Posted 21 February 2012 - 09:05 PM
Hey folks, it's me again.
I noticed one day that my laptop was being a bit slow, and I discovered that what didn't help was that I had installed a third party theme that involved changing system files. I fixed that, but then came across another problem. I am convinced I've been bitten by some scumbags piece of poo software which I cannot for the life of me get it OFF my damn system.
This thing, this waste of space of a folder containing a so-called acceleration 'program', speedbit video accelerator (which, I hasten to add, I did not download, but I know very well who did - he is not popular at all right now), has it's fingers in many pies I believe.
I tried to locate it's uninstaller in the add/remove programs panel, but nothing was there, tried looking in revo uninstaller - still nothing.
So I went looking for it myself and found the folder. I tried deleting the folder and I discovered that I could not delete one file because it was hooked into Avast and another file was hooked into Zonealarm.
In an attempt to force the removal of the program (but I wouldn't have changed any of the registry entries associated with it so it would have been a bad job anyway, so maybe kind of a dumb move), I went into safe mode, extracted the folder from the Program Files (x86) directory and dumped it into a new folder on my desktop under a new name - just to be absolutely sure it wasn't going to try to play any other dirty tricks on me. When I launched back into windows normally, I found that the web protection on Avast had been turned off and I couldn't get it to turn on despite a number of clicks on the "Fix" button or the "turn on" link in the Avast control interface. I also discovered that despite being able to apparently connect to the internet, I wasn't actually able to load a single page. I could click on any bookmark or put in any website, and nothing would come up.
I'm using Windows Ultimate x64.
Anybody familiar with this piece of junk so I can remove it? I'm talking about the Speedbit program by the way!