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Search Protect by Conduit Ltd. (Signed)

Warning 6 antivirus scanners has detected malware in various versions of cltmng.exe.


cltmng.exe has 9 known versions, the most recent one is cltmng.exe is run as a standard windows process with the logged in user's account privileges. By adding a startup entry to the run registry key, the file will be executed when the user logs into Windows. The average file size is about 2.45 MB. It is an authenticode code-signed executable issued to Conduit Ltd. by the certification authority VeriSign. Some variations of the file have been seen to be installed with the program Search Protect by conduit from Conduit Ltd.. During the process's lifecycle, the typical CPU resource utilization is about 0.0046% including both foreground and background operations, the average private memory consumption is about 18.98 MB with the maximum memory reaching around 21.68 MB. Addionally, typically read and write I/O disk operations is about 3 KB per minute for reads and 210 Bytes per minute for writes.


File name:cltmng.exe
Product name:Search Protect
Description:Search Protect by Conduit
Typical file path:C:\Program Files\searchprotect\bin\cltmng.exe
Original name:SearchProtect (R)
Issued to:Conduit Ltd.
Authority (CA):VeriSign
Effective date:Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Expiration date:Saturday, March 30, 2013

ResourcesPrograms installed in

(Note, the programs listed below are for all versions of Search Protect.)
Conduit Ltd.
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(Note, the behaviors below are for all versions of cltmng.exe, select a unique version for details.)
Startup files (all users) run
Runs under the registry key 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run'
  • 'SearchProtectAll' → C:\Program Files\SearchProtect\bin\cltmng.exe
Startup files (user) run
Runs under the registry key 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run'
  • 'SearchProtect' → C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\SearchProtect\bin\cltmng.exe

MalwareMalware detections

Based on 40+ industry antivirus scanners, 6 of them detected the following malware.
Antivirus engineEngine versionDetectionFile version
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:SearchProtect-B [PUP]
Dr.Web Adware.BGuard.15
ESET NOD32 8664 Win32/Conduit.SearchProtect.A
ESET NOD32 8521 a variant of Win32/Conduit.SearchProtect.B
ESET NOD32 8201 a variant of Win32/Conduit.SearchProtect.B
VIPRE Antivirus 20282 Conduit (fs) (not malicious)

VersionsAll file variations of cltmng.exe

MD5SHA-1File size
e7bfaec48b638814f9da09ff1f4b723a fd93ccaeba15517ce2171a1637bc837d393ade8e 2.72 MB
51de6288470b700c0cd663cdac49a4b0 a8593ad30805a9f1f06c0427eb0afc838bba5c95 2.6 MB
15c39d321c256830c227af8f805c0eba 49cbc99d880984b9d8aa10e1ee264211fd4df6c5 2.6 MB
8bf6e87d0a6455905b89049851704201 70aafcbe39157dac2bef6a1b215f0275a9a56607 2.6 MB
b9ba2e4f86221e925f272f4ef812a165 727635461916142628b05bbca9cb60bcae9bed98 2.55 MB
6b00200ec68f41478eba1fd339219a75 c940fb8c646e53f30e823176a158906bb29450bc 2.54 MB
a1a50fd26cc9477e5eb6f01eb352bd89 be7ffaab040dd4e87a280ad9a31e68ff1c84633b 2.14 MB
0cdd38e055cfbb64f8eed95e4e7856d9 2cfdea1fb5966cbbf4ccce0343861e14d2a96140 2.13 MB
5be9e66f6cad73de4d45072a43800327 763bc92928b3eb10184c0d3c19e1db4e74626143 2.12 MB

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.13%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.22%
Windows 8 Pro 15.22%
Windows Vista Home Premium 8.70%
Windows Vista Ultimate 6.52%
Windows 7 Professional 4.35%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.35%
Windows 7 Starter 4.35%
Windows 8 2.17%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 76.09% of Search Protect.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Hewlett-Packard 34.55%
Toshiba 25.45%
Dell 21.82%
Acer 18.18%
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