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Balzer
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:10 am    Post subject: Browserchoice.exe -> malware?
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After turning PC on, got HTML window prompting for BrowserChoice. The
windows looks like a fake scam window. I closed window. Also, Shortcut icon
"Browser Choice" has been added on Desktop, with target path
C:\WINDOWS\system32\browserchoice.exe /launch

Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?
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David H. Lipman
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:15 am    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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From: "Balzer"

| After turning PC on, got HTML window prompting for BrowserChoice. The
| windows looks like a fake scam window. I closed window. Also, Shortcut icon
| "Browser Choice" has been added on Desktop, with target path
| C:\WINDOWS\system32\browserchoice.exe /launch

| Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?



Please submit a sample of "browserchoice" to Virus Total --
http://www.virustotal.com/flash/index_en.html
The submission will then be tested against many different AV vendor's scanners.
That will give you an idea what it is and who recognizes it. In addition Virus
Total will provide the sample to all participating vendors.

You can also submit a suspect, one at a time, via the following email URL...
mailto:scan@virustotal.com?subject=SCAN

When you get the report, please post back the exact results.

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Steve Pearce
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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On Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:53:53 +0200, "Balzer"
wrote:

>Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?

Almost certainly what you seeing the "Browser Choice" update that
Microsoft was forced to produce for EU countries:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976002
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The Real Truth MVP
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/dec09/12-16statement.mspx



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"Steve Pearce" wrote in message

> On Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:53:53 +0200, "Balzer"
> wrote:
>
>>Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?
>
> Almost certainly what you seeing the "Browser Choice" update that
> Microsoft was forced to produce for EU countries:
>
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976002
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Jose
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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On Mar 19, 11:34 am, "SC Tom" wrote:
> "C" wrote in message
>
>
>
> > Steve Pearce wrote:
> >> On Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:53:53 +0200, "Balzer"
> >> wrote:
>
> >>> Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?
>
> >> Almost certainly what you seeing the "Browser Choice" update that
> >> Microsoft was forced to produce for EU countries:
>
> >>http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976002
>
> > Hmm, I have Windows XP Pro and am in the EU but I didn't get that update.
>
> > --
> > C
>
> According to this articlehttp://www.ghacks.net/2010/02/22/windows-browser-choice-screen-will-c...
> they're starting in England and Belgium first, then branching out to the
> rest of the EU.
> --
> SC Tom

You have to be in what is considered a member country.
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Doug W.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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"The Real Truth MVP" wrote in message

> http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/dec09/12-16statement.mspx
>
>
>
> --
> The Real Truth http://pcbutts1-therealtruth.blogspot.com/
> *WARNING* Do NOT follow any advice given by the people listed
> below.
> They do NOT have the expertise or knowledge to fix your issue.
> Do not waste your time.
> David H Lipman, Malke, PA Bear, Beauregard T. Shagnasty,
> Leythos.
>
=====

AND ESPECIALLY: "The Real Truth MVP" ...AS HE IS A BIG BAD UGLY
TROLL.

=====
>
>
>
> "Steve Pearce" wrote in message
>
>> On Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:53:53 +0200, "Balzer"
>> wrote:
>>
>>>Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove
>>>it?
>>
>> Almost certainly what you seeing the "Browser Choice" update
>> that
>> Microsoft was forced to produce for EU countries:
>>
>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976002
>
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C
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Steve Pearce wrote:
> On Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:53:53 +0200, "Balzer"
> wrote:
>
>> Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?
>
> Almost certainly what you seeing the "Browser Choice" update that
> Microsoft was forced to produce for EU countries:
>
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976002

Hmm, I have Windows XP Pro and am in the EU but I didn't get that update.

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SC Tom
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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"C" wrote in message

> Steve Pearce wrote:
>> On Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:53:53 +0200, "Balzer"
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?
>>
>> Almost certainly what you seeing the "Browser Choice" update that
>> Microsoft was forced to produce for EU countries:
>>
>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976002
>
> Hmm, I have Windows XP Pro and am in the EU but I didn't get that update.
>
> --
> C

According to this article
http://www.ghacks.net/2010/02/22/windows-browser-choice-screen-will-cause-confusion-in-europe/
they're starting in England and Belgium first, then branching out to the
rest of the EU.
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C
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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SC Tom wrote:
>
> "C" wrote in message
>
>> Steve Pearce wrote:
>>> On Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:53:53 +0200, "Balzer"
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?
>>>
>>> Almost certainly what you seeing the "Browser Choice" update that
>>> Microsoft was forced to produce for EU countries:
>>>
>>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976002
>>
>> Hmm, I have Windows XP Pro and am in the EU but I didn't get that update.
>>
>> --
>> C
>
> According to this article
> http://www.ghacks.net/2010/02/22/windows-browser-choice-screen-will-cause-confusion-in-europe/
> they're starting in England and Belgium first, then branching out to the
> rest of the EU.

That explains it. Course, I already have Chrome, Firefox, Seamonkey and
IE8 ... and no desire for Opera.

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C
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Jose wrote:

>
> Here is one method to "manage" it.
>
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2019411
>
> I think I would remove all traces of it instead of managing it.

Now that I know about it, when offered, I will reject it.

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PA Bear [MS MVP]
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When to Expect It -
Microsoft On The Issues:
http://microsoftontheissues.com/cs/blogs/mscorp/archive/2010/02/19/the-browser-choice-screen-for-europe-what-to-expect-when-to-expect-it.aspx


Balzer wrote:
> After turning PC on, got HTML window prompting for BrowserChoice. The
> windows looks like a fake scam window. I closed window. Also, Shortcut
> icon
> "Browser Choice" has been added on Desktop, with target path
> C:\WINDOWS\system32\browserchoice.exe /launch
>
> Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?
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Unknown
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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I see you're playing stupid again. Looks like you're winning too.
"The Real Truth MVP" wrote in message

> http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/dec09/12-16statement.mspx
>
>
>
> --
> The Real Truth http://pcbutts1-therealtruth.blogspot.com/
> *WARNING* Do NOT follow any advice given by the people listed below.
> They do NOT have the expertise or knowledge to fix your issue. Do not
> waste your time.
> David H Lipman, Malke, PA Bear, Beauregard T. Shagnasty, Leythos.
>
>
>
>
> "Steve Pearce" wrote in message
>
>> On Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:53:53 +0200, "Balzer"
>> wrote:
>>
>>>Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?
>>
>> Almost certainly what you seeing the "Browser Choice" update that
>> Microsoft was forced to produce for EU countries:
>>
>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976002
>
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Leythos
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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In article , trt@void.com says...
> The Real Truth http://pcbutts1-therealtruth.blogspot.com/
> *WARNING* Do NOT follow any advice given by the people listed below.
> They do NOT have the expertise or knowledge to fix your issue. Do not waste
> your time.
>

Still stalking others in your every Usenet post - shows how bad you are.

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LD55ZRA
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Unknown wrote:

>I see you're playing stupid again. Looks like you're winning too.
>
>

Well in that case rejoice and enjoy his every post. You could also ask
you mum to do her bit to polish his below the belt organ.

hth
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LD55ZRA
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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C wrote:

>
> Hmm, I have Windows XP Pro and am in the EU but I didn't get that update.
>
You must have blocked all {useless} updates from Microsoft website. I
didn't get either but I don't get anything from anywhere because I have
blocked everything from reaching my system except the emails and web
pages I visit. All my anti-virus definitions are updated once a week
manually because I don't believe there is any real threat of viruses as
Microsoft Valuable Pigs make out to be. You only get infected if you
allow Microsoft updates. You can't trust anybody on this planet! Not
even Unknown's <unknown@unknown.kom --
adsl-99-141-133-84.dsl.emhril.sbcglobal.net 99.141.133.84>mummy.

hth
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Unknown
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Typical comment from a loonie Limey.
"LD55ZRA" wrote in message

> Unknown wrote:
>
>>I see you're playing stupid again. Looks like you're winning too.
>>
>
> Well in that case rejoice and enjoy his every post. You could also ask
> you mum to do her bit to polish his below the belt organ.
>
> hth
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Balzer
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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"PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote in message

> The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When to Expect It -
> Microsoft On The Issues:
> http://microsoftontheissues.com/cs/blogs/mscorp/archive/2010/02/19/the-browser-choice-screen-for-europe-what-to-expect-when-to-expect-it.aspx
>
>
> Balzer wrote:
>> After turning PC on, got HTML window prompting for BrowserChoice. The
>> windows looks like a fake scam window. I closed window. Also, Shortcut
>> icon
>> "Browser Choice" has been added on Desktop, with target path
>> C:\WINDOWS\system32\browserchoice.exe /launch
>>
>> Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?
-------------

can I just remove browserchoice.exe from \system32 folder? Which registry
keys should be cleaned also?
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Alias
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Balzer wrote:
>
> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote in message
>
>> The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When to Expect
>> It - Microsoft On The Issues:
>> http://microsoftontheissues.com/cs/blogs/mscorp/archive/2010/02/19/the-browser-choice-screen-for-europe-what-to-expect-when-to-expect-it.aspx
>>
>>
>>
>> Balzer wrote:
>>> After turning PC on, got HTML window prompting for BrowserChoice. The
>>> windows looks like a fake scam window. I closed window. Also,
>>> Shortcut icon
>>> "Browser Choice" has been added on Desktop, with target path
>>> C:\WINDOWS\system32\browserchoice.exe /launch
>>>
>>> Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?
> -------------
>
> can I just remove browserchoice.exe from \system32 folder? Which
> registry keys should be cleaned also?

Why don't you just leave it alone and do something important instead.

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Doug W.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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"Alias" wrote in message

> Balzer wrote:
>>
>> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote in message
>>
>>> The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When
>>> to Expect It - Microsoft On The Issues:
>>> http://microsoftontheissues.com/cs/blogs/mscorp/archive/2010/02/19/the-browser-choice-screen-for-europe-what-to-expect-when-to-expect-it.aspx
>>>
>>>
>>> Balzer wrote:
>>>> After turning PC on, got HTML window prompting for
>>>> BrowserChoice. The
>>>> windows looks like a fake scam window. I closed window.
>>>> Also, Shortcut icon
>>>> "Browser Choice" has been added on Desktop, with target
>>>> path
>>>> C:\WINDOWS\system32\browserchoice.exe /launch
>>>>
>>>> Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to
>>>> remove it?
>> -------------
>>
>> can I just remove browserchoice.exe from \system32 folder?
>> Which registry keys should be cleaned also?
>
> Why don't you just leave it alone and do something important
> instead.
>
> --
> Alias
==
What terrible advice that is.
==
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PA Bear [MS MVP]
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Browserchoice.exe -> malware? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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What Alias said.

Balzer wrote:
> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote in message
>
>> The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When to Expect It -
>> Microsoft On The Issues:
>> http://microsoftontheissues.com/cs/blogs/mscorp/archive/2010/02/19/the-browser-choice-screen-for-europe-what-to-expect-when-to-expect-it.aspx
>>
>>
>> Balzer wrote:
>>> After turning PC on, got HTML window prompting for BrowserChoice. The
>>> windows looks like a fake scam window. I closed window. Also, Shortcut
>>> icon
>>> "Browser Choice" has been added on Desktop, with target path
>>> C:\WINDOWS\system32\browserchoice.exe /launch
>>>
>>> Is the malware or some "legit" application and how to remove it?
>>> -------------
>
> can I just remove browserchoice.exe from \system32 folder? Which registry
> keys should be cleaned also?
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