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Link_picring In Add/remove Programs


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#1 Billermo

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 01:55 AM

There is one entry in my Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel.

The name is "link_PicRing".

I have no idea what this is.

I'm using a Dell Inspiron 9300 here running XP Media Center.

It's a bit annoying that Add/Remove Programs doesn't give you any useful information about the program in question other than the name that the program has decided to use to identify itself - nothing about its location or a description of what it is.

Search through Windows Explorer finds nothing with this name or resembling it.

Any information that helps would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 09:31 AM

General rule of thumb, if you can't find it on Google, suspect the worst. Have you downloaded any screensavers, wallpaper, or backrounds?
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#3 Billermo

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 11:03 AM

I did get Webshots, which was downloaded via Download.com -- a long time ago.

Is there something that can be done to find out more?

Yes, Google finds nothing with that name.

By the way, it actually shows as link_PicRing in Add Remove Programs (not the capitals and no capital L)

I'm pretty sure this link_PicRing has been there a long time, and no sign of any strange activity, lesser performance, no viruses found by McAfee (which is always updated) or any of the various anti-spyware programs I have installed (Spyware Blaster, AdAware, Spyware Doctor, SuperAnti-Spyware or Spybot Search & Destroy).

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 11:57 AM

I found a few references to a program called Pic and Ring, with the file, picring.zip. It's a program with pictures and ringtones for cell phones . The other item was about downloading wall paper. It's probably nothing. If you do remove it, try it in safemode
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Posted 23 August 2007 - 12:30 PM

I just thought of something. I've seen mentions, I think on this site, of utilities that basically are alternatives to Add-Remove Programs. If I used one of those, would they give me some details about what the item is? Perhaps where it is installed -- if I could find the directory it's in, that would probably answer the question of what it is. And if it's installed in some strange place, it might mean it's some kind of malware.




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