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Windows XP parasite?

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When I go to install any program another program pops up and in essence blocks the installation.    It is called Softex Weblink.  It is preventing me from doing anything with the computer.

Norton looked at it and said it was a link direction from the installer native to XP.

I ran Malware and Norton and SPybot they don't find anything.

Anyone have any experience with this and or know how to get rid of it?
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Question by:Malibucompany
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by:Miftaul
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So you dont see softex weblink in add/remove programs.
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by:chilternPC
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Have you tried un-installing the program?  (control panel - uninstall program)
if its not in the un-install program list

look here:

C:\Program Files\Softex\Weblink\.

retry renaming the folder.  if that fails it will be in the registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
and you can delete it from there.  (only if you are comfortable editing the registry)

then restart

more discussion here:
http://www.file.net/process/weblink.exe.html
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by:Malibucompany
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Sorry for got to mention that.


Yes do see it listed as a program.  I uninstall it .   It just reinstalls itself.  I have used removal tools which remove it and look for any registry traces.    It still reinstalls itself which I go to install any progtam that I need.
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by:Miftaul
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Here is the details on it -www.file.net/process/weblink.exe.html

You can delete the registry keys and also the files to get rid of it.
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the other option might be to do a 'restore'   - i.e tell the computer to reset the system files to a date in the past, no docs or email or files are lost only the system files are reset.

so use the details below and choose a date before the problem.

full details here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306084

(although sometimes it can't but its worth a try)  can take a while
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by:chilternPC
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the other option is to restart the computer in safe mode  (press <F8> while thje black screen is on when booting) - enter safe mode.
then un-install the program and remove it all and delete the folder etc..
then still in safe mode...
install Malwarebytes from here:
http://www.malwarebytes.org/lp/lp4/?gclid=CPnn8vfD57sCFZLKtAodsg4AFw
and run malwarebytes see what it finds.
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by:chilternPC
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another option is to run the system file Checker (sfc) from Microsoft.
in a command (old dos) window
 
If sfc discovers that a protected file has been overwritten, it retrieves the correct version of the file from the %systemroot%\system32\dllcache folder, and then replaces the incorrect file.
 (You must be logged on as a member of the Administrators group to run sfc.)

details here:
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/system_file_checker.mspx?mfr=true
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try running this : http://majorgeeks.com/RogueKiller_d6983.html
or scan from a bootable cd :
http://majorgeeks.com/Kaspersky_Rescue_Disk_d6501.html            KASPERSKY   CD      
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/what-is-windows-defender-offline     OFFLINE DEFENDER
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