What is a search conduit?

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What is a search conduit?
Search Conduit mainly infects Firefox and Chrome browsers. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Search Conduit is a virus that mainly infects Chrome and Firefox Web browsers. More precisely, it is a “hijacker.” This type of malware alters the settings of your browser or your computer to meet its ends. The virus will not damage your computer, but it will damage your enjoyment of surfing the Web.


Search Conduit is a search engine website. This, in itself, is not a problem. However, the site has chosen to attract traffic by hijacking the browsers of Internet users. The program updates the setting of your browser to add a toolbar and change your Home page and your default search engine to their site. This site is not harmful, and will return results to any search query you enter. However, people would rather choose their own preferred search engine. Although there is no evidence that the Search Conduit search engine is inferior to other search sites, the very fact that they force people to visit their site by a deception makes people unwilling to trust the results of searches on that site.


Search Conduit does not use any clever networking tricks to get onto your computer. Users download the hijacker along with another download. More legitimate companies like Ask.com, AVG or Yahoo! use a similar strategy, paying software houses to integrate the installation of their custom toolbars with the download of the sought after program. The difference between the AVG piggybacked software and that of Search Conduit is that Search Conduit does not offer the option not to install its software.


The program would be easy to uninstall, except that it re-installs itself during the uninstall process. Frustrated computer owners can download anti-malware programs to do the job for them. Download AdwCleaner from The Bleeping Computer. Alternatively, try downloading SpyHunter, Malwarebytes, Spyware Doctor, or STOPzilla from the 2Spyware website. Links to these downloads can be found in the Resources section below.

Manual Removal

Manual removal involves editing the registry and so should not be attempted by those who are not completely familiar with their computer’s operating system. Detailed instructions for removal can be found at Yoo Security, Malware Tips and Don of Web. Links are included in the Resources section below.

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