My brother in-law's Windows 7 laptop seems to have installed the conduit search engine with one of his downloads. I've read where it can end up allowing a backdoor for someone to load a trojan, etc., in to the computer. The hard disk on his laptop is constantly being hit, quite strongly, even when the laptop is doing nothing. I found 2 programs running in task manager that had "conduit" in the description - I killed those, the disk activity stopped and the laptop started responding again.
I did some reasearch on the net, then tried to follow some advice I found. First I removed the program via the normal Windows 7 programs and features option in control panel. Next I went to the browser and removed any reference to conduit (like the default page, etc.), then did the reset they mentioned. I ran superantispyware and malwarebytes but neither found anything except a few tracking cookies - I let them delete them. I then checked the registry for the entries the instructions said to find and remove - couldn't find them. Yet everytime the PC starts up, conduit shows up again, the disk is hit like crazy, and the laptop is either super SLOW or completely unresponsive.
I *think* something got in and might possibly be allowing someone or something to look all over in the laptop and potentially send data or even allow remoted access to the laptop. I did turn off remote access itself in Windows, but it still keeps going.
I'm kind of at the end of my rope and my little Windows knowledge at this point. My brother in-law just gets so frustrated he gets really cranky and gets mad, but won't listen when I tell him to stop and let me do something (kill the conduit processes) to allow him to work better on it.
If anyone has any ideas on how to walk me through this it would be greatly appreciated!