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#1 confusedoldy


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 10:12 AM

I have clicked control panel, programs and clicked Search Protect uninstall---nothing happens. I have restarted computer and tried again message says it is uninstalling(or words to that effect). I found Search Protect in files and tried to delete- message says file is already open.  Please how do I get rid of Search Protect?

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#2 DLL Outcast

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 01:14 PM

I would launch the MS Fixit from http://support.microsoft.com/mats/program_install_and_uninstall 


Also, i would recommend running a full Disk Cleanup, as the installer for that program could still be resident in Temp files.

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 05:29 PM

Please download AdwCleaner and run it.
An image like the one below will open, click on Scan.
Once the search is complete a list of the pending items will be displayed.  If you see any which you do not want removed, remove the check mark next to it.  
Click on Clean to remove the selected items.  
You will receive a message telling you that all programs will be close so that the infections can be removed.  Click on Ok.
When cleaning process is complete a log of what was removed will be presented.  Please copy and the paste this log in your next post.

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 08:46 PM

Also please run MBAM

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free and Malwarebytes Chameleon

  • Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free and save it to your desktop
  • Double click the desktop icon, click Run, then OK
  • Click Next
  • Select I accept the agreement then continue to click Next then finally click Install
  • Uncheck Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium if you do not want the free trial of the paid version, then click Finish
  • If you are notified the Database is out of date click Update Now
  • Click Scan Now >>
  • Note: If Malwarebytes will not launch please do the following to launch Malwarebytes Chameleon:
  • Click Start (Start, Search, All files and folders for Windows XP) then type mbam
  • Double click one of the four following files (if one does not work try the next one, and so on) - A black command window will open. Follow those instructions until the Malwarebytes program starts the scan


  • When completed click the down arrow on Export Log and select Text file (*.txt)
  • Save the file to your desktop as MBAM
  • Click Apply Actions then restart your computer if requested
  • Copy and past the contents of MBAM.txt in your reply

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 01:01 AM

Try going to safe mode or safe mode with networking and then deleting the search protect, conduit files and folders from


C:\Program files

C:\Program files(x86) -- if applicable






Reboot the PC to Normal mode and check


Note: Kill the process in normal mode itself and try deleting the files if possible.


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#6 Gotcha_Hotshot22


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Posted 01 June 2014 - 04:04 AM

I would like to suggest running Hitman Pro. It's a great antivirus program that will remove search protect from your computer in about four minutes.  I had it on mine once, it was a thorn under my skin to say the least... lol



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Posted 01 June 2014 - 06:51 AM

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions on how to remove Search Protect. I installed Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and I'm pleased to say it cleared everything to do with search protect. This is the first time I have used Bleeping Computer site and am amazed at
the speedy response from so many. Thanks again!

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