I don't really have a tech problem, I just want to sound off. I don't trust that Mirage Youcam exe. file which is always running, as I noticed on my task manager. I did a little research and am convinced that it might in effect be a virus. I found this at the Cyberlink Community Forum, in response to the question, "What is it, and what exactly does it do?" [The Mirage Youcam exe.] And here was the response By Cyberlink Customer Service:
YCMMirage.exe is a background process which will monitor if any AP is using our virtual driver.
Once it is detected, YCMMirage will launch YouCam, and then YouCam will provide and share the webcam video to client APs.
If you still need more info, feel free to contact with us.
CyberLink Customer Service
I should add, I have no way of knowing if this response really was by customer service, but every indication says it is.
Now, as an average lay person reading that response, I can't help but wonder just what that means. You decide for yourself. But for me, there's just no darn good reason for that cam to be doing anything unless I want it to. There's just no argument as far as I'm concerned. I conjecture that what it might be doing is detecting movement, and then in response to that signal, sends a little "come and see" message to some unnamed peeping tom that happens to be on their "virtual driver." I don't know just how possible that is, but as I've come to learn, practically anything is possible when it comes to computers. And since the cam does in fact have movement detecting capability, it certainly is within the realm of possibility.
So now my Youcam lens has a piece of tape over it. LOL I got sick of going into task manager and shutting it down. Not only that, I still didn't trust. it. Call me paranoid. I tried to delete the little exe. bugger but it has dug in its heels. I suppose I should just take my medicine and relax. ;) But that's getting harder to do, with cameras everywhere ya go, including the bathroom! (Mpls. public library) Helloooooooo big brother!
Thanks for listening.