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    Spybot S&D Confusion

    I just downloaded the latest updates to Spybot 1.3 and ran a check. Apart from a couple of tracking cookies, no problems were found. While exploring some other features, however, I noticed the following when checking out the start-up tool.

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold">Current filename:
    C:WINDOWSSystem32ctfmon.exe

    Database status:
    Not required - virus, spyware, malware or other resource hog
    Value:
    ctfmon.exe
    Filename:
    ctfmon32.exe

    Description
    _CoolWebSearch_ parasite related - hijacking to Slawsearch.com

    Source:
    Paul Collins Startup list</span hi>

    I'm disinclined to act on this as I am not experiencing any problems that I'm aware of. Can anyone confirm that I should blow this thing away?

    Cheers,
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    PaulB

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    Re: Spybot S&D Confusion

    Check your C:WindowsSystem32 folder, and see if it contains CTFMON32.EXE.

    CTFMON.EXE is a legitimate file, see for example here.
    CTFMON32.EXE, however, is indeed related to the CoolWebSearch hijacker, see for example here. If it is present, you should delete it and the related registry item in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionRun.

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    Re: Spybot S&D Confusion

    Thanks, Hans. I did a search and I have no occurrences of CTFMON32.exe.

    I did a bit of research after my original post and came across one of the links you sent. As I have MS Office installed, I think I'm OK with ctfmon.exe.

    Cheers,
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    PaulB

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