Conduit provides hidden piggybacks apps and browser control
Conduit bundles a hidden "toolbar" and other apps with other companies' software, pays them a kickback because they are willing to hide from the end user that Conduit products are being allowed to install secretly alongside what the user actually wanted.
The outcry is widespread but they seem to still be getting away with it.
They pretend to address the issue here
But it is clear that the attempt is disingenuous, and not just from this CNET forum.
In my case, Bit Torrent did me the disservice. I thought they were still the open source industry leader in free and reliable torrent apps, but I was clearly mistaken. Had to uninstall secretly included addons in all browsers, as well as removing toolbars and hidden client apps via Add/Remove function. Seems to have worked. We'll see.