Monday, February 25, 2013

Learn to Remove Search Conduit Virus (http://search.conduit.com Redirect Virus Removal)


Search Conduit virus (http://search.conduit.com) is a pesky browser hijack virus which attacks browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. It is common that once the virus invades the system of target machine, it will hijack your browser to malicious domain that associated with http://search.conduit.com. Many random sites may keep popping up that result in Internet traffic as well. Basically, Search Conduit virus would change your default homepage of your browser via modifying DNS settings. In this case, you cannot use your browser normally at all. What’s more, the virus would open parts of system resources to third server, so that they will be able to trace your internet history and search habits to steal your personal data. It is obvious that the longer you keep the virus in your computer, the more dangerous your computer will be. However, antivirus programs cannot even pick up any trace of Search Conduit virus. It may be wise to choose manual approach to eliminate Search Conduit virus timely and completely.



Why antivirus cannot remove search.conduit.com?

search.conduit.com is similar to many viruses released that can escape antivirus or can even prevent from scanning. Why? It’s obvious that people usually got this virus on their computers when surfing online, but when they wanted to remove it, only to find that the antivirus programs couldn't pick it up at all. This is mainly because search.conduit.com hides deep in the registry entries and mutates at quick speed that is capable of blocking antivirus software. Besides, it can also infect many system files and make them become its associated files. Although search.conduit.com removal didn’t help, people can still clean this threat completely by following the manual removal guide below.

Tips for repairing search engine

* Google Chrome
Open your Google Chrome->Wrench Icon > Settings > Manage Search Engines->Remove any unnecessary Search Engines from the list and make a certain search engine you prefer as your default search engine.
* Mozilla Firefox
Open your Mozilla Firefox->Tools > Search Icon (Magnify Glass, Arrow) > Manage Search Engines->Remove any unnecessary Search Engines from the list and make a certain search engine you prefer as your default search engine.
* Internet Explorer
Open your Internet Explorer->Tools > Manage Add-ons > Search Providers->Remove any unnecessary Search Engines from the list and make a certain search engine you prefer as your default search engine.

Remove search.conduit.com manually and completely

1. Launch the Task Manager by pressing keys “CTRL + Shift + ESC”, search for search.conduit.com processes and right-click to end them.

2. Get rid of the following files created by search.conduit.com:

C:\WINDOWS\assembly\KYH_64\Desktop.ini
C:\Windows\assembly\KYH_32\Desktop.ini
C:\WINDOWS\system32\giner.exe

3. Open Registry Editor (in Windows XP, go to Start Menu, run, type in “Regedit” and press OK; in Windows 7 & Windows Vista, go to Start menu, Search, type in “Regedit”), find out the following search.conduit.com registry entries and delete:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\random
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\run\random
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Installer\Products\5ATIUYW62OUOMNBX256 “(Default)”=”1?
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\“UninstallString” = “‘%AppData%\[RANDOM]\[RANDOM].exe” -u
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\“ShortcutPath” = “‘C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\5ATIUYW62OUOMNBX256.exe” -u’”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce “5ATIUYW62OUOMNBX256” = “‘C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\5ATIUYW62OUOMNBX256.exe’

Threats search.conduit.com may bring

1.    Search Conduit virus will constantly redirect your internet connection and tell you that you are browsing unsafely.
2.    Your computer is acting slowly. Search Conduit virus slows down your system significantly. This includes starting up, shutting down, playing games, and surfing the web.
3.    Searches are redirected or your homepage and desktop are settings are changed. This is a symptom of a very serious Search Conduit virus infection.
4.    Search Conduit virus will shut down your other anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. It will also infect and corrupt your registry, leaving your computer totally unsafe.
5.    You are getting pestered with pop ups. Search Conduit virus infects your registry and uses it to launch annoying pop up ads out of nowhere.

If you haven’t sufficient PC expertise and don’t want to make things worse, to remove the Search Conduit virus infection safely and permanently, contact Tee Support PC experts online 24/7 here to clean up the infection in a few minutes without repeating. Hurry up to drag it away from your computer forever!


5 comments:

Eric Clarkson said...

I liked this post because it got me to the registry to start looking for conduit manually, because Norton kept telling me that it had removed the virus but the virus was still on my computer. First thing you should know is that the virus is embedded in so many places on the computer; the registry, the C: Drive under program files or program files (x86), your internet settings (homepage setting) accessed by your control panel, and in your Programs which is also accessed via control panel.

Go to Control Panel >> Programs >> Uninstall a Program. A list of programs pops up and I found these programs that the virus had downloaded on my computer: Conduit, MyPC Backup, Free cause, Less Tabs, and a Default Browser. I began experiencing the problem after a weather widget download on 5/3/2013. All these programs were downloaded this day. I deleted all these! Immediately my computer started working better.

Next I hit the Start Button, and searched regedit to access my registry. I located the virus in these locations on my registry:
1) HikeyCurrentUser >> Software >> Conduit (delete the entire folder)
2) HikeyCurrentUser >> Software >> Appdatalow >> Software >> Conduit (delete)
3) HikeyCurrentUser >> Software >> Appdatalow >> software >> Default Tab >> BHO (delete)

I also kept searching through all my folders to look for any other place conduit might have been located. I only found these places but you might find something different. A good rule of thumb, if you see "conduit" just delete it!

Next I went to Control Panel >> Network and Internet >> Change your homepage : In this window I did two things. I deleted all browsing history, tracking cookies etc, I checked all boxes. I also changed my homepage setting. The virus had set my homepage to conduit so I reset it to my preference.

Next I went to Start >> Computer >> C: Drive >> Program files (x86). in this file I found more programs that I removed: Less Tabs, Free Cause, MyPC Backup, and a Default Browser. I removed them all.

This almost resolved all my problems! I use Internet Explorer (IE) as my browser. At this point I had IE running normally and it seemed as though the virus was gone. However, I pulled up Mozilla and Chrome and the virus was on both still. So I removed those browsers via Control Panel >> Programs >> Uninstall a Program. Safari was not infected so I left it on my computer. This took care of everything.
Hopefully this helps you!

Rion Tolchin said...

THANK YOU SOOO MUCH

I'm an amateur programmer and computer worker so I had trouble knowing what to do. The article helped but the virus actually wasn't in the places it said. However, when I checked the areas you talked about I found plenty of conduit files, so thank you because I really wanted that off my computer. ;D

Unknown said...

The quickest and most complete way to eliminate the Conduit virus is to do a Windows Recovery in Refresh mode, this takes about 30 minutes (in Windows 7 & 8) but the most IMPORTANT THING to do if you are using Google Chrome is to TURN OFF THE SYNC mode...DO NOT SIGN INTO YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT.. the virus actually does hide on Google's SYNC servers which means after you refresh if you have NOT turned off SYNC or Google Accounts, Conduit will be back in an instant.
Either create another SYNC or Google account or quit using it entirely is the only way to keep it from re-infecting your system again.

Dhiman said...

Good one Bro....
Thanks

Dhiman said...

Also Search for Traces of Conduit in:

C:\Users\Your System Name\AppData\
U will find a repository of this, need to delete it

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