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Coulomb Dialer

by slybo / April 11, 2005 7:49 AM PDT

I just updated ad-aware to SE1R38 11.04.2005 and it found Coulomb Dialer, which I quarantined it. I did a search on the net and see that there are removal tools or things in the registry you should do. I need advice, is ad-aware good enough or should I use a removal tool and if so which one? Or should I follow the instructions on sites that give all the registry files to delete?

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Hi Sly
by roddy32 / April 11, 2005 7:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Coulomb Dialer

I just checked and yes, that was added to today's definitions. What I would is leave it in quarantine for a few days to make sure there are no problems or a possible false positive. If everything is OK after a few days, I would see if Ad-Aware will be able to delete it. If it IS able to delete it then, reboot and run another scan and see if it is actually gone. Marianna or Donna may know more about this that I do though so if they have different instructions, I would do what they recommend.

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Check your Add/Remove Programs for "Porn Turbo"
by Donna Buenaventura / April 11, 2005 8:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Coulomb Dialer
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results so far
by slybo / April 11, 2005 9:38 AM PDT

I do not have Porn Turbo in add remove. Run adaware in safe mode and was clean. Check items in web site www3.ca.com and no loader.exe, no registry keys listed found, no comload.dll in windows explorer, did not do the uregister dll. Tried to run PandaActiveScan and had a timeout error, I have AOL cable, do not understand this but it has happened with other computers. I am trying it again, am on my other computer. But am worried when timeout error showed up some box came up about chose profile and had outlook listed in it but I thought it had something to do with Panda and clicked ok, did I mess up, do you know what that could have been?

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profile box
by slybo / April 11, 2005 10:38 AM PDT
In reply to: results so far

I got through the Panda scan and it did not find anything. But that box showed up at the end. Must have something to do with the scan and when I cancelled it this time Panda showed the results. Do you know what this profile box is? Donna I did the items in your post so I guess I am ok. I will leave it in the Ad-aware quarantine for a week or so before deleting it. Thanks for your help. Let me know if I should do anything else. Thanks again

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Ad-Aware log
by slybo / April 11, 2005 12:02 PM PDT
In reply to: profile box

Just thought I might get an opion on the Ad-Aware log.

COULOMB DIALER

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Running Panda ActiveScan now
by Donna Buenaventura / April 12, 2005 1:31 AM PDT
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to see if I'll see that box that it showed you Grin

If safe mode scan result of Ad-aware SE and Panda ActiveScan are clean, you should be OK.

Yes, keep it in quarantine. You can delete it later on.

Keep your antivirus up to date Happy

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peoplepc
by slybo / April 12, 2005 2:28 AM PDT

Thanks for your help. I have two computers and the one that is having the problem is one of those all in one box cheap ones that comes with a lot of preloaded junk. I bought it just to play with and learn to do things I was afraid of on my good computer. One of the things it has is some easy internet sign up which I did not use. I loaded AOL from a disc. If you noticed it found this coulomb in the PeoplePC folder. I did a search and found a site that talk about a dialer problem with it but was spelled different from what ad-aware found. Ad-aware found AtlBrowser.exe and the site had listed AltBrowser.exe, the t and l are reversed. I find this interesting that maybe this is some junk that came with the computer, and maybe that box has something to do with the junk. Thought this might be of help if any one else is having this problem. It is a Compaq model SR1308OM 512 ram 2.21 GHz cpu windows xp sp2

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Right. Crapware or junkware
by Donna Buenaventura / April 12, 2005 4:32 AM PDT
In reply to: peoplepc

Most of the times, a new computer came with programs that was pre-installed. Offers from ISP (ISP setup program or launchers which will try to introduce their service and usually located in Start Menu>Programs>Online Options) or printer vendors and etc.

It can be removed via Add/Remove Programs or simply delete the entire Online Options folder. There are times it is nasty that no matter how many times the user will delete it, it will appear again. This requires registry edit. Others will reformat the system and install fresh Windows (if the Windows installation CD is available). If user will restore to default factory settings, those items will appear again.

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