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Windows Installer

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by kbmoffitt, Jan 23, 2005.

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  1. kbmoffitt

    kbmoffitt Thread Starter

    Sep 23, 2004
    An annoying message appears at start-up, and with each new program opened. The message disappears on its own. It's titled Windows Installer and the message reads, "Preparing to install..." I'm running XP, and I'm not trying to install anything. My system is up to date with all current Windows updates. I've even removed all unwanted programs, run disk clean up and defrag. The message keeps popping up. Can't figure it out... :confused:
  2. bobol


    Jan 28, 2004
    Something unknown apparently there doing something unwanted......
    For openers, let's run spybot and adaware [gotten from links below]. After that I also suggest running Hijack This[link below] then follow the below instructions fully, and post the log in this thread, whereupon it'll be analysed by those-in-the-know here and then appropriate fixes will be suggested..

    follow the next instructions on posting the Hijack This log here;

    It’s very important that you save the log to its own permanent folder on your hard drive, such as Program Files/Hijack This, or My Documents/Hijack This, (NOT a temporary files folder) or you may loose the ability to undo any changes you make, so that it can create proper back-ups and be able to restore them if necessary.

    Close all open windows/and any open web browers and open Hijack This. Click “Scan”. When the scan is finished (it only takes a second), the scan button will change to “Save Log”. Click on “Save Log” and then save it to NotePad. Click on “Edit” – “Select all” – “copy” and then “paste” into the thread.

    DO NOT FIX ANYTHING YET;- Await further analysis here.
  3. Sadan01


    Nov 27, 2002
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