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laurfar

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I have a question about something that is on my "startup" list. When I go to start>run>msconfig>startup I looked to see if anything could be unchecked that I don't need at startup. I found this on the list: PaltalkNetaware.exe and next to it: C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\PNETAW~1.EXE When I went to start>find>files or folders, and then type this PaltalkNetaware.exe into the find box, and then set it to look in HP_Pavilion [C:], it finds nothing. If I look for it in MyComputer>Add and Remove list I can't see it there either. Should I try to get it off my start up list even though I don't have it checked. I really don't want it and I have found out that it has to do with my "buddy list" when chatting. I don't go to chat rooms, but I sometimes get live chat help from eBay. If I remove it will that make it difficult to get help from the eBay live chat techie? This is what I found out that it is:
"Comments: Voice chat program. This program
stores all buddy list info apparently on the server
itself so you never lose your buddy list should you
need to reinstall the program due for whatever
reason or even reformat". Give me some thoughts. If I don't need this, how can I remove it from my computer start up list and also from my computer. I think less is more when it comes to having "stuff" on my computer.
 
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Generally, anything in a temp folder can be deleted. By the looks of the msconfig entry you should look for PNETAWARE.EXE if you want to find it.
 

laurfar

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I've looked, as I said for the PNETAWARE.EXE in my start>Find>Files and Folders. I put in the C: drive for "look in", and it came up with nothing. Where or how else do I look for this to delete. It isn't in the Add/Remove folder in My Computer. Give me some thoughts. Thanks
 

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Hiya

Voice chat program. This program stores all buddy list info apparently on the server itself so you never lose your buddy list should you need to reinstall the program due for whatever reason or even reformat. Available via Start -> Programs. Delete the shortcut in Start -> Programs -> StartUp as well otherwise it will be reinstated.

Regards

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laurfar

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Eddie, It is no where to be found on start>programs list. What now? Do I need this? How did it get on my list of programs to run at startup?
 

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Okay

You said that it shows this:

C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\PNETAW~1.EXE

As DVOM said, anything in the Temp folder can be deleted, but if you're unsure, then you can always Zip it, delete the original. Then, after rebooting a few times, and making sure all the other programs work okay, you can delete the zip.

Also, you can uncheck the box in MSCONFIG. The reason why its not listed in the Programs, is that it may have already been uninstalled previously, but these are just some entries left over.

eddie
 

laurfar

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Eddie, I need to ask some questions but I am leaving right now for a trip to Mexico. Can I contact you through this problem site when I get back in 2 weeks? Can you tell me if this shows a path name of C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\PNETAW~1.EXE where is it? It doesn't show up in the Start>find files & folders. I type that in and it shows nothing. You may be right that it was deleted already somehow. I gotta leave now, but will check back in on the 25th or 26th when I get to a computer. Thanks for your help.
 

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Hope you have/had a good time in Mexico.

Okay, go to Windows Explorer. It can be found in Start | Programs.

Then, navigate to the folder C:\WINDOWS\TEMP

Inside, should be the PNETAW~1.EXE, among others that may be there.

eddie
 

laurfar

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Back from Puerto Vallarta, and could not have had a better time! It was wonderful. When I follow your instruction and open up Windows in Explorer as you say, there is a folder that says "temp" and one that says "temporary internet files". Niether of these files hold anything that says PNETAW~1.EXE. Now what? There is something that says "trickler", wonder what that is.
 

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Hope you don't mind if I butt in here....but "trickler" is spyware. It may be that downloading, installing and running Spybot and/or AdAware (I use them both) will not only get rid of Trickler, but also the mysterious Pnetaware along with other spyware that might be present on your system.

Also look in Control Panel>Add & Remove Programs for a mention of Pnetaware...and uninstall it from there if it's listed.
 

laurfar

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Miz, I started by looking in the Add/Remove list in "my computer", nothing about the paltalk. Also I have spybot and I'll run it to see if I can get rid of trickler. If it won't come off that way do you have any ideas about deleting trickler? Thanks for your thoughts.
 
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