So, my kids somehow ended up infecting my computer with Conduit browser hijack. Every time I open IE, it redirects me back to conduit.com. I've changed my start page, reset IE, uninstalled & reinstalled IE, upgraded & downgraded IE, and still it's there. I've run AdAware, Malwarebytes, Spybot, AVG, JRT, Adware Removal Tool, ADWCleaner, Hack Cleaner, CCleaner, PC Decrapifier, Hijack This, and TDS Killer. I've even tweaked the registry by deleting all the Conduit entries (except for two that still show the Conduit redirect and won't let me change them or delete them, which is what Malwarebytes picks up.) So far, everything is clean except for Spybot & Malwarebytes picking up Conduit.
Malwarebytes picks up this: HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main|Start Page (PUP.Optional.Conduit.A) -> Bad: (http://search.conduit.com/?ctid=CT3319613&octid=EB_ORIGINAL_CTID&SearchSource=55&CUI=&UM=2&UP=SP388F4554-8F8F-46F7-8384-51EFA3B887B7&SSPV=) Good: (http://www.google.com) -> Delete on reboot.
Spybot picks up this:Win32.Downloader.gen: [SBI $F03796FC] IE start page (Registry change, fixing failed)
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-4088896248-3822548509-672843849-1000\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page=about:blank
Both Malwarebytes and Spybot both want to restart the computer to remove the threat, but they never remove it. Spybot always wants to run on startup, and I let it, and an hour or so later it's still not removed anything.
I'm at a loss. I've uninstalled Google Chrome, because it was doing the same thing as IE. I've already checked for and uninstalled the Conduit toolbar from my computer. At this point, I've removed IE from the computer, but I know that it will make Windows unstable without it, so I plan on putting it back. I'm currently running version 9. In the past, I have tried updating that to 10 & 11, without success, likely due to Conduit. I've tried everything under the sun beyond wiping the whole system and starting fresh, which I'm really trying to avoid. I'm not a novice user, but this bug is kicking my butt.
I'm running Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1. I generally use Firefox (current version 27), which is not being affected by the bug. If anyone has any suggestions for me to try, I'll certainly do so. Thanks for your help!