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Sonic Activation Module, what is it?

by Big Steve / April 11, 2008 7:02 PM PDT

After some bad weather finally moved through my area early this morning I came in here planning to make an online payment on one of my accounts when suddenly after I powered up this desktop up pops this box trying to install a sonic activation module. I kept clicking on cancel but the stupid thing wouldn't go away then it asked me to insert the CD disk and try again.

I shut the computer down and waited a few minutes then turned the computer back on. So far whatever it was hasn't popped up again. I installed a new toolbar last night from Ebay, could this be the reason this is happening? If I need to I'll uninstall that Ebay toolbar in a second. I went to Control Panel and could not find anything labeled Sonic Activation Module.

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Re: Google is your friend. . .
by Big Steve / April 12, 2008 5:07 AM PDT

If you say so. Could this problem have been caused when I downloaded and installed a toolbar from Ebay?

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Maybe, could be. . .
by Coryphaeus / April 12, 2008 5:27 AM PDT

Did you see all the references in the Google link?

The only toolbar anyone needs is the Google Toolbar. All the others, and I mean all of them, can be a PITA. I tried the Yahoo! tool bar once. Just once.

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Re: Maybe, could be. . .
by Big Steve / April 12, 2008 5:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Maybe, could be. . .

You mean all 29,300 of them? I printed out seven pages from the first link listed and will be reading it shortly. Should I go to Control Panel and remove that Ebay toolbar? If I do and the problem still persists then it must be related to something else. The only reason I downloaded and installed that Ebay toolbar yesterday was after I submitted a question to them earlier in the day yesterday after I received an email from them informing me that a bidding transaction in which I had been a participant, one which had already ended and I was not the winning bidder, Ebay voided the transaction.

I then contacted the seller who told me that the high bidder on his or her item was a fraudulent bidder who had hijacked someone else's Ebay account so Ebay took action. Ebay recommended that I install their toolbar because Ebay claimed it would let me know when or if I was on a legitimate Ebay website or not. Lots of fake Ebay sites out there, hackers just waiting for you to enter and give them your user ID and password so they can go shopping at your expense.

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Re: Try this...
by Big Steve / April 12, 2008 11:55 AM PDT


I went to Dell's community forum and read several posts on this subject, most told members who were experiencing the same problem as I am to do the following:

Click on start, then click on run, type in "msconfig" then click "OK" and that will take you to another page, go to the top of that page, click on the tab labeled "startup" which will open up a box listing a long list of items, the discussion then said to go down the page until I found these two items, "ISUSPM" and "issch" which if checked to go ahead and uncheck them, then click on apply, then click on close.

I am then prompted to either restart my computer now or restart it later. I click on restart it now, the computer restarts and after the restart has finished up appears a much larger dialog box labeled "System Configuration Utility" which told me to go back and choose the normal startup mode on the general tab to start Windows normally and to undo the changes I had just made. Below that large dialog box was an item which was unchecked and I was told in the Dell forum to check it. It said the following:

"Don't show this message or launch the system configuration utility when Windows starts." I then clicked OK. I then once again restarted my computer and after the restart it seemed to work but now the Somic Activation Module box has come back.

If I use that Windows registry cleaner which you referred to in a previous post, I read on the website to use it with caution, it could delete vital information and files you might not want deleted. I have quite a bit of Quicken on this desktop PC, would I run the risk of deleting any or all of my Quicken if I went ahead and used that Windows registry cleaner?

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Re: Try this...
by Big Steve / April 12, 2008 7:31 PM PDT
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Alright who deleted my other posts in this thread? Did you do it Proffitt?

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Re: Try this...
by Big Steve / April 13, 2008 8:34 AM PDT
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You still deleting my posts? What happened to the last one I posted in this thread just a few hours ago asking what happen to posts made in this same thread by CNET member Glenn30?

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Sonic Issue
by bodunkphilroe / May 21, 2008 11:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Try this...

I have gone in and deleted anything related to sonic in an attempt to fix the Sonic Activation Module. I went in to msconfig trying to disable as well. Now the computer no longer sees my CD/DVD burner. I have a Dell Dimension. I should have just lived with the annoying Sonic install problem. At least then my son could still burn cd's. I can reinstall the DVR software because it is on CD!
Any Ideas?

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sonic activation
by bear64774 / June 17, 2011 1:33 PM PDT
In reply to: Sonic Issue

be careful how many times you start your computer. i had an similar thing happen to me and it turned out to be a virus. try doing a system restore and or a virus scan

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Sonic Activation Module Deletion
by ramac11 / October 2, 2008 5:28 AM PDT

When the Sonic Activation Module Installer appears,do the following:
Windows task mgr will appear
right click on the application running (SAM)
click on process
it should be ISUSPM.exe, if not write down the running process

Now go to SEARCH on your C drive
type in the file to search for
notice where it is located, and if it is not needed
hit your delete key -- "all gone"

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IT WORKS!!! :)
by Jimkjim00 / July 30, 2009 10:39 AM PDT


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Soution Center
by jarg46 / August 30, 2009 2:44 AM PDT

I had the problem with Sonic Activation Module and followed your instructions and restarted the computer and now the same box comes up but not with Sonic Activation Module. It now just reads: Soution Center.

I have a Dell XPS 210 with Windows XP I removed Roxio earlier and I am in a situation I am baffled with! Can you help?

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