Conduit Search/Toolbar

By GoldSparrow in Browser Hijackers

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 58
Threat Level: 50 % (Medium)
Infected Computers: 1,015,727
First Seen: January 2, 2013
Last Seen: February 4, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Conduit Search/Toolbar Image

Search.conduit.com is an online search engine which is usually accessed through a toolbar for your web browser. This website and toolbar are the work of the Conduit software. There have been various reports that the Search.conduit.com toolbar makes unauthorized changes to your web browser and that, when it comes time to remove this Browser Helper Object, the lack of a legitimate uninstaller causes several problems on the computer on which Search.conduit.com is installed.

Problems Associated with the Search.conduit.com Website and Toolbar

Affected computer users have reported that the Search.conduit.com toolbar causes browser redirects, forcing the affected user to visit the Search.conduit.com web page. Affected users have also found that Conduit's toolbar makes unauthorized changes to their web browser settings, such as changing the browser's homepage or its default search engine toolbar. ESG security researchers strongly recommend that users take extra care when installing browser toolbars. These kinds of applications tend to set off red flags when it comes to computer security since browser toolbar are common delivery vehicles for various kinds of malware. There are varieties of browser toolbars that are really adware, spyware or browser hijackers. Hackers take advantage of security vulnerabilities associated with BHOs (Browser Helper Objects) in order to infect their victims with malware. Toolbars that are advertised as helpful are also a practical way for criminals to take advantage of computer users, which are not very experienced in computer security.

Removing the Search.conduit.com Toolbar from Your Computer System

One of the problems associated with the Search.conduit.com toolbar is that Search.conduit.com does not include an uninstaller, making the removal of this application somewhat troublesome. The Search.conduit.com toolbar can be removed through the add/remove programs panel in the control panel. However, affected users will have to restore all the changes that this toolbar makes to their web browser preferences. This means restoring the default search engine and home page. Since this can be a tedious process, some computer users may prefer to reinstall their web browser or to restore it to default settings once the Search.conduit.com toolbar has been uninstalled. The Search.conduit.com toolbar is not attacking your computer like other malware, but Search.conduit.com has characteristics that make Search.conduit.com and inconvenience to many computer users.

Aliases

15 security vendors flagged this file as malicious.

Anti-Virus Software Detection
Ikarus not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Rubar
Ikarus PUA.ClientConnect
McAfee Artemis!EAF8104FE812
McAfee-GW-Edition Artemis!Trojan
Avast Win64:Malware-gen
AVG Generic.ABF
McAfee Artemis!CB65DD8AD8BC
Antiy-AVL RiskWare[WebToolbar:not-a-virus]/Win32.Rubar
DrWeb Adware.Toolbar.225
Kaspersky not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.Rubar.a
Symantec WS.Reputation.1
AVG Generic.4CC
McAfee-GW-Edition Artemis
McAfee Artemis!82FC4EAFF415
AVG SearchProtect.1DD

SpyHunter Detects & Remove Conduit Search/Toolbar

File System Details

Conduit Search/Toolbar may create the following file(s):
# File Name MD5 Detections
1. A0028368.exe ced18c00311fab6557daa7bfe9e3ba12 4,613
2. avayvaxxvae.exe bb17bcf355b790bf81670c0ca87ba2ec 143
3. MLSClient.AutoUpdateService.exe 2d4160fc44148d48ecc30b1073b557e1 36
4. MlsUI.exe 591d9419d5945906f50627286d82e5c5 31
5. BackgroundContainer.dll fa1e7216ecda699197cd4256bcfabdaa 16
6. BackgroundContainer.dll 64b88809087171d885180e8b63979fa5 12
7. APISupport.dll 8d4739474723078967b674dc97ba3f1f 12
8. avaxvyvax.exe 21ce5e311a2a0a2cb7529b71c76578f7 8
9. BackgroundContainer.dll e6e5bab9447d259fec8f652b7af2be17 7
10. The_Pirate_Bay.exe 92becf79224ac52f9e3943f6040090d7 5
11. BackgroundContainer.dll 0b51d7ac421cca21e9164d92302400a5 3
12. ConduitHelper.exe 280062cb75b91fbf44abc416fc464a80 2
13. APISupport.dll 5691d2e4dce886cab24668a4451c0b05 2
14. UninstallerUI.exe d2fb0b4bbec33768550194d19548b062 2
15. BackgroundContainer.dll 7183744a0b3fbb245d163ca1f4464974 1
16. BackgroundContainer.dll 6abb50c6f10866d877b80a0f56706633 1
17. APISupport.dll 0719fb9aa39b2f9fb32a2cfd79c15ec1 1
18. TBMessagingHost.exe 6d3282fa8d14e621193a4e83ea189a31 1
19. APISupport.dll af9ade58b26a0bec3cfca744979ba58e 1
20. APISupport.dll 5d69ac8c1f0d99ce73da73446a742aa4 1
21. APISupport.dll 24bd5d772c3b22f265da59821d2df274 1
22. APISupport.dll 8c7475dcf6b7dacf5d6571514a33fe47 1
23. UninstallerUI.exe 3cb679b8f9bf317aa423487a23efe220 1
24. ConduitCrashHandler.exe a4185bdaca04cf569cc14de1b0e9013d 1
25. BackgroundContainer.dll c493fbba3eb993039b872d6d47ebe8a3 1
26. BackgroundContainer.dll d42c388f33a2099abc3a311691fa406e 1
More files

Registry Details

Conduit Search/Toolbar may create the following registry entry or registry entries:
CLSID
{1BBF13E0-551E-42DD-91F4-1A547443FFDA}
{30F9B915-B755-4826-820B-08FBA6BD249D}
{3c471948-f874-49f5-b338-4f214a2ee0b1}
{5CF209CF-1B8A-4D23-A927-1165BE2AEFD8}
{7473b6bd-4691-4744-a82b-7854eb3d70b6}
{afdbddaa-5d3f-42ee-b79c-185a7020515b}
{C0C2693D-2EE8-47B4-9DF7-B67A0EE31988}
{DFBEB35B-444D-4F25-8D7D-EB2683C206EC}
{E802027B-1F2B-40BD-B307-0BD96D036835}
File name without path
client.conduit-storage[1].xml
http_app.mam.conduit.com_0.localstorage
http_app.mam.conduit.com_0.localstorage-journal
http_cap1.conduit-apps.com_0.localstorage
http_cap1.conduit-apps.com_0.localstorage-journal
http_search.conduit.com_0.localstorage
http_search.conduit.com_0.localstorage-journal
http_storage.conduit.com_0.localstorage
http_storage.conduit.com_0.localstorage-journal
http_twitter.conduitapps.com_0.localstorage
http_twitter.conduitapps.com_0.localstorage-journal
https_facebook.conduitapps.com_0.localstorage
https_facebook.conduitapps.com_0.localstorage-journal
https_youtube.conduitapps.com_0.localstorage
https_youtube.conduitapps.com_0.localstorage-journal
Regexp file mask
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Conduit\BackgroundContainer\BackgroundContainer.dll
%LOCALAPPDATA%\ConduitInstaller.exe
%LOCALAPPDATA%\CRE\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].crx
%temp%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]ConduitEngineSetup.exe
%TEMP%\ConduitInstaller.exe
%TEMP%\tbWhit.dll
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\CRE\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].crx
%WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\BackgroundContainer Startup Task
%WinDir%\System32\Tasks\pcreg
%WinDir%\Tasks\pcreg.job
SOFTWARE\AppDataLow\Software\AstroburnBar\toolbar
Software\AppDataLow\Software\BackgroundContainer
Software\AppDataLow\Software\Begin-download_FLV\toolbar
Software\AppDataLow\Software\Conduit
Software\AppDataLow\Software\conduitEngine
Software\AppDataLow\Software\ConduitSearchScopes
Software\AppDataLow\Software\MixiDJ\toolbar
Software\AppDataLow\Software\PHPNukeEN
Software\AppDataLow\Software\Produtools_Manuals_2.1\toolbar
Software\AppDataLow\Software\Produtools_Manuals_2.1_B2\toolbar
Software\AppDataLow\Software\Smartbar
Software\AppDataLow\Software\Tbccint
Software\AppDataLow\Software\TbccintSearchScopes
Software\AppDataLow\Software\TV_Bar_2\toolbar
Software\AppDataLow\Software\uTorrentControl_v2
SOFTWARE\AppDataLow\Software\YesStreamer_Bar
Software\AppDataLow\Toolbar\RegisteredSources\Conduitengine
Software\AppDataLow\Toolbar\RegisteredSources\CT3272718
SOFTWARE\Classes\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{afdbddaa-5d3f-42ee-b79c-185a7020515b}
SOFTWARE\Classes\Toolbar.CT3272718
SOFTWARE\Conduit
SOFTWARE\DT Soft\Astroburn Toolbar
Software\Google\Chrome\NativeMessagingHosts\nmhostct408137
SOFTWARE\mamverifier
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions\{30F9B915-B755-4826-820B-08FBA6BD249D}
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions\{413c77a8-1554-46ac-b5e0-e5ac3c4e839e}
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions\{AEFEDA6A-9A49-47E5-9307-ECBEC7D6D879}
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions\{c0c2693d-2ee8-47b4-9df7-b67a0ee31988}
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions\{C9CEFC16-8DBE-4DB8-A3E5-4C3CE4685756}
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\app.mam.conduit.com
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\conduit-apps.com
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\conduit.com
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\conduitapps.com
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\tbccint.com
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\DOMStorage\conduit-storage.com
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\DOMStorage\conduit.com
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION\Produtools_Manuals_2.1.exe
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION\tb_Conduit.exe
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION\tb_Conduit_brch.exe
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION\tb_Conduit_brff.exe
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION\tb_Conduit_brie.exe
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION\tb_Conduit_Search.exe
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{afdbddaa-5d3f-42ee-b79c-185a7020515b}
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{589d7cff-0173-47a9-966a-9afae3e5c249}
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{9843474f-6082-4a44-b63d-5559d9e8c6a8}
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{aefeda6a-9a49-47e5-9307-ecbec7d6d879}
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{C9CEFC16-8DBE-4DB8-A3E5-4C3CE4685756}
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{dfbeb35b-444d-4f25-8d7d-eb2683c206ec}
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{e802027b-1f2b-40bd-b307-0bd96d036835}
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks\{589d7cff-0173-47a9-966a-9afae3e5c249}
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks\{AEFEDA6A-9A49-47E5-9307-ECBEC7D6D879}
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks\{dfbeb35b-444d-4f25-8d7d-eb2683c206ec}
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\DatamngrCoordinator.exe
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\avaavaevy
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\BackgroundContainer Startup Task
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\pcreg
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{589d7cff-0173-47a9-966a-9afae3e5c249}
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{dfbeb35b-444d-4f25-8d7d-eb2683c206ec}
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\APISupport
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\BackgroundContainerV2
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\BackgroundContainerV3
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\ConduitHelper
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\pcreg
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\TBHostSupport
SOFTWARE\PHPNukeEN
Software\Tbccint
Software\Tbccint_HKLM
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Conduit
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\conduitEngine
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\DT Soft\Astroburn Toolbar
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\Chrome\NativeMessagingHosts\nmhostct408137
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{afdbddaa-5d3f-42ee-b79c-185a7020515b}
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{589d7cff-0173-47a9-966a-9afae3e5c249}
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{9843474f-6082-4a44-b63d-5559d9e8c6a8}
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{aefeda6a-9a49-47e5-9307-ecbec7d6d879}
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{c0c2693d-2ee8-47b4-9df7-b67a0ee31988}
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{C9CEFC16-8DBE-4DB8-A3E5-4C3CE4685756}
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{dfbeb35b-444d-4f25-8d7d-eb2683c206ec}
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{e802027b-1f2b-40bd-b307-0bd96d036835}
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks\{589d7cff-0173-47a9-966a-9afae3e5c249}
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks\{c0c2693d-2ee8-47b4-9df7-b67a0ee31988}
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks\{dfbeb35b-444d-4f25-8d7d-eb2683c206ec}
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\mconduitinstaller_RASAPI32
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\mconduitinstaller_RASMANCS
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\MixiDJAutoUpdateHelper_RASAPI32
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\MixiDJAutoUpdateHelper_RASMANCS
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\MixiDJToolbarHelper_RASAPI32
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\MixiDJToolbarHelper_RASMANCS
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{589d7cff-0173-47a9-966a-9afae3e5c249}
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{c0c2693d-2ee8-47b4-9df7-b67a0ee31988}
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{dfbeb35b-444d-4f25-8d7d-eb2683c206ec}
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\BackgroundContainerV2
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\ConduitHelper
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\pcreg
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\TBHostSupport
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\conduitEngine
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\MixiDJ
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\PHPNukeEN
SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\pcregservice
SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\TBSrv
SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\pcregservice
SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\pcregservice
SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\TBSrv
Toolbar\RegisteredSources\CT408137

Directories

Conduit Search/Toolbar may create the following directory or directories:

%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Conduit
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Tbccint
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Conduit
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Tbccint
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Conduit
%LOCALAPPDATA%\TBHostSupport
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Tbccint
%LOCALAPPDATA%\cctbplt
%PROGRAMFILES%\AstroburnBar
%PROGRAMFILES%\Conduit
%PROGRAMFILES%\ConduitEngine
%PROGRAMFILES%\Nova
%PROGRAMFILES%\Tbccint
%PROGRAMFILES%\pcreg
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\AstroburnBar
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Conduit
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Nova
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Tbccint
%PUBLIC%\Conduit
%TEMP%\38fdaae5-8e0e-493c-88ec-e05c3be06e42
%TEMP%\AstroburnBar
%TEMP%\CT3302872
%TMP%\ct2571160
%Temp%\CT3302999
%Temp%\CT3310393
%Temp%\CT3317212
%Temp%\ct3311333
%Temp%\mam-ct3317212
%USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\ConduitEngine
%USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\PHPNukeEN
%USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\Tbccint
%USERPROFILE%\Configuración local\Datos de programa\Conduit
%USERPROFILE%\Configurações Locais\Dados de aplicativos\Conduit
%USERPROFILE%\Impostazioni locali\Dati applicazioni\Conduit
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Conduit
%USERPROFILE%\Lokale Einstellungen\Anwendungsdaten\Conduit
%USERPROFILE%\Ustawienia lokalne\Dane aplikacji\Conduit
%UserProfile%\AppData\LocalLow\Conduit
%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\TBHostSupport
%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Tbccint
%appdata%\Tbccint
%programfiles%\PHPNukeEN
%programfiles(x86)%\PHPNukeEN
%systemdrive%\users\appdata\locallow\Conduit
%temp%\Conduit
%temp%\ConduitSP
%temp%\ct3309759

2 Comments

Man This Virus Was So Annoying! Took Me About 3-5 Months To Get It Off! First, I Had To Run Spyhunter's Scan And Remove The Threats. Then, I Had To Initally Remove It. If You See Any Free Downloads. Chances Are, They Could Include Conduit Search/Toolbar. I Highly Recommend That You Buy Spyhunter, Then Turn System Guard On So It Cant Get Onto Your Computer!

Aroldo Tissot Júnior Reply

Como faco para deletar este search Protect criminoso que entro no meu PC e nada mais e que um vírus dominante, que aparentemente está oculto em alguma pasta de meu PC e dominou a internet, abre sozinho sites de publicidade, e vive tentando fazer eu instalar novos programas. Como faço para denunciar? Entrou no meu PC quando fui baixar o CCLEANER no Baixaki.

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