Once I realized that IE8 completely ignores my Firewall settings...I uninstalled it and reverted back to IE6 which DOES obey my Firewall settings.
One day later 04/11/2012 I opened Zonalarm as I do occasionally to check if my program settings were as I had set them. When I opened Zonealarm after doing my MS Tuesday Updates, I noticed a new entry:
System stand-alone Optional Component Manager C:\WINDOWS\System32\sysocmgr.exe
I have just run Blacklight Rootkit Eliminator, and it found nothing, none of my other scanning software finds anything either.
I have never in all the years I have been using Windows XP Pro, seen this entry before. Since I firmly believe that Microsoft is slowly but surely, purposely breaking Windows XP to force consumers into upgrading to Windows 7, this is worrisome to me.
I have Googled sysocmgr.exe and found no really helpful info on this file.
To my knowledge, I have never had a virus, trojan or rootkit..I have:
Windows XP Professional SP3 5.1 build 2600 (up to date)
Malwarbytes Anti-Malware v1.50.1100
Spybot Search & Destroy v1.6.2
Roothook Analyzer v3.02
Symantec Corporate Antivirus v10.1.9.9000
Zonealarm (free) version: 9.2.106.000 Driver version: 9.2.035.000
Mozilla Firefox version: 11.0
Glary Utilities v188.8.131.52
JV16 Power Tools v184.108.40.206
...any info on this file: sysocmgr.exe ...and why it shows up in task manager occasionally, would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Edited by ghot1, 13 April 2012 - 03:49 PM.