How To Remove Search Protect by Conduit Virus / Malware
Search Protect by Conduit monitors browsing habits and purchasing activities. The data collected is sent to the creator of the application or third-parties. It displays surveys in a pop-up window. Search Protect by Conduit uses Internet connection in the background without a user’s knowledge and in some cases may even affect Internet connection speed because your Internet connections will go through its own proxy. Search Protect by Conduit is bundled in many freeware and commercial applications and it is introduced to a user when those commercial or free products are installed. It could be Windows screensavers, themes, games, etc.
Manual Removal of Search Protect by Conduit Virus:
First to avoid any further infections caused by internet browsing redirects users will need to go to their Internet Options; this can be done by going to the start menu followed by control panel. Once in Internet Options choose the “Connections” tab followed by “LAN Settings” uncheck the “Use a Proxy Server” Option. Once done click “Ok” to save these settings.
Next users restart your computer in safe mode. To access safe mode, restart your computer and tap the F8 button. When correctly done a black screen will appear with options for starting up Windows. Choose Safe Mode and Windows will load safe mode.
Once in safe mode locate the following files installed to your computer from Search Protect by Conduit Virus followed by removing its registry entries. To open the registry open up a “Run” command followed by ‘regedit’. It should be noted that before making any changes that you should first backup your registry.
- %AppData%\Protector-<random 3 chars>.exe
- %CommonStartMenu%\Programs\Windows Custodian Utility.lnk
- %Desktop%\Windows Custodian Utility.lnk
Search Protect by Conduit Virus Registry Entries that should be removed:
“EnableShellExecuteHooks”= 1 (0×1)
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