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How To Remove Conduit Engine From Browsers And Computer

The following article will explain you on How To Remove Conduit Engine as its not possible to remove from Add Remove Programmes and there is no uninstall and this one is causing grief. Conduit Engine is not malware, but Conduit Engine seems to act very much like it in terms of difficulty in removing it.

Here are something you want to understand about Conduit Engine:

Conduit Engine appears to be some sort of browser extension/add-on.

It seems the Add-on cannot easily be removed from IE, (Internet Explorer).

If you have this Add-on installed in your Internet Explorer, you could, as a last resort, "Reset" Internet Explorer back to default.

Warning! You may lose Favourites, cookies, history, and any login details saved in IE, but it may also reset Internet Explorer back to it's original state, for example, before any add-ons were installed. To do that, open IE and go to Tools > Internet Options, then the Advanced tab, and click the Reset button.

If this add-on is installed in any other browser, I am unsure if it can simply be removed, or whether similar problems will be encountered.

But, in reality, Conduit has many preposterous features that make it easy to download without knowledge and very difficult to remove. It also produces lame, commercial search results. And add/remove programs does nothing.

You will still stuck with a fat, dumb search toolbar that serves no purpose but to infuriate.

The Conduit Engine add-on helps web sites silently install 3rd party code into your system and hooks their tools into your browsers.  In other words, the Conduit engine hooks into browsers, tracks searches, and can download other add-ons WITHOUT PERMISSION. It reset my default home and search pages too.  I consider that to be malicious behaviour. Do you really like apps or add-ons from sites you visit being silently installed without letting you know ?

And what's worse, the Conduit Engine uninstall doesn't delete all the entries that they hook into the registry, their Program Files folders, or clean-up their browser add-on entries.

Conduit Engine Symptom:

  • The first symptom was Internet Explorer (or any other browser where it is installed) sessions will be taking too long for even a normal search query. (taking 4 seconds to go away after X'ing them closed).
  • Then there will (may) be a pair of unexpected error shutdowns in Internet Explorer.
  • This programme acts like a kind of virus, including a browser hijack. And removing it from Internet Explorer is almost impossible.

Solution To Remove Conduit Engine From The System:

I had downloaded a recent version of uTorrent (in your case you may have downloaded and installed a freeware program) and without knowledge, Conduit Engine was installed as well as a uTorrent toolbar on all of my browsers.

In Chrome and Firefox one can uninstall it under the add-ons. For IE which is integrated in Windows, the add/remove software feature should do it, but in my case it failed.

If you can track down what program your toolbar came from. You can use Revo Uninstaller to remove all entries from your computer's registry.

Just for example, My computer did have an uninstall program for Conduit but it did NOT remove the toolbars. Reinstalling uTorrent and then using Revo to uninstall took care of my problem.

Then I went to Revo, found the little wart, and excised it. All good now. I'm running XP Pro SP3.

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