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How can I get rid of btv?  It reinstalls when I reboot.

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I first noticed an icon that flashes about every minute in the lower right corner on the task bar.  I finally figured out what this was, (it is something from www.broadcastpc.tv which no one in my family claims to have downloaded) and found directions for removing it, but it keeps coming back.  These are the instructions I followed to remove it:  Start the registry editor.  Type regedit and click OK.  Browse to the key:  'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Run'
In the right pane, delete the value called 'BTV', if it exists.
Exit the registry editor.
Restart your computer.
Start Windows Explorer and delete:
%ProgramsDir%\BTV\ (I found this in the Brittanica file)

I also did a search and found btv.exe and deleted that.  Still this program keeps reinstalling itself on my computer.  When I reboot and check Windows Explorer under Brittanica, which was installed AGES ago on my computer, the BTV file is back.  And sooner or later it reinstalls itself because I start seeing the flashing icon again.   Please help.  
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This combination has worked well for me:

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SpywareBlaster & SpywareGuard - www.javacoolsoftware.com
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by:rossfingal
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Hi!
If you're running Win XP, turn off "System Restore".
Right-click on the Taskbar, click on Task Manager -
in the list of running processes  look for the following:
010469.exe
breg.exe
programfilesdir+\btv\breg_inst.exe
programfilesdir+\btv\btv.exe
programfilesdir+\btv\btvclean.exe
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\flashtalk.exe
uninst.exe
Kill all of these (if present).

Search your computer for the following:010469.exe
breg.exe
breg.exe-0b79e5ac.pf
breg_inst.exe-2fc0d86e.pf
btv_1000.exe-26401492.pf
btvcmp.pdf
btvtro.pdf
members area.lnk
ppclean.exe-125484fd.pf
programfilesdir+\btv\breg_inst.exe
programfilesdir+\btv\btv.exe
programfilesdir+\btv\btvclean.exe
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\flashtalk.exe
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\flashtalk.ini
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\addcontact.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\block1.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\block2.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\changecontact.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\changepassword.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\connectspeed.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\defaultsettings.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\internet1.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\internet2.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\internet3.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\internet4.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\license.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\mictest.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\proxy.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\removefolder.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\ring.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\soundcheck1.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\speed.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\voicemessagesettings.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\welcome.rtf
programfilesdir+\flashtalk\txt\whoaddress.rtf
rundll32.exe-2258c848.pf
rundll32.exe-3ae7dc34.pf
uninst.exe
Using Windows Explorer, delete any that you find.
Also, delete the following directories:
programfilesdir+\btv
programfilesdir+\diallerprogram
programfilesdir+\flashtalk

Run regedit and navigate to the following keys:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run\btv,
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run\breg,
If you find any of these values present (in the right pane) -
Delete them.

Clean out ALL of your temp files:
# C:\Windows\Temp - delete ALL of the CONTENTS of the folder - Not the "temp" folder itself!
# C:\Documents and Settings\<Your Profile>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files (all contents)
  <=This will delete all your cached internet content including cookies.
  This is recommended and strongly suggested!
# C:\Documents and Settings\<Your Profile>\Local Settings\Temp (all contents)
# C:\Documents and Settings\<Any other users Profile>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files (all contents)
# C:\Documents and Settings\<Any other users Profile>\Local Settings\Temp (all contents)
# Empty your "Recycle Bin".
Reboot your computer.
You should be clean.

Good luck!
RF
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by:Rich Rumble
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It's system restore I'll bet... turn it off, then uninstall the program- then reboot (previously mentioned)
http://download.nai.com/products/mcafee-avert/SystemHelpDocs/DisableSysRestore.htm
-rich
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I'm having lots of problems getting on this website.  When I click the link in my email telling me there's a new comment, it opens a window partially which won't finish loading.  When I hit the 'x' in the corner to close out the window IE starts opening new windows so fast I can't shut them down and can't even shut down the computer.  I have to hit the reset button.  
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by:WOTHed
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pest patrol says to delete
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\btv\80.zip\file count
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\btv\80.zip\play wmp
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\btv\80.zip\stage
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\btv\80.zip\url
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\btv\80.zip\window end
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\btv\80.zip\window start
KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run\breg

but what about the root dir can u delete that or will it stuff up things?
(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\btv)
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by:Paddys2
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does it appear everytime you start because if it does the you might want to disable it starting up every time. You can do this simply by bringing up the run box in the start menu and typing msconfig.exe and click on start up uncheck the program.
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