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how do I remove conduit search engine

by abuelitojd / March 7, 2013 7:51 AM PST

I have an HP G70 laptop that I was trying to download belarc on. I got the conduit search engine and toolbar, etc., even though I unchecked the boxes for any add on.

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Conduit-related items..
by Carol~ Forum moderator / March 7, 2013 8:12 AM PST

Anything Conduit-related should be able to be removed with AdwCleaner. (It's free)

Please read "AdwCleaner Usage Instructions" at the above site.

Best of luck..

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Added note..
by Carol~ Forum moderator / March 7, 2013 8:31 AM PST


If you ever need to download additional software in the future, make sure to use the "Direct Download Link" just below "Download Now" in green.


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Where is the start icon?
by abuelitojd / March 7, 2013 8:49 AM PST

I downloaded the adwcleaner and enabled the askdetection / yahoo tool bar. Where/how does one start the program?

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On your desktop..
by Carol~ Forum moderator / March 8, 2013 1:01 AM PST

I don't understand what you mean when you say you "downloaded the adwcleaner and enabled the askdetection / yahoo toolbar". AdwCleaner is a very small application and doesn't come with any toolbars such as Yahoo or Ask. Its purpose to remove them.

You asked where/how to start the program. When you downloaded AdwCleaner to your Desktop, it created an icon / shortcut there. (It looks like a brown bug with 6 legs) With all programs closed double-click on it and run the program.

NOTE: If you first click Search (instead of Delete) AdwCleaner will scan your system and show you the results as a text file. If you have any doubts about what it finds, please ask here. Otherwise, proceed with the cleaning process by clicking Delete.

If you have any doubts, read these set of instructions to remove it manually. It also includes instructions for the use of AdwCleaner, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and HitmanPro. Avoid using the download links, as I only just found it and haven't had time to test and verify each of them myself. Ask here and we'll provide them. But the information provided is correct.

Best of luck..

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Conduit problems
by abuelitojd / March 8, 2013 11:53 PM PST
In reply to: On your desktop..

Thanks for the reply. I restored the system which seemed to have solved my problem. I think my first reply was because I went to the bleeping computer by clicking on the AdwCleaner link. Ah well, I am not very adept at computer stuff. Again, thanks.

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Adw cleaner is good...
by icemanone111 / March 7, 2013 4:16 PM PST

Adw cleaner is good... I used it...

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MalwareBytes works, too
by pianodirt / January 16, 2014 1:48 AM PST

This is an old thread, but perhaps this will be useful to someone who lands here from an internet search...

My wife's computer has gotten the nasty Conduit Search/Conduit Search Protect malware twice now. The first time we first used MalwareBytes (the free version) and it removed most of the issue. We had to use another free software (sorry, I forget what it was) to remove the rest of it, but it wasn't AdwCleaner. This was around August 2013. Then just a few days ago, her computer got infected again. After resetting both IE and Firefox to their default states, we used MalwareBytes (with updated detection files) again and this time it removed ALL of the Conduit crap. In Aug 2013, MalWareBytes found about 70 files related to Conduit. Then just a few days ago, it found 147 Conduit-related files. Either MalwareBytes is getting better at removing the Conduit stuff and/or Conduit is getting sneakier about how deep into the OS it installs. This was on a Vista 32-bit machine.

Some blogs have mentioned a source of Conduit/Conduit Search Protect is likely as a result of downloading a free piece of software from CNET. We are likely to agree, both times this happened, she had recently downloaded something free from CNET. There was no obvious checkbox to unchoose installing such crap. If this is really true, it is unfortunate, because CNET used to be such a reliable source for downloads, but if they are allowing this crap to be installed, they might want to rethink that. Even if CNET is not the source of such malicious software, then their reputation is being tarnished because people are saying this is so.

This is the guide we roughly followed, though we did not use HitMan Pro:

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