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unwanted startup entries

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by diane49, Sep 22, 2004.

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  1. diane49

    diane49 Thread Starter

    Apr 4, 2002
    what is regcompress it keeps appearing when i restart my computer. also vschost and MsStartOptimizer. i use the program codestuff starter and always find these entries on the startup list. how did they get in my startup folder, and how do i get rid of them permanently so they dont keep coming back?
  2. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Retired Moderator

    Mar 3, 2004
    I think you may have a trojan...

    Have you done a virus scan recently?

    When you hit ctrl-alt-delete, is there a program called winupd.exe running?
  3. NT4.0


    Aug 12, 2004
    if you are using Windows 98 and not Windows 2000 or XP, then you do have a virus/trojan. many of them pretend to be svchost.exe which is a system file of 2000/XP but not 98.

    check your Startup folder in the Start menu; if you see something suspicious, view the link's properties and find the file it links to. also check your registry at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\microsoft\windows\CurrentVersion\Run, \RunOnce and \RunServices (run c:\windows\regedit.exe for that). there is a list of startup programs. you could also use FAR Manager which has an excellent process list (some of the viruses hide themselves even in the Windows process list, but not FAR's) plus a lot more, it's free at http://farmanager.com and scan your computer for viruses using the antivirus program that you have.
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