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Program window pops up on startup

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Tgconte, Dec 16, 2001.

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  1. Tgconte

    Tgconte Thread Starter

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    I'm using Windows 98 Second Edition on a 700 Mghz/124Meg Ram PC. I recently installed a program. After installation the program showed a window that included the program icon along with the readme file icon & some other program icons.

    I dragged the program icon onto my desktop for a desktop shortcut. Now whenever I start up, the windows appears. The title bar states "Program" & the window content just shows a program icon for the program I had installed.

    I tried using MSconfig/Start menu to look for an entry for this program but there is none. I deleted the program from my hard drive but the window still pops up.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    TonyC
     
  2. rkselby98

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    Go into msconfig and see if you can find the program associated with the program and remove the check from it.

    Instructions are at the following web site.

    http://www.rselby.com/Windows.html#6
     
  3. DoyceJ

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    Try opening my computer>C:\>windows>start> see if it is listed ther. You may also be able to go to start>programs>start-up. If it is, delete it.
     
  4. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    What is this program's name?
     
  5. Tgconte

    Tgconte Thread Starter

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    The name of the program is "Bicycle" which is a solitaire program. It's not in msconfig, not in Start/Programs/Startup but there is a mention of "Program" in Windows/Start menu, but when I try to delete it it states that "Program" is a windows system folder & cannot be deleted. No mention of Bicycle anywhere.
     
  6. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    Do this:

    Download Startup.log from this site: http://home.earthlink.net/~rmbox/Reticulated/Toys.html

    It generates a text file on your desktop that will list all the applications that start in the many places when you start Windows.
    We don't need to see StubPath.txt, just StartupLog.txt


    This may well help us further.
     
  7. beach51

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    Hi tgconti,The reason you cant find that program in msconfig under Bicycle,is because they list it under Expert Software.This program is spyware and when you follow Tonys advise and post the startup log,you'll see it there.
     
  8. Tgconte

    Tgconte Thread Starter

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    I want to thank you all for such quick responses. I downloaded StartupLog but when I ran it no mention of a bicycle file. I did notice the paths that were mentioned in StartUp Programs & I went to them in Windows Explorer.

    I found mention of the program in C:\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup & deleted it with no error message.

    Restarted PC & the Program window is still there with Bicycle icon in it. I appreciate all the suggestions I received & will continue to try to get rid of this pest. Thanks again.

    TonyC
     
  9. Mosaic1

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    If I am reading this correctly the name of the folder is Program. When there is a folder named Program in the root directory, it will open on start up. Rename the folder.
     
  10. Tgconte

    Tgconte Thread Starter

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    Mosaic1,

    I thought of that once & when I attempt to rename the Program folder I get message "This change could impact one or more registered programs. Do you want to continue?"

    I don't want to change name if it will in some way cause havoc on PC. Any suggestions? Thanks for your response.

    TonyC
     
  11. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    Renaming it won't cause havoc.
    Try it!
    And it is of course easily reversed as well, if necessary.

    Good luck,
     
  12. Mosaic1

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    It gives you that message because windows thinks that folder is something which it is not. Go ahead an rename it.
     
  13. Tgconte

    Tgconte Thread Starter

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    My problem is gone. I did just as you all suggested & renamed the "Program" folder, ignored warning message, then restarted PC. The "Program" window was gone. I want to thank you all for your well informed suggestions.

    It's great to know that there are sites like this, manned with members who know what they're talking about. I'll also try to post replies if I think I can help someone else out with a problem that I might know the answer to.

    Thanks to all of you again.

    TonyC
     
  14. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    Nice one Mo!

    I didn't know that.
     
  15. DoyceJ

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    Go mo. Ditto. :D
     
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