Posted 24 September 2005 - 10:51 PM
In my almost new PC, "Sony VAIO Windows XP Media Center Edition" there is the following item in: Run>MSCONFIG>Startup Item "ALCMTR">Command ALCMTR.EXE
>Location HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft Windows\Current Ver."
I looked it up in a "Startup Application List" where it says: "Realtek AC 97 Audio-
Event Monitor. "Spyware" file used surreptitiously monitor one's action. It is not a
sinister one like remote control programs, but is being used by Realtek to gather data about customers."
The key for this is marked "X", definitely not required-typically viruses, spyware,
adware and "resource hog".
I'm not sure whether this came installed, or picked up over the internet. I'm
using Norton Internet Security, AdAware, Spybot S&D, Spyware Blaster, Spyware
Guard, a squared and WinPatrol. Shouldn't these programs get rid of this Item???
I would greatly appreciate any you comments on this subject. Thank you.