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Saturday, November 9, 2013

What is cltmngui.exe and how to remove it?

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cltmngui.exe - Search Protect by Conduit

What is cltmngui.exe?

cltmngsvc.exe is a potentially unwanted application that comes along with the Search Conduit browser hijacker. It runs automatically every time Windows starts and displays SearchProtect GUI which allows you to change certain settings related to Conduit malware, for example select your homepage and change new tab preferences. Of course, recommended settings will be set to Conduit search engine and it could be difficult to change them. Anti-malware scanners detect it as PUP or adware, mostly PUP.Optional.Conduit.A or Conduit (fs). Keep in mind that cltmngsvc.exe isn't the main component of the browser hijacker so the original detection ratio is a lot higher than just 5%. Last time I checked it, more than 10 anti-virus scanners flagged one or more Conduit files as malicious or potentially dangerous, including this one, so I think it's a good indication that this file and related modules can do more harm than good. What is more, this application comes bundled with adware and spyware. It may display ads and even send certain information about your web browser habits to third party servers. I recommend you to remove cltmngui.exe and related malware from your computer. Scan your computer with recommended anti-malware software.

File name: cltmngui.exe
Publisher: Conduit Ltd.
File Location Windows XP: C:\PROGRA~2\SearchProtect\UI\bin\cltmngui.exe
File Location Windows 7: C:\PROGRA~2\SearchProtect\UI\bin\cltmngui.exe
Startup file: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run 'SearchProtect'