How to remove search conduit from my Internet Explorer

Please help me to remove conduit search engine from my Internet Explorer. Damn it I didn’t install it just came in on its own.
Thank you.

Editor’s Note:
Conduit is a company that is responsible for seach.conduit.com and toolbar. It is not a virus as some perceived it. However, products from this company such as toolbars and search engine may get installed on your computer if you visited a web site that is using the said products. According to Conduit:

“Today, more than 260,000 publishers and 250 million end users in 120 countries are engaging with our tools. (People gasp when they hear these numbers, but that’s because we’ve spent our time accommodating our network rather than the media).”

Below, we provide simple procedure to remove search.conduit and Conduit Toolbar.

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  • How to Remove Search Conduit Toolbar and Add-ons on Internet Explorer

    1. Open Internet Explorer.
    2. On top menu, select Tools. Choose Manage Add-ons from the drop-down list. See the image below for reference.

    Conduit Tools

    3. A new window to manage current add-ons will open. On Add-on Types pane, select Toolbars and Extensions. Look for “Conduit” items on right pane. You cannot delete the toolbar and extensions from this process. But you must disable it to stop working. You may jump to tips below to uninstall the Conduit Toolbar.

    Disable Conduit Toolbar

    4. One at a time, select “Conduit” item and click on Disable button to stop the service.

    How to Remove Conduit Search Provider on Internet Explorer

    1. On the same window, click on Search Providers on Add-on Types pane.
    2. You cannot remove Conduit Web Search if it is on default stage. On right pane, select your desired search engine (Google or Bing) and set it as default. Hover your mouse on the desired service and click on Set as default button.

    Remove Conduit Search

    3. You can now highlight Conduit Web Search. Click on Remove button to delete the service.

    Other Things:

    1. Uninstall Conduit software by going to Control Panel. Click on Uninstall a program. Look for Toolbar or any phrase relevant to Conduit Search. Highlight the program and click the Uninstall button at the top of the screen.
    2. Set Internet Explorer homepage to default by going to Tools menu. On General tab, click on Use default or replace the address with your desired home page URL. Click on Apply to save the settings.

  • 1. Open Firefox
    2. On the address bar, type – about:config in the URL. Press Enter.
    3. You will be warned about Warranty. Click on “I’ll be careful…”
    4. On the Filter dialog box type – search.conduit
    5. It will display all related entries. Right-click on Preferences Name and Reset.

  • THANK YOU FOR THE CORRECT METHOD TO REMOVE THE F***ING IRRITATING CONDUIT SEARCH ENGINE. I THINK IT IS EXTREMELY ARROGANT TO FORCE THEIR PRODUCTS ONTO YOU AND MORE SO DIRECTLY ON YOUR PC. THEY SHOULD BE LABELLED AS MALWARE/VIRUS

  • Thank you for such a clear and fast explanation.

    Regards

  • Thank you for Explanation in the above figures , I used and solve the problem

  • Thank you for Explanation in above figures.

  • By the way in Programs it was called UTorrentToolbar or similar. Sneaky

  • I have followed your instructions but it still defaults to conduit searcg engine when I open internet explorer.

  • Genevieve, maybe it is still set as your default homepage for Internet Explorer. Go to menu on top, select ‘Tools’. Click on Internet Options. On home page settings, type your default home page URL like http : //google.com.
    If that does not fix your issue, please run a virus scan on the computer.

  • yes it comes with uTorrent but disalowing it doesnt help,
    Just look right under the search line theres “conduit.com” and
    “REMOVE” LINKS.
    The 2nd one WORKS men!!!

  • I want to keep the toolbar but remove the ‘Brower Helper’ as it’s described in manage add-ons.
    But, I try to disable it but it diables the toolbar also. How can seperate them.

  • For Firefox, your solution really worked – Thanks. BitTorrent from MajorGeeks.com installed this junk and it really messed things up. Thanks for the solution!

  • I also get really p….d off getting unsolicited rubbish. I want rid of conduit but don’t really understand the instructions on how to. Will have to wait until my “computer man” calls again.

  • I WANT TO DELETE CONDUIT BROWSER COSMY NET MAKES SLOW RUNNING…

  • How do you remove the conduit browser and toolbar from google chrome?
    Many thanks.

  • @M:
    Just the same way. In my case it was called “Internet Turbo”. Seems they obfuscate their malware by renaming it from time to time. So look into settings-tools in Chrome and remove in Windows like described above. (search for “turbo”) .

    BTW: That CRAP came with softonic (BrotherSoft) even though I disabled all of those dozen check boxes.

    This is Malware for sure. Damn Assholes

  • Thankyou. Finally something that works.(sigh)

  • THIS IS HOW TO FIX IT THE MANUAL WAY, NO SOFTWARE, JUST DELETE THE VIRUS FROM YOUR REGISTRY

    I also had this horrible problem. Tried doing it the way described above and it still redirected my homepage. After multiple antivirus programs I decided it must be done manually by deleting it from the registry. Please do not delete anything unless you are sure…Here are the instructions I wrote. Some of the folders may be similar but not exactly the same depending on your operating system. You can always manually search in the registry for the word “conduit” which will help you locate the correct files. See below:

    Run regedit.exe from start menu

    1) Go to the following path
    “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/SearchScopes”
    Delete all subfolders except the toolbars you want (for example Google)

    2) Find the next path and delete the folder called “Conduit”
    HKEY_USERS\ S-1-5-21-4080070291-1956962073-1288106549-1003\Software\Software\Conduit

    3) Finally, go to the last path and make sure you delete the file called “Start Page” that shows the URL for search.conduit after it:

    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-4080070291-1956962073-1288106549-1003\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\

    “Start Page REG_SZ http: //search. conduit.com?SearchSource=10&ctid=CT2415802”

  • Can you remove conduit as my home page pse

  • I appreciate the Editor’s comment that conduit “is not a virus as some percieve it”.
    However, as they say “if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duct, it’s a duck”. No wonder they can claim “250 million end users in 120 countries are engaging with our tools” ….. It’s a VIRUS! They do everyting they can to prevent uninstalling this tool. I followed above instructions without any success. For one thing it doesn’t always call itself “conduit” – this did not appear in my search engine list in France.
    I agree with Tomato – the sooner this c**p is classified as malware the better.

  • Basically i use google chrome but this could give you an idea on any engine. On chrome i went to the extensions, then i saw a small place to click and it said “configure commands”, and in there was a list of search engines my computer used and conduit was in there selected. I simply deleted conduit and the other sites and now my chrome is working back to top notch. Again i know this is for chrome but this is the best solution i have seen.

  • Thank you so much for precise information on how to remove this b*********y annoying toolbar. its great that you were here to help Thank you again

    from Nat

  • I do not want conduit.com on my system. I want my ninemsn.com opening after i connect to the internet not conduit.com.

  • Need to remove conduit.com from system. I want ninemsn to open.

  • I’ve managed to get rid of Conduit, but I want to get my Newtab page back where I had the 8 different selections to choose from (ie the sites I visisted the most).

  • Now, the conduit maniacs have finally given up.
    If you want, they give you an option of remove on the new tabs that are open.

    Click it, and wallah, its all gone. Phew, finally.
    No need for the setting changes.. hope it helps…

  • In the following folder there is an uninstall program
    C:\Program Files (x86)\ConduitEngine\
    run that program and it will remove Conduit Engine leaving a blank folder.

  • in chrome type “about:plugins”
    then disable all entries about conduit
    restart

  • You dont get crappy Conduit malware on Apple.
    Yet one more reason to avoid windows and its viruses.

  • Hey Blue,
    I’ve got Conduit in my mac so they are not safe. I’ve used advice from Kenedy, 30th april and hope it works

  • @freddy and Anthony Benkse, thank-you. Using both bits of advice I removed it from my google chrome.

  • It _is_ a virus.
    It installs behind the scenes and refuses removal.

    I uninstalled it via Control Panel, removed the Extension from Chrome, also reset the home page and the default search provider, but after a reboot, it was back. Now I’m using MBAM ( a _malware_ removal tool) to get rid of it.

  • Just to be sure this pain in the as* search problem as yours, is it called “search here” or “my search results”?
    Does it take over your other search options like Google when u r trying to connect from a web site? Ths has been a damn nightmare! It wont let me connect from one place to another, I would choose a link and instead of the next web page all I get is a blank page of the search page, as if I am starting all over again. HELP!

  • Conduit is nasty. It slows down your computer. Then it stops any browser you have from working. Its a scourge.

    As others here have said, its a virus. You never downloaded it willingly. Delete it immediately.

  • After deleting the toolbar, I couldn’t get rid of Conduit as my homepage (on Google Chrome) – until I realised I had startup (in Settings) set to ‘Continue where I left off’ and that my homepage was going back to Conduit from memory. Also, if you have this set to ‘Open a specific page or set of pages’ Conduit has changed your settings in there too, bless them – but you can delete it with one click. I’ve selected this setting now, and have it set to my old home page – and so far this has fixed the problem.

    Got this scourge from downloading UTorrent from Softonic – don’t go there. UTorrent warns that you should only download their software from their own website I WILL LISTEN TO THEM IN FUTURE.

  • Also, to change your homepage on Chrome, you need to show the Home button (Settings -> Appearances). You’ll find Conduit likes to lurk in there too. Hopefully I’ve gotten rid of it for the last time.

  • top tips mates thanks

  • please dont beleive all that you see (my english is drunkerd???) go to control panel ,delete all proggrams that you have installed that day….making sure that they gone….when restart …make sure it is deletid….if not use system restore….to a date…before yi instal it….then you will be happy

  • i cant help with macs but i sure as hell can do for windows my e-mail add is shown so get in touch

  • Removing the toolbar etc ws easy, but my IE home page still kept resetting to conduit search. Running an uninstall.exe under C:\Program Files (x86)\flv_runner did it for me, although I was quite scared to run another executable. So far seems OK. Almost at same time as this pest got installed, my internet connection became highly unstable. Probably unconnected, but interesting to see what happens over next day or two.

  • thamk you everybody Condiut was really annoying

  • I downloaded Utorrent from their website recently and this happened to me. (Google Chrome way). I got rid of the conduit toolbar(easy to remove). The hardest one to remove was the conduit search engine. I deleted it from the extensions like someone said earlier then it kept reappearing for my homepage in google Chrome after EVERYTHING was deleted. I couldn’t figure out how to get rid of this Bull crap Malware. I finally figured it out…This will clarify the last and final step to saying bye bye to Conduit FOREVER as your homepage! (on google Chrome). http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95314

  • Also like Jason said, “The Conduit search engine hides in the start up (in the settings).” You’ll need to change your ‘Open a specific page or set of pages’ in the settings in google Chrome. It seems to me its the worse to get rid of in Chrome. Conduit is everywhere when you download Utorrent.

  • Use Windows explorer to open the c:\Users directory. Search for “conduit” and delete all the files found.
    Hope this helps.

  • THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH Webmaster !!!! I had tried all of your suggestions, as well as a Restart. Before happening upon this page, my registry check showed nothing of conduit or toolbar. I got fed up. I even did a restore and went through reloading the few legitimate software that were removed in the process. I was checking around to identify whether it was connected to just IE or Microsoft itself because I notice “results by Bing” in the top right hand corner. FINALLY, I came here and seem to have gotten rid of it.

    Now, let’s just hope when I do a complete shut-down tonight it won’t have returned and overridden my MSN homepage. The thing is, this produced results I wasn’t getting before. Thanks again.

  • I don’t want Conduit or inbox.com…..they just got there and I don’t know why

  • You guys Rock thank you for taking that adware off of my computer, I reported them to Google.

  • i cant get rid of the homepage this really pisses me off

  • I consider ANYTHING that I can’t get rid of a virus. It creates problems, slows down processes, installs itself when you don’t want it, and hides its files. Somebody else can call it whatever they want.

  • HOW TO REMOVE THE CONDUIT SEARCHPAGE FROM FIREFOX:

    Eureka! I found a way to do it:

    Go to the folder USERS (which is in your root drive). In it, go to APPDATA or APPLCATIONS. In that, go to ROAMING. Inside that folder, go to EXTENSIONS. Within that folder, you should see many files ending with .XPI . Look for an .XPI file named something lijke add-to-searchpage.xpi or arturo-(something — I forgot the fuill name).xpi. Then RENAME that file so that it has your choice of a gobbledygook extension, such as .XXXXXX, so that it is no longer a .XPI file. You can also delete the file if you want to, but by saving it with this alterened name, you are deactivating it but can reactivate it later, if you want to, by giving it back its correct name.

    Now, load and test your Firefox browser, to see if it still automatically brings up that CONDUIT searchpage that’s been driving you crazy. Hopefully — and at least as I’ve found — that CONDUIT searchpage NO LONGER WILL APPEAR (or exist).

    It only took me LOADS of hours & process-of-elimination detective-work to find this solution; I did NOT find it anywhere on the web, and believe me, I looked.

    So hopefully this solution will work for you too. Good luck!

  • I have already done every single thing you mentioned AND IT’S STILL NOT GONE
    plugins, addons, extensions, search engine preference, uninstall programs
    I even searched my entire hard drive and found other hidden conduit files that I also deleted
    Uninstalled EVERY toolbar listed in programs and it disappeared. For one day.

    Thanks for the instructions and everything, but the fact that you basically explain what conduit is at the top of the article, and make it sound both harmless and desirable is outrageous. Of course businesses use it, they are the premo ad trackers and masters of invasive attachment to your system.

    Once you have it, it is very difficult to get rid of and all the things you list as easy ways to get rid of it are just the BEGINNING of what you need to do to get rid of that ‘influenza’. You can SAY its not a virus, but it makes your computer ‘sick’ so in my opinion (and the opinion of millions of others) it IS a virus – its usually unwanted, it

  • I have already done every single thing you mentioned AND IT’S STILL NOT GONE
    plugins, addons, extensions, search engine preference, uninstall programs
    I even searched my entire hard drive and found other hidden conduit files that I also deleted
    Uninstalled EVERY toolbar listed in programs and it disappeared. For one day.

    Thanks for the instructions and everything, but the fact that you basically explain what conduit is at the top of the article, and make it sound both harmless and desirable is outrageous. Of course businesses use it, they are the premo ad trackers and masters of invasive attachment to your system.

    Once you have it, it is very difficult to get rid of and all the things you list as easy ways to get rid of it are just the BEGINNING of what you need to do to get rid of that ‘influenza’. You can SAY its not a virus, but it makes your computer ‘sick’ so in my opinion (and the opinion of millions of others) it IS a virus – its usually unwanted, it routinely slows or freezes your computer, some versions cause redirect issues as well as the inability to view MANY websites you may commonly visit.

    As a toolbar it’s worthless. If you use it, it uses so much memory and CPU that browsing becomes a nightmare and most of it’s applications are related to SHOPPING. Anything else it offers you can get somewhere else or just use your bookmark bar !!!

    If you have any OTHER bright ideas on how to get this leech off my computer, I would love to hear it.

  • This it’s very help me to remobe search here very profesional and easy tank you very much.

  • Conduit was uninstalled from my computer but reappeared as WiseConvert. Go to
    C Drive/ Programs (x86)/ WiseConvert
    then click uninstall. Its worked so far (30 minutes ago……….)

  • I was using IE 10. I could successfully remove the virus by reset the IE browser. Go to the browser setting -> Internet Options ->Advanced -> Reset

  • after following everyone’s advice, as a final step Jason’s post on Dec 20 did it for me..you have to get onto Settings->appearance-> show home button. There will you find the link secretly directing you to conduit search – those malware pimps, buggers. i hope they go bankrupt

  • Thank you so much for posting this. Not even sure how conduit got onto my ie – very frustrating as it kept changing my default home page and search provider upon exit. Scoured through the net – and this is the only post that worked!! Thanks again!

  • THANKS SO MUCH THIS WORKED THEY ARE CRIMINALS!!!!!

  • If its still on IE…go to internet options…in general tab under home page….change search.conduit to what you had before then click apply….Thats it

  • If its still on IE…go to internet options…in general tab under home page….change search.conduit to what you had before then click apply….Thats it

  • If its still on IE…go to internet options…in general tab under home page….change search.conduit to what you had before then click apply….Thats it

  • Omigod…it totally came with uTorrent and removing the toolbar got rid of it at last! It wouldn’t even let me change the homepage in Internet Explorer. The creators of this search conduit should be held accountable!

  • I applied the method of kenedy Apr 30, 2012 @ 08:15:02 of “How to remove search conduit from my Internet Explorer” and it worked! I have a Macbook Air. Kenedy’s solution procedure says:

    1. Open Firefox
    2. On the address bar, type – about:config in the URL. Press Enter.
    3. You will be warned about Warranty. Click on “I’ll be careful…”
    4. On the Filter dialog box type – search.conduit
    5. It will display all related entries. Right-click on Preferences Name and Reset.

    Jofre

  • Have been trying for past two days to find answers to get rid if this annoying search engine…finally, in the microsoft add/install/uninstall I scanned the list of programs and found conduit at near bottom…I high lighted it and hit uninstall….I went back to browser and conduit was still there…I clicked on google and asked it to make google my home page ( had done this part many times!!), and that was it!! NO MORE CONDUIT!!!!! This was a windows 7

  • shoot the bastard that invented this disease….

  • OH MY GOSH. THANK YOU! I was seriously about to crack my computer in half. I don’t even know where this search.conduit crap came from.

  • I cannot remove the conduit toolbar or homepage setting that has hijacked my pc

  • I have done all of the above and ran anti-malware software and none of it is working!!!!!!

  • thank you so much!!!!! it came out as whitesmoke toolbar though!

  • When I am starting my IE10, onewebsearch.com always open-up. I also tried clearing browsing history and start tabs, but to no avail. What can I do to clearing this kind of mistakes?

  • This website is a disaster for your PC!! I just went to the website from Google and got hit by it’s invasive software. I am a very experienced PC user/tech but this was over my head. Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 did not catch it. I ended up going back to my favorite iolo System Mechanic Pro. I spent the $59.95 for the program and another $299.95 for the one year 3 PC version of pro tech support. It took them from 8:30 PM till 3:00 AM to fix it after having to go to 4th level expert support. The biggest disaster I have ever had since 1990!!!

  • Thank you so much for the instructions on how to uninstall conduit search engine on my internet explorer! That thing was so annoying.

  • @jason thank you it worked!

  • After deleting anything from windows program folders named as ‘conduit’ you still may have work to do. The best and probably surest way to get rid of ‘conduit’ is to click on Internet Options, then go to the ‘Advanced Tab’ then go to “Reset” for Rest Internet Explorer to default. That will cancel whatever homepage you had set up for yourself.

    The computer will ask that you shut down and restart your computer. Do that. Then when it has restarted, the Internet Explorer default home page will come on. Enter into the search engine the homepage you want. Ask for that specific homepage in the toolbar. Then make that your default home page. That should get rid of “Conduit Search Toolbar” and restore your computer to the previous and desired setting. Simple as all that. Good luck.

    Conduit is not really a virus. It is not a rootkit. It is not malware. Just annoying in that it takes over your computer.. And there’s no telling what kind of tracking it does. So getting rid of it is a necessity. But using any of the antivirus or malware programs is of no use.

  • THANKS EVERYONE FOR ALL YOUR HELP. I WENT TO INTERNET OPTIONS TO REMOVE THE BULL….

  • Thank you for your help I did figure out a way, it was as you suggestion. but it still opens on its own, when I open
    Google, or firefox, I have been able to get rid of it from Internet Explorer.

    I do also get so annoyed that these programs come into the computers. especially in with a download you need
    I also am being very cautious when downloading, as they sent these other programs or games that you do not need. I am pleased to see all others that are having trouble.My next step will be to search in programs that are in the computer and find the source,

    Thank you again for your help

    Donna Yule

  • I can’t click the “remove” option for the last step. :(

  • I should not need to download something from microsoft or anyone else to remove a search provider so long as it is not the default provider

    MySearchDial is another one that disables the remove button so I guess i will need to hack the registry again.

    Q: If microsoft is so good with security then how come 80% plus of windows installed on machines are pirate copies.

    A: Bill Gates and his mates at the NSA will let you run windows for free just so long a they can spy on you and this comes from a security expert.

  • Beautiful, worked great for me. Loved the use of pictures, very clear instructions!

  • I WAS SEARCHING FOR A “F R E E ” METHOD TO GET RID OF THE DAMN PEST. BING.. BUT, IT LOOKS LIKE NO ONE EVER HAS A WAY OF DOING ANYTHING LIKE THIS WITHO0UT MAKING A PILE OF
    $ ON IT. SO MUCH FOR THE POOR.

  • Thank you for posting this. I hope the conduit ceo burns in hell.

  • pls help me to remove conduit from my internet

  • It won’t let me press the remove button.

  • Firefox is my browser. I had the same problem that everyone else had. The following worked well for me. It should be easy.
    1- Open Firefox.
    2- In the URL bar type “about:config” and press “Enter”.
    3- A dialog box will come on the screen. Click “I will be careful, I promise”.
    4- This displays all of the loaded Preferences in Firefox. In the Search bar that appears on the screen type “conduit”. This will display all of the Preferences related to conduit .com.
    5- Right click each, one at a time and click “Reset”.
    This will effectively remove “conduit.com from your browser.
    You should then close that page and go to Tools>Options and in the box labeled Home Page” enter your Home page. In the box above that “When Firefox starts” it should say “Enter my Home Page”.

  • The procedures do not work.

    The program cannot be found in ‘programs” via the control panel for uninstall.

    I did absolutely NOTHING that would have resulted in a legitimate install of this annoyance.

    Obviously, the scum at conduit.com went to great lengths to ensure that the program gets installed on and remains on machines where it is not wanted.

    This is malware. period.

    whoever put up this page should stop apologizing for the damn jerks at counduit.com.

  • So I completely wiped my computer, restored it to 6 months ago, did the whole set homepage crap, can’t find conduit in my programs AT ALL…..now what? When I open IE my homepage does come up, but any tab you open after that comes up with some white smoke search provider powered by BING. How the hell do I get rid of this? It’s a nuisance, and I can’t find it anywhere to even delete it. WTF!!??

  • This is the most malicious software I have ever tried to remove. This company should be prosecuted.

  • Kenedy -YOU ARE A ROCK STAR. As you can see it’s 2015 and I’ve tried all sorts of things to get rid of this. Thanks!

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