cant delete prog.with -n after it's .exe

  wadham 11:11 14 Apr 2004

I seem to have some porn. progs. listed in my 'startup items" which I cant delete. They have either " -n or -r after the .exe eg xxxxx.exe -n I cant locate them in FIND either. They also keep appearing on my desktop at each startup in spite of being deleted from it on the last occasion. I havent dared clickon in case of going to a premium site. Some help please

  Sethhaniel 11:41 14 Apr 2004

if in there remove tick from it
if confident backup registry
then regedit and search for all reference to file
and delete

  johnnyrocker 11:56 14 Apr 2004

any anti spyware on board?


  wadham 17:16 17 Apr 2004

Went to msconfig. Found nothing funny. I only startup a limitted number of items but tried a full startup & found in the system tray an icon simmilar to the unwanted one appearing on the desktop. R clicking on it gave me the choice of deleting it !!! & now the is no sign of it anywhere. Tyis only found the exe -n prog. but not the others ie -r ones. thanks for help.
jonnyrocker:- no

  hugh-265156 17:19 17 Apr 2004

run both spybot and adaware click here click here

install,update and run,delete anything they find.

  Gongoozler 17:20 17 Apr 2004

Download AdAware from click here and/or Spybot S&D from click here. These usually sort out this type of nasty.

  Gongoozler 17:22 17 Apr 2004

OK huggyg71, so you can type faster than me ;-)

  VoG II 17:24 17 Apr 2004

Then get Spywareblaster click here

  hugh-265156 17:25 17 Apr 2004


  wadham 17:34 17 Apr 2004

Sorry I have not seen all the responses to my problem as when I went just to see my postings just now only 2 replies where shown not the 8 I now see looking at helpline. I will now read new replies. I dont know if it is best to look at H/line rather than just ones postings? Thank you all.

  hugh-265156 17:42 17 Apr 2004

keep refreshing the page to see latest postings wadham.

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