Home Search Assistent
Posted 01 July 2004 - 11:18 PM
1. There is an entry in Add/Remove Programs for "Home Search Assistent". No way am I going to click on it, but how do I get rid of it from the list?
2. There are a number of randomly named .exe files in my windows directory that were created while I was trying to clean this monster. In general would it be safe to delete them? For example: adduz32.exe, addet32.exe appnv32.exe were all created within minutes of each other. Any way to tell legitimate .exe from trojan stuff?
Posted 02 July 2004 - 01:10 AM
Right click on all the suspect .exe files, one at a time. Check out the properties of each, on the Verson Tab it should list the Company. ie MS, Symantec, NVidia etc.
If you have some suspect files that don't list this information, try renaming them by adding "old" to the start of the file name, so adduz32.exe becomes oldadduz32.exe. You may need to close them in Task Manager if they are running.
By renaming them, they do not get activated by startup lines in the registry. Also by adding the "old" at the start, they are easier to find later to delete.
Run the PC for a week or two, and if these files are not missed, trash them
Posted 02 July 2004 - 02:39 PM
BTW, I found how to remove the "Home Search Assistent" entry in the Add/Remove Programs control. It is explained in an Annoyances.org foum entry at www.annoyances.org/exec/show/article05-009
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