Tuesday . . .

Another beautiful day in the neighborhood. Jan and Mister and I sat outside and enjoyed our coffee. Well, Mister didn’t have coffee. He just enjoyed licking himself.

But we all had fun.

I took the day off from chores and worked on some computer things for a couple of clients. Still working on the laptop that was infected with the Conduit Search problem. I’ve got most of it cleaned out, but there’s still a ‘poison pill’ left in there somewhere. After Conduit Search is removed, everything works, but it keeps trying to come back. SuperAntiSpyware is blocking it, but warnings keep flashing up which gets to be annoying very quickly. But I’ll find it eventually.

Conduit Search is one of those programs that you usually infect yourself with. It normally gets installed because you didn’t check carefully when you installed another piece of software. You need to read all the fine print in the “Terms and Conditions”, and at the bottom of the install screen, usually a number of check boxes that if you don’t uncheck them, you get all sorts of junk along with the problem you wanted.

Conduit Search is not a virus per se, but is usually referred to as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program), though I think the acronym should be Positively Unwanted Program.

Running the paid version of either SuperAntiSpyware or Malwarebytes should protect from this being installed on your system. Note I said the ‘paid’ versions, because the programs have to be actively running to do this, and only the paid versions allow this.

FWIW I run the paid versions of both. They don’t conflict.

For the record, these are the “protection programs” I run.

AVG Free Virus Protection
ZoneAlarm Firewall
SuperAntiSpyware – paid version
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – paid version
Glary Utilities
Microsoft Security Essentials

If you have any questions about any of these let me know.

About 1 PM Jan and I headed out to have lunch at

King Food and then some errands. After lunch I made a client stop for a few minutes to update some software. I’ll be back here Saturday night to do some stuff that can’t be done in the daytime when they’re using the system.

We next decide to check out the Wal-Mart down in Texas City, and Jan said “Never again”. Traveling around so much, we’re used to finding Wal-Marts with different layouts, but this one looked like someone had just scattered the rows out at random. It was the screwiest  layout I’ve every seen.

As Jan says “Never again”.

Thought for the Day:

Foolproof system are always undermined by fools.



6 Responses

  1. As fulltimers, we, too, shop a lot of Walmarts and have found one or two whose layouts defy reason. But the stores we absolutely hate to shop in are the Fred Meyer Superstores. Less logic to the layouts.

  2. Greg, Windows Defender comes with Windows 8, but I don’t see you using it, please tell me what your thoughts about it are. Also, if you don’t mind and have the time, would you please let me know why you run all those other programs? I’m probably not technical enough to know the reason for all of them. Thanks.

  3. Although AVG antivirus is a good antivirus app Greg, They have started piggybacking their damn search bar with Windows sidebar gadgets. When I updated one gadget I clicked through the install to fast, I know my fault, and this damn AVG search page wiped out all my Firefox “home page” tabs that open automatically…. Every one of them and it made this AVG search page in their place.

    Although this AVG thing was easy enough to uninstall it Took me half a day to rebuild all my news, weather, google, tech,movie etc home page tabs. Thanks AVG. Its kinda defeating the purpose of what they stand for is it not.

  4. Dave,

    The only Fred Meyer’s we’ve patronized regularly was the one in Fairbanks, AK, and that one seemed to be pretty well laid out.

    But that was 2008 and things may have changed.

  5. Chris,

    Sorry about your search tabs.

    Pretty much every “FREE” program have some strings attached, even AVG.

    At least AVG is easy to uninstall.

    Like you said, you went too fast and didn’t read what you were agreeing to.

    I was installing something from MS the other day and it wanted to replace my default search page with Bing.

    This would have done exactly the same thing to you as AVG.

    You just have to be careful and take your time.

    BTW, doesn’t Firefox have a way to save those search tabs off?

    Seems like they used to.


  6. SuperAntiSpyware and AntiMal-Ware Bytes do what Windows Defender does, and does it better.

    WD is turned off on my machines, because it seems to interfere with some other things.

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