ok, What are the conduit files?
) is a toolbar/search engine installed (bundled) with other free software which allows users to add applications directly to their browser. See this Trovi End-User License Agreement
which explains the restructuring of Conduit and use of third-party software. ClientConnect likr Conduit offers a distribution option for bundled software offerings and is used in order to generate ad revenue for the company. By bundling a toolbar and search engine in a vendor's software installer, they boost the number of installs and a rewards program pays based on the number of daily active users.
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 (bundled) without knowledge or consent from the end user. As such, security tools typically detect and remove them. The results of your last scan indicate you previously ran AdwCleaner which removed conduit related files and quarantined them.
When an anti-virus or security program quarantines
a file (item) and moves it into a virus vault (virus chest) or a dedicated Quarantine folder, that file is safely held there and no longer a threat
. The file is essentially disabled and prevented from causing any harm to your system through proprietary security routines which may copy, rename (usually by adding a .vir extension), encrypt and password protect the file as part of the process.
Quarantine is just an added safety measure
which allows you to view and investigate the files while keeping them from harming your computer. One reason for doing this is to prevent the permanent deletion of a legitimate file that may have been incorrectly flagged (a "false positive
") and placed in quarantine. This can occur if the scanner uses heuristic analysis
technology which is not as reliable as signature-based detection (blacklisting) and can potentially increase the chances that a non-malicious program is flagged as suspicious or infected. If the file is confirmed as legitimate
, it can be safely restored
from quarantine and added to the exclusion or ignore list.
Keep in mind, however, that if these files are left in quarantine, other scanning programs and security tools may flag them as a threat while in the quarantined area so don't be alarmed if you see such an alert. This is what was actually detected by the ESET scan.
If you want a comprehensive look at your system for possible malware, there are advanced tools which can be used to investigate but they are not permitted in this forum. Please follow the instructions in the Malware Removal and Log Section Preparation Guide
. When you have done that, post your logs
in the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum
, NOT here
, for assistance by the Malware Response Team. If you choose to post a log...after doing that, please reply back in this thread with a link to the new topic so we can closed this one.