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#1 honu1

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 11:31 AM

I just ran Spybot S+D. Got the usual tracking cookies(all the Firefox). I did get one entry that has me puzzled tho. After looking here I still don't know what it is exactly.
It is called WildTangent+appears to have been in my registry.
Now I really don't know how to interpret the scan results, so I chose to "fix+immunize" all the problems.
How do I know if WildTangent is a legit Microsoft program that is supposed to be on my system, or is it possible that it is Java based from a chat room I visited? I have the option of getting it out of quarantine from Spybot(I think).

My system was down for over a month+I don't want it corrupted again. I appreciate any+all feedback.
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Posted 28 January 2008 - 12:18 PM

http://www.pchell.com/support/wildtangent.shtml
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What is Wild Tangent?
Wild Tangent is a video game software company specializing in online games. It has even made a partnership with AOL to include itself as part of the AOL Instant Messenger for their AIM games section. The WildTangent Web Driver is their technology that allows you to play 3D games over the Internet. Although its not technically considered spyware it does have built in components to update itself and gather information about the computer system including

* Operating System Version
* CPU Type and Speed
* Memory Amount
* Video Card type and Driver Version
* Sound Card type and Driver Version
* DirectX Version
* Location that the Web Driver was installed from

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 01:52 PM

So how in the world did it get in my system? Is it possible I link I clicked on for a game at another forum activated it?
As Spybot S+D is showing it's path from my registry, I don't know what to think. Is it spyware or virus?

I did put it in "quarantine" thru S+D, but is my system really clean?
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Posted 28 January 2008 - 02:08 PM

I just checked my control panel and didn't see any traces of WildTangent nor the WT driver. But....does that mean it's not still hidden in my system somewhere. I don't know where to go in Spybot S+D to find the exact path of this file location. All I know it referenced something about a registry + I certainly don't have the expertise to mess with my registry!!!!!
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Posted 28 January 2008 - 05:02 PM

It could of been on your computer since it was new. It is not "malware". If you did not find any more of the files mentioned in the link I posted above, you have nothing to be concerned about.

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 05:26 PM

Are you saying I have to run a Highjackthis log to see if WildTangent is still on my system?
Sorry, I didn't fully understand.
If I have to do so, is it run in "safe mode"?
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Posted 28 January 2008 - 06:15 PM

Many 'brand name' computers, for example Compaq, HP, some Gateway's that came with preinstalled game packs have Wild Tangent installed. That is to insure, that you have the latest greatest version of the games. Wild Tangent isn't malware per se, but it can be misused. It has a bad rep due to it being covertly installed. You can uninstall Wild Tangent from the add/remove programs panel.

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 07:18 PM

As I stated earlier, I can not find it listed in my add/remove programs at all. Is there another place I can look on my system(without messing things up).
Also, should I not quarantine or delete this if/when it comes up in Spybot S+D?
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Posted 28 January 2008 - 09:57 PM

WildTangent is also bundled with some WinAmp plugins and is installed by some Internet Service providers such as Verizon and Bellsouth.

If installed on your system, you will find in located in the C:\Program Files\WildTangent folder.
Earlier versions of WildTangent's uninstaller left a large number of files in the C:\WINDOWS\wt folder.

If its not there, then it has already been removed and the registry entry your finding from Spybot S&D is probably an orphaned remnant that was left behind.
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Posted 29 January 2008 - 06:44 PM

I am probably coming across like a real pest here, but I have to ask. How do I look for that particular file?
Do I go to start-type in WildTangent, then wait to see what comes up?
I did not perform any type of uninstall for that program.
I just want to make sure it is not going to harm my system if it is still "hiding".

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:02 PM

I just performed the steps I referenced above. 21 files were found on my system! Now I don't know what to make of all this. Some entries are shown in blue type, the rest are in black type. Is there a way for me to copy the info over to this forum for an explanation? All but 2 of the files are dated 2003, the year this make+model of my computer came out. The other 2 files are from yesterday+today.

Would someone here please be willing to take a look at the files,please? I'd be ever so grateful just for peace of mind.

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:26 PM

How do I look for that particular file?

Open Windows Explorer, go to Program Files and look for a Wild Tangent folder. Then go to Windows and look for a folder named wt. If you don't see those folders you don't have Wild Tangent installed.

If it were installed you would see these files in Msconfig and Task Manager:
DDCMan.exe
DDCActiveMenu.exe
wcmdmgrl.exe

I just want to make sure it is not going to harm my system if it is still "hiding".

Even if these files were on your system, they would not be causing any harm to your system. Wild Tangent is not malware.

21 files were found on my system

Found by what program, Spybot?

All but 2 of the files are dated 2003, the year this make+model of my computer came out.

That indicates they were probably installed when you got your computer.
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Posted 04 February 2008 - 04:06 PM

Yes, Spybot S+D listed WildTangent as spyware.
Now my question to you is.....when I do another Spybot scan, should I ignore WildTangent if it comes up again? I was planning on running a scan this evening, but I'll wait to hear back from you or anyone else at this forum.

Also, I put into quarantine WildTangent from last week's Spybot scan. I really don't understand what happens to things put there. Would it create any problems if I reversed the quarantine?

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 04:14 PM

I opened Windows Explorer, but could not find anything called program files. Explain further please?
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Posted 04 February 2008 - 06:44 PM

You should be able to find program files this way:

Desktop --> My Computer --> Local Disk (C:) --> Program Files

Click on this folder and look for Wild Tangent

You can find the windows folder this way:

Desktop --> My Computer --> Local Disk (C:) --> Windows

Click on this folder and look for wt

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