Search Engine Virus??

hi, i need help,...
when i enter a subject into a the search engine, it displays the results, HOWEVER, when i then click on a link under those results, i get sent to another completly different site, normally an "adult" site.

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Removing Conduit Engine / Toolbar


There's a possibility you inadvertently installed their toolbar, when installing certain software. In some instances, it comes pre-checked and is easy to miss.

You haven't mentioned which browser you're using, or which operating system. First try removing it manually.

See if Conduit Engine is listed in Add / Remove. Remove it, if there. Also look in Internet Explorer's add-ons.

IF you're using FF, see if you find it when going to Tools>Add-ons. Without knowing which version you (might) have installed, you're going to have to do a little hunting around. It shouldn't be difficult to find.

I would highly suggest downloading and installing the Revo Uninstaller. It's free. And should help clean any leftover files.

It also wouldn't hurt to run a scan with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. It can be downloaded from here or (directly) from here.

Let us know how you make out..

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Browser and op sys.

i am using Win 7 and google Chrome but it also happens on Internet Exp. 9 too

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Thanks for the information..


My apologies for not getting back to you sooner.

It's possible the Conduit engine may only be part of the problem. There are a variety of reasons, for being redirected to "said" site/s. Each may require a different action and/or scanning tool.

For the time being, let us know if you were able to find it and remove it. And also let us know, if Malwarebyes' Anti-Malware found anything.

I don't like getting ahead of myself, considering all the possibilities, but IF the problem continues to persist, try scanning with the following tools. You have nothing to lose, by doing so.

Hitman Pro 3.5 - It's free to use without a license. If a virus is found, you will receive a free 30-day license to remove the threat. Note: There are separate downloads for 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 7.

Kaspersky's TDSSKiller - The instructions and download can be found here:

Lastly. I tend to doubt this is the case, but check it anyway. Open IE and go to Tools>Internet Options>Connection Tab. Click on the LAN settings button. IF there is a check mark next to "Use a proxy server for your LAN", uncheck it. Click OK. Then OK, again.


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(NT) problem sorted out thankyou, used the anti-Malware software
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(NT) Glad to hear it! You're welcome, dman ;)
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conduit engine

Thanks to Carol. I have removed it thru Revo uninstaller. Removal using 'Uninstall Programs' in Control Panel causes, removal of all applications.

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I have given up trying to remove this from any computer ! It even gets into the recovery partition on the HD making a factory recovery impossible. The only way out I have discovered is to contact your computer manufacturer or a recovery disc seller for a factory recovery disc and boot from the optical drive. Formatting the HD is the only sure fire way to kill this thing ! Its a lot of work but guaranteed 100%. I have never saved any documents or pictures fearing its hiding there also but I guess you could try and if conduit is still there just recover it again formatting the drive. The last one I did had no recovery disc available from anywhere so I had to format the drive and re install the operating system. It was an old computer and I ended up missing some drivers and IE was old and funky and generally a nightmare. I went to my trusted CNET DOWNLOAD site for something and don't you know I downloaded conduit again hiding in some download. Why would CNET allow this to happen ?

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