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Browserchoice.exe -> malware?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Balzer, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. Balzer

    Balzer Flightless Bird

    "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:%23thY%2324xKHA.4008@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When to Expect It -
    > Microsoft On The Issues:
    > http://microsoftontheissues.com/cs/...-europe-what-to-expect-when-to-expect-it.aspx
    >
    >
    > Balzer wrote:
    >> After turning PC on, got HTML window prompting for BrowserChoice. The
    >> windows looks like a fake scam window. I closed window. Also, Shortcut
    >> icon
    >> "Browser Choice" has been added on Desktop, with target path
    >> C:/WINDOWS\system32\browserchoice.exe /launch
    >>
    >> Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?

    -------------

    can I just remove browserchoice.exe from \system32 folder? Which registry
    keys should be cleaned also?
     
  2. Alias

    Alias Flightless Bird

    Balzer wrote:
    >
    > "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:%23thY%2324xKHA.4008@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When to Expect
    >> It - Microsoft On The Issues:
    >> http://microsoftontheissues.com/cs/...-europe-what-to-expect-when-to-expect-it.aspx
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Balzer wrote:
    >>> After turning PC on, got HTML window prompting for BrowserChoice. The
    >>> windows looks like a fake scam window. I closed window. Also,
    >>> Shortcut icon
    >>> "Browser Choice" has been added on Desktop, with target path
    >>> C:/WINDOWS\system32\browserchoice.exe /launch
    >>>
    >>> Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?

    > -------------
    >
    > can I just remove browserchoice.exe from \system32 folder? Which
    > registry keys should be cleaned also?


    Why don't you just leave it alone and do something important instead.

    --
    Alias
     
  3. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    What Alias said.

    Balzer wrote:
    > "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:%23thY%2324xKHA.4008@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When to Expect It -
    >> Microsoft On The Issues:
    >> http://microsoftontheissues.com/cs/...-europe-what-to-expect-when-to-expect-it.aspx
    >>
    >>
    >> Balzer wrote:
    >>> After turning PC on, got HTML window prompting for BrowserChoice. The
    >>> windows looks like a fake scam window. I closed window. Also, Shortcut
    >>> icon
    >>> "Browser Choice" has been added on Desktop, with target path
    >>> C:/WINDOWS\system32\browserchoice.exe /launch
    >>>
    >>> Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?
    >>> -------------

    >
    > can I just remove browserchoice.exe from \system32 folder? Which registry
    > keys should be cleaned also?
     
  4. Doug W.

    Doug W. Flightless Bird

    "Alias" <aka@masked&anonymous.com.invalido> wrote in message
    news:ho7pkc$84o$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Balzer wrote:
    >>
    >> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:%23thY%2324xKHA.4008@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >>> The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When
    >>> to Expect It - Microsoft On The Issues:
    >>> http://microsoftontheissues.com/cs/...-europe-what-to-expect-when-to-expect-it.aspx
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Balzer wrote:
    >>>> After turning PC on, got HTML window prompting for
    >>>> BrowserChoice. The
    >>>> windows looks like a fake scam window. I closed window.
    >>>> Also, Shortcut icon
    >>>> "Browser Choice" has been added on Desktop, with target
    >>>> path
    >>>> C:/WINDOWS\system32\browserchoice.exe /launch
    >>>>
    >>>> Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to
    >>>> remove it?

    >> -------------
    >>
    >> can I just remove browserchoice.exe from \system32 folder?
    >> Which registry keys should be cleaned also?

    >
    > Why don't you just leave it alone and do something important
    > instead.
    >
    > --
    > Alias

    ==
    What terrible advice that is.
    ==
     
  5. Alias

    Alias Flightless Bird

    Doug W. wrote:
    >
    >
    > "Alias" <aka@masked&anonymous.com.invalido> wrote in message
    > news:ho7pkc$84o$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >> Balzer wrote:
    >>>
    >>> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:%23thY%2324xKHA.4008@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >>>> The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When to Expect
    >>>> It - Microsoft On The Issues:
    >>>> http://microsoftontheissues.com/cs/...-europe-what-to-expect-when-to-expect-it.aspx
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> Balzer wrote:
    >>>>> After turning PC on, got HTML window prompting for BrowserChoice. The
    >>>>> windows looks like a fake scam window. I closed window. Also,
    >>>>> Shortcut icon
    >>>>> "Browser Choice" has been added on Desktop, with target path
    >>>>> C:/WINDOWS\system32\browserchoice.exe /launch
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?
    >>> -------------
    >>>
    >>> can I just remove browserchoice.exe from \system32 folder? Which
    >>> registry keys should be cleaned also?

    >>
    >> Why don't you just leave it alone and do something important instead.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Alias

    > ==
    > What terrible advice that is.
    > ==
    >


    Really? Why?
    --
    Alias
     
  6. Doug W.

    Doug W. Flightless Bird

    "Alias" <aka@masked&anonymous.com.invalido> wrote in message
    news:hoa6eo$ad4$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Doug W. wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >> "Alias" <aka@masked&anonymous.com.invalido> wrote in message
    >> news:ho7pkc$84o$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>> Balzer wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >>>> news:%23thY%2324xKHA.4008@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When
    >>>>> to Expect It - Microsoft On The Issues:
    >>>>> http://microsoftontheissues.com/cs/...-europe-what-to-expect-when-to-expect-it.aspx
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Balzer wrote:
    >>>>>> After turning PC on, got HTML window prompting for
    >>>>>> BrowserChoice. The
    >>>>>> windows looks like a fake scam window. I closed window.
    >>>>>> Also, Shortcut icon
    >>>>>> "Browser Choice" has been added on Desktop, with target
    >>>>>> path
    >>>>>> C:/WINDOWS\system32\browserchoice.exe /launch
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to
    >>>>>> remove it?
    >>>> -------------
    >>>>
    >>>> can I just remove browserchoice.exe from \system32 folder?
    >>>> Which registry keys should be cleaned also?
    >>>
    >>> Why don't you just leave it alone and do something important
    >>> instead.
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> Alias

    >> ==
    >> What terrible advice that is.
    >> ==
    >>

    >
    > Really? Why?
    > --
    > Alias

    ==
    Every question was legitimate? If you had a stupid annoying
    "Browser Choice" notice plastered on the screen at every
    boot-up, wouldn't YOU want to know what it was all about and how
    to kill it?
    ==
     
  7. Alias

    Alias Flightless Bird

    Doug W. wrote:
    >
    > "Alias" <aka@masked&anonymous.com.invalido> wrote in message
    > news:hoa6eo$ad4$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >> Doug W. wrote:
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Alias" <aka@masked&anonymous.com.invalido> wrote in message
    >>> news:ho7pkc$84o$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>>> Balzer wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:%23thY%2324xKHA.4008@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>> The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When to
    >>>>>> Expect It - Microsoft On The Issues:
    >>>>>> http://microsoftontheissues.com/cs/...-europe-what-to-expect-when-to-expect-it.aspx
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Balzer wrote:
    >>>>>>> After turning PC on, got HTML window prompting for BrowserChoice.
    >>>>>>> The
    >>>>>>> windows looks like a fake scam window. I closed window. Also,
    >>>>>>> Shortcut icon
    >>>>>>> "Browser Choice" has been added on Desktop, with target path
    >>>>>>> C:/WINDOWS\system32\browserchoice.exe /launch
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?
    >>>>> -------------
    >>>>>
    >>>>> can I just remove browserchoice.exe from \system32 folder? Which
    >>>>> registry keys should be cleaned also?
    >>>>
    >>>> Why don't you just leave it alone and do something important instead.
    >>>>
    >>>> --
    >>>> Alias
    >>> ==
    >>> What terrible advice that is.
    >>> ==
    >>>

    >>
    >> Really? Why?
    >> --
    >> Alias

    > ==
    > Every question was legitimate? If you had a stupid annoying "Browser
    > Choice" notice plastered on the screen at every boot-up, wouldn't YOU
    > want to know what it was all about and how to kill it?
    > ==
    >


    Not what happened. From what I can tell, it only popped up once.

    --
    Alias
     
  8. Severeheadcase

    Severeheadcase Flightless Bird

    Removing all traces doesn't work - It keeps coming back!

    "Jose" wrote:

    > On Mar 19, 8:09 am, "Balzer" <bal...@nospam.microsoft.news> wrote:
    > > "SC Tom" <s...@tom.net> wrote in message
    > >
    > > news:urVSwM1xKHA.2552@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > > "Balzer" <bal...@nospam.microsoft.news> wrote in message
    > > >news:uAUCYo0xKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > > >> After turning PC on, got HTML window prompting for BrowserChoice. The
    > > >> windows looks like a fake scam window. I closed window. Also, Shortcut
    > > >> icon "Browser Choice" has been added on Desktop, with target path
    > > >> C:/WINDOWS\system32\browserchoice.exe /launch

    > >
    > > >> Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?

    > >
    > > > Read this:
    > > >http://www.ghacks.net/2010/02/22/windows-browser-choice-screen-will-c...

    > >
    > > > and peruse these:
    > > >http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=browser+choice+virus&a...

    > >
    > > > Thank you, EU :)
    > > > --
    > > > SC Tom

    > >
    > > -----------------
    > >
    > > Since I already use Firefox, I don't need to install anything repeatedly.
    > > Seems, it will ask me to Select web browser on every reboot? Strange method.
    > > Is it possible to remove ot uncheck this feature? Didn't find it in msconfig
    > > utility.
    > >
    > > Regards,
    > > Balzer

    >
    > Here is one method to "manage" it.
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2019411
    >
    > I think I would remove all traces of it instead of managing it.
    > .
    >
     

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