How to remove Search Protect Browser Hijacker

How to remove Search Protect Browser Hijacker

Remove Conduit SearchProtect

What is Conduit SearchProtect:

Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker

Search Protect or SearchProtect by ClientConnect Ltd. is considered a malicious browser hijacker, capable of installing on victims machines without their consent or permission. When installed onto a victim’s computer, the redirecting virus will attach itself to all the major browsers on the PC. Next it will start to modify and compromise browser settings such as home page, new tab URL and default search engine. So when the user performs a search, he/she will be redirected to, which will start serving not safe and even compromised search results, which could lead to results full with SPAM and other 3rd party advertising.

Usually, Search Protect comes packed with other free software products and is being installed by default when the user accepts the EULA while performing an express/recommended installation of that software. The possible distribution of the Search Protect hijacker varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..

Search Protect redirect hijacker would fill your screen with unwanted advertising, trying to attract more users to the advertised webpages in order to generate income from online traffic. Search Protect may keep track of your browsing activity and steal valuable information as login credentials. This information might been sent to third-party companies that would use it for marketing purposes. That is the reason this malware infection should not be left unattended, and it needs to be terminated immediately, as it is a serious threat to your online identity.

!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.

Search Protect Removal Process:

There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:

1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for ALL users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).

Automatic Search Protect Browser Hijacker Removal:

We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Search Protect and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.

SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.

Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find SpyHunter Installation Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which would allow you to perform an automatic removal and to receive free professional help with any malware related issue by an expert technician.

Watch how SpyHunter removes Search Protect:

for the best video experience, please use the 720HD resolution

Manual Search Protect Browser Hijacker Removal:

!!! Please note: You can remove Search Protect browser hijacker manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. That’s why our Manual removal method is recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, recommends using SpyHunter.

1. Remove Conduit SearchProtect Uninstall Entry:

For Windows Vista/7/8/10 users: First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features and check the Uninstall Programs List for any entry related to Search Protect, Youtube Downloader HD, Cinema-Plus 1.1 or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars.  If you find such, right-click it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.

*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.

!!!For Windows XP users!!! DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE Search Protect through the Add/Remove Programs` list in Control Panel.

When you try to uninstall Conduit Search Protect from Add/Remove Programs in Windows XP, the bogus uninstaller will corrupt your system files and Windows XP will no longer start. You will receive a message stating: “NTLDR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart“. Instead you can opt-out for the Automatic removal method using SpyHunter (Strongly recommended by or via manual deletion of the associated files.

NTDLR Missing

2. Remove Conduit Search Protect from your browser:

Internet Explorer: 

Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).

*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.

After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then close it in order for the changes to take effect.

Google Chrome:

Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.

For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\

For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\

Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:

For Windows XP:

1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.

2. Choose “Run“.

3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\   and hit Enter.

For Windows Vista/7/8/10:

1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.

2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\   and hit Enter.

Mozilla Firefox:

Mozilla Firefox:

1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.

2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.

3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.

4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that is imported. Click Finish and Firefox will re-start.

3. Check for arguments added by Search Protect in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:

Search Protect might also hijack your web browser shortcuts in order to force-load its home page. This causes the Search Protect`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.

The argument that Search Protect uses in order to hijack shortcuts looks like or is similar to the one below:

You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut`s target line.

4. Delete any folders related to Search Protect by checking the following locations:

Look for a folder named “Search Protect” or Conduit in:





There are 4 comments left Go To Comment

  1. Javier Ramirez /

    Is there a way to remove search protect virus after the computer is already inoperable? After I log in, all I get is a black screen. All I can do is cntl-alt-del to bring up the task manager. I am not 100% tech savvy, any help would be greatly appreciated. Geek Squad wants to charge me $199.99, I paid a total of $197.00 for the laptop on black Friday, can’t see spending more than the cost of the laptop. Might as well wait for another sale…



    1. Jason Smith /

      Hi Javier,
      In order to answer your question, first I need to ask you several questions:
      1. What is your operating system?! – Windows 7,8 or 8.1
      2. Have you tried to boot into safe mode?!
      3. Can you remember what was the last thing, that you have done before getting the black screen?!


  2. Carly Mac /

    I am having the same problem as Javier. I have windows 7 on an HP and the computer will start up, I put in my password and it goes to a black screen. Any help removing it at this point would be greaT!

    1. Jason Smith /

      Hello Carly,
      I need a bit more information about the problem:
      1. Can you boot your computer into Safe Mode (
      2. If you can boot into Safe Mode – try to use the System Restore (recover using restore points) –
      3. If you cannot boot into safe mode, I think that the only option will be booting using your Windows 7 installation media. With the installation media, you will be able to boot and recover the old installation – during the recovery your data won’t be removed. The Recovery option will preserve the data on your computer (pictures, documents, sheets etc.). The only problem might occur with some applications, which might need re-installing.


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