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Friday, June 28, 2013

What is Search Protect by conduit and how to remove it?

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Search Protect by Conduit Ltd.

What is Search Protect by conduit?

Search Protect by conduit is a part of the Conduit browser hijacker which will change your home page and default search engine to It forces users to use Conduit Search and blocks setting reversions attempted by users who want to recover their settings after they are hijacked by this malicious browser hijacker. It's not essential for Windows and may cause problems. It may slow down your computer, especially when online. What is more, Conduit malware displays ads on infected computers and redirects users to misleading websites when searching directly through the address bar. Most of the time, it is side-installed with adware and potentially unwanted applications, for instance Optimum Installer. If you web browser has been hijacked then there's a good chance that your computer is infected with adware as well. I recommend you to remove Search Protect by conduit from your computer. Use recommend anti-malware software to remove related adware and PUPs.

File name: cltmng.exe
Publisher: Conduit Ltd.
File Location Windows XP: C:\Program Files\searchprotect\bin\cltmng.exe
File Location Windows 7: C:\Program Files\searchprotect\bin\cltmng.exe
Startup file: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run 'SearchProtect'


Anonymous said...

On a Windows 8 machine (possibly other versions also), Conduit will cause WMIprvse.exe to consume a large portion of the CPU making your machine slow. On my laptop, WMIprvse.exe was using 18-20% of the CPU. After deleting Conduit, the WMIprvse.exe CPU usage dropped to 0%.

Admin said...

Thanks for reporting this issue.

Anonymous said...

The search protect file may be hidden underneath program files x86. So I recommend getting either 7zip or WinRar to find the hidden file.