Remove vGrabber malicious program and vGrabber toolbar hijacker

vGrabber video downloader” is a program that – as its publisher says – helps users to download and convert videos into any format. The “vGrabber” program is marked as malicious because it tries to secretly download and install other malicious programs without asking user permission. 

The publisher also offers the “vGrabber community toolbar” to help users download and convert videos from the Web, but “vGrabber community toolbar” is another adware and hijacker program, bundled inside other free software installation programs.

When “vGrabber community toolbar” is installed on your computer, it modifies your Internet search settings, it changes your Internet home page to Conduit search engine (search.conduit.com) which performs browsing redirects and displays advertisements from unknown vendors.

"vGrabber community toolbar” can be installed on common Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox) if a user doesn’t pay attention when installing free software (commonly).

To remove “vGrabber video downloader” program ,"vGrabber community toolbar” & restore your browser search settings, follow the steps below:

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How to remove "vGrabber” software & "vGrabber community toolbar” from your computer:

Step 1. Uninstall applications belonging to "Conduit” publisher from your Control panel.

1. To do this, go to Start > Control Panel.

{Start > Settings > Control Panel. (Windows XP)}

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2. Double click to open “Add or Remove Programs” if you have Windows XP or

Programs and Features” if you have Windows 8, 7 or Vista.

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3. In the program list, find and Remove/Uninstall these applications:

a. vGrabber

b. Vgrabber Toolbar

c. Search Protect by Conduit

d. Uninstall any other application installed from “Conduit” publisher.

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Step 2. Manually remove "vGrabber community toolbar” & restore your Internet browser search settings.

Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox

Internet Explorer

How to remove “vGrabber community toolbar” from Internet Explorer & restore Internet Explorer search settings.

1. Open Internet Explorer and then open “Internet Options”.

To do this from IE’s file menu, choose “Tools” > “Internet Options”.

Notice*: In the latest versions of IE press the “Gear” icon image_thumb18 on the top right.

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2. At “General” tab, Delete the “search.conduit.com” from “Home page” box and type your preferred Home Page (e.g. www.google.com)

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3. Then press “Settings” in Search section. *

Notice*: If you want to modify search settings in Internet explorer while in main Internet Explorer window, just press the “Gear” icon image_thumb18 (on the top right corner) and choose “Manage Add-ons” .

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4. On "Search Providers" options, choose and "Set as default" a search provider other than "Vgrabber Customized Web Search".

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5. Then choose the “Vgrabber Customized Web Search” and click Remove.

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6. Choose “Toolbars and Extensions” on the left pane and then choose and disable (one by one) all unwanted Toolbars and extensions from Conduit Ltd.:

a. Vgrabber Toolbar

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7. Close all Internet Explorer windows and proceed to Step 3.


Google Chrome

How to remove “vGrabber community toolbar” from Chrome & restore Google Chrome search settings

1. Open Google Chrome and go to chrome menu image and choose "Settings".

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2. Find the "On startup" section and choose "Set Pages".

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3. Delete the "search.conduit.com" from startup pages by pressing the "X" symbol on the right.

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4. Set your preferred startup page (e.g. http://www.google.com) and press "OK".

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5. Under “Appearance” section, check to enable the “Show Home button” option and choose “Change”.

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6. Delete the “search.conduit.com” entry from “Open this page” box.

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7. Type (if you like) you preferred webpage to open when you press your “Home page” button (e.g. www.google.com) or leave this field blank and press “OK”.

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5. Go to "Search" section and choose "Manage search engines".

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6. Choose your preferred default search engine (e.g. Google search) and press "Make default".

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7. Then choose the "search.conduit.com" search engine and remove it by pressing the "X" symbol at the right. Choose "OK" to close "Search engines" window.

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8. Choose "Extensions" on the left.

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9. In “Extensions” options remove the “Vgrabber” extension by clicking the recycle icon at the right.

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10. Close all Google Chrome windows and proceed to Step 3.


Mozilla Firefox

How to remove “vGrabber community toolbar” from Firefox & restore Firefox search settings.

1. Click on “Firefox” menu button on the top left of Firefox window and go to “Options”.

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2. In “General” tab delete the “http://search.conduit.com” page from “Home Page” box and type your preferred HomePage (e.g. http://www.google.com).

Press “OK” when finished.

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3. From Firefox menu, go to “Tools” > “Manage Add-ons”.

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4. Choose “Extensions” on the left and then make sure that “Vgrabber extension doesn’t exist.*

* If “Vgrabber” extension exists, then press the “Remove” button in that line.

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5. Choose “Plugins” on the left and “Disable” the “Conduit Plugin” found there.

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6. Close all Firefox windows and proceed to the next Step.

Step 3: Clean remaining registry entries using “AdwCleaner”.

1. Download and save “AdwCleaner” utility to your desktop.

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2. Close all open programs and Double Click to open ”AdwCleaner” from your desktop.

3. Press “Delete”.

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4. Press “OK” at “AdwCleaner – Information”and press “OK” again to restart your computer.

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5. When your computer restarts, close "AdwCleaner" information (readme) window and continue to the next step.

Step 4. Clean you computer with RogueKiller

1. Download and save "RogueKiller" utility on your computer'* (e.g. your Desktop).

Notice*: Download version x86 or X64 according to your operating system's version. To find your operating system's version, "Right Click" on your computer icon, choose "Properties" and look at "System Type" section.

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2. Double Click to run RogueKiller.

3. Let the prescan to complete and then press on "Scan" button to perform a full scan.

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3. When the full scan is completed, press the "Delete" button to remove all malicious items found.

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Step 5. Clean your computer from remaining malicious threats.

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1. Run "Malwarebytes Anti-Malware" and allow the program to update to it's latest version and malicious database if needed.

2. When the "Malwarebytes Anti-Malware" main window appears on your screen, choose the "Perform quick scan" option and then press "Scan" button and let the program scan your system for threats.

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3. When the scanning is completed, press “OK” to close the information message and then press the "Show results" button to view and remove the malicious threats found.

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4. At the "Show Results" window check – using your mouse's left button- all the infected objects and then choose the "Remove Selected" option and let the program remove the selected threats.

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5. When the removal of infected objects process is complete, "Restart your system to remove all active threats properly"

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6. Continue to the next step.

Advice: To ensure your computer is clean and safe, perform a Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware full scan in windows “Safe mode“.*

*To get into Windows Safe mode, press the “F8” key as your computer is booting up, before the appearance of the Windows logo. When the “Windows Advanced Options Menu” appears on your screen, use your keyboard arrows keys to move to the Safe Mode option and then press “ENTER“.

Step 6. Clean unwanted files and entries.

Use “CCleaner” program and proceed to clean your system from temporary Internet files and invalid registry entries.*

*If you don’t know how to install and use “CCleaner”, read these instructions.

Step 7. Restart your computer for changes to take effect and perform a full scan with your antivirus program.

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