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I have a Windows 7 laptop that is getting a message that asks if I want to allow the file "wssetup.exe by Perion Network LTD' to install.  This happens after the desktop finishes loading.

 It shows the file in C:\users\username\AppData\local\temp\90820941\"wssetup.exe"

I deleted all files in the TEMP folder, rebooted and the message came back.

 A Google search did not help.  Does anyone know what this files is and how to get rid of it?


Thanks,

cja
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by:Sam Simon Nasser
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1st of all,
right click the task manager, do you see (WSSetup.exe as a service)? click on it and click end process.
go to start - run- msconfig and click on startup ... check if wssetup is among the startup software.
also check programs and features ... if you found it, remove it.
try also running Malwarebytes AntiMalware to check ...
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by:Sudeep Sharma
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You could also try Autoruns from Microsoft and search for the "exe"

Download:
http://download.sysinternals.com/Files/Autoruns.zip

Info:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902

Remove it once found, or else if you face any difficulty working with the autoruns then you could just save the autorun entries of you system and post it here. To save the autorun entries do the following:
Click --> File --> Save.
File Name "filename.arn" (filename could be any name)
Save as type AutoRuns Data (*.arn) --> This is important while saving.

You might want to zip the arn file before posting it here for further analysis.

Sudeep
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by:cja-tech-guy
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I found the answer. It was being caused by something called "Sweetpacks toolbar"  I disabled the service from msconfig and I removed all programs related to it from add/remove programs.


If you go to http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-sweetpacks-toolbar/ you will find instructions on how to remove it.

thanks,

cja
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by:cja-tech-guy
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for cja-tech-guy's comment #a39218726

for the following reason:

I found the answer myself and posted the solution
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@cja-tech-guy .... i should be awarded the points, cause your answer is the same as i posted:

go to start - run- msconfig and click on startup ... check if wssetup is among the startup software.
also check programs and features ... if you found it, remove it.


it's up to the moderator to decide.
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by:cja-tech-guy
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I Missed your suggestion.  Glad to see you get the points.
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by:Sam Simon Nasser
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thanks :)
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by:chri7609
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hey guys

some apps / Freeware programs add SweetIM to the System

there is a toolbar in the browser, and Smileys in Skype aso; I uninstalled all components in control -> Programs; afterwards the Smileys are gone AND the wssetup.exe too :-)) .without an adware tool :-)

yours christoph
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