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what is "ACTALERT"? its mysteriously appeared on my PC watch

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    does anybody know

    a) what "actalert" is?
    b) how it got on my computer?
    c) what i should do about it?

    Its appeared when i clicked alt+control+delete and i have no idea what it is. My pc has Windows 98, if this is relevant

    cheers
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    Mmm, maybe a trojan ...
    check out in google
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    It doesn't look like it's a virus or anything.

    Have you been doing file-sharing?

    Have you put anything new on your computer recently?

    If you go to the control panel and go to add/remove programs can you see anything new there?
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    "... Alcune aree non sono visibili, clicca sula voce [login]. Argomento Windows / Sicurezza:
    Virus, Dialer, Intrusioni / downloader trojan actalert (980 Accessi ... "

    "actalert - actalert.exe - Process Information. Process File: actalert or actalert.exe
    Process Name: ActAlert Description: Contact management solution tool. ... "

    That's why I said that he should look in google.
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    I have done a bit of research now.

    Check out this link:

    http://www.pestpatrol.com/PestInfo/d/dyfuca.asp

    See if you have any of those keys in your registry, don't delete anything yet, just see. It oculd be a virus.

    Try a free online virus scan on www.symantec.com

    I'll help you from the symantec website if you like.
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    I wasn't too bad then

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    I prefer to Yahoo! it
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    (Original post by G4ry)
    I prefer to Yahoo! it
    I used to prefer yahoo, but since I got almost the same results with google in less time ... google rules
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    (Original post by Eternal Idol)
    I used to prefer yahoo, but since I got almost the same results with google in less time ... google rules
    Are you on a different forum as "Eternal God" out of interest?
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    (Original post by G4ry)
    Are you on a different forum as "Eternal God" out of interest?
    Nope, Eternal Idol is a Black Sabbath album.
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    (Original post by Eternal Idol)
    Nope, Eternal Idol is a Black Sabbath album.
    Ok, never mind then. As you were
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    It's allright man
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    thankyou for all of those comments...i did google but a lot of the pages looked a little dodgy and i thought that if it is a virus i have then the google link could also be one

    anyway found a guardian article which has link to

    http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/

    this shows me I have 5 in total "parasites" including "internet optimiser" which i think is the acalert one. It gives advice on what to do but im a little unsure, as i know little about computers and the internet and am also a bit paranoid when it comes to these things

    i think i'm going to take a look at the site posted here but unless i can find a completely safe and easy way of getting rid of them, will just wait and get a mate around who knows more than me about them

    thanks a lot
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    (Original post by nero076)
    thankyou for all of those comments...i did google but a lot of the pages looked a little dodgy and i thought that if it is a virus i have then the google link could also be one

    anyway found a guardian article which has link to

    http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/

    this shows me I have 5 in total "parasites" including "internet optimiser" which i think is the acalert one. It gives advice on what to do but im a little unsure, as i know little about computers and the internet and am also a bit paranoid when it comes to these things

    i think i'm going to take a look at the site posted here but unless i can find a completely safe and easy way of getting rid of them, will just wait and get a mate around who knows more than me about them

    thanks a lot
    If you get stuck, ask away. It's just a case of deleting some infected files and some registry keys; shouldn't be too tricky.
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    (Original post by nero076)
    thankyou for all of those comments...i did google but a lot of the pages looked a little dodgy and i thought that if it is a virus i have then the google link could also be one

    anyway found a guardian article which has link to

    http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/

    this shows me I have 5 in total "parasites" including "internet optimiser" which i think is the acalert one. It gives advice on what to do but im a little unsure, as i know little about computers and the internet and am also a bit paranoid when it comes to these things

    i think i'm going to take a look at the site posted here but unless i can find a completely safe and easy way of getting rid of them, will just wait and get a mate around who knows more than me about them

    thanks a lot
    Click on : "Information and removal instructions."
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    Yahoo

    I had the "MySearch/MyWay" parasite ... it was harmless but I took it out with the instructions in that page in 1'.
    You can trust it (http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/ ).

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    (Original post by nero076)
    oh man now i'm really confused


    doxdesk says:

    (for internetoptimiser this is)

    "Removal
    Check the Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs feature for 'Active Alert' and 'Internet Optimizer'. If these entries are there, using both should result in InternetOptimizer's correct removal. "

    what does this mean, surely if i click add/remove then it will delete it?

    is this what it means when it says "using both"?

    i am sure you all have better things to do than help me but can you just tell me whether or not the parasites (or my trying to remove them) will really f up my computer:

    adultlinks / qcbar
    internet optimizer
    moneytree / multidist
    my search / mysearch
    tiny bar / b

    i am now in more of a panic than before cos when i clicked on the link for dostbox that eternalidol gave a box with error "are you sure you want to fun seekzone?" or words to that effect appeared...i clicked no, then searched google for what seekzone was and its a porn site, as it appears are some of the other parasites! i havent been on porn since i was 14 :confused:
    I don't really have anything better to do to be honest.

    Look at the link i posted and just see if the stuff is there and follow the instructions.

    Internet optimizer is part of the parasite. If you go to control panel>add/remove programs see if you have any new, weird programs that you have not put on yourself. Let me know your results.
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    (Original post by nero076)
    i am now in more of a panic than before cos when i clicked on the link for dostbox that eternalidol gave a box with error "are you sure you want to fun seekzone?" or words to that effect appeared...i clicked no, then searched google for what seekzone was and its a porn site, as it appears are some of the other parasites! i havent been on porn since i was 14 :confused:
    You were the one that gave that link ...

    (Original post by nero076)
    anyway found a guardian article which has link to

    http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/
    You should just follow the instructions and remove all those programs.
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    (Original post by Eternal Idol)
    You were the one that gave that link ...



    You should just follow the instructions and remove all those programs.
    No look at my link, it's got everything you need.

    We're not getting anywhere arguing about links
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    as for links, pestpatrol works seems to show the problem ok but second link says "cannot find server"

    on my add/remove program list theres 2 which seem to be unwelcome:

    active alert and
    internet optimiser


    theres also a "viewpoint media player (remove only)" which thought i dont recognise i imagine its the above 2 causing the problems
 
 
 
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