no entries, my virus checker is up to date, and the thing is not causing any problems. i only found it when running "regcleaner". it's down as "old", so it's been there for some time, and states that the author is unknown. can't imagine what it is, but it's annoying not being able to find out. i've tried "google" and "webferret" but there is no trace of ckeaycydbldvst on those. just hope that someone notices this posting who knows what it is, but that seems a long shot now. i live in hope. thanks once again.
Jester2K II and graham√ just to let you know that i have taken the plunge, made a backup and deleted it. no ill effects so far. still no wiser however. will keep the thread open for a few more days in the hope....... thanks for your support.