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    Pest Patrol finds nonexistent problem?

    Hi Everyone:
    I just updated the Pest Patrol definitions & ran it. It told me I had two confirmed pests which I can't find at all on my computer. One of them is called dua ti choi. I'm wondering if anyone who uses Pest Patrol has been told that they have this or something called Express 2.01 adware.

    At http://pestpatrol.com/PestInfo/d/dua_ti_choi.asp, I'm told to do the following:
    Unregister dlls:
    systemroot+twain1.dll the dll doesn't exist

    Delete registry item:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftwindowscurrentv ersionruntaskmonitor This can't be right. Why would I delete my taskmonitor?

    Remove these files:
    systemroot+taskmen.exe.exe
    systemroot+twain1.dll
    systemroot+twain1.exe Again, none of these files can be found on my system.

    Anyone know what's going on here or is Pest Patrol just plain wrong?
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    Re: Pest Patrol finds nonexistent problem?

    > Delete registry item:
    > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftwindowscurrentv ersionruntaskmonitor
    > This can't be right. Why would I delete my taskmonitor?

    I don't have a "taskmonitor" starting up automatically in my Run key. Do you? Can you track down what it is?

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    Re: Pest Patrol finds nonexistent problem?

    Hi Jefferson: Yes. I had notes on taskmon.exe.

    >>"To record the disk access patterns of programs during their startup, Windows 98 uses a process called Task Monitor. Task Monitor automatically monitors programs you use and record their disk access patterns during their start. These records, called log files, are stored in the WindowsApplog directory. In addition to access patterns, Task Monitor also records the number of times you use programs. This usage information enables Disk Defragmenter to favor more frequently used programs in optimizing the disk.

    The format of the log file name is application.lgn, where application is the name of the application and n is the drive letter where the application files reside. Therefore, for the C: drive, the file extension is .lgc.

    When Disk Defragmenter (Defrag.exe) runs, it calls Cvtaplog.exe to gather information from all the lgn files and build an Applog.dtn file, one for each drive [the one for the C: drive would be called applog.dtc]. The Applog.dtn file contains information about cluster placement optimization instructions which are read by Defrag.exe. Defrag.exe uses this information to place disk clusters in the optimized order so that programs start up faster."<<

    So it would seem to me that it's something that I want to run. Also, I didn't mention before, but Pest Patrol also said I should delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionRunScanregistry.

    I've had these entries for a long time & neither PP, Adaware, or Spybot S&D ever mentioned them. I'm really wondering what's going on.
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    Re: Pest Patrol finds nonexistent problem?

    Sorry, I forgot you were running Windows 98.

    I looked at the Pest Patrol page and it says it automatically cleans that particular trojan. Maybe these others instructions are superfluous?

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    Re: Pest Patrol finds nonexistent problem?

    TechNet has an article <!mskb=183887>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 183887<!/mskb> on ScanRegW (this one's for Window Me, but it applies generally)... I'd leave its registry entry well alone!!
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    Re: Pest Patrol finds nonexistent problem?

    <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>Sorry, I forgot to mention; I have the evaluation version, which doesn't clean anything. Thanks to both of you. John, I think I'll wait to see what happens when I update the definitions next time. It could be an error on their part. Both the task monitor & scanreg are part of Win 98. If they don't make a change, I think I'll email them.

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    Re: Pest Patrol finds nonexistent problem: Update!

    I just went to update my Pest Patrol files again today, 11/25. 4 DAT files would not update...the ones that contain various definitions. I manually renamed those four files & updated again. This time they all updated with todays definitions. After running Pest Patrol, it no longer listed my two entries in the Run key of the registry.

    jI conclude that Pest Patrol made a mistake & corrected it with their latest update. I don't know if those with paid versions were told, but I can understand why using the free version wouldn't get support. Thanks for the feedback.

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