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Conduit Search Browser Hijacker

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#1 lmarv


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 06:50 AM

I have a Lenovo laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium. I use Firefox mostly for web browsing and recently found that when opening a new tab that the new tab opens to the Conduit search engine rather than my default blank or home page. The url is:




When this happened first, a few weeks ago, I ran Malwarebytes and removed the items it found. Afterwords, my browser was fine. Recently, perhaps after a reboot (not sure), it has come back.


I want to permanently remove, of course. Thank-you in advance for the help!



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 06:57 AM

Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.
  • Close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click on Clean.
  • Confirm each time with Ok.
  • You will be prompted to restart your computer. A text file will open after the restart.
  • Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.
  • You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.
Please download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.
  • Shut down your protection software now to avoid potential conflicts.
  • Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista, 7, or 8; instead of double-clicking, right-mouse click JRT.exe and select "Run as Administrator".
  • The tool will open and start scanning your system.
  • Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.
  • On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
  • Post the contents of JRT.txt into your next message.
Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.
  • Make sure the following options are checked:
    • Internet Services
    • Windows Firewall
    • System Restore
    • Security Center/Action Center
    • Windows Update
    • Windows Defender
    • Other Services
  • Press "Scan".
  • It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.
  • Please copy and paste the log to your reply.

#3 lmarv

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 01:25 PM

Thanks for the fast reply, Madman! I followed your directions and am pasting the 3 logs below. Note that I turned off my virus software before running the Junkware Removal Tool, and I also disconnected from the internet and network. I kept the computer in this state when running the Farbar also. I can run again with internet and/or antivirus on, if you want, just let me know.


Here are the logs, below. Again, thanks! Larry


# AdwCleaner v3.016 - Report created 03/01/2014 at 11:40:04
# Updated 23/12/2013 by Xplode
# Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (32 bits)
# Username : The Marvet's - THEMARVETS-PC
# Running from : C:\Users\The Marvet's\Desktop\AdwCleaner.exe
# Option : Clean

***** [ Services ] *****

***** [ Files / Folders ] *****

Folder Deleted : C:\Users\The Marvet's\AppData\Local\Searchprotect

***** [ Shortcuts ] *****

***** [ Registry ] *****

Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\SearchProtectINT_RASAPI32
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\SearchProtectINT_RASMANCS
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\SoftonicDownloader_for_picpick_RASAPI32
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\SoftonicDownloader_for_picpick_RASMANCS
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{014DB5FA-EAFB-4592-A95B-F44D3EE87FA9}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\SearchProtectINT
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Softonic
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\Video-Saver-1
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\SearchProtect

***** [ Browsers ] *****

-\\ Internet Explorer v9.0.8112.16520

-\\ Mozilla Firefox v26.0 (en-US)

[ File : C:\Users\The Marvet's\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\4i1frepy.default\prefs.js ]

Line Deleted : user_pref("browser.newtab.url", "hxxp://search.conduit.com/?ctid=CT3317740&octid=EB_ORIGINAL_CTID&SearchSource=69&CUI=&SSPV=&Lay=1&UM=2&UP=SPEF6E5149-ECF5-41EF-9549-3451397C5617");
Line Deleted : user_pref("browser.search.defaultenginename", "Conduit Search");
Line Deleted : user_pref("browser.search.selectedEngine", "Conduit Search");


AdwCleaner[R0].txt - [1813 octets] - [03/01/2014 11:39:32]
AdwCleaner[S0].txt - [1762 octets] - [03/01/2014 11:40:04]

########## EOF - C:\AdwCleaner\AdwCleaner[S0].txt - [1822 octets] ##########



Junkware Removal Tool (JRT) by Thisisu
Version: 6.0.9 (01.01.2014:1)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x86
Ran by The Marvet's on Fri 01/03/2014 at 11:45:48.19

~~~ Services

~~~ Registry Values

~~~ Registry Keys

~~~ Files

~~~ Folders

~~~ FireFox

Emptied folder: C:\Users\The Marvet's\AppData\Roaming\mozilla\firefox\profiles\4i1frepy.default\minidumps [4 files]

~~~ Event Viewer Logs were cleared

Scan was completed on Fri 01/03/2014 at 11:47:21.06
End of JRT log



Farbar Service Scanner Version: 05-12-2013
Ran by The Marvet's (administrator) on 03-01-2014 at 12:13:58
Running from "C:\Users\The Marvet's\exe files"
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium  Service Pack 1 (X86)
Boot Mode: Normal

Internet Services:

Connection Status:
Localhost is accessible.
There is no connection to network.
Attempt to access Google IP returned error. Google IP is unreachable
Attempt to access Google.com returned error: Other errors
Attempt to access Yahoo.com returned error: Other errors

Windows Firewall:

Firewall Disabled Policy:

System Restore:

System Restore Disabled Policy:

Action Center:

Windows Update:

Windows Autoupdate Disabled Policy:

Windows Defender:
WinDefend Service is not running. Checking service configuration:
The start type of WinDefend service is set to Demand. The default start type is Auto.
The ImagePath of WinDefend service is OK.
The ServiceDll of WinDefend service is OK.

Windows Defender Disabled Policy:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender]

Other Services:

File Check:
C:\Windows\system32\nsisvc.dll => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\Drivers\nsiproxy.sys => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\dhcpcore.dll => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\Drivers\afd.sys => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\Drivers\tdx.sys => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\Drivers\tcpip.sys => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\dnsrslvr.dll => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\mpssvc.dll => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\bfe.dll => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\Drivers\mpsdrv.sys => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\SDRSVC.dll => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\vssvc.exe => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\wscsvc.dll => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\wbem\WMIsvc.dll => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\wuaueng.dll => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\qmgr.dll => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\es.dll => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\cryptsvc.dll => MD5 is legit
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MpSvc.dll => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\ipnathlp.dll => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\iphlpsvc.dll => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe => MD5 is legit
C:\Windows\system32\rpcss.dll => MD5 is legit

**** End of log ****

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 07:02 PM

How is the PC now?

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 12:48 AM

Thanks! Seems to be working. Was there anything you saw in the logs that Malwarebytes didn't/wouldn't catch? I see a bunch of deleted registry keys in the AdwCleaner log.



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