Your Conduit/Trovi browser hijacking topic is here
is a toolbar engine installed (bundled) with other free software which allows users to add applications directly to their browser without a community toolbar. Conduit offers a distribution option for Conduit-powered offerings and is used in order to generate ad revenue for the company.
Conduit Community Toolbar Help CenterTrovi
How do I earn money with bundles?
By offering (bundling) a Community Toolbar in your software installer, you are boosting the Community Toolbars installs. The Active Rewards program pays you based on the number of daily active users of your Community Toolbar according to the Three Tiers Table. If you are not yet a member of the Active Rewards program, you can join through the Make Money tab.
is an enhanced online search engine also found bundled with other software.
While not explicitly malware or an infection in the typical sense, Conduit products (Toolbar, Search Protect)
are more accurately classified as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
because they are often installed stealthily without knowledge or consent from the end user. Bundled software can often be the source of various issues and problems to include Adware
, pop-up ads
, browser hijacking
which may change your home page and search engine, and user profile corruption
PUPs do not fall into the same categories as viruses, Trojans, worms, rootkits and bots, and that is the primary reason some anti-virus programs do not detect or remove them. One characteristic of PUPs and other junkware is that they insert themselves (components) into various areas throughout a computer's operation system to include hidden folders and windows registry. As such it is not uncommon for security scanners to detect numerous files, folders and registry settings after repeated scans are performed.
To learn more about PUPs and how you get them, please read: About those Toolbars and Add-ons - Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)