What is Conduit?
Conduit is a browser toolbar/hijacker that is usually installed without the user’s knowledge. Conduit is frequently bundled with freeware and shareware applications.
Conduit will change your browser homepage to search.conduit.com and default search engine to bing.com.
Apart from this unwanted browser changes, Conduit Search will add a toolbar on your browser and whenever your are doing a search, it will display on the first search results their own ads.
How to automatically remove Conduit?
Scan your computer with Macware Adware Cleaner for Mac. Adware Cleaner will free your computer from annoying adware, malicious hijacker programs and unwanted toolbars (e.g. Conduit).
How to manually remove Conduit?
Start by deleting these installed browser extensions (Conduit, Trovi, Search Protect, or myBrand) and the so-called Community Toolbars (for instance, Genealogy Gems Podcast, Wise Convert, MovieBario, SB Tool Bar, Game Master 1.1, Elf 1.15, and others extensions you do not recognize).
Locate and delete the following files;
/Library/InputManagers/CTLoader/ /Library/LaunchAgents/com.conduit.loader.agent.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.perion.searchprotectd.plist /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins/CT2285220.bundle /Library/Application Support/Conduit/ /Applications/SearchProtect.app /Applications/SearchProtect/ ~/Library/Application Support/Conduit/ ~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ConduitNPAPIPlugin.plugin ~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/TroviNPAPIPlugin.plugin ~/Conduit/ ~/Trovi/
Some of the items can not be removed without the administrator access.
If you have Firefox installed, go to the following folder:
Inside that folder, you will find another folder whose name begins with a series of random characters and ends with “.default”. Open that folder. Inside this folder, remove the following items:
abstraction.js takeOverNewTab.txt searchplugins/[any file with "Conduit" in the name].xml searchplugins/MyBrand.xml
Finally, be aware that some variants of Conduit are known to modify the Firefox application itself. If you have Firefox installed, there is no easy remedy to this except to delete the Firefox application entirely and download it again from mozilla.org.
If you found the CT2285220.bundle SIMBL plugin earlier, you will probably want to remove SIMBL as well, unless you had it installed for a specific purpose. To remove SIMBL, move the following items to the trash:
/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/ /Library/LaunchAgents/net.culater.SIMBL.Agent.plist /Library/ScriptingAdditions/SIMBL.osax
Restart your computer. After it starts back up, empty the trash to delete all the removed files.
You may also need to change the home page and search engine settings in your browser’s preferences.