First off, sorry for posting this in the wrong place (DOH!), I should know better as I moderated on JRS forums around 3yrs ago?.
As far as the file goes I've ran a full system scan, then connected only to find another update available for my VS so I ran another scan after updating the VS dat file.
It's found nothing so I run a registry scan which found nothing related other than traces of the Half Life 2 demo. I d/loaded that last w/end but it was uninstalled as I intend to go buy the full version this weekend.
My son does d/l a fair bit of music in the form of mp3's using (don't all kick me @ once here
) Limewire but I think it'll be coming off after this as IMHO using these P2P apps are just asking for trouble. Suffice to say he is savvy enough to make sure the file size looks to be what it should.
For eg; we found, what was supposed to be a full album with a file size of only several hundred k/bytes!?!?!!. I've noticed lots of files on that damn Limewire weighing in at 851kb, all with different names & showing up under different searches.
The file was showing up in Task Manager everytime I booted the PC up so was undoubtedly in the startup folder.
MP3Mogul - Yes mate, I've had a look at the Firewall's Internet App list & all seems to be in order there. I plan to keep an eye on Task Manager to see what is starting at boot & also have cranked up the security level a notch to Tight as it was set at Standard until today.
SiliconFreak - Very craft indeed mate, marking it as a Sony protection app, it all looked very above board & proper and I can see how many users could be fooled into thinking it's needed therefore not doing anything to remove it. What kind of people is the question in my mind!.
Thanks for the links too, I did a google after Antonio mentioned doing so but only looked briefly at a couple of pages as I was due to go out.
Clint - I first noticed it there about a week ago so it's been doing it's nasty deeds for that time. As far as what I've installed or d/l'd?, well as I say the HL2 demo via that confounded Steam interface but it should be pretty secure or at least I hope it would be?!!.
Tbh mate, the only place I can think of is it's came in through Limewire?.
Both myself & my son do look for game cheats etc, though & we all know what some of these sites can inflict onto the unsuspecting user. Other than that the music?.
Thanks again to all of you for your help, my best to all of you
Btw, I just tested my firewall, here are the results which I hope I can take comfort from
: Unable to Probe
The IP address requesting this page is different from the IP address of your computer. This indicates that your computer is behind a proxy or NAT. These devices allow you to access the Internet by relaying traffic, typically from multiple computers, through a single IP address.
We are unable to directly probe your computer, you should take comfort from this. You have that much more protection between your computer and the Internet.