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Unwanted Startup Program Can Not Be Found


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#1 jimsjm

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 11:12 PM

At startup an unwanted and unknown program loads and opens twice. It shows a bars with no names in my taskbar. Also there is a a message that appears twice:

"This program has been protected by an evaluation version of SoftwarePassport/Armadillo. It is NOT LICENSED for distribution.

This warning message will not appear on programs protected by a paid-for version of SoftwarePassport/Armadillo."

and then there is an ok button to click. When I click ok, the programs from the bar disappear.

I have checked the startup list in msconfig, nothing there unusual. I have run AVG 8, nothing detected. HiJack This, showed nothing.

The program has to be installed somewhere. and it loads automatically on startup. Two times.

I don't know if it is dangerous or not but it is definitely undesirable.
I would appreciate the help.

I am running xp pro SP3.

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 11:29 PM

Try using AutoRuns to see if you can locate the startup.

Does this SoftwarePassport/Armadillo program show up in Add/Remove programs?
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Posted 29 May 2008 - 12:57 AM

No it does not show up anywhere a normal program would.

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 01:12 AM

I would try contacting the makers of the software: Silicon Realms Technology
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:30 AM

I ended up restoring my C drive from an earlier backup, just to get out of this loop. and now I have the issue of My Computer not showing the USB ports.

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 07:36 AM

Is this a Gateway? If so, visit Windows Update and check for an optional update that affects the USB ports.
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