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problem files/programs - how do I get rid of them

I have some programs/files that when I close them out (ctrl+alt+del), the re-open by themselves within a few minutes. I'm quite sure they are malware. I've dug & dug to try to find them so I can delete them, I've searched for them, looked to see if they can be uninstalled from "settings", but cannot even find them. I used to use Adaware, which would not/could detect them. Recently I downloaded an anti-spyware & popup blocker that Cox provides, SpyCatcher. It doesn't detect them either. So, I have extra unknown programs up & running & popups popping up again. I found the following when I went to "run", & then "msconfig" after opening the "start up" tab"

Ebivuc loaded from Registry (Per-User Run) C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\gtalk.exe
Artt loaded from Registry (Per-User Run) C:\WINDOWS\Profiles\charles\Application Data\tpti.exe
Gnnmkdxc loaded from Registry (Per-User Run) C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\fqyo.exe

I have Windows Me. I also use, update & daily scan with AVG

These things are as big a nuisance as spam

What is this called? How can I get rid of them, if not rid of, then at least disable them? Thanks a bunch!

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download and run HiJackThis and post the log at a security forum with the description of your problem.

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Thanks, slim. Can you suggest a few security forums?

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First, I certainly wonder if your file information is correctly listed.

Second, when you start Windows, dozens of programs are already running - many of them invisible and running in the background. "AutoStart Viewer" allows you to see every autostart on your system, all on the one screen. In addition, it gives you complete control over the autostart references, and allows you to modify or delete them at will. Key features are:

? Over 50 different autostart locations monitored!

? Right-click menu allows you to take complete control over each autostart

? Add New Autostart feature allows you to add new programs to automatically start

? Save/Print functions allow you to take snapshots

? Resizable, easy-to-use interface that shows every autostart on the one display

? All sizes, positions and settings are remembered

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