) on the start meny, or the run command (windows xp), type netcpl.cpl. This will open the internet options dialogue box. Click the advanced tab. Click Reset. Click reset again. Tick delete personal settings then it will reset all settings, including the homepage. For more information check out:

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      Nishol 4 years ago

      Delete the reg key folder that has the url in it, found in the below directory:

      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes

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      Erik 3 years ago

      Thank you, this has been helpful.

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      LW 3 years ago

      Just run the system restore. Then restore computer to a previous working restore point.

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      Donna Koenig 3 years ago

      Luckily I was able to get rid of conduit with anti spyware software. I was just on the site looking for the free download for Kindle-PC. There was conduit as a "sponsored link." I contacted Amazon. Hopefully they'll take it off. Be careful.

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      Phillip Rearick 3 years ago from Powell, Ohio

      Thanks for the warning!

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      kkbaggio 3 years ago

      HI there,

      I have this conduit from watching some hockey games online and following the steps above, deleted everything and restore it. Internet back to normal as it got disconnected. But after I switch off the company and on again today, the conduit sucker is back and this time I cannot remove it in Programs and Features, how can that happen???? Help!

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