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Vanity: Remove Conduit
vanity | March 11, 2012 | self

Posted on 03/11/2012 3:10:11 AM PDT by Sherman Logan

I'm hoping somebody here can help me.

I somewhere picked up up an add-on or virus or something that hijacked my home page and searches on IE9. It changes my searches to Bing and uses Conduit.com as my home page. Probably does other stuff I don't want it to.

Anybody got any ideas on how to get rid of it?


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1 posted on 03/11/2012 3:10:15 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

Two days ago I fired up my PC to see MSN had given me IE9 Beta as an update. Had the same screen as u have. Removed the update and changed auto update to notify updates before installing.


2 posted on 03/11/2012 3:19:05 AM PDT by tiger-one
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To: Sherman Logan

You got to get a roundtuit.


3 posted on 03/11/2012 3:33:57 AM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: tiger-one
Re: “Two days ago I fired up my PC to see MSN had given me IE9 Beta as an update.”

That sounds very suspicious to me.

Per Microsoft's agreement with the US Justice Department, IE installations must be voluntary.

As to IE9 Beta, IE9 came pre-installed on my new Dell.

It's worked flawlessly more than 3 months.

4 posted on 03/11/2012 3:36:43 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: Sherman Logan

Try doing a “system restore” to a date prior to the browser hijacking. It won’t effect your files -only undo any program updates during that time frame.


5 posted on 03/11/2012 3:50:24 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Sherman Logan
http://www.malwarebytes.org/
6 posted on 03/11/2012 4:05:02 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Mohammedan law every woman must belong to a man will delay the end of slavery until Islam has ceased)
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To: zeestephen

“Per Microsoft’s agreement with the US Justice Department, IE installations must be voluntary.”

I guess if you allow automatic updates w/o any warning they are following the US JD rules


7 posted on 03/11/2012 5:31:12 AM PDT by tiger-one
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To: Sherman Logan

One comment in a ‘help’ thread says you can remove the Conduit toolbar via the regular Windows remove programs in the Contol Panel.

http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6122_102-504164/conduit-engine-uninstall/


8 posted on 03/11/2012 6:31:22 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Sherman Logan

malwarebytes, McaFee Stinger for starters.
I switched to Microsofts Security Essentials some time ago and haven’t had any issues - they periodically update a malware tool to check and clean such things. I was leery of it at first, but it’s free and so far (7 months) so good.
I also leave the default “ask me everytime to change the OS” function in place - it’s a pain but makes sure you authjorize whatever is happening.


9 posted on 03/11/2012 7:08:42 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Sherman Logan
Looks like you have a browser hijacker and that will likely prevent you from downloading the programs to remove it. However, in a similar situation I used an AVG rescue disk to successfully clean a computer infected with a browser hijacker and several other viruses. You will have to have another clean computer to download and make the rescue disk. The rescue disk then runs on the infected computer and removes the problems. Download the free materials to make a rescue disk here: AVG Rescue Disk
10 posted on 03/11/2012 7:51:27 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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