What’s a conduit? Hitman Pro

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by ciscodisco, Aug 22, 2013.

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  1. ciscodisco

    ciscodisco Registered Member

    Recently when scanning a computer with Hitman Pro a warning of a “conduit” came up. It had a shield and not the normal X in red.... It was as follows:

    Name: SmartBar\
    File Path: HKU\Random Numbers and Letters \Software\AppDataLow\Software

    I wondered what a conduit is/ is it safe and how a user managed to install one. Interestingly the AV ESET had not found it.

    Last edited: Aug 22, 2013
  2. guest

    guest Guest

    Conduit --> hxxp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conduit_(publisher_network_and_platform)

    Interestingly, it's also the name of Linux synchronization software:
  3. guest

    guest Guest

    Anyway, there's a possibility that it's a false positive. Check with other scanners as well like Malwarebytes. If still not sure, then try to ask about this to the official developer here.
  4. SweX

    SweX Registered Member

    It is something you normally don't want to have inside :p

    Regarding ESET not detecting it, what version of ESET do you have installed? As of V6 the PUP detection is enabled by default if I remember correctly, but in earlier versions they are off by default, but can be enabled by the user of course.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2013
  5. Antimalware18

    Antimalware18 Registered Member

    I was wondering as well what this definition meant as i cleaned a friends computer who got hit with the FBI ransomware and while scanning with HMP in safemode with networking it detected this.
  6. Brummelchen

    Brummelchen Registered Member

    conduit is another useless stupid toolbar to collect user behavior and placing ads.

    anyway - always install "custom" if possible or ion sandboxie for testing purposes.
  7. ciscodisco

    ciscodisco Registered Member

    Thanks for all the comments.
  8. Nightwalker

    Nightwalker formerly: xXDarkStalkerxX

    Same detection here and I am sure that there isnt any toolbar or crapware installed.
  9. DVD+R

    DVD+R Registered Member

    Go into your registry setting (regedit) and delete everything that says Conduit you will be fine doing so as it will stop anything used by it to stop working, and in most cases delete the culprit, only already active applications such as toolbars should be deleted also. In many cases deleting software does not remove the registry key, all it does is empty the contents of the key, but leaves the directory behind, Manually deleting these leftover keys ensures the program has gone for good, Many registry cleaners note these as being empty keys, and will never delete them.
  10. digmor crusher

    digmor crusher Registered Member

    I think adwcleaner will get rid of it as well.
  11. Behold Eck

    Behold Eck Registered Member

    It`s bad stuff, get rid off it !
  12. chris1341

    chris1341 Guest

    Conduit comes with uTorrent if any are using that particular app but can be deleted with no impact. MBAM has been detecting it for a while, good to see HMP picking it up.

  13. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

    Interesting, does settings.dat mitigate that? These remnants can always be removed manually anyways, don't use up your trial license.
  14. Brummelchen

    Brummelchen Registered Member

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