Remove Conduit Search Engine From Firefox And Internet Explorer
Conduit, an advert based malware is a PUP or potentially unwanted program that infects your desktop in numerous ways. An adware it interferes with each internet browser that you may have, changes the default settings without your permission, and also, pries and collects private search and browsing data for advertisers. Conduit also installs a lock file what prevents the user from making any changes in the changes induced by this adware, which means, you cannot reset the homepage and default search engine until you get rid of this program.
Conduit is installed when you download 3rd party freeware. It is generally bundled with the installation files and is installed in the background when you install these freeware using the default installation settings. In such cases, you must always choose to go through with the custom installation settings where you can monitor every step of the process and make sure you are not downloading any “additional” programs. Not only does Conduit install undetected, it downloads various other malware and spyware programs once installed in your system. You will not be aware of the contamination going on as all of this happens in the background and, without user consent.
Conduit is a malicious program and poses high risk to data security and personal information. Since it is ad supported, infected system users are bombarded with numerous adverts and pop-ups, and are constantly redirected to advertiser’s websites or sponsored sites. This not only decreases productivity but is also very annoying. It is disruptive and considerably slows down the system. The browsers can crash and hamper work completely.
It is highly advisable to remove the malware from the system as soon as it is detected as it causes more damage with every minute it is active.
Conduit Removal Instructions
The first step in removing this malware from your system is to uninstall it from the PROGRAMS & FEATURES tab in the CONTROL PANEL. You will also need to remove any other suspicious programs that you find as they may be other malware or spyware downloaded and installed by Conduit. Since Conduit infects each browser individually, you will need to reset the settings in all of them, manually.
Remove Conduit Search from Firefox
You will have to reset the homepage and default search browser for FIREFOX from the Tools option on the browser. Select the homepage and search engine of choice. Also, delete all cookies, cache and clear all browsing data as they could have been monitored. Disable the Conduit toolbar to completely remove Conduit Search from FIREFOX.
Remove Conduit Search from Internet Explorer
Once you have uninstalled Conduit from the Control Panel, you will have to reset the settings in INTERNET EXPLORER manually. Go to Options and select a homepage and search engine of choice. Then disable the search toolbar and clear the cache, cookies and browsing history.
You will also need to remove the conduit search extension from all your browser shortcuts, by deleting it in the Properties section.