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Old October 11th, 2005
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Default LimeWire popping up

(OS WinXP Pro)

Ok, so i had to sit and watch LimeWire popping up while i didn't want it to. Very annoying. So read it had to be a virus. The following was what i did to get rid of it:

1. Make sure that every folder displays everything that is actually IN the folder. (See the first thread in the forum from kc0rkx_finch. How to get limewire to quit popping up every few seconds )

2. Run a scan with TrendMicro. It's free and it's good. I only
scanned the following maps of which i suspected could hold the virus: c:\windows, c:\documents and settings and c:\program files. It is much faster than scanning your entire PC. Though i recommend to do it after all done.

3. Copy taskmgr etc etc to the desktop (see the first thread)

4. Remove LimeWire with in the software configuration.

5. Search your PC for everything with LimeWire in it and keep that window opened (see 6). There still will be files with limewire in it even while it has been removed.

6. Start taskmgr from your desktop (NOT via Start)

7. Kill LimeWire and delete all files containing the name LimeWire.

8. Kill the infected files found by TrendMicro (if running)

9. Relocate the infected files to your desktop. (Mine was MsUpdate.exe and a few alike). You can also delete them i guess but i read something about donating them to norton for helping them out...

10. Reboot.

After everything above has been done you should be 'virusfree' and LimeWire will no longer be popping up. I must say this is how i got rid of it and i hope i didn't leave anything out. Don't forget to run another scan with TrendMicro.

Hope this will be of some help.



Edit: I forgot to mention you can reinstall LimeWire and your problems are no longer. Do remember to read the forum carefully. Especially this one: * WARNING: Viruses on network you should be aware of ! *. I got my virus through downloading one of these ignorant files mentioned in this thread. Great!

Edit 2: I saw i made a new threat... oops.. i'm a noobie on fora, sry.

Last edited by EZ_DC; October 11th, 2005 at 02:08 PM.
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Old October 31st, 2005
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Default i have tryed this and still nothing is working

please help me im computer stupid and i cant figure out how to get this from it to continue running.i have done what it said in your thread but it didnt help.I odnt know what else to do . I have also changed all my setting back to default and also tryed this butit didnt work either.Please help if possible.Cant use my computer because of lime wire.

I had this exact same problem, and after literally 24 hours of analyzing every inch of my computer, I solved the problem. I suspect that based on your descriptions of the problem (which I had as well), you are infected with a virus. It's unbelievable that none of my AntiVirus packages picked up this infection.

For me, everytime I restarted my computer, Limewire would automatically load up. Even if I closed it, it would just open back up again. On top of this, I could not even access the Task Manager in Windows XP to allow me to force a shutdown of Limewire. I hit CTRL-ALT-DEL and nothing would happen.

Anyways, here are the steps that need to be taken.

1) Uninstall Limewire. You can reinstall it at the end of these steps.

2) Disable System Restore in Windows. This can be done by right clicking on My Computer, selecting Properties, and then clicking on the System Restore tab. Then check the box Turn Off System Restore. Hit Apply, and then OK. If you are prompted to restart Windows, do so.

3) Now we need to fool the virus into allowing us to open the Task Manager. This can be done by copying the Task Manager executable file from the Windows directory. To do this, go to c:\windows\system32, select the file taskmgr.exe, right click on it, and select Copy. Go to the desktop, and click on an empty part of the desktop. Then right click on the desktop, and select Paste.

4) Double click on the taskmgr.exe file on your desktop. This should open the Task Manager. Click on the Performance tab. If you are in fact infected with a virus, you will likely (although not necessarily) see close to 100% CPU usage!! Now click on the Processes tab, followed by clicking twice on the CPU column header. What this does is order the files running on your computer based on the amount of CPU resources they are consuming in real time. If there is a process, other than System Idle Process, that is consuming close to 100% of the CPU, then it is this process (or file) that is infecting your computer. For me, and likely for a lot of you, that file will be winupdates.exe. Don't be tricked. This is not a Microsoft program. It's a virus masking itself as a legitimate file. Please remember the exact name of this process, because you will need it in a later step.

5) Click on this process to highlight it, then click the button End Process. A warning prompt should pop up. Click on Yes.

6) Now that this process is killed, we need to remove any references to it from the Registry. Once again, because this virus is blocking us from opening the Registry Editor, we need to trick the virus by copying the file to the desktop. Follow the same steps as in number 3, except this time, copy the following two files from their respective directories, and paste them on the desktop.


7) Open regedit from the desktop. In the left window, click on My Computer so that it is highlighted. Now select Edit from the menu, followed by Find. In the Find box, type the name of the process that you ended from the Task Manager. If you recall, mine was winupdates. Do not include the .exe, just winupdates. Then click Find.

8) For the item that it found in the right window, click it to highlight it if it isn't highlighted already, and then right click on it, and select Delete. If a prompt pops up, select Yes or OK to confirm the delete.

9) Now, hit the F3 button once. This will find the next reference to that bad file. Follow step 8 again to delete the reference. Repeat steps 9 and 8 until the editor indicates that there are no more references to this file. Then exit the editor.

10) Finally, click on cmd.exe which you copied to the desktop. It will open the Command Prompt (which looks like DOS). Type the following commands in order, and hit Enter after each line:

cd c:\
cd program files
rd /s /q winupdates

11) Now restart your computer. Reinstall Limewire.

This should hopefully fix your problem.

Bobby Naini
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