My whole system (windows 8 64 bit) has been running annoyingly slow lately and tonight I got frustrated and decided something was obviously going on. I am referencing the post that has been addressed in another post regarding the same or similar issue. I came across it because I was trying to be diligent in what I'm removing or unnecessarily keeping. I have 2 boys that just think they can go about downloading everything under the sun. They have learned but sometimes, things "linger." I have been noticing that system processes are so slow, that it may be up to a minute before something happens after entering data or trying to even navigate to what I'm wanting to do on the computer, it doesn't have to be involving internet tasks. It can be system tasks, like accessing data files that have been saved or getting to legitimate programs.
So as I'm reviewing the software list, "octoshape apps" catches my attention because it seems innocuous since the actual program says is titles HD Video Player and at first, it looks like it might be a video player and typical. Then I'm realizing that's not the video player I use regularly or by default. So I do some investigating and on another forum, someone mentioned that DirecTV player (to watch movies on the PC) was installed on that same day as the software from Octoshape apps. I go back to my program page and check, and sure enough, it was downloaded on the same date and time. I now know the culprit is me, not the boys. I downloaded this software as required by DirecTV so I could watch a movie. Now I'm reading that octoshapes is an .exe file and possibly a trojan horse. So I guess DirecTV movies over PC will just not ever be reality. It's just not worth the risk to watch a movie on occasion if, particularly if it's something that might be more predatory. Companies can be unscrupulous and that's just how life goes. It does keep you on your toes. I removed that. I also wanted to add to the referenced post as to possible origins of where this software developed, so that others in same or similar situations might be more informed to take what actions they think is appropriate. There is a lot of system lag apparently involved following an install and others have noted "bandwidth issues," which suggests that possibly they are simply trying to get online and not realizing it may not only be bandwidth but the OS. It's a software that runs in the background and it's pretty much "invisible" upon windows sys start up and, to me, that seems pretty unnecessary for a media player to actually need to do that at all, especially one that is very specific to one website and account in order to watch movies. I don't have issues with other reputable video streaming companies and have never had to download any specific software in order to watch a movie. Only DirecTV requires a "special media player" in order to watch their movies.
So, my question is what else should I check for, if necessary, to ensure that this program and affiliated software is completely removed? I am pretty diligent about other areas of my system that contain sensitive information. It seems like things are working a lot better now since removing the questionable software. I was deleting other software before this caught my attention and it was like cutting through frozen butter with a cold knife on an iceberg...After removal, uninstalling other unnecessary, questionable, or just plain nonsensical programs of similar data size was about 200% faster and took no time at all. Also the other referenced post mentions uTorrent being installed on their computer as well. I am pretty sure we don't typically use this program. My husband might have downloaded this program back in the dino era, but we don't use it. Is there any concern about this particular software or program that I should be aware of? When I delete this program, is it necessary to look for the "lingering" software or information to make sure these gremlins are out of my life forever?
Thanks in advance. I really appreciate. I will patiently await a response. I'm sure I can keep myself occupied in the meanwhile. Kindest Regard