General discussion


Spyware finds

By Cemetery Mike ·
Hey all,

My newly-downlodaded SPYWARE DOCTOR has listed the following two components as spyware, medium-threat, that should be removed from my system. I am a little leary, however, simply because these are Windows files, no? What are these exactly, what is their function, and what should I do about them. Thanks everyone. This forum is fantastic and all help is much appreciated.

1. Common Components for WindUpdates HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{15AD6789-CDB4-47E1-A9DA-992EE8E6BAD6} Medium


2. Common Components for WindUpdates HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{15AD6789-CDB4-47E1-A9DA-992EE8E6BAD6}\iexplore Medium

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

by dmiles In reply to Spyware finds

N/A for WindUpdates
Company Description: WindUpdates is part of the wind updates ad network. It is installed silently on user's computer and give out free advertising to websites that offer the windupdate ActiveX control. The machines infected with WindUpdates will also receive additional adware applications, and be subjected to popup ads, and other advertising.
Be careful removing registry keys,you hsould do a backup of the registry before making any changes

Collapse -

by tony1722001 In reply to Spyware finds

If their a Threat that comes up you can do two things:

1)If your leary about removing it you should quarantine the files so if it is a microsoft file it won't mess up your computer if it quarantine.You can quarantine files by useing your anti spyware software.
2)You can get some info on it by going to microsoft KB @ if they say it a problem then you can get rid of it out of your system.

P.S.You can get free trial Anti-spyware software like PC Doctor @

Collapse -

by GeoTube In reply to Spyware finds

Well the registry keys you specified are actually spyware keys, who look like windows keys. Notice that it?s called WinD Updates... The keys can be safely removed in my opinion.

Collapse -

by Defiant In reply to Spyware finds

They should be safe to remove but I would get a better Anti-spyware software. Microsoft Anti-Spyware is free for download and is very good, also ad-aware is also a very good program that is free. You should look into getting one of these and if nothing else run the programs and see if they pick up anything if they do you are better protected if not then they may find something down the road or block something from coming in.

Related Discussions

Related Forums