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Old 03-19-2006, 11:22 PM
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Default Help Spyware

I seem to have an infection of some sort of spyware. My symptoms are as follows:

I received a popup ad which surprised me since I use the Windows XP popup blocker. Popups are usually blocked. I also had some sort of search toolbar on Internet Explorer. I managed to remove the toolbar but I don’t remember exactly what I did.

I started getting alerts from Zone Alarm (my firewall) stating that a program was trying to access the internet. The program is qpdsregl.exe. I have tried to delete this file with no success. I even restarted the system in safe mode with command prompt. I deleted the file from the command prompt but when I restart in normal the file reappears.

When I first launch Internet Explorer I get a window with my homepage and another window with advertising. The advertising is different every time. Most generally the url is something like

In the window with my homepage it displays normally except some of the words such as “Security”, “Company” or “Help” may now appear as hyperlinks. If I hover over the hyperlink the path shows “Sponsored Link.” If I click on the hyperlink again I will get an advertising window.

I have run Spybot and Zone Alarm’s anti spyware programs but they don’t find any spyware. I ran Norton Antivirus and likewise, no viruses.

If anybody has any ideas as to what I have and how to remove it I would greatly appreciate a reply.

Thanks in advance for any help you are able to give.

Ron Wies

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