Remove PowerGamesBar Toolbar (Conduit Search)

remove powergamesbar toolbarPowerGamesBar Toolbar is a browser extension, plugin or addon for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, also called a Browser Helper Object for Internet Explorer. The PowerGamesBar Toolbar is made and promoted by Conduit Ltd and will replace or hijack your default homepage to and in this case the search results are promoted by called PowerGamesBar Customized Web Search. The PowerGamesBar Toolbar is bundled during the installation process of free or shareware downloads by download managers. This PUP – Potentially Unwanted Program is not a malicious process, but it’s build to promote services, advertisements and should not be bundled during the installation process to trick users into installing it without a decent notice.

It is advised to always read the Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast thru the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers a Advanced or Custom option button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process.

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Please note that all the software we offer to remove PowerGamesBar Toolbar is free, our instruction is tested and works to remove this threat from your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser. We do not supply any shareware which detects the threat and asks a license in order to removePowerGamesBar Toolbar.

Follow all steps in correct order to completely and successfully remove PowerGamesBar Toolbar.
This is important: if you have any problem during this removal instruction in order to remove this threat, please stop.

Step 1 – Remove PowerGamesBar Toolbar from your favorite browser using AdwCleaner

Step 2 – Remove PowerGamesBar Toolbar left overs using Junkware Removal Tool

This is a comprehensive removal instruction to remove PowerGamesBar Toolbar from your computer. If for some reason the instruction does not deliver the desired results, you can reset your favorite browser Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to default settings. In first place this is not recommended, as restoring to default settings will remove all your personal settings from your browser. Please use restoring to default settings only if anything else fails.

Step 3 – Optional: Reset browser settings

Remove PowerGamesBar ToolbarRemove PowerGamesBar Toolbar using AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner will scan your computer for malicious Services, Folder, Files, Shortcuts, Registry items and Products. As AdwCleaner tries to delete these malicious content it will also clean the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser. We strongly recommend using AdwCleaner several times a month to keep your computer clean from adware, popups, browser hijackers or toolbars.

Download AdwCleaner (Official link and direct-download)

Select AdwCleaner.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

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If User Account Control asks you to allow AdwCleaner.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

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Start scanning your computer for any malicious threats by selecting the Scan button, please wait.

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AdwCleaner will now start scanning your computer. If AdwCleaner is done, it will display a list of malicious items detected, please uncheck the items you do not want to remove that might be detected as malicious.
If you have nothing to uncheck, continue to the removal process and select the Clean button.

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AdwCleaner will display the following informational alerts and starts rebooting the computer.

All programs will be closed in order to proceed correctly to the removal of the infections. Please save any work in progress and the click [OK]

If you have been brought to use AdwCleaner, it’s probably because your PC contained potentially unwanted programs or adware.
Potentially unwanted programs are often proposed during the installation of software. They may be present form of toolbars that sometimes change the homepage of the browser and slow internet browsing.
To avoid the installation of these programs polluting the computer, it is essential to follow these tips:

– Always download a program from the official link, or a trusted site
– When installing a program, do not click too fast [Next] without paying attention to Terms of Use and third-party programs available.
– If third-party programs are available (toolbars, etc) uncheck them.
– Enable detection of PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) in your Antivirus.

AdwCleaner must restart the computer to complete the removal process. The report will be opened on the next reboot.

After the reboot a logfile will open. The logfile in Windows XP and Windows 7 will open once the desktop is started. To open the logfile in Windows 8 you need to switch to the Desktop modus by selecting windows key + d on your keyboard.
If you want to check the AdwCleaner log, you can find the report log in your system drive, Adwcleaner folder (for example: C:\adwcleaner)

# AdwCleaner v3.016 – Report created 26/12/2013 at 12:36:02
# Updated 23/12/2013 by Xplode
# Operating System : Windows 8 Pro (64 bits)
# Username :
# Running from : C:\Users\\Desktop\adwcleaner.exe
# Option : Clean

***** [ Services ] *****

Service Deleted : 24x7HelpSvc
Service Deleted : CltMngSvc

***** [ Files / Folders ] *****

Folder Deleted : C:\ProgramData\Conduit
Folder Deleted : C:\ProgramData\PCFixSpeed
Folder Deleted : C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\24×7 help
Folder Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\24x7Help
Folder Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\Conduit
Folder Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\PCFixSpeed
Folder Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\PricePeep
Folder Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\Searchprotect
Folder Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\PowerGamesBar
Folder Deleted : C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Searchprotect
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Conduit
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Searchprotect
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Temp\CT3277484
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\LocalLow\Conduit
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\LocalLow\PriceGong
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\LocalLow\PowerGamesBar
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\24×7 help
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\PCFixSpeed
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\87pv5a55.default\CT3277484
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\87pv5a55.default\Extensions\{0b30893a-88e3-4a41-a259-97083b3178b8}
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\licjnkifamhpbaefhdpacpmihicfbomb
File Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\87pv5a55.default\Extensions\[email protected]
File Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\z5mcwxfd.default-1379072010919\Extensions\[email protected]
File Deleted : C:\END
File Deleted : C:\Users\Public\Desktop\24×7 help.lnk
File Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\browser\nsprotector.js
File Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\87pv5a55.default\searchplugins\Conduit.xml
File Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\87pv5a55.default\searchplugins\conduit-search.xml
File Deleted : C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\BackgroundContainer Startup Task

***** [ Shortcuts ] *****
***** [ Registry ] *****

Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\DOMStorage\
Value Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run [BackgroundContainer]
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\PricePeep.DLL
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\PricePeep.PricePeepBho
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\PricePeep.PricePeepBho.1
Value Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run [24x7HELP]
Value Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run [PCFixSpeed]
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Toolbar.CT3277484
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{38A066B0-DD5F-4226-AC4F-6A27C1BFB892}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{1AA60054-57D9-4F99-9A55-D0FBFBE7ECD3}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{3C471948-F874-49F5-B338-4F214A2EE0B1}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{4AA46D49-459F-4358-B4D1-169048547C23}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{FD6D90C0-E6EE-4BC6-B9F7-9ED319698007}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{0B30893A-88E3-4A41-A259-97083B3178B8}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{74C033C2-9C20-4371-A18B-55001DF5C368}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{1B97A696-5576-43AC-A73B-E1D2C78F21E8}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{75BF416E-4326-45B5-8A2D-AE32D05B930B}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{3BF3DED5-0FC8-4207-AC09-AA7B5AF4E408}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{FD6D90C0-E6EE-4BC6-B9F7-9ED319698007}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{0B30893A-88E3-4A41-A259-97083B3178B8}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{FD6D90C0-E6EE-4BC6-B9F7-9ED319698007}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{0B30893A-88E3-4A41-A259-97083B3178B8}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{74C033C2-9C20-4371-A18B-55001DF5C368}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{FD6D90C0-E6EE-4BC6-B9F7-9ED319698007}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{0B30893A-88E3-4A41-A259-97083B3178B8}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\PreApproved\{74C033C2-9C20-4371-A18B-55001DF5C368}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{CFB8943F-F8A7-46C8-9BFA-5E8D8639512A}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{110EA4AA-9AF5-4175-BF2A-5368DC6A0998}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{014DB5FA-EAFB-4592-A95B-F44D3EE87FA9}
Value Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar [{0B30893A-88E3-4A41-A259-97083B3178B8}]
Value Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser [{0B30893A-88E3-4A41-A259-97083B3178B8}]
Value Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks [{0B30893A-88E3-4A41-A259-97083B3178B8}]
Value Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks [{0B30893A-88E3-4A41-A259-97083B3178B8}]
Key Deleted : [x64] HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{4AA46D49-459F-4358-B4D1-169048547C23}
Key Deleted : [x64] HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{865D7100-82C7-42F4-9C06-860DEC0871B2}
Key Deleted : [x64] HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{1B97A696-5576-43AC-A73B-E1D2C78F21E8}
Key Deleted : [x64] HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{75BF416E-4326-45B5-8A2D-AE32D05B930B}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\24x7help
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Conduit
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\powerpack
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Toolbar
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\BackgroundContainer
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\Conduit
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\ConduitSearchScopes
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\Crossrider
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\PriceGong
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\SmartBar
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\PowerGamesBar
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\24x7help
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\Conduit
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\SearchProtect
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\PowerGamesBar
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{A957F04C-49F4-4375-8C8A-D04B769EFE47}_is1
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PricePeep
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\SearchProtect

***** [ Browsers ] *****

-\\ Internet Explorer v10.0.9200.16384

Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Start Page]

-\\ Mozilla Firefox v25.0.1 (en-US)

[ File : C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\87pv5a55.default\prefs.js ]

Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.FF19Solved”, “true”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.UserID”, “UN31522091873025718”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“”, “true”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.fullUserID”, “UN31522091873025718.IN.20131226113339”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.installDate”, “26/12/2013 11:33:41”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.installSessionId”, “{76115A49-D01D-4F54-9041-B2D12306227F}”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.installSp”, “true”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.installerVersion”, “”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.keyword”, “true”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.originalHomepage”, “about:home”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.originalSearchAddressUrl”, “”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.originalSearchEngine”, “”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.originalSearchEngineName”, “”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.searchRevert”, “true”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.searchUninstallUserMode”, “2”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.searchUserMode”, “2”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.smartbar.homepage”, “true”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.toolbarInstallDate”, “26-12-2013 11:33:39”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.versionFromInstaller”, “”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3277484.xpeMode”, “0”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“Smartbar.SearchFromAddressBarSavedUrl”, “”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“”, “PowerGamesBar Customized Web Search”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“”, “PowerGamesBar Customized Web Search”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“”, “hxxp://{searchTerms}”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“”, “Conduit Search”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.startup.homepage”, “hxxp://”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“keyword.URL”, “hxxp://”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“smartbar.addressBarOwnerCTID”, “CT3277484”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“smartbar.conduitHomepageList”, “hxxp://,hxxp://[…]
Line Deleted : user_pref(“smartbar.conduitSearchAddressUrlList”, “hxxp://”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“smartbar.defaultSearchOwnerCTID”, “CT3277484”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“smartbar.homePageOwnerCTID”, “CT3277484”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“smartbar.originalHomepage”, “hxxp://”);

-\\ Google Chrome v31.0.1650.63

[ File : C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\preferences ]

Deleted : search_url
Deleted : suggest_url
Deleted : keyword


Remove PowerGamesBar ToolbarRemove PowerGamesBar Toolbar left overs using Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool will not only remove this threat from your computer, but Junkware Removal Tool will scan and remove any threat from your computer that is malicious. Junkware Removal Tool is a great tool to completely clean your computer from any threat and highly recommended to use frequently to keep your computer clean and healthy. Best of all it’s free and updated regularly.

Download Junkware Removal Tool (Official link and direct-download)

Select JRT.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

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If User Account Control asks you to allow JRT.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

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As described on

Junkware Removal Tool is a security utility that searches for and removes common adware, toolbars, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from your computer.  A common tactics among freeware publishers is to offer their products for free, but bundle them with PUPs in order to earn revenue.  This tool will help you remove these types of programs.

Please note: Close all your browsers, save any work and then press any key to continue.
Your desktop may blink or a new window may open during the scan and removal process of junkware removal tool.

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When Junkware Removal Tool is done scanning and removing malicious items from your computer a logfile will open.

Optional: Reset browser settings

If for some reason the instruction as supplied does not work for you, or the problem remains. It might be advised to restore your settings from your favorite browser to default settings. Please know when you restore to default settings all your personal settings will be lost. If you do agree to continue to reset your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser to default settings see our instructions.

Reset Internet Explorer to default settings

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  3. Select Internet Options
  4. Goto tab Advanced
  5. Select Reset button
  6. Enable Delete personal Settings
  7. Click Reset button
  8. Restart Internet Explorer

Reset Google Chrome to default settings

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Goto the three stripes in the right top corner (menu)
  3. Select Settings
  4. Scroll down to the end of the page, search for + Show advanced settings
  5. Scroll down once again to the end of the page and click Reset browser settings button
  6. Click Reset once more

Reset Mozilla Firefox to default settings

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox
  2. Goto the orange Firefox button in the top left
  3. Select Help > Troubleshooting information
  4. Select Reset Firefox
  5. Confirm Reset Firefox
  6. Select Finish
  7. Mozilla Firefox will automatically restart

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