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strange application launcher on start-up

By sajth ยท 4 replies
Aug 16, 2007
  1. Hi, again. Every time I start up the computer and log on to my file, this application launcher window pops up, asking permission to run a program called "gapcsqlv.exe". Now I always press cancel, but it keeps coming up every restart. I have no idea where it came from. All help would be appreciated.
  2. wii-ste

    wii-ste TS Rookie Posts: 163

    The first thing I think you need to do is establish if this file is legitimate. If you could find the file (go to Windows\System32 in Explorer) and right-click it, then select properties. There should be a version tab including a product name, company name etc. Could you post the information from there please?

    If it is unwanted software I will help you to remove it.

    The logs you posted indicate that this is something to do with audio, but to be honest I am not convinced as I can see the other software for your audio in the logs too.
  3. sajth

    sajth TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The software is definately unwanted. There is a problem though, I can't seem to locate my system32 folder. Its not in C:/WINDOWS. The closest folder is C:/WINDOWS/system, but the file is not there. The only other place I found the system32 folder is C:\QooBox\Quarantine\C\WINDOWS\system32. Is there any way I can recover it?
  4. wii-ste

    wii-ste TS Rookie Posts: 163

    Sounds like your antivirus has already quarantined it and most probably you don't want to recover it. The only thing you really need to do is remove the entries in the registry that try to start it.
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Very Important: Before deciding whether you should clean or reformat your system, go and read this thread HERE and decide what it is you want to do.

    If after reading the above, you wish to clean your system, do the following.

    You might want to copy and paste these instructions into a notepad file. Then you can have the file open in safe mode, so you can follow the instructions easier.

    Boot into safe mode, under your normal user name(NOT THE ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT). See how HERE.

    In Windows Explorer, turn on "Show all files and folders, including hidden and system". See how HERE.

    Click start/run and type services.msc into the run box and press the enter key.

    When the window appears, maximise it. Double click on the following services(if there) and select stop if they are running. Set the startup type to disabled. Click apply/ok for each service you disable.


    Close the services window.

    Open your task manager, by holding down the ctrl and alt keys and pressing the delete key.

    Click on the processes tab and end process for(if there).


    Close task manager.

    Run HJT with no other programmes open(except notepad). Click the scan button. Have HJT fix the following, by placing a tick in the little box next to(if there).

    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {7E853D72-626A-48EC-A868-BA8D5E23E045} - (no file)

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Curb32LoadExtra] C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\htm five curb 32\errorupload.exe

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [audio] gapcsqlv.exe

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Microsoft] drwatson32bit.exe

    O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [audio] gapcsqlv.exe

    O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [Microsoft] drwatson32bit.exe

    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [audio] gapcsqlv.exe

    Click on the fix checked button.

    Close HJT.

    Locate and delete the following bold files and/or directories(if there).

    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\htm five curb 32<Delete the entrie folder.

    gapcsqlv.exe<Search your system for this file and delete all instances found.

    Reboot into normal mode and rehide your protected OS files.

    Post fresh HJT and Combofix logs.

    Regards Howard :)

    This thread is for the use of sajth only. Please don`t post your own virus/spyware problems in this thread. Instead, open a new thread in our security and the web forum.
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