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Has Anyone Ever Seen Anything Like This Before?

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#1 solid13


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Posted 17 July 2007 - 03:55 PM

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This is a screenshot of my Add/Remove Programs applet. I just recently opened it up and found all of these weird looking "programs" in it(the ones annotated by my super-creative red dot), the likes of which I honestly have never seen before and they have me a little worried. So, has anyone else seen anything like this before? Is this some kind of spyware or malware? You'll also notice on the one that I highlighted that there are no "change" or "remove" options (this is the same for all of them), however, these options are still present on the obviously legitimate programs (i.e. Adobe Reader), so it's not a problem with the Add/Remove applet itself, at least I'm pretty sure. Also, my OS is an OEM of Windows XP Pro. that I recently purchased from Fry's Electronics. So am I just totally missing something here? Or is this not normal? Thanks.

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 05:12 PM

#29 17-03-2007, 07:41 PM
These are Intel PRO Wireless software components


These components will be present on any PC with this hardware. Nothing to do with DELL other than the coincidence that your DELL contains this wireless card.

Some other manifestations you may find:

- a folder called iprodata on your PC which will probably contain the installation packages (MSI files)

- a file called iproinst.ini that these packages

- an Intel folder in Program Files with more related stuff

It's not a good job by intel to install unnamed packages like this: reeks of shoddy workmanship - but what can you expect, they probably have a lab full of geek students fresh out of college building this stuff, maybe they don't even speak english. Intel can't want us to think they're a proper professional outfit.

Anyway: if you want a wireless net and don't want to guess what these geeks have built to support it, I suggest you don't touch them. If you don't want a wireless network or want to play guess what the amateurs at Intel are up to, then get removing!
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 10:35 PM

Oh ok, thanks. It's just weird that this is the first time that these showed up in my Add/Remove applet. They were never there before.

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