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Old 04-22-04, 04:27 PM
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A little spyware problem with

Using XP Home.

In my control panel, there is an icon for "WildTangent" control panel.

I run adaware, and it doesn't pick it up.

I run spybot and it finds it (or at least several "WildTangent" things), so I delete them. But the icon is still there.

I can't take it over to the trash, and I don't know how to delete it.

Anyone?
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Smartass response: Google, learn to use it!

Helpful response: http://www.kephyr.com/spywarescanner...nt/index.phtml
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I did all that and it is still there. Can't right click to find out properties, etc. in Control Panel.
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Nothing in the registry?
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There was, but Spybot kicked it out.
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Hmm...

Try searching for *.cpl (Control Panel) files. Click on ones that might look out of place.

Right-click --> Properties --> Version

Delete any that mention WildTangent. Maybe that'll remove it.
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Old 04-22-04, 07:26 PM
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If you are saying Dave that it is in the Control Panel next to A/R Hardware and Keyboard and Mouse than that is so wrong it is scary. Or is it just in the Add/Remove section?
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Old 04-22-04, 08:16 PM
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WildTangent is simply a games channel - comes preinstalled on HP computers... there's no real spyware threat with it, but spybot allows you to remove the "spyware" components of it while keeping the program in tact. In order to remove it, simply remove it in add/remove programs.
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Some of the games are kinda fun though - so you might not want to remove it.

Here's a link to WildTangent's privacy policy if you're worried...

http://www.wildtangent.com/default.a...driver_privacy
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Old 04-22-04, 11:34 PM
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It is not in the "add/remove" programs are, but has it's own separate "Wildtangent countrol panel" icon within the control panel area. I will try a few other things.
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reinstall it from wildtangent's website and then it will show up in the add/remove.
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ah, good idea. Thanks
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Old 04-23-04, 03:02 AM
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Sure - like I said though - it's harmless and if you like little 2D games, it's kinda fun. I think Spybot will remove the spyware aspects of it and leave the functionality in tact...
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I remember having this prob in the past. Had the WT stuff removed by Spybot but had this "annoying" icon in the Control Panel present.

I ended up reinstalling the OS (for another reason) so that's that. I remember reading that the solution was to reinstall the WT and then removing it from A&R and then removing traces with your preferred spyware prog.
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Old 04-23-04, 09:08 PM
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my girfriend accidently deleted a main folder, i don't know which, in the registry which totally pooched her pc in her bid to remove wild tangent. After I helped her reload her system over the phone, long distance currently , she found that wild tangent was installed with the installation of AOL Instant Messenger, aparently there is an option to not install it on the AIM install.

If this is true then you could uninstall AIM and then reinstall but not that option. I personally don't use AIM, the POS, but hey...just passing the info along.

Perhaps it's true...perhaps not. I wasn't there.
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