There is a Search Protect by Conduit installed on your computer? Your browser home page and default search engine have been changed to Search.conduit.com? What is Conduit? How to remove or uninstall Search.conduit.com completely from your computer? This post offers you a step by step removal guide.
About Conduit Search and Search.conduit.com:
If your browsers’ home page and default search engine have been changed to Search.conduit.com without your consent and knowledge, it means your computer is got infected with browser hijacker virus. Conduit Search or Search.conduit.com is the most notorious browser hijacker in the world. As we now known that it had corrupted more than hundreds of thousands computers.
So you may wondering how this Search.conduit.com got spread that widely? How it infiltrated into users computer without been noticed? Upon most occasions Conduit Search and Search.conduit.com comes bundled with third parties via free downloads from the Internet. Computer users may not give much attention to the installation setup details when they install those free programs.
Search Protect by Conduit is the name used by Conduit Hijacker to get into users computer. And you may find Conduit platform always has some toolbars bundle together, such as Mystart Toolbar, Sweet Tunes Toolbar, GoPhotoIt Toolbar. When you agree to install Search Protect by Conduit you may also agree to install a toolbar on your browsers, and at the same time you may agree to change your browser home page and default search engine to Search.conduit.com.
How to Prevent from Installing PUP like Conduit Search:
Conduit Search program usually infiltrated into users computer bundled with free downloads from the Internet. So to prevent from installing PUPs like Conduit Search, computer users should read carefully about the setup details, do not install something in a hurry by just clicking on the Next or Accept button during the installation process. Advanced or Custom option is important, through this way you can avoid of installing most of those PUPs.
On the other hand, compromised websites, or spam emails, sponsored links are also used for spreading malwares. So computer users should be careful when download something from the Internet. Go to legitimate websites is a safer way.
How to Remove Conduit Search and Search.conduit.com:
Step 2 Remove Conduit Search and Search.conduit.com from Browsers
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Log on to your computer as an Administrator who has the right to add or remove software.
Click Start Menu->Control Panel (Uninstall a Program for Window 7)-> Double-click Add/Remove Programs (Programs and Features for Windows 7)
Scroll down to find Search Protect and related programs. Please note, The Gilda related program may vary by name and you are suggested to uninstall any unfamiliar and suspicious third party. Click Uninstall or Change and to uninstall these programs.
* Google Chrome
1 open your Google Chrome->Wrench Icon->Tools->Extensions->Uninstall The Gilda related add-ons or extensions.
If this extension is managed and cannot be removed or disabled, click here to learn–How to Remove a Managed Google Chrome extension.
2 Go to ‘Wrench or 3-Bars icon’ > ‘settings’ > ‘Appearances’> ‘Show Home button’, click on the Change button to change your browser homepage.
3 Go to ‘Wrench or 3-Bars icon’ > ‘settings’ > ‘Manage search engines.
Make google.com as your default search engine and click on the X to remove Search.conduit.com.
* Mozilla Firefox
1 Open Mozilla Firefox, go ‘Tools’ → ‘Add-ons’.
2 Choose ‘Extensions and Plugins’ → The Gilda click ‘Removal or Disable’.
3. Go to Navigation Toolbar > click on the Manage search engines > find the The Gilda Customized Web Search(Search.conduit.com)> Remove it then click on the OK button to save the changes.
4 Go ‘Tools’ → ‘Options’→ ‘General’. Finally, reset the startup homepage or change it to google.com.
* Internet Explorer
1 Open IE and go to ‘Tools‘ → ‘Manage Add-ons’.
2 Choose ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and remove everything related to The Gilda from the list.
3 Choose ‘Search Providers’ → choose the search engine you used before and make it your default search provider. Additionally, select ‘The Gilda Customized Web Search’, remove it.
4 Go ‘Tools’ → ‘Internet Options’ and select ‘General’ tab. Click ‘Use default’ or enter your own website name, google.com or other. Finally, click ‘OK’ to save the changes.
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