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Windows XP: ActivityMonitor periotically tries to install itself

Posted on 2013-01-23
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About a week ago, this Windows XP computer started to show a Hardware Installation window, indicating that some software is being installed for some hardware.  

The suspicious problem is that no new hardware has been added, and the software appears to be something which monitors computer usage, called: "ActivityMonitor".

Other than the fact that this software was not downloaded or installed by the owner, the error message contains some text which is alarming: "The software you are installing for this hardware: ActivityMonitor has not passed Windows Logo testing to verify it's compatibility with Windows XP."

I'm including a picture of the popup message, below.

After clicking on the "STOP Installation" button, the AVG firewall is reported to be disabled.  (yes, AVG is the antivirus on this computer).

Note that this pop-up appears after seeming random lengths of time, and seems to display 8-10 times per day.  

What I've done so far is to scrub the computer with multiple antivirus and malware scanners; several minor things were found (mostly complaining about the the Ask toolbar), but no real infections have been found.  

I've also used msicuu2 to manually remove some things which were plugged in as an installed thing but were not appearing in the add remove programs list.

I've used regedit to search for activitymonitor and no matches were found.

My question is: how to prevent this thing from periodically popping up...

Thank you in advance for your help.
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Question by:ChrisEddy
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I would simple try to remove it.   After a bit of research it sounds like legit software, but how you got it, who knows.  

Try using the freeware version of RevoUninstaller,

http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html

Revo will search the registry for you after uninstallation for leftover elements.
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I will try that.  Thanks, and thanks also for the snappy fast response!
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Google shows several versions of 'ActivityMonitor' including one that run on another computer and monitors your computer.  Are there other computers there on your network?
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Done, not found, and symptom is still persisting.  

My impression is that something is stuck in the OS's application reinstallation path, but I can't find what or where that is in a reasonable time.  

Have decided to replace rather than do additional troubleshooting of an older computer which is a candidate to be replaced because of it's sheer number of years.

This problem is not solved.  But I'll split the points across the participants as thanks for being involved.
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The problem wasn't solved, but points were split across the other participants.
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