sts, I use CCleaner all the time. It has not removed it. I use the free version. When I try to manually remove as you suggest in tool, I can mark it disabled but can't click on the "remove" button. The disable thing doesn't seem to affect it as it still shows up in my tool bar.
Had trouble with Conduit and Sweetpacks coming back after manually uninstalling. I downloaded Tool Bar Cleaner and it took off the Conduit and Sweetpacks tool bars plus several other items I didn't know were there.