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How to Remove the Conduit Virus (Step 2)
If the steps in the previous tutorial were not sufficient for the removal of the conduit virus, you need to use more abrasive cleaners. Follow the steps listed below. If you have not completed the steps in the first tutorial please do so first.
Basic Malware Cleaners
First, begin with a basic adware cleaner. It is called AdwCleaner, and created by Xplode.
Running AdwCleaner is fairly simple. Double-click the icon for it. Click Search. After the search, click Delete. Then you are done. Do not click uninstall. It can be confusing. Uninstall merely removes AdwCleaner from your computer.
Next, move on to a basic malware cleaner. It is called ComboFix, and created by sUBs.
Running ComboFix is about as simple as AdwCleaner, but can take much longer. Double-click the icon. Once it loads and backs up to registry, it will create a restore point, then run. During the initial load, it may ask you to agree to some terms of service. Click agree, then let ComboFix run its scan. If it takes awhile, do not give up. It generally has about 50 stages.
Advanced Malware Cleaners
Thirdly, we will run the free version of the fully-functional advanced malware cleaner HitmanPro. Note that there are two versions, 64-bit and 32-bit. Pick the appropriate version.
Running HitmanPro is a little more complicated. Double-click its icon. Click Next. Tick I accept the terms of the license agreement. Click Next. Click the radio button for No, I only want to perform a one-time scan to check the computer. Click Next. Allow it to run and clean the files. Then it will display the results.
Finally, we will run Malwarebytes, again. We ran this in the first part of this tutorial, but run it again just to be sure all remnants of the virus are gone. When Malwarebytes Anti-Malware downloads, you will have to install it. The installer is pretty straightforward. At the end of the install, tick Update Malwarebytes and Run Malwarebytes.
When Malwarebytes runs, select Perform full scan and click Scan. After the scan it will show you the results.
If That Didn't Work
That should have removed the virus. If for whatever reason, it did not, move on to step three, where you will manually remove the virus. The third and final step can be found here: How to Remove the Conduit Virus (Step 3)
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