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How to Uninstall Alert.dll From Conduit

by C.D. Crowder
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If your computer is running slowly, you might have noticed alert.dll listed under Processes in your Task Manager. You're right in thinking this isn't a normal Windows process. In fact, it's associated with Conduit. Conduit is often installed silently with other programs. Even though it's not listed as malware, it hijacks your browser's search function and runs in the background. The alert.dll process is used to send information back to Conduit about your computer and Internet usage. Removing this file is part of removing Conduit from your system.

Step 1

Open a File Explorer window and navigate to the following location: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Conduit\Community Alerts\” without quotes.

Step 2

Select the “alert.dll” file and delete it.

Step 3

Open your Recycle Bin and empty it to completely delete the file. The Recycle Bin is on the Desktop view in Windows by default.

Step 4

Open your system's registry. The second part of alert.dll is stored in your registry. To open the registry, press "Windows-R” to open the Run command. Type “regedit.exe” (without quotes) and press “OK.”

Step 5

Navigate to the following registry key: “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{3c471948-f874-49f5-b338-4f214a2ee0b1}\InprocServer32” without quotes.

Find the value titled “Default” in the right pane. Highlight it and press “Delete.”

Tips

  • If you notice “search.conduit.com” appear anywhere in your browser window, your default search engine has changed to Conduit or your homepage has been changed, you have Conduit installed on your computer. Simply uninstalling from Programs isn't enough. You must use anti-virus and anti-malware software to completely delete it.
  • If you can't find “alert.dll” in the directory from Step 1 or in your registry, it may have already been removed when trying to delete Conduit with your anti-virus or anti-malware program.
  • For more tips on removing other parts of Conduit, check out the uninstall guides in the Resources section.

Warnings

  • Never install any programs you don't trust. Many programs, especially audio and video downloaders and editors, are often bundled with third-party software, such as Conduit.
  • Carefully monitor any installations. Uncheck any boxes for extra programs throughout the installation process. Often times, this extra software will slow down your computer and possibly send usage statistics to an unknown party.
  • If you don't completely remove Conduit, it will reinstall itself. Removing alert.dll isn't enough to prevent Conduit from hijacking your system.

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