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I run Windows 98. Yesterday, I cleaned out a bunch of suspicious files, on Norton Internet Security 2004 recommendation. The Updater file was one of them. I deleted all the updater and wupdater files. It was suggested that I eliminate all entries of the same file in the registry, as well. I went to the registry, went to Local Machine, and went to Software, where I found Updater. I deleted it. I cannot find any more Updater files, so I think I got them all. I also deleted Incrfind from the same area, because it was one of the files Norton called my attention to.

Is it OK that I deleted the ones from the registry? My internet seems to be fine, but when I shut down, I get a fatal error message, hit any key, and then it shuts down. This message is only since I deleted both Updater and Incrfind from the software portion of the local registry. I'm not sure it has anything to do with it, but now I'm nervous I shouldn't have messed with the registry. Am I Ok on this? :o I'd appreciate any help.

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Hopefully you backed up the registry before messing with it?? The entries you deleted certainly sound like malware entries. Try the following:

Download & instal Adaware from here
& update it B4 scanning.
In settings under 'scanning,' have it set to
'scan within archives,'
'scan active processes,'
'scan registry,'
'deepscan registry'
'scan my IE Favourites for banned URL's,'
'scan my host's file.'
In 'tweaks' under 'scanning engine' set it to 'unload recognised processes during scanning.'
Also in 'tweaks' under 'cleaning engine' set it to 'Automatically try to unregister objects prior to deletion' & 'let Windows remove files in use at next reboot.'
Select 'activate in-depth scan' before starting scan.
When the scan is finished select 'next.'
Remove what it finds by placing a check in the box to the left of the object. Reboot

Download & instal Spybot S&D from here Update it B4 scanning. Go into settings & have it check for Beta releases also & download if available.
After the scan is complete, have spybot fix everything marked RED.
On the page that first opens when you start Spybot there is an option to immunise, you should do this. In the immunise section there is also a link to download Spywareblaster. This program will prevent the install of bad activex controls that it has knowledge of. Download that & you can keep it updated by selecting the same link that you use to download it. Reboot

I am moving this to the security forum as it is most likely a spyware related issue.

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Thank you for your advice. Do you think it was Ok that I got rid of the Updater from the registry? I was under the impression that it was adware, or malware.

I must say, I do Symantec NIS every year, and am happy with it's virus protection. This year, though, I've had more problems with my computer since installing the NIS 2004. The install is up to date, and the program works, but I still have starting and shut down problems. I didn't think removing the Updater would affect anything about shutdown.

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Perhaps you have other problems there that those two programs could not fix. I dumped Norton for EZtrust AV & Sygate firewall. Norton was ok but had to reinstall a couple of times due to corrupted update downloads. Got tired of it. When running NIS with the parental control activated I noticed it used around 70Mb of RAM whilst browsing!!

Download HijackThis from here & unzip it into it's own, permanent folder, (Not a temporary folder or the desktop & not directly on your hard drive).
If you have anything disabled in MsConfig, please re-enable it/them.
Start HJT & with all browser windows closed, press the scan button. When the scan is finished the scan button will change to save. Save the log to a text file, copy the entire contents of the text file & paste it into the body of your post. DO NOT FIX ANYTHING YET. Most of what is there is necessary for the running of your system.

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