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larasfrend
12-12-04, 07:50
Hi!

I was looking for a desktop version of Boticelli's Birth of Venus and I went to a website and downloaded something *.exe and installed it. It offered to change my homepage and loads of other stuff, but I refused. At the end of what looked like installing, I unzipped a folder which contains some jpg files. Then I decided to uninstall the **** they put on, so I went to Control Panel, add/remove progs. I uninstalled it, yet it still is on the list. If I try uninstalling it again, it says "Can't open install.log file" and it remains on the list, when I want it to GO! :mad: Cna someone help me? I'll try some stuff in the meantime. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Thanks!

[ 12. December 2004, 14:54: Message edited by: Neteru ]

Simulation
12-12-04, 09:56
If your on XP try going back to a restore point before you installed the program.

larasfrend
12-12-04, 09:59
Sorry, I don't follow... I'm a bit computer dumb. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Neteru
12-12-04, 12:46
Start Menu/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore and follow the wizard that will guide you through the process.

Neteru
12-12-04, 14:08
OK, now I've got a bit more time...

System Restore is a backup feature of Window XP that makes snapshots of your system at regular intervals, so that should you encounter a problem you can turn your system back to a time before the problem occurred. You can create your own Restore Points by running the wizard as described (or reinstate a previous RP the same way).

I'm a little worried that you have downloaded and clicked an exe simply to get a jpg (especially with what you describe). You can attempt to turn your system back with System Restore as mentioned, but I'd strongly recommend that you perform the usual security scans of your system anyway. Spybot S & D, Adaware SE, Anti-virus (all updated) to make sure this suspiciously behaving exe hasn't planted some nasty on your system.

For the invalid entry in your Add/Remove programs listing THIS (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;310750) article will help you to remove it. Follow it's instructions carefully as it involves editing the registry.

In future, if you are offered an exe when you just want a picture, don't download it. Always be careful when downloading such things, especially from 'screensaver' & such like sites. They are one of the most notorious for spreading various nasties.

Let us know how you get on.

larasfrend
12-12-04, 16:41
Thanks net, but this looks very serious, so I'm not sure if I'll do it, I don't want to wreck my xp. I did spybot and I'll try more stuff next time I get the chance. Thanks, both of you.

Neteru
12-12-04, 17:12
It's not as bad as it may look. In fact, it's relatively simple. But if you prefer, you could achieve the same result by using a registry cleaning utility (which will find the erroneous entry and remove it for you). You might like to try THIS (http://www.download.com/TweakNow-RegCleaner/3000-2094_4-10325138.html?tag=lst-0-1) free utility.

Regarding the scans. In my experience it is advisable to perform all the necessarry scans as soon as possilbe, rather that waiting days apart. If anything nasty is on your system, it has more of a chance to spread and do more damage (making repair and recovery less likely). Of course, you may not have anything remotely sinister on your PC, but best to be sure, quicker. One can't afford to be cavalier about such things.

Hope the utility helps http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Olvidarse
13-12-04, 03:16
System restore? Oh, I use it all the time whenever I think something bad has installed on my computer. It doesn't do anything bad. Just restore it to a time when you think your computer was OK.

Say I installed something on Tuesday and on Wednesday something weird showed up. I would simply restore it to Monday. It doesn't erase any of your word documents and such, only files you download from the net. Nothing bad will happen.

You can also set dates on sytem restore. If you feel your computer is all nice and set, you can set a date to restore it to that particular day.