Re: Old programs can act like spyware
I have had problems similar to that with other programs,
particularly Norton Antivirus. I tried removing it from my machine
this past June when I got broadband and wanted to start using
ZoneAlarm Security Suite for my antivirus software. It ended up
corrupting the registry, so I ended up wiping the drive and starting
over again. Up to that point I have never been a fan of doing that,
but now must say it is true that the machine will run much better
once it is done. Also, I no longer believe in backing up my data on
optical. Instead, I went out and bought an external internal hard
drive enclosure kit and a new internal drive and periodically back
up all of my music, photos, and other personal stuff I don't want to
lose. I have found this to be the answer to a lot of problems.
Hard drive backup is more reliable than optical backup, plus, since
I have 3 machines, I can take the drive from computer to computer
and do file transfers and backups. I haven't set up home networking
because every person I know who has has had a nightmare with it.
--- In WestMichiganHams@yahoogroups.com, "K8MHZ" <k8mhz@k...> wrote:
> Hi All,
> After fighting with a difficult problem with my computer I would
like to share some information.
> The problem I was having was intermittent. My computer's Internet
access would just stop. No error codes or nothing. Sometimes it
would just start up again, but more often than not I would have to
> The problem turned out to be part of a program, MusicMatch, that I
thought I had un-installed. The part left wanted to check the
Internet for updates, but was damaged when I removed MusicMatch.
What was happenning was that this broken part of MusicMatch was
taking over my Internet connection but could do nothing more and
just sat there, blocking anything else from happenning.
> I found it by locating a scheduler file, mmtask.tsk, that would
appear under system information but not in the add/remove window.
> Since this was not spyware nor a virus, it was not detected by any
> I would hazard to guess that this could happen with other programs
as well. I think the tell tale sign would be that the problem
exists after many updates of the best spyware and virus protection
out is run.
> I hope this helps someone with a hard to find access problem.
> Mark K8MHZ