Spyware? Virus? Urgently strange: "Found New Hardware" but nothing new installed; "new" device name not found in online searches.
Posted on 2005-04-12
I have a WinXP system. Just now, after restart, it starts the found new hardware wizard when I have absolutely not installed any new hardware. Haven't plugged anything new into usb ports or anything. The name of the device is "SDDMI2", for which absolutely nothing comes up when I search online at google, yahoo, msn, dell forums, experts-exchange. In the device manager, it shows up under "Other Devices" with a big yellow "!", of course cause it's not installed yet.
But I don't know what it is and am afraid it may be some type of virus/spyware/etc so I don't even know what to do with it. I even looked under "msconfig" just to see, but there is nothing out of the ordinary there as far as I can see.
I think the strangest things are: 1) I didn't even install anything; and 2) even stranger that I can't find anything on the internet relating to the name of this "new" device.
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions on either what it is, how to get rid of it? I guess I can disable it in the device manager, but I don't know if that would just "hide" it or if it would really get rid of it permanently. I'm concerned that it may be some type of privacy/security issue. Thanks.