How to Remove the Conduit Toolbar

The Conduit search platform is sometimes attached to other programs and “piggybacks” on program downloads. Some people classify it as malware, partly because it's difficult to remove from an operating system, and also because users might not have made the active decision to install it in the first place. Removing the Conduit toolbar in Windows 8 requires several actions.

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Removing Conduit can be a tedious and confusing process.
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Uninstall Conduit Items

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On the computer's startup desktop, select "Search" and enter "Control Panel."

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Select the "Uninstall a Program" option under the Programs header.

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Look for Conduit items, including "Conduit Toolbar" and "Search Protected by Conduit."

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Click "Uninstall" and then click "Yes" to confirm.

Remove Conduit Toolbar From Your Browser

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Open your browser and go to to the advanced settings area where you can reset personal settings or otherwise remove the Conduit toolbar. Commands vary depending on your browser choice. In Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon on the upper right and select "Internet Options." Under the Advanced tab, select "Reset." In "Reset Internet Explorer Settings," select the check box for "Delete Personal Settings." The prompt shows that this includes disabling toolbars. Click on the "Reset" command button and close.

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Delete any Conduit cookies in your browser.

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Choose "Disable Add-Ons" as a general backup option.

Run Anti-Malware Utilities

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MalwareRemovalGuides recommends using AdwCleaner, followed by Malwarebytes Anti-malware and HitmanPro to cleanse the computer of Conduit leftovers after the program and toolbar have been uninstalled. Download free anti-malware programs or acquire software licenses.

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Run anti-malware programs and review the results.

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Restart the computer and browser.