Reposting as separate threads causes confusion and is hard to follow.. For those interested, please post responses in the thread at the link below:
Locking this one.
Hope this helps.
system win 7 64 bit
just posted that i am unable to remove "search.conduit...." as my home page in IE10
wanted to add that i have already tried the "manage add-ons" route (there is no conduit there) and the control panel approach-- don;t see anything looking like search or conduit entrr