Methods to Remove Conduit from your Browser…


The purpose of this article is to give the computer user a number of steps to remove Conduit from the hard drive, registry and the browser (s), in particular the FireFox and Pale Moon browsers.  However, most of the steps below can also be applied to the IE browser.

While there are steps on blocking the Conduit Cookies, in time time there will be new ways devised to install Conduit.

In the interim, the steps below can be repeated at anytime.

After your system is cleaned of Conduit, please install any and all software via “custom” method and avoid the “express”, “quick”, “recommended”, etc.. methods.   When installing software via custom, you will have the opportunity to decline adware, toolbars, search hijackers like conduit.  But you will have to be patient are read c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y before clicking on the next button during the setup of the program you are wanting to install for “free”.

Symptoms of Conduit:

1.  Conduit appears in the url window of your browser after you execute a search.

2. Connectivity to the internet is slow, erratic and unstable,  and your computer continues to troubleshoot and resolve the intermittent connection with limited or no success.

3. Webpages don’t load up and instead show error messages like, “unable to find or connect to server”.


Methods to seek and destroy:

Below are 11 steps for eliminating the conduit contaminate from the hard disk, registry and browser(s).

Step 1 – Uninstall the Conduit Toolbar:

  • Open add/remove programs control panel or program / features control panel
  • Uninstall Conduit Toolbar or anything listed as Conduit
  • Note: You may also have other programs, like freeware, that don’t state Conduit in its nomenclature, but the program may be embedded with some kind code for Conduit.  If so, these programs may be rendered useless after executing the additional steps provided below.

Step 2 – Delete Conduit Folders, Files and Gifs from hard drive:

  • Search your C drive for: conduit
  • If results are produced, then simply send everything listed to the recycle bin and then empty that bin afterwards.
  • Note1 :  The search results will produce individual listings of folders and files.  So if you delete the parent folder, don’t be surprised if the rest of the files that are listed on your results wont delete.  This is because these files were inside the parent folder you just deleted.de it wont delete.    Simply execute a refresh to see a revised list of the search.
  • Note 2: The search results may also include items from IE’s history and IE’s cookies.  These items that are tagged with conduit should be deleted as well.

Step 3 – Delete Conduit Registry Keys:

  • Click on Start Button > Run > Regedit
  • Next, click on Menu Bar > Find > Conduit > (select, keys, value and data) > click the Find Button
  • If keys are found, then from inside the right hand panel right click on the sub-key,  select modify and erase the value/data, then click OK
  • Next click F3 button to continue the search for Conduit. If there are more results, then repeat step above and erase their value/data.
  • Upon completion of the search, simply Exit the registry editor and reboot.
  • Note 1:  Depending on how conduit is installed on your system, there may not be any registry keys for it.  On the other hands there may be dozens.
  • Note 2: IE also stores its configuration data and typed urls in the registry.  So if any keys mention conduit, go ahead and erase their value / data.
  • Recommendation: There are freeware that have been developed to expedite the search of the registry, such as RegAlyzr, Microsofts Autoruns and RegCleanr.  But if you have any preferences for other utilities then by all means use those others as well.
    • Download / install RegAlyzr freeware from CNET.com.   Launch.  Then click the Search Button.   Enter conduit in the search field, then tick/check all options for searching “except” for high speed.  Do not check the option to search high speed mode.  After results are displayed and searching has stopped, right click on items and select “DELETE
    • Download / install AutoRuns from Microsoft.com. Launch. After its scanning has stopped searched for any signs on conduit through all the tabs.  If found, highlight the line item and delete via the menu tool bar.
    • Download / install RegCleanr from CNET.com.  However PLEASE NOTE, that some company has acquired the rights of this old and faithful XP program and has embedded it with add-on’s that are presented to the user just before installing / setting up the program.  Be sure to decline all ads, toolbars, etc.., and just download the plain program.  After the program is installed and launched, review the listing in the first tab.  There will be two columns that you can sort by clicking on the column headers.  First go down the column 1 and delete any conduits listed.  After column 1 is cleaned up, then sort column 2 and run down that list and delete any conduits as well.

Step 4 – Delete Conduit from Browsing History:

For the FireFox and PaleMoon

  • Open FireFox browser
  • Click on History > Show all History >
  • Next enter in the search field and execute the search for: conduit
  • Delete all of the results on the list.
  • Close window

For the Internet Explorer

  • Open Internet Options Control Panel
  • Click on Settings Button under Browsing history section
  • Click View Files button
  • Enter in search window:  conduit
  • Delete the resulting entries
  • Note 1:  Because IE stores some cookies with the browsing history on the disk drive, the procedure above will was already accomplished via Step 2 above.  But executing this step is a double check for the conduit

Step 5 – Remove Conduit Cookie:

For the FireFox and PaleMoon

  • Open FireFox browser
  • Click on Tools > Options > Security
  • Go to Remove Individual Cookies
  • Enter in search field: conduit
  • Delete / remove all results
  • Note:  Some of the results won’t have the word “conduit” embedded in them.  But they are coded and you should proceed to delete all the results listed.

For the Internet Explorer

  • Open Windows Explorer
  • Click on Menu Bar Tools > Options > View > Show Hidden Folders and Files
  • Next search your c drive for the hidden cookie folder by entering in the search field: Cookie
  • Next, if you do have a cookie folder, then execute a sub search for conduit and delete items listed in the search results, if any.
  • Note : Depending on the version of windows, you may or may not have an a specialty cookie folder

Step 6 – Block Conduit Cookie’s:

  • Open FireFox browser
  • Click on Menu Bar Tools > Options > Security > Exceptions
  • Enter the name of cookie: conduit.com
  • Then click the Block Button
  • Enter the name of cookie: search.conduit.com
  • Then click the Block Button
  • Enter the name of cookie: alert.services.conduit.com
  • Then click the Block Button
  • Enter the name of cookie: storage.conduit.com
  • Then click the Block Button
  • Next exit
  • Note 1: For FireFox versions 10 and above, exceptions for blocking cookies is found via the  drop down listing “Custom Settings for History
  • Note 2: For IE, exceptions for blocking cookies is found via Internet Options Control Panel > Privacy Tab > Sites Button.  Use the steps above to block individual cookies.

For the Internet Explorer – Please check with Microsoft.com on how to block its cookies.

 

Step 7 – Remove browser add-ons and extensions:

  • Open FireFox browser
  • Click on Menu Bar > Tools > Add-ons
  • Disable / Remove any Conduit Toolbar Extensions or Add-ons, if any.
  • Note 1: For IE, Open browser and inspect the Add-ons via Tools > Manage Add-ons
  • Note 2:  Also, disable anything mentioning JAVA’s.  And only re-enable Java when the webpage  requests it and you know its safe to do so.  Afterwards, disable JAVA add-on’s and inspect system, using Step 5 and Step 8.

Step 8 – Remove Conduit Configuration Settings:

  • Open FireFox browser
  • Enter into the url field: about:config
  • Enter in search field: conduit
  • Modify and null out the values for each entry by:
    • Highlight / Select individual item
    • Press enter key
    • Press delete key
    • Press enter key
  • Select next line item and repeat the nullification steps above
  • When done, Close tab, Restart browser
  • Note: For IE, the configuration settings are stored in the registry, which was cleaned out via Step 3 above.

Step 9 – Run Spybot:

  • It is unclear if Spybot Search and Destroy program targets Conduit. But I have sent them an email on adding conduit to their arsenal.  In the interim, running Spybot semi regularly will be helpful to eliminate spyware on your system.

Step 10 – HiJackThis:

  • Execute a scan for browser hijacks and see if any line items (particularly R0′s and R1′s) infer conduit.  If so, check them off and click the Fix Button.
  • Note 1: If the R0′s and R1′s have been infiltrated by conduit, then it is probably best to re-install the browser after removing the hijacks, but not always necessary.
  • Note 2: Not all line items listed by HiJackThis are evil.  In most cases the are designed to make programs run with a pre-determined settings for ease of user convenience.  So don’t be alarmed with results that go beyond the R0 and R1 levels.  However, double check to see if any of them infer to conduit.  If so, jot down their file locations, before “fixing” them.  Then hunt down those files via explore and remove.  (However, none should appear since you should have previously scanned / searched your disk)

Step 11 – Disable Add-ons:

  • If the browser still seems to be performing under par, consider disabling all the add-ons in the browser.  It might be that add-ons and or extensions maybe corrupted or contaminated.
  • In FireFox, click on “HELP”, then restart with Add-ons Disable.
  • Note: Alternatively, you can try booting up windows in safemode w/networking and run the browser and connect to the internet.  If your system is performing well while in safemode, then you should execute a clean boot to possibly eliminate a rogue start up hindering your internet

Internet Explorer

  • Close broswer
  • Click on Start Button > Run
  • Type iexplore -extoff
  • Press Enter
  • Note: Alternatively, you can try booting up windows in safemode w/networking and run the browser and connect to the internet.  If your system is performing well while in safemode, then you should execute a clean boot to possibly eliminate a rogue start up hindering your internet.

Conclusion:

It is unclear what conduit actually is.  It maybe a hybrid of a tracking ware, spyware and or search engine hijacker.

What I do know is that when we search Google or Bing we are entitled to quick and clear results.  However, conduit is impeding our search results and degrading browser and system performance as well.

Basically, I have been at war with the infiltration of conduit on my system’s for the past several years and it seems to sneak onto the system in one way or another.

Also, I have noticed that youtube tools and facebook tools seem to infer conduit.  But it is unclear if they have anything to do with Conduit.com or they are simply using the term conduit for descriptive purposes of their codes.

In any case, if you notice that certain programs no longer work after removing “conduit” from the computer, then evaluate the need of that program and determine whether installing it is necessary for you as it may have been the trojan horse that allowed conduit to sneak onto your system..

After you install a questionable program, or you incur computer sluggishness, internet hindrance or url’s returning with conduit in them, my suggestion is to start with Step 5 first and see if their cookies  infiltrated  your system again.

If so, then execute a full sweep of your system from step 1 again.

Lastly, PLEASE REMEMBER that after your system is cleaned of Conduit, in the future please setup any and all free software using the “custom” method and AVOID the “express”, “quick”, “recommended”, etc.. methods.   While “custom” is slower by 1 minute, you will have the opportunity to decline adware, toolbars, search hijackers like conduit, infected games, etc… So please be patient and read c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y all the screens with tiny print and tiny check boxes in them before clicking on the next button during the setup.  If by chance you made a mistake, then stop the setup and start over.