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    jasebri Guest

    Default Windows "essencials" (sic) spyware

    Hi,
    For a couple of weeks now, a pop up window has been showing each time I start windows. It asks me if I want to update the whole pack of windows "essencials" (sic) code pack, but even if I say yes, it never does. I've read it is some kind off spyware, but even running ZA can't get rid of it. Any advice?

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    Default Re: Windows "essencials" (sic) spyware


    <BLOCKQUOTE><HR>jasebri wrote:
    Hi,For a couple of weeks now, a pop up window has been showing each time I start windows. It asks me if I want to update the whole pack of windows "essencials" (sic) code pack, but even if I say yes, it never does. I've read it is some kind off spyware, but even running ZA can't get rid of it. Any advice?
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>`1.) have you tried running ZA Anti-Virus in SAFE Mode?2.) Here is a Forum Link with Good Advice by Guru Fax..http://forum.zonelabs.org/zonelabs/b...essage.id=3787--------------------------------------------------------
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    jasebri Guest

    Default Re: Windows "essencials" (sic) spyware

    it didn't work... still have it

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    Default Re: Windows "essencials" (sic) spyware

    This applies to

    All ZoneAlarm products
    Windows 2000/XP

    Summary

    I need to completely remove ZoneAlarm, or there are remnants of
    ZoneAlarm on my system

    Solution

    If possible, first try to uninstall ZoneAlarm normally from your Start -&gt;
    Programs -&gt; ZoneAlarm menu. If this fails, or you want to ensure that all
    ZoneAlarm files were removed from the system properly, continue with the
    steps below.

    Please make sure that you have the latest version downloaded first:

    http://www.zonealarm.com/trial


    01.) Restart your computer
    02.) When you see the screen go black and it starts booting back up keep
    tapping the "F8" key (at the top of your keyboard)
    03.) This should bring up a menu. Choose Safe Mode off the menu by
    using the arrow keys on the keyboard to highlight Safe Mode and press
    Enter
    04.) If you get a message asking to go to Safe Mode, choose Yes. If you
    get a help and support window, close this.
    05.) Once you are at the desktop, Click Start, My Computer
    06.) Click Tools, Folder Options, View Tab
    07.) Place a dot next to "Show Hidden Files and Folders"
    08.) Remove the check from "Hide Protected Operating System Files
    (Recommended)"
    09.) Choose Yes to the warning
    10.) Click OK
    11.) Double click C:

    Note: In the future steps if you do not see any files or folders, please click
    the "Show Files" link to view them.

    12.) Double Click the Program Files Folder
    13.) Right Click the Zone Labs Folder (if present), click Delete, and choose
    Yes

    NOTE: If you cannot delete the entire folder, please open the Zone Labs -
    &gt; ZoneAlarm folder and delete out as many of the files listed here as
    possible.

    14.) Close this window
    15.) Click Start, My Computer
    16.) Double Click the C:
    17.) Double Click the Windows Folder (It may also be WinNT)
    18.) Right Click the Internet Logs Folder, click Delete, and choose Yes
    19.) Double Click the System32 Folder
    20.) Right Click the Zone Labs Folder (if present), click Delete, and choose
    Yes

    NOTE: If you cannot delete the entire folder, please open the Zone Labs
    folder and delete out as many of the files listed here as possible.

    21.) Locate and delete the following files in the System32 folder if they are
    present:

    - vsconfig.xml
    - vsxml.dll
    - vsregexp.dll
    - vsdata.dll
    - vsdata95.vxd
    - vsdatant.sys
    - vsmonapi.dll
    - vspubapi.dll
    - vsinit.dll
    - vsutil.dll
    - vswmi.dll
    - zlcommdb.dll
    - zlcomm.dll
    - **bleep**.dat
    - zpeng24.dll

    22.) Clear your Temp Directory per the instructions below.

    - Go to Start -&gt; Run
    - Type %temp% and click OK
    - Select all of these files and delete them

    23.) Clear the Prefetch folder per the instructions below (Windows XP only).

    - Go to Start -&gt; Run
    - Type Prefetch and click OK
    - Select all of these files and delete them

    24.) Remove the necessary registry entries:

    *Important Advisory: Deleting registry entries incorrectly may cause
    serious problems to your operating system, which may necessitate the
    need to reinstall it. Please make sure you are able to perform these
    deletions correctly before you decide to edit the entries. If you are not
    sure, you should seek help from someone who is familiar with editing the
    registry.

    For information about how to edit the registry in Windows, from your
    desktop, click Start -&gt; Run -&gt; and type regedit. Click on Help -&gt; Help
    Topics. Under the Contents tab, click Change Keys and Values (this may
    be found under the How to... section).

    Also, you should always make a backup of the registry before editing it.
    You can find this in the same section of the Help files.


    To remove the needed registry entries, go to Start -&gt; Run and type in
    regedit. Choose OK, and use the folders on the left side of the Registry
    Editor window to navigate to the specified directories below. Note that you
    will remove the entire folder specified (eg, Zone Labs, vsmon, vsdatant):

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Zone Labs
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\vsmon
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\vsdatant


    25.) Close this window, then empty your recycle bin.
    26.) Restart the computer.
    27.) Try to install the latest version again
    GeorgeV
    ZoneAlarm® Extreme Security


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    jasebri Guest

    Default Re: Windows "essencials" (sic) spyware

    I do not need to remove ZA. I just want to get rid of that adware or spyware, but even in deep scan, seems ZA can not do that.
    Thanks anyway.

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    Default Re: Windows "essencials" (sic) spyware

    Try all the suggested Anti-Spyware Scan that Guru Fax recommended, in SAFE Mode..
    GeorgeV
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    findley Guest

    Default Re: Windows "essencials" (sic) spyware

    jasebri,

    I found some interesting information about Windows Essentials Codec Packs
    Windows Essentials Codec Pack, or WECP for short, is one of the most comprehensive collection of Media Codecs, Filters, Splitters and other tools that will enable you to play 99% of all the movies, music and flash files you download off the internet. WECP also includes a set of powerful filters that can enhance the video quality as well as audio quality and it comes complete with an automatic update service that will keep your computer up-to-date with the latest software upgrades as soon as they become available.

    WECP is clean and compact, it has no spyware / adware / or viruses, it's easy to use and even easier to install / uninstall and it's published under the GNU GPL open source license so it's 100% free. But more importantly, it was especially designed to fix the many errors and software conflicts caused by other codec packs which routinely install obsolete or overlapping codecs, and it's guaranteed to keep your to keep your computer up-to-date with the latest software upgrades.
    http://www.mediacodec.org/

    Further according to the above mentioned site there is an issue with an earlier version which fails to update - your popup trying to update which fails
    ATTENTION VERSION 1.XX USERS:
    Due to an unforeseen error with the update service, users were not been able to receive up-to-date software upgrades and patches. We urge all Version 1.XX users to upgrade to the latest version. See the site link for more information

    I'm guessing you downloaded and installed this software because some site you were on requested it or some other person in your household may have installed it. Not spyware. To clear the popups follow the instructions on the site and remove earlier version and either install new version or just uninstall the old version - up to you.

    Perhaps this helps you
    Findley

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