7. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\The Silicon Realms Toolworks\Armadillo
8. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\CLSID\Component Categories
As the program gives me the ability to search each entry on Google (yes, I know, a good source??), it led to the following:
1. ASProtect 2.0+ SKE (to the best of my knowledge I never downloaded anything with this name)
2. ASProtect fake TypLib
3. Common Key for ASProtect
4. Armadillo 4.10+ (I have never downloaded anything by this name)
5. Common Key of Armadillo
6. Common Key of Armadille
7. Common Key of Armadillo\Software\The Silicon Realms Toolworks\Armadillo (never heard of any of these names)
8. Invalid name of CLSID
9. Empty CLSID Key
10. Empty CLSID Key
11. Empty CLSID Key
12. Empty TypeLib Key (reference on Google to Nero Burning ROM 5.5 – I have v. 22.214.171.124)
So, do I have an “virus”, or what? Can anyone tell me how these entries got into my Registry and how to prevent future “changes/infections”? I know it is not my imagination, as now I am having interference with some anti-virus software and also problems with disappearing desktop icons, like the one for my ISP, after a cold boot a few minutes ago. Oh yes, whatever it is, it doesn’t like RTKY, as it has closed it twice so far, and won’t let it reopen without a reboot. (Correction, actually the file was still open, but hidden from sight by Firefox tabs).
I just noticed another strange thing. A new folder has been added to Drive D, labeled “~mssetup.t” with a subfolder labeled “~msstfqf.t”. They both appear to be empty, but who knows. Actually, I did do a reinstall of 98 SE over my existing installation this morning. The first attempt, from within Windows generated one of those white error boxes, with the options “Close” or “Ignore”, and I closed the process, and reinstalled via MS-DOS, with no problems (with the install), but having the same, and slightly worse problem with the OS, especially whenever I have to use Windows Explorer, but at other times, too.
Any thoughts or recommendations are appreciated, especially for a good, but free, firewall, or other type of protective software (no, I won't say it, but I am thinking of a computer "c----m) . Thank you in advance.
P.S. - I wish I was more of a geek, as this is not only very frustrating and time-consuming, but it is also quite mind-numbing. Obviously, I need as user-friendly and well-protected an OS as is possible. Any recommentations?
Edited by Yavo Lem, 06 October 2006 - 03:53 PM.