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Add/Remove Programs

By rki
Aug 17, 2006
  1. Hello

    Start --> Control Panel --> Add/Remove Programs

    It looks weird, first it shows up in black then in white, then in both white/black strips

    I've attached a screenshot to view

    add1.jpg
    add2.jpg
    add3.jpg
    add4.jpg

    Thanks

    NB:
    - I've a 1GB RAM and currently only around 350MB of it is being used.
    - This could have happend after my windows.update ?
     

    Attached Files:

  2. Zeratul

    Zeratul TS Rookie Posts: 77

    this is definetly a damn virus (my point of view).
    install a good AV and see does it fix it or not
     
  3. rki

    rki TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    I'm currently running NOD32 Antivirus with current updates 1.1712(20060817).
     
  4. Zeratul

    Zeratul TS Rookie Posts: 77

    okay, shall i say, try ZONE ALARM suite or norton.
     
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    It may be a virus, or it could be something else.

    Go and read this thread HERE, then post a HJT log as an attachment into this thread. I`ll take a look and advise.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  6. rki

    rki TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Hjt

    Here's my HJT logs
     
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    There are some suspicious entries in your HJT log, although without knowing the applications concerned, it`s hard to tell whether they are safe or not. Also, I can`t find much info for some of them. I noticed you have the Flashget programme. If this is the free version, you should get rid of it. Only the paid for version is safe.

    I noticed you don`t seem to have a firewall installed. If this is so, you should consider getting one ASAP. The free Kerio, or free Zonealarm friewall programmes are very good. Just Google for these.

    With that in mind, I`d like you to go HERE and follow the instructions exactly. That way we can see if anything is found that shouldn`t be there.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    I suspect it is a graphics driver issue although I cannot rule out viri either.
    What graphics card and driver are you using?
     
  9. rki

    rki TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    [ NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 420 ]

    Video Adapter Properties:
    Device Description NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 420
    Adapter String GeForce4 MX 420
    BIOS String Version 4.17.00.45.91
    Chip Type GeForce4 MX 420
    DAC Type Integrated RAMDAC
    Installed Drivers nv4_disp (6.14.10.9131 - nVIDIA ForceWare 91.31)
    Memory Size 64 MB
     
  10. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    expand the original appwiz from your Win CD copy to system32 folder
    do search for appwiz.cpl
    thats where you ned to expand and copy the one from install disc
    you may have to install all your programs
    find all .cpl files try a cmd window and run them make sure they are ok

    thats after you make sure you have no bugs
     
  11. Camotec

    Camotec TS Rookie

    Hey guys,

    The fix for this is rather simple, I had this problem and found that it was a bad entry in the uninstall list in the registry.

    1. Make a note of the name of the last program that you *CAN* see before the gap in the add/remove list.
    2. Start up regedit, and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
    3. Scroll down the entries until you reach the name of the
    program in step [1], the next entry is the program causing the problem.
    4. Remove that entry from the registry.
    5. Check that your add/remove list is back to normal.
    6. Upgrade or downgrade to the next version of the offending program to see if the developers have fixed the problem.
     
     
  12. rki

    rki TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Camotec
    Ok, but that will depend on how the "Add/Remove Programs" is being sorted out.

    sort by: Name
    sort by: Size
    sort by: Frequency of Use
    sort by: Date last used


    All programs installed gets re-arranged according to these settings - so, how do I determine which one?
     
  13. rki

    rki TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Err, also Programs under " HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall " are arranged Alphabetically
     
  14. rki

    rki TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Wow - Infact, it dosen't really matter how re/arranged they are there.
    This was the program causing it. I couldn't find it in Add/Remove Programs, but it does exist in the registry. So, definately it was it. :D

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    Thanks alot - Camotec !!!
     
  15. Camotec

    Camotec TS Rookie

    No problems,
    glad to help.
     
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