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Two Problems

by The ancient one / September 3, 2013 8:11 AM PDT

The first problem involves I.E.8 which I try not to use. It has become corrupted that is if I open the browser it causes the computer to freeze or lock up. Hopefully, I will never have to use IE8 but if for some reason I do need to then I have a problem. This is not something that you can delete and reinstall.

The other involves Conduit Search Toolbar
A google search revealed the following: "The Conduit virus, also referred to as the Conduit search virus, Conduit engaging people virus, Conduit malware apps, or the search.conduit.com redirect virus, is a website that participates in unethical practices, and is utilized by ethical and unethical third-parties, including cyber criminals and scam artists in order to generate revenue via Conduit Products such as the Conduit Community Toolbar. Conduit is essentially documented as a browser hijacker, that installs onto a computer system and attaches to an internet browser, in order to change internet browser settings such as the home page and default search engine. This causes infected internet browsers to start up on search.conduit.com and redirect to search.conduit.com as well as other webpages on the Conduit domain name and third-party domain names and search engines."

I uninstalled it using Revo Uninstaller but it still remained in various places in the computer and on IE8 and Google Chrome. Following instructions from another search, I removed it from the registry. Also was able to remove it from Google Chrome by deleting it from Google extensions. It is still in a Folder (C:\Program Files) and if I delete it from there, then every time I boot up the computer I get the following message: "RUNDLL
Error loading C:\Program Files\Conduit\CT3311857\plugins\TBVerifier.dll
The specified module could not be found
OK button"
Rather than clicking the OK button every time I boot up, I have left it in the folder, but I would really like to get rid of it. Any suggestions?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 3, 2013 8:17 AM PDT
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I would try..
by Carol~ Forum moderator / September 3, 2013 9:13 AM PDT
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Other than Bleeping Computer, I rarely recommend removal guides. In cases like yours, I find the below group of guides helpful. They include the proper steps and tools. Especially AdwCleaner, which targets Conduit. You have nothing to lose by trying. .

Remove search.conduit.com virus (Removal Guide)

As previously mentioned, AdwCleaner is included as one of the tools in the removal guide. Just recently, a new version of AdwCleaner (v3.0) was released. The owner of the site has yet to update the instructions to reflect this change. Not much has changed.

The "Search" button has been replaced with "Scan". And "Delete" replaced with "Clean". The new version looks like this. Make sure to close all open programs and browsers prior to running a scan. The instructions are straightforward and should help.

Best of luck..

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Hi Carol.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / September 3, 2013 9:20 AM PDT
In reply to: I would try..

I had a sense of deja vouz here. It appears the OP had a similar problem about 2 weeks ago.
Was going to give the same guide.


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 3, 2013 9:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Hi Carol.
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Well for me...
by Dafydd Forum moderator / September 3, 2013 9:44 AM PDT
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...Bob, I think more attention could be paid to prechecked boxes. Also, downloading software should be done from the makers site. Treat anything "free" with a modicum of suspicion and research well before proceeding.

Bedtime now, back tomorrow.


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Yeah Well
by itsdigger / September 3, 2013 9:55 AM PDT
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even if you un-check the boxes , download.com ignores that and continues loading unwanted garbage and infesting our computers with Adware and Malware . How can we fight that. It's total disrespect for us...Digger

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Hi there..
by Carol~ Forum moderator / September 3, 2013 9:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Hi Carol.

I knew something looked familiar. Thanks for waking me up!

When I accessed The Ancient One's profile in search of information, I didn't get that far back. I found more recent problems from a few days ago. (I'm hoping they're unrelated)

Skeptic that I am, I scrutinized his guides prior to recommending them. One site I checked had Spy Hunter hiding behind a (familiar looking) green download button. (2 strikes) The site may not be of help to everyone, but I'm satisfied the steps and tools are safe to implement and use.

Thanks for your help..

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