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Posted: 12/18/2003 3:50:58 PM EDT
Okay, so I downloaded and installed Real One Player, the free .rm and .ram player from Real networks. Now it's installed some "Rediscover AOL" crap on my computer, but when I try to deinstall it, I can't find it with the Add/Remove Software function.

How do I kill this virus?
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 4:23:22 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 4:33:24 PM EDT
Also check the properties of each icon to see if they are shortcuts to any applications it might have installed on your computer.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 4:35:31 PM EDT
You can right click on those icons and chose properties, then on one of those tabs there is a "target" field. That will tell you if the icon is pointing to software on your harddrive or to a web link. If it's a web link just delete the link, if it's a location on the HDD then chase it down through explorer and delete it. This is one reason why if I find .rm or .ram media on the web, I just go somewhere else. Pieces of craaaap. Matt
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 4:35:43 PM EDT
That sounds right... they are probably links to AOL's website. Right click and look at the properties. If it directs to a URL, you know there isn't any AOL garbage on your computer and you can just delete the icons. A wonderful program called Ad-Aware will scan your computer and quarantine and/or delete all spyware on your computer [red]for free.[/red] Do a google search for Ad-Aware. It is made by LavaSoft. It scans your registry, as well.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 4:39:09 PM EDT
[img]www.btammolabs.com/fun/realplayer.gif[/img]
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 4:54:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Leisure_Shoot: A wonderful program called Ad-Aware will scan your computer and quarantine and/or delete all spyware on your computer [red]for free.[/red] Do a google search for Ad-Aware. It is made by LavaSoft. It scans your registry, as well.
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Try tucows.com they will have adaware, also, get Spybot Search and Destroy, not only does it have a cool name, but it gets some stuff that adaware misses, (and vice versa), it's also free, but Adaware will not block stuff being downloaded in the first place unless you pay for it. And try to find an older copy of realplayer if you must use .rm... I do hate Real. Cheers /Phil
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 5:05:31 PM EDT
Interesting... there are old copies of Real Player floating around the net? That makes sense. I'll look for one. If you know any, please help out.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 5:06:27 PM EDT
Real Player isn't a whole lot better than Gator as far as privacy goes anymore.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 6:49:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/18/2003 6:54:08 PM EDT by Bert_MN]
[url]www.oldversion.com[/url] here's a website which has some old versions of software to download.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 7:10:11 PM EDT
I keep a copy of RealPlayer8 around, but got tired of the constant "Please register' crap. I removed it from my system and now use Windows Media Player 7. It does all I need it to do: play small videos. I think it supports all RealPlayer formats as well.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 7:36:39 PM EDT
Thanks gents. I canc'd Real One Player, and I guess I can live without real format clips.
Link Posted: 12/19/2003 4:25:52 AM EDT
Do a Google search for 'real alternative'. I have downloaded it but not installed it yet. It was made by the same guys that do kazzalite(the ad free version of kazaa). They recommended it on TechTV. ByteTheBullet (-:
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