How to remove the TSAdBot virus

Most antivirus programs identify TSAdBot.exe as malware—such as TrendMicro identifies it as ADWARE_CONDUCENTTECH or ADW_TIMESINK.A, and Symantec identifies it as Adware.TSAdBot.

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TSAdBot.exe file information

The process known as TSAdBot belongs to software Conducent AdGateway by Conducent Technologies (

Description: TSAdBot.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file TSAdBot.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 90,624 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 86,016 bytes or 95,744 bytes. 
The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. TSAdBot.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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External information from Paul Collins:
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Important: You should check the TSAdBot.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If TSAdBot has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

I can no longer log onto the internet due to this virus and am looking for a patch to download on CD for my home PC.
Belongs to a virtual PC DJ software called MJ Studio. Not dangerous on my computer
  DJ-Smurf   (further information)
TSAdBot Virus-ID: 4294905977
It's both spyware and adware
  Mr. Film  

Summary: Average user rating of TSAdBot.exe: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks TSAdBot.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think TSAdBot.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving TSAdBot issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active TSAdBot process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the TSAdBot.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

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