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Is it malware?....How do I rid my PC of it?

by mandyrchtr / November 10, 2005 3:17 PM PST

I have Windows 98SE and also IE6 (recently uninstalled and reinstalled) along with Google toolbar.

I have found 2 items in my startup programs (in Spybot S&D on my desktop also).

''Media Gateway.exe'' I found (created 2 nights ago) in 'find files and folders'- listed in Temp (will not remove after deleting temp files and cookies- twice) and System Files and also in Program Files.

''Qttask.exe'' seems to only be in startup and temp files....and will not go away either.

My dialup popup will not appear on the screen now and the only way to get on the net is to go into My Computer/dialup then download net.

Atomic Clock will not acknowledge the net is on ( when I pressed ping), a popup says no internet is connected although page is up and connected.

Something supposedly downloaded as the bottom toolbar(and drive was noisy) showed something downloading and then done( a picture was included)...BUT I was typing this thread at the time and page did not alter.

I have Zone Alarm v6.0 firewall,AVG v7.1.362 (which scans during bootup and scans emails),Spywareguard v2.2 + Spywareblaster v3.4 (always running in background),Spybot S&D v1.4,Ad-Aware SEPersonal v1.r6 (def. file SE1r74),ALL of which are updated regularly.

And I have not run AVG, Spybot or Ad-awareSE in the last couple of days...I just located these items and posted this straight away to get peoples opinions first-and advice on how to remove properly.

I have already written this once and lost it? do not know how...when I pressed submit...it disappeared.
So if this is repeated in the forum...I apologise.

Thanking you in advance for advice...

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Qttask & MediaGateway
by SylentStar / November 10, 2005 4:35 PM PST

Qttask.exe produced by Apple, installs a tray bar icon which links to the Apple QuickTime video streaming tool. This program is a non-essential system process, and is installed for ease of use.

You don't need it. Do a backup copy, stop the program, delete it. Won't bother you again.

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MediaGateway.exe is an advertising program by Windupdate. This process monitors your browsing habits and distributes the data back to the author's servers for analysis. This also prompts advertising popups. This program is a registered security risk and should be removed immediately.

Use Google and type in the search box: uninstall MediaGateway. You'll find a lot of useful informations and I think that you'll be able to remove it manually yourself.
An interesting link here:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/adware.mediapass.html

Good luck!
Happy

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SylentStar...I think I am all clear...except.....
by mandyrchtr / November 11, 2005 3:10 PM PST
In reply to: Qttask & MediaGateway

the link you provided was useful but I did not go into the registry as the link suggests.

And followed up with AVG,Ad-aware and Spybot for a thorough cleanup in safe mode...other items were found.

My fault for surfing in areas I have not been in before!

I also think I may have allowed something when Zone Alarm alerted me I may have clicked allow instead of deny.

Ought to know to be more careful in future!!

Thank you kindly...
Mandy

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