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R in Task Manager causing problems

By dana803 ·
I'm not sure where this came from, but a user's Windows 98 PC is now real slow especially on boot and it seems busy all the time. When going into Task Manager, I see one or two instances of an item called R. Just the capital letter R. Never seen this before. I can't seem to identify anything in startup or installed programs that might be related to this. I end task on it, and the computer behaves ok, but how can I get rid of it permanently? I don't even know what it is...

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Interesting Problem

by w2ktechman In reply to R in Task Manager causing ...

I would think that you can find it by going through the starup entries. It may take a few reboots, but turn off things that you are uncertain of, and reboot until the problem goes away.
I have not heard of the R attack yet, so it may not be spyware or virus, but it might not be a bad idea to scan anyway.

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Run some Male Ware Scanners over the system.

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to R in Task Manager causing ...

You can find several for download here

http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-SE-Personal-Edition/3000-8022_4-10045910.html?part=dl-ad-aware&subj=dl&tag=top5

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html

Download them install them and then update them and then you can run them and hopefully remove any nasties.

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Balancing act

by jdmercha In reply to R in Task Manager causing ...

It may be cheaper to buy a new XP machine, rather than trying to troublshoot an old 98 machine.

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