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From: ICU on 19 Oct 2009 13:56
"Pegasus [MVP]" <news(a)microsoft.com> wrote in
> "ICU" <ICU(a)Nowhere.com> wrote in message
>> Allen <allent(a)austin.rr.com> wrote in
>>> ICU wrote:
>>>> I'm using WinXP Home , all updates installed, recently I have been
>>>> getting an error when I shut down.
>>>> It's just a flash on the screen that says something about HKLMU.exe
>>>> and that .DLL initialization failed.
>>>> The file is located in Windows\System32\Driver, no other file in
>>>> this folder and I can not get any identidication on this file.
>>>> This file is also mentioned in the Prefetch foler as well.
>>>> I do have another another folder in Windows\System32\Drivers which
>>>> is well populated.
>>>> Any info or help would be appreciated.
>>> From Google:
>>> Please understand that I am not recommending this; it was the first
>>> thing in the list when I Googled HKLMU.
>> A further update.
>> I contacted Prevx yesterday about the failure of Prevx to install,
>> the suggestion came back today to try installing in SafeMode.
>> I won't go into all the trials and tribulations but it finally
>> worked, did the scan and removed a few instances of malware, but said
>> to remove the rest of them needs a licensed copy.Damn!
>> So off I go to their web site and paid $33 plus Canadian dollars to
>> get the
>> program registered for one year.
>> Happily when registered it seems to have removed all signs of
>> HKLMU.exe. The price was worth it, but it still irks me that software
>> companies spout "free" with regards to some software when it's not
>> totally free. If any limitations on free software are well noted up
>> front I don't mind it, but to run a piece of software then have it
>> say "well to do what we advertise this software can do you must now
>> pay" just doesn't seem right but who said
>> life experiences with computers should always be free free eh!.(G)
>> Now somewhere some place there might be the info posted about this
>> particular peice of software not being 100% functional without
>> payment but I didn't see it, so I appologize if that info is out
>> there for all to see and this dummie just didn't see it.
>> The end result is I'm happy with the results I received with Prevx
>> and I guess that's all that matters.
>> Thanks to all for the replys trying to help me, it was most
> What made you think that the program was free to use? On the very
> first web page it says "Money Back Guarantee for Individual Users . .
> .", which makes it pretty clear that this is a commercial product, not
> On a different subject: You should now ask yourself how your machine
> got infected in the first place. Do you have a good virus scanner? Is
> it up-to-date? Do you practise safe hex?
You are correct but it also says Free use for Detection (includes free
Adware and MBR Rootkit Removal).
And nowhere on the actual download page does it even remotely say anything
about payment just download.
But that is neither here nor there, because you want to interpret it one
way I do another.
The important thing to me is that it apparently has done it's job , got rid
of some malware on my computer, and for that I praise it.
To answer your other comments, I have used in the past McAfee and Norton
but have used AVG free for the last few years and it is kept up to date
automatically along with a checkup to make sure it has updated since it now
does it silently with Ver 8 and up.
Practise safe Hex, I try to, I think what happened is that a particular
file a PDF was downloaded , but because it showed up in MS ecplorer as an
Adobe Icon I failed to notice it was a filename.pdf.exe and clicked on the
icon to read the file.
I think that's what happened, what it has taught me is to ensure I don't
depend on MS explorer in icon mode to read file names, always use detail to
read the entire file name and file extention in the future.
So myou see even though I'm well past the three score and ten mark I can
Thanks for your comments.
From: Pegasus [MVP] on 19 Oct 2009 16:19
"ICU" <ICU(a)Nowhere.com> wrote in message
> You are correct but it also says Free use for Detection (includes free
> Adware and MBR Rootkit Removal).
*** Welcome to the world of baiting. It says "Free use for *Detection*",
*** which will suck in the unsuspecting.
> And nowhere on the actual download page does it even remotely say
> anything about payment just download.
*** If it mentioned a price here then you might make you reconsider.
> To answer your other comments, I have used in the past McAfee and Norton
> but have used AVG free for the last few years and it is kept up to date
> automatically along with a checkup to make sure it has updated since it
> does it silently with Ver 8 and up.
*** I prefer virus scanners that I have to pay for. Mine costs
*** about $48 per annum for 3 PCs. Chicken feed.
> Practise safe Hex, I try to, I think what happened is that a particular
> file a PDF was downloaded , but because it showed up in MS ecplorer as an
> Adobe Icon I failed to notice it was a filename.pdf.exe and clicked on the
> icon to read the file.
*** The Adobe icon was added by the virus writer to deceive you.
> I think that's what happened, what it has taught me is to ensure I don't
> depend on MS explorer in icon mode to read file names, always use detail
> read the entire file name and file extention in the future.
*** Unfortunately the Windows default is to *hide* extension, a practice
*** that I strongly disagree with, for obvious reasons.
> So myou see even though I'm well past the three score and ten mark I can
> still learn.(G)
*** I'm not far behind you.
> Thanks for your comments.
*** You're welcome.