I have an alert that pops up from time to time in zone alarm: "REPEAT PROGRAM SCVHOST.EXE is trying to access the internet" This doesn't happen every time I start up my computer, just every now and then. I have denied access several times with no (seemingly) adverse effect to any programs that I use - my web surfing is still ok and my email is fine. I think I read about this program somewhere, but I can't remember where - is it a legitimate program attempting access or some form of spyware? I have run spybot and adaware, norton is up to date and nothing comes up. Can any one help? Thanks in advance
..I've been having the same ZA alert since changing to the latest version (5.0.590.015) when it was launched; after a lot of ferreting I found out that it was caused by XP's Internet Time check trying to update automatically, even though I normally do it manually about once a week.
Once I had reconfigured the update to a manual basis the alerts ceased.
I just checked it out at click here and downloaded the scanner and remover (SpyHunter).
Ran it and it came up with one cookie, Lop.com.
The description is given as:
"Lop.com is a web site owned by C2 Media. It is mainly a pay-per-click search portal where other web sites pay for each click-through to their site via lop. This isn't a terrible idea, but rather than create a quality web site to get surfers to their site and clicking those links, they instead created a program which is labeled variously as an mp3 search program, a porn search program, or some other such thing. The installer turns the user's web browser into a device with a seemingly endless supply of links to lop.com.
• Changes browser settings • Hides from the user • Stays resident in background
Edit lop description Last edited: 2004-01-30 18:56:25 by user 184.108.40.206"
You have, however, to pay for SpyHunter to actually remove it.
So I ran S and D 1.3. It came up with one problem - SpyHunter Popups.
These and SpyHunter have now both been banished from my system.
I also have AdAware6, SpywareBlaster and AVG - all report a clear system.
In addition, I set Third Party cookies to Prompt or Block. This warns, via a panel, about cookies and you can refuse or allow them as necessary; however, blocking cookies doesn't normally prevent you from accessing a website.