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Removing CNET Downloader injected malware

by mosspa / December 28, 2013 3:29 AM PST

I have looked at the many forum topics on the malware injection problem in the CNET downloader. I, personally, have stopped using CNET after having my computer infested with the Conduit malware. Conduit was particularly hard to remove. A combination of SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes and HitMan Pro appeardd to get rid of most of it, but I still had some lingering infections.

I have nothing to do with the publisher, but the only thing that totally has gotten rid of Conduit and other hard to remove malware infections (most of which I didn't know I had, and one of which was a key tracker) is SpyHunter 4. It's a bit pricy ($39.95 every 6 months), but I have accepted it as the true cost of using freeware these days. You can download and try it for free, it will find the malware and report to you, but you have to buy it in order to remove the infections. Seriously, when I saw the 497 infections on my C: drive, it scared the s**t out of me. I suppose it could of been making some of the infections up so as to induce me to purchase the program, but it did find the Conduit infections (52 iterations of it in various system files and registry), and all of the adware that Hitman Pro usually reports. So, after considering what a new Windows install would cost me in time, I paid out the $39.95. I'm happy to report that it, apparently, worked. Conduit was gone, at least.

I know that this sounds like an ad for Spyhunter. It's not. I'm just an average user with pretty good computer skills. I bought the program and, for now, I'm a happy camper.

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The sad problem with SpyHunter is it's not what it seems.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 28, 2013 3:39 AM PST
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I've experienced nothing negative since I have been using it
by mosspa / December 28, 2013 5:09 PM PST

Well, just to set the record straight, I've been running SpyHunter a couple times a week for about a month now and have never experienced any of the negative things mentioned in the link. My guess is that the negative comments are being made by malcontents, malware vendors (like CNET) and others that have a financial interest in ruining the reputation of a program that actually works. When I had the Conduit infection, neither Spybot Search and Destroy, Malwarebytes, Hitman Pro, nor Super Spyware (whatever) completely eliminated it. SpyHunter did. That so many once reputable sites (like CNET) now distribute Conduit (in one of its forms) suggests that the incentive is great enough for them to throw away their integrity. Independently of your link (and there are quite a few comments in the list that are reporting experiences similar to mine) SpyHunter does work. That you would use that link as some sort of invalidation of my claim suggests that you are either easily mislead, or don't really have a clue.

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Thanks for that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 29, 2013 12:13 AM PST

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