Recently, an upgrade of DIVX web player contained a sneaky installation of the Bing/Conduit search tool. Somehow, Conduit Search is bundled in a BING wrapper/toolbar which changes your browser’s home page and standard/default search engine to theirs – search.conduit.com. Conduit Search also adds a persistent tab-navigation and toolbar to your browser and serves advertisements based on your web searches. Conduit “hijacks” your browser’s search preferences and the worst part – its almost impossible for the ordinary user to uninstall or remove it. Stelian Pelici of Malwaretips.com offers a thorough Conduit Search Windows 7+ uninstall process. Here is the mac version:
For Google Chrome
1. Start Chrome > Click on Windows > Extensions
2. Visually look for the Conduit Search Extension > Un-check the Enabled radio box > Click on the recycle button
3. Whilst on the same page, click the Settings pane on the left hand side
4. Under the Search heading > Change the Conduit search to Google
5. After selecting Google, click on the next tab “Manage search engines”
6. Move your mouse over the list of browsers and locate Conduit > Click on the X button that pops up at the right top corner to delete
7. Click on done > Next click “Show advanced settings” at the bottom
4. Under the PRIVACY tab > Click Content settings… > Under Cookies > Select “All cookies and site data”
5. Click REMOVE ALL and close that pop-up window
6. Under Cookies > Select Manager exceptions… > Visually locate the Conduit cookie and select “Clear on exit” under the Behavior column
7. Click on done > Then done again until you are back in the Settings pane > Then close the Chrome browser
****** If you use other browsers, please fix each one before using any of your browsers again.
For Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla FirefoxAURORA
1. Start Firefox or Aurora > Click on Tools > Select Add-Ons
2. Click on the Extensions pane to reveal the extensions and then disable Conduit, then disable Divx
3. Select the PlugIns pane and visually locate Conduit and Divx
4. On the right corner is a drop down menu where you have to select “Never Activate”
5. The Divx and Conduit plugins would be greyed out at the bottom of the listing
6. Click on Aurora > Preferences > Privacy tab
7. Under Privacy>History > Select “remove individual cookies”
8. Click on “remove all cookies” > close the Firefox/Aurora browser
Final step. This is a must! Safari will respond to this too.
1. Close all browsers and open your finder window (File> New Finder Window)
2. Type into the search window prefs.js (Please be very careful)
3. Open the file in a text editor.
4. In your text-editor, search for any reference to “Conduit”, then clear/delete that entry
5. In your text-editor, search for any reference to “Divx”, then clear/delete that entry
6. Save the file and exit the text-editor
7. In a new Finder Window, search for “Conduit”, then delete the plugin associated with the name
8. In a new Finder Window, search for “Divx”, then delete the plugin associated with the name
9. Empty your recycle bin and restart your MAC
****** Skipping the process will cause a re-emergence of the Conduit search. If you do not remove divx, conduit will find its way back again. To reuse divx, you can re-install the plugin after restart and ensure that the Conduit toolbar is unchecked at the time of installation. An alternative is to use Perian or Niceplayer.
Lesson learned. Browser hijacking is a hostile practice. Stay clear of Adware, Malware and Spyware.
My two cents! Stay Professional!
About the author: Sal Souza is an International Designer (Graphic, Visual, Multimedia, Broadcast Media, Industrial, User Interaction, User Experience) and IT Consultant with expertise in New Media, Web 3.0, IPTV, DTV, Media Production, Product Prototyping, Desktop Software, Interactivity, Mobile Applications, Traditional Knowledge, Geographical Indications and Cultural Goods. He lives and works in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.