If you recently installed some free game or software you may have also, without noticing, that you may have agreed to also install search conduit. If your browser looks like the picture below then you have the search conduit program installed on your computer. 

search conduit virus/malware

Some have referred to this as a virus while others will call it malware, either way its a very annoying piece of software that takes over your browser homepage settings and starts to display more ads and slow down your computer. So how do you get rid of it? Below are the steps to follow to get rid of this.

1. Open internet explorer and click on the little gear icon in the top right (or the tools button if you have an older version of IE).

2. Select internet options. Now click on the advance tab and then click on RESET button. On the window that pops place a checkmark next to delete personal settings then click on RESET.

3. When it’s finished click on Close and then click OK. Now close out internet explorer

4. Now go to www.malwarebytes.org and download the free version of malwarebytes.

5. Install this program. Once its finish installing it should open up (if not just double click on the malwarebytes icon you see on your desktop).

6. Under the scanner tab you should select Perform a full scan. NOTE: It may take up to a couple of hours to do a complete scan depending on how much data you have on your computer. Just let the scan run until it finishes.

7. Once it’s done running the scan you will be able to click on a button that says Show Results. Click on this.

8. Now place a checkmark next to all the items it found. Make sure you scroll all the way down and checkmark everything. Then click on Remove Selected.

malwarebytes virus removal checklist

9. At this point it will start to remove all the malware it found (including search conduit) and show you a log of what it did and also may tell you that you now need to restart your computer. Go ahead and click YES to restart computer so it can finish removing the malware.

10. If malwarebytes found a lot of things like over 100+ items I recommend that you run another full scan just to make sure your computer is clean.

11. Once your computer boots back up you should now free of search conduit and also another other malware. Open up internet explorer and you should not see the search conduit webpage now.

These steps are not only good for removing search conduit but for any other malware you might have on your computer. I recommend that you run malwarebytes at least once a month or whenever you notice your computer running slower than usual or weird things showing up on your computer.

Leave a comment below and let me know if this has helped you.


Came across this error today on a computer that would connect to the internet just fine but when you tried to go to another page you would get this error message. After a little troubleshooting I was able to find a quick and easy fix for this. Here are the steps to fix this problem. 

1) Open up Interet Explorer and then go to tools > internet options.

2) Click on the Connections tab.

3) Now click on the button that says “Lan Settings

4) Place a checkmark on “Automatically detect settings.”

5) Now click OK and then click on OK again to close the settings box. Close out Internet Explorer and open it back up. You should be able to go to any webpage and not get this error anymore.

I hope this helps you and if you still have problems let me know and I can give you some other things to try.

So I came across this problem the other day and thought I would say what I did to resolve this problem. The computer would load certain websites OK like yahoo, espn, and bing. But would not load Google or AOL facebook and many others. I first ran a malwarebytes scan which found a couple of things and after cleaning things up and restarting the computer, I was still unable to load the Google homepage.

After some more research I found that when I ping google.com it was coming back with a 87.139 ip address range. I checked the host file and didn’t see anything abnormal. So after checking out a few more things and further research I determined the computer had a rootkit and was redirecting all these websites to a different IP. I downloaded and ran TSSKiller.exe  which found a rootkit and was able to successfully remove it. After another restart I was able to access Google and other sites with no problem.

Hopes this helps anyone as this was a tricky one to figure out.


I was setting up a new Dell Optiplex 790 today and after installing (Windows 7 pro 64 bit edition), I was trying to download the drivers for it and having a hard time downloading them from Dell’s website. I went to my laptop and had no probleming downloading them. I then updated the nic driver for the Optiplex and still had problems. While after searching on Google for awhile I came across a fix:

You need to go to an elevated command prompt. You can read about how to get to that here: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/783-elevated-command-prompt.html

Once you have the elevated command prompt type in:  

netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled

You should a message that says “Ok.”

Now you should have no problems with downloading files as this solved my problem.  This is the first time since working on a windows 7 machine that I have ever experienced this. Hope this helps you.


Just thought I would share with you a tip I found as my IE was starting to take a long time to load up the first page. After making sure my internet connection was fine and tyring out firefox (which had no issues loading up) I knew it had to be something else in IE. Many times there are add-ons that are installed that can cause IE to load up slowly. So here is a quick way to find out which add-ons you have and how long it takes for them to load. In Internet Explorer click on Tools then go to Managae Add-Ons. Now on the window that pops up right click on one of the columns and then go to columns and choose load time (if there is already a checkmark next to it you don’t need to do anything).


Now you may need to scroll over to the right but you should have a column called load time and you will now be able to see how long these add-ons are taking to load. Now you can disable the ones that are taking the longest to load or unistall the ones you don’t need.  I would suggest you do this one at a time to narrow down which one was causing IE to load slowly.  Once you narrow it down then you can either uinstall it or maybe reinstall or find an update for it.  For me it was a DVR plugin that was causing my issues and once i disabled it IE was loading much faster.