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Really Suspicious HP Notice?

by summerian / September 13, 2007 2:28 PM PDT

I just booted up my computer and there is a "Backweb Security Notice"
saying that

This Certificate
is published by
Consumer PC
Cupertino, California, US

As a publisher under credentials issued by
Secure Server Certifacation Authority
RSA Data Security Inc.
Expires: March 25,2005

Hello, its NOT 2005 anymore! This looks really suspicious. I said no to the popup. Should I have done this?

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Not only would I have said "NO", but
by eddie11013 / September 13, 2007 11:43 PM PDT

I would also run any and all of my "anti" stuff to make sure there aren't any 'nasties' on my computer that are generating this kind of stuff.
Good 'first' move though.

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Spyware scan results
by summerian / September 17, 2007 8:38 AM PDT

I have both Ad-Aware 2007 and Mcafee.
I have done scans with both. Nothing.
Yet every time I reboot the computer and log on, the same annoying notice pops up and I have to say no to it.
Its starting to get really annoying.
Slightly before this occurred, I killed a few processes, one of them was system. I probably should not have. But I was currently doing software testing. Could this have caused this?


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I would give SpybotS&D a try.....
by Marianna Schmudlach / September 17, 2007 8:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Spyware scan results
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In addition to Eddie's advice which is
by roddy32 / September 14, 2007 12:00 AM PDT

good because you never know nowadays.

Is this a new computer? HP DOES use backweb to download and install updates sometimes if you allow it so it is possible it is legit. Personally I think it is better to go to the HP website if you need any updates such as drivers instead of trusting the updating software the computer came with. My computer is a Compaq which I bought new a little over 3 years ago close to the same time that HP bought Compaq. I uninstalled any download managers that came from the factory from add/remove because I don't trust those things.

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When We Got Our New HP Laptop, One of....
by tobeach / September 15, 2007 5:34 PM PDT

first things I did was to run Spybot and remove 47 (?: getting old)folders of Back Web that came installed from factory. Some were courtesy of Logitech mouse & touch pad software.
What I found interesting is that before Spybots removal, a search of ALL files & folders (showing hidden folders) only listed >>4<< BW folders!!
Everything worked just fine without the 47 except auto update mgr. for HP & for Logitech both of which I can run manually. Really is Foistware/Spyware which uploads with each daily contact. Shades of MS WGA!
Note: If you manually update, the first thing they download is the Back Web again so has to be removed again each time. Works for me! Grin

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