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mIRC32 appears on startup


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#1 keevill

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 07:57 PM

On bootup the mIRC32 program automatically loads. I have not installed this program and I assume that it's a malware/virus of some kind.
If I do not manually close it down, eventually the machine freezes.
I have scanned using AVG Free 8.5 with the latest definitions and also superantispyware also with the latest definitions.
I have done this both in normal and in safe mode.
I've checked the msconfig file and also searched the registry for any entries of mIRC but I cannot find anything.
I notice a couple of 'khq' and 'khr' files which have no extensions and have zero size - dunno what they are but I don't recall seeing them previously.
What can I do to remove it without formatting of course?
WinXP SP3.

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 03:00 PM

mIRC is Internet Relay Chat software not a virus

Did you check Add/Remove Programs to see if it is listed there?
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#3 keevill

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 07:34 PM

I can't believe I didn't check that !! I know it's Relay Chat and I also know that I had not installed it. I checked in startup /msconfig etc but I DIDN"T look in add/remove progs. I just found it in there and uninstalled it.
Now I get some errors on startup that windows can't find things but I guess that I just need to check through the registry to find some entries to get rid of that.
I will make a separate posting if I have problems related to that.
Many thanks for pointing me to the obvious !!
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Posted 30 October 2009 - 05:41 PM

You are welcome

When ever you download any software or programs, it is best to use the custom installation when offered
Even reputable sites are sneaking in toolbars and stuff
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