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SurferJoe46
06-12-2006, 05:24 AM
Spybot found AOL.EXE in startups, but in the drill-down thru the regedit, after I get to microsoft, current version does not exist.....and this is the flow of the registry entry that Spybot reports.

Hidden files (if that made a difference, but I don't see how) are showing.....

truncated version of the drill down is as follows:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\
software\
Microsoft\
Windows\
Current Version\ (this is where it ends)
Run\
AOL Faststart ="C:\
Program Files\
AMERICA ONLINE 9.0\
AOL.EXE."-b

I have searched all my hdds (all 9), and even disconnected the network and shared files/folders with the other puters..even disconnected all the printers and scanners too (some have mem cards).

I used Windows search, Google Desktop and HJT...but it doesn't show in HJT at all either.

And..what's with this part AOL.EXE."-b what's that "-b all about?

Any ideas?

I hate AOL and haven't used it for years...and this report is after a complete burn-down and reinstall of XP on my 40gig.

Did AOL make some sort of deal with Uncle Bill? :mad:

pctek
06-12-2006, 08:06 AM
Were they any bits of it on the PC at all? Could be a false positive....

Speedy Gonzales
06-12-2006, 11:25 AM
According to this site (http://forum.emsisoft.com/Default.aspx?g=profile&u=1108722) the -b is an indication that this is not the password stealing AOL.EXE.

Or the -b means its running in the background.

So, that entry is most probably safe. And here (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/AOL.EXE_b-7469.html)

R2x1
06-12-2006, 12:15 PM
Look in M$ Favorites perhaps? ?

SurferJoe46
06-12-2006, 01:59 PM
I'm home after wandering out all day....now on to finding and killing that AOL stuff...hah!

Thanks for the info...will go get it outta my system now....