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anti-virus called pest patrol?


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#1 spark2

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 11:51 AM

Hi,

 

Is anyone familiar with a program called eTrust PestPatrol?  To my knowledge I have never installed this program, yet I have at least 50 entries in the registry related to ppctl in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID.   A google search showed ppctl to be part of PestPatrol.

 

No other files or folders found in my PC that are related to PestPatrol, only the registry entries.  Can I safely delete them?  Using XP SP3.

 

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 12:32 PM

CA eTrust PestPatrol has been around a long time but they then changed their name to CA Anti-Spyware in 2007.
 

Computer Associates (now CA Technologies) bought PestPatrol in 2004 and made it a part of its eTrust computer security line...

CA Anti-Spyware history

As I recall the company was big on promotionals and frequently offered for download and mailed free CD versions of their software. Many folks received the software in the mail and installed the program but removed it to install more effective products. Since you are using an older computer someone could have installed it years ago...then it was removed but in doing so left remnants behind in the registry which is not uncommon. Those remnants can be safely deleted.
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Posted 05 October 2013 - 09:20 AM

It happens that marketting changes the name of a product, but that the development team just change the name in the GUI for the users, and that the filenames, registry keys, ... keep the original name.


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 12:18 PM

Just an update.  All entries were removed, so far no problems, everything seems to be ok.

 

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 12:46 PM

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