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Task List
Name

PROGRAM &
MANUFACTURER

WHAT IT IS
AND WHAT YOU CAN DO

i.Disk

i.Disk.exe

(Matthew Allen)

You have Matthew Allen’s   i.Disk   hard disk space manager currently open  (or set as a startup item).  i.Disk  is a free program which displays folder sizes so the user can work out which folders take the most hard disk space and might need pruning.

Iaas

Iaas.exe

See   IWAR.

Iamapp IAMAPP.exe

(Symantec)
Background task which is an essential part of the Norton Internet Security and Norton Personal Firewall security products.  Do not confuse this task with the IncrediMail IMApp task described further down on this page.

Recommendation :
Leave alone if you are using any of the above two products.

Iamsetup

IAMSETUP.exe

(CallWave)

CallWave’s Internet Answering Machine application. This program enables you to receive phone messages while you are online browsing the web.  Instead of your line signalling "busy" to the caller, Internet Answering Machine answers the call and prompts the caller to leave a message.  As soon as the caller has finished his message, Internet Answering Machine replays it over your speakers.

Recommendation : 
This is not a free service – also, it only works in Canada and the USA. Therefore, if you are not using it, de-install Internet Answering Machine through the "Add/Remove Programs" icon in the Control Panel (the entry to de-install is "CallWave Internet Answering Machine").

Iap

IAP.exe

(Dell)

Dell’s OpenManage Instrumentation Access Provider.   This service looks up the Dell database of DMI enabled hardware (DellOMCI.mdb) for configuration information and passes that information on to other OpenManage modules that require it.

Recommendation :
If you use Dell’s OpenManage software, you need this service running, otherwise you can disable it by setting its startup mode to  Disabled  on the  Services  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.

IAStorIcon

IAStorIcon.exe

(Intel)

Intel Rapid Storage System Tray icon.

System Tray icon which enables the end-user to access the  Intel Rapid Storage  software directly from the System Tray.  The   Intel Rapid Storage   software enables the user to view the current health status of the hard disk(s), see whether SMART is reporting errors with the hard disk(s), or manage and configure RAID systems on the PC/laptop.  Another feature of this icon is to display warnings and error messages to do with your hard disks.  With some versions, if you hover the mouse over the icon, or give it a single click, it will display relatively mundane information such as your hard disk is healthy.

Recommendation :
Disable immediately.

Not only has this icon got extremely little usefulness (after all, if your hard disk fails, it will be once every 2 to 4 years, and when that happens you will know well before this icon warns you about it!!), but it is also extremely buggy, wantonly consuming memory.  On 80% of PCs this icon consumes between 22Mb to 28Mb of memory; on 3% of PCs it consumes less than 12Mb of memory;  however, on a staggering 17% of PCs it consumes an unbelievable 70 to 86Mb of memory.

You do not want this useless resources hungry icon running on your system – you can always start the  Intel Rapid Storage  software from  Start \ All Programs \ Intel \ Intel Rapid Storage.

You can disable this icon on the  Startups  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.

Ibmpmsvc

IBMPMSvc.exe

(IBM)

IBM Power Management  Windows 2000/XP service which implements ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) on IBM ThinkPad laptops.  In effect it provides support for the  FN+FKEY  combinations which enable the end-user to do such things as putting the laptop in standby mode, switching the display from the laptop to an attached monitor, etc...  While the  FN+FKEY  combinations provide varying degrees of facilities across the ThinkPad range of laptops, you will find nevertheless that, in general, the following key combinations perform the following functions on almost all ThinkPad laptops :
FN+F1 :  Unused
FN+F2 :  Unused
FN+F3 :  Turns off the LCD display.  Press any key, or move the mouse to get the display back.
FN+F4 :  Puts the laptop into  Standby  mode.  Press the  FN  key on its own to wake it up again.  This is also called the  Sleep  function.  The setting for  FN+F4  can be changed so that it puts the computer in hibernation mode or so that it shuts the laptop down.
FN+F5 :  Enables/Disables Wireless and/or Bluetooth if the laptop has them.
FN+F6 :  Unused.
FN+F7 :  Toggles the display between the LCD only, the attached external monitor only, or both at the same time.  This function does not work if you are in the middle of playing a DVD or a video clip.
FN+F8 :  Enables the user to switch the screen size between  Expanded  and  Normal  mode when the display image is smaller than the physical screen.  This feature is not available under Windows 2000/XP.
FN+F9 :  Opens the IBM ThinkPad EasyEject software which enables you to stop and eject all ejectable devices connected to the ThinkPad, to the ThinkPad Mini Dock, or to the ThinkPad Port Replicator.
FN+F10 :  Unused.
FN+F11 :  Unused.
FN+F12 :  Puts the laptop into  Hibernation  mode.  To return to Normal operation, press the Power button for less than 4 seconds.
FN+PgUp :  Turns the ThinkLight ON/OFF.
FN+Home :  Makes the display brighter.
FN+End :  Makes the display dimmer.
FN+Spacebar :  Enables the full screen Magnifier function.

Recommendation :  
We view this service as an essential service as almost every user will need to use one or more of the above FN+FKEY combinations once in a while.  Leave alone.

Icmon ICMon.exe

(Sophos)
Sophos AntiVirus InterCheck Activity Monitor.  InterCheck is the on-access virus scanning feature of Sophos AntiVirus.  "On-Access Virus Scanning" means that files are virus scanned in the background as and when they are accessed.  The InterCheck Activity Monitor, ICMON, is no more than a System Tray icon which you can click on to check that on-access virus scanning is enabled (Active), to check how many files have been virus scanned since your last boot, and to see what was the last virus scanned file.

Recommendation :
This is a harmless System Tray icon.  We would suggest to leave it alone so that you are always able to check quickly that your Sophos AntiVirus software is active.

Iconclnt

Iconclnt.exe

(APC – American Power Conversion)

System Tray icon installed on Windows 95/98/ME by APC’s   PowerChute   UPS monitoring software.  You can right-click on the icon to start the PowerChute software to check what events were recorded by your UPS (power cut, power dip/hike), or to schedule a UPS self test.

Recommendation :
Down to end-user preference since you can access the PowerChute software from  “Start \ Programs”.  Note, however, that this particular task has a history of problems ranging from hogging up the CPU and therefore slowing the PC to a crawl; or preventing the PC from shutting down properly;  to preventing ScanDisk or Defrag from completing.  If you experience such problems, try first downloading from our  Drivers  page the latest version of the PowerChute software that is supported by your UPS.  If that does not solve the problem, then disable this task on the  Startups  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter – PowerChute will still continue to monitor your UPS and gather statistics; you just won’t be able to open the full program from the System Tray.

Iconfig Iconfig.exe

(Shuttle Technology / now SCM MicroSystems)
System Tray background task which gets installed by the drivers for Shuttle Technology products (now part of SCM MicroSystems).  SCM MicroSystems is an OEM manufacturer – that is, it makes/assembles the original products which are then sold under various badges by other companies (e.g. DataFab, Hewlett-Packard, Apple, etc..).  The products include USB card readers, USB CD-Writers, USB Zip or Flash Drives, USB LS-120 drives, etc..  ICONFIG sits in the System Tray and its sole purpose seems to be to provide connection and status info about your USB device.

Recommendation :
On some systems, and depending on which reselling manufacturer has adapted the original drivers, ICONFIG hogs resources and also causes crashes.  Disable with  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  if you have unexplained problems.

Icsmgr

ICSMGR.exe

(Microsoft)

ICSMGR gets installed on any PC which shares an Internet connection using Microsoft’s Internet Connection Sharing protocol (ICS). This program, which relays all DNS and DHCP requests, is vital if your PC is accessing the Internet via ICS.

Recommendation : 
Leave alone if you are on an ICS network.  If you are not, remove Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) from the Network icon in your Control Panel as its presence can often cause [sometimes serious] conflicts or unnecessary complications when you are configuring network components of your PC.

Icwconn1

ICWConn1.exe

(Microsoft)

If this task is currently running, then you have the Microsoft  Internet Connection Wizard  currently open.  If, however, this entry is on the  Startups  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter,  it will usually look like this :  “C: \ Program Files \ Internet Explorer \ Connection Wizard \ icwconn1.exe / desktop”.  It will have been put there by a past installation of Windows or of Internet Explorer to ensure that you always have an icon on your desktop labelled  Connect to the Internet  and which enables you to start the Internet Connection Wizard (if the icon is deleted from the desktop, this startup entry ensures it is recreated at your next bootup).

Recommendation :
As a startup entry, it is down to end‑user preference as to whether you keep this entry or not.  Advanced users who know how to create Internet connections will usually have no need for this entry and will delete it from the  Startups  tab of The Ultimate Troubleshooter.  Less advanced users, on the other hand, may wish to leave it enabled so that they always have an easy way to create new Internet connections straight from the icon on the desktop (if you need to recreate your Internet connection at some point and you ask your Internet Service Provider to help, your ISP’s tech engineers will usually favour walking you through via the  “Connect to the Internet”  desktop icon).

Idrivert

IDriverT.exe

(Macrovision)

Macrovision’s  InstallShield’s InstallDriver Table Manager   service installed on Windows 2000/XP PCs whenever you install a software program where the publisher has used Macrovision’s InstallShield as the program installer software.  This service only ever runs when you are installing or uninstalling software packaged with the InstallShield installer software – it helps the InstallShield installer software track properly the various products installed over the course of time on your PC and which use InstallShield as their installer;  this in turn ensures that all those products can be uninstalled properly when needed.

Recommendation :
Leave alone.  This service has no impact on the performance of your PC and is inactive 99.5% of the time till the day that you install or uninstall software packaged with InstallShield.

IDUServ

IDUServ.exe

(OSA Technologies)

Intel Desktop Utilities CPU & Motherboard Temperature Monitor.  System Tray task which displays the CPU (processor) and Motherboard temperature of your PC.

Recommendation :
Down to end-user preference.  If you are not interested in keeping track of the temperature of your PC and would rather save additional memory, then you can disable this task on the  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  by settings its  Startup Mode  to  Manual  or  Disabled.

This program normally uses 2Mb to 9Mb of memory.

Note : 
If you live in a hot country or state, or you are in the middle of an extremely hot summer, and you do not have air conditioning, we would recommend that you keep this little utility running so that you can occasionally quickly glance at the System Tray to see if your PC is in danger of overheating (70C/158F or above for the CPU).

Iewersv

IEWERSV.exe

(???)

Part of the  Winpup  adware.  If you have Winpup on your PC and you use Internet Explorer as your Internet browser, you will experience endless popup and popunder advertisements.

Recommendation :
Remove immediately, as follows :   Delete this entry from the  Startups  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  Next, search your hard disk(s) for all  winpup*.*  files – delete all files that are found.  Next, search your Windows folder  (C:\Windows  or  C:\WinNT) for a file called  telnat.exe; if you find it, delete it.  Hopefully this will do it; however, there is nothing less certain as this software constantly renames itself to random filenames.  Finally, run  Spybot  from our  Downloads  library to make sure there aren’t any residues left.

Iexplore  (1)

IExplore.exe

(Microsoft)

You have Microsoft’s  Internet Explorer  running !  (if the full path showing in  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  is  C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Iexplore.exe).

Iexplore  (2)

Iexplore.exe

(???)

You have the   Backdoor.Aphexdoor  virus, or one of the many other viruses masquerading as Internet Explorer   (most particularly if the full path showing in  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  is  C:\Windows\Iexplore.exe  or  C:\WinNT\Iexplore.exe).

iFinger

iFinger.exe

(iFinger Ltd)

Background task belonging to the   iFinger   program.  iFinger is a program which integrates content from well‑known publishers into all your Windows programs (at the time of writing, 8‑Jan‑2006, Oxford University Press, Merriam-Webster, Zanichelli, Bloomsbury and Ernst Klett Verlag were a few of the publishers).  This integration gives the user instant access, both on and off-line, to any reference content bought through iFinger or World Of Reading and installed on the hard disk – you can also add your own reference material to iFinger.  With iFinger installed, when you move your cursor over a word on a web page, or double-click on a word or highlighted text in any of your Windows programs, the iFinger program accesses the reference material you have linked it to and returns in a pop‑up box relevant information on the word or highlighted text.

Recommendation :
This task is the entire iFinger program – thus leave it alone if you do use iFinger, otherwise either uninstall the program through the  “Add\Remove Programs”  icon in the Control Panel, or disable this task on the  Startups  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.

Igfxtray IGFxTray.exe

(Intel)
Intel Graphics Tray. System Tray icon which gets installed with the drivers for onboard VGA cards based on the Intel 81x graphics chipset. Double-clicking on it enables you to quickly change the display resolution, save your current Display Scheme, or configure your onboard graphics card.  You can also configure keyboard hotkeys (shortcuts – this is handled by another background task called HKCMD).  You can access the same features through the "Intel Graphics Technology" icon in the Control Panel.

Recommendation :
Although great in theory, on some PCs we have found that whenever IGFXTRAY and HKCMD are running, Windows Explorer is prone to hanging and showing as "not responding" in the Task List.  Our recommendation, therefore, is that you should not have this tray icon running, and that you should also not use the hotkey facility that comes with it.  Disable both IGFXTRAY and HKCMD with  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.

IJPLMSVC

IJPLMSVC.EXE

(Canon)

Canon PIXMA communications driver service.  Core service installed by the drivers for your Canon PIXMA printer and which handles the transmission of data between your PC and the printer.

Recommendation :
Leave alone – your printer will not print if this background service is not running.  This service normally uses 1Mb to 4Mb of memory.

Imapi

IMAPI.exe

(Microsoft)

Image Mastering API Service for CD-Burning.  This service, introduced in Windows XP and 2003, manages recording data & music to CD using the Microsoft IMAPI standard, a standard which allows any application which conforms to it, to be able to write directly onto a CD using either the Redbook audio format, or the Joliet or ISO-9660 formats for data CDs.  When this service is enabled, a  Recording  tab appears in the Properties sheet for your CD-Writer and you are then also able to drop data directly onto a CD‑R from Windows Explorer or from within Windows applications, without the need for third party CD-Writer software.

Recommendation :  
This service is disabled by default in Windows 2003, and may be enabled by default in Windows XP depending on the manufacturer of the PC.  When enabled this service often creates conflicts with third party CD Writing software, from slowness to complaints that another program is using the CD‑Writer,  or strange error messages from your CD‑Writer software.  In short, unless you have Roxio’s Easy CD Creator v5 or v6, using your CD‑Writer software while the IMAPI service is running, often leads to troubles.  Our recommendation, therefore, is that you either use Windows XP/2003 to write to recordable CDs, or you use your CD-Writer software (and disable this service from starting at boot-up), but not both.  To prevent this service from running at startup, set it to  Manual  in  “Control Panel \ Administrative Tools \ Services” – look for  “IMAPI CD‑Burning COM Service”.  Note, if you have IMAPI enabled then you should have at least Service Pack 1a installed if you are running Windows XP.  Finally, if you get strange IMAPI errors when using Windows Explorer, then try setting to ON the  Launch folder windows in a separate process  setting on the  VIEW  tab of the  “Tools \ Folder options”  menu option of Windows Explorer.

Imapp

IMApp.exe

(IncrediMail Ltd)

This is the  IncrediMail  email program which you either have open or minimized to the System Tray.  Do not confuse this task with  IAMAPP  described earlier in these pages (Norton Personal Firewall).

Recommendation :  
We first got acquainted with IncrediMail in early 2002 when trying to solve numerous crashes on a PC.  Well, from that time to 2005, we have yet to ever come across a PC with IncrediMail which was not suffering from horrendous problems, whether it be unbelievable slowness because IncrediMail was consuming most of the CPU capacity, to KERNEL32 errors, illegal operations, Internet Explorer crashes, and more, and more, and more.  All such problems would disappear with the de-installation of IncrediMail !   We do not have one single good word to say about this program which has caused our clients endless nightmares whenever an end-user thought it a good idea to install it on their PC.  If you want a free alternative to Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express, our advice is to de-install IncrediMail via the  “Add/Remove Program”  icon in the Control Panel (also delete any references to IncrediMail in Starter) and then use a program like  FoxMail  available on our  Downloads  page.  17‑Dec‑2003 update :   we have had one AnswersThatWork user today making a point of telling us they have IncrediMail, have not experienced problems with it, and are a satisfied customer.  Late December 2003 to January 2004 update :  another five users tell us having used IncrediMail without problems but indicate using  IncrediMail Premium, the non‑free version – this may be a crucial difference as all the problems we have experienced at AnswersThatWork’s clients have all been with the free version.

IMEKRMIG

IMEKRMIG.EXE

(Microsoft)

Microsoft’s Korean Input Method Editor.  Startup task found on PCs where the  East Asian  languages have been installed through the  Regional and Language options  icon in the Control Panel.  This task ensures that your PC is able to display Korean and also that you are able to input characters in Korean should you need to.

Recommendation :
Leave alone – it is necessary for your PC to properly support the Korean language support that you installed into Windows through installing support for East Asian languages.

Imgicon

Imgicon.exe

(Iomega)

Background Iomega program which gets installed when you install Iomega’s Zip Drive Windows software (IomegaWare).  IMGICON displays pretty life-like icons for any Zip drives you have in your PC, whether internal or external (Parallel, USB, Firewire).  These icons look exactly like the actual drives and you can even tell whether the drives are external or internal. 

Recommendation :
The visual differentiation provided by IMGICON’s iconisation is extremely useful, particularly for non‑technical users, so we would recommend you keep the IomegaWare software even though it is not actually needed for internal zip drives since Windows has inbuilt support for internal zip drives without any additional drivers.  Note, however, that our experience under Windows 95 and Windows 98 is that the IomegaWare software can create conflicts or random problems with parallel port devices (eg. Your printer).  If you experience such problems then go to our  Drivers   section and download the very latest IomegaWare drivers as these newer drivers (as of March 2005) seem to have cured all the problems.

IMJPMIG

IMJPMIG.EXE

(Microsoft)

Microsoft’s Japanese Input Method Editor.  Startup task found on PCs where the  East Asian  languages have been installed through the  Regional and Language options  icon in the Control Panel.  This task ensures that your PC is able to display Japanese and also that you are able to input characters in Japanese should you need to.

Recommendation :
Leave alone – it is necessary for your PC to properly support the Japanese language support that you installed into Windows through installing support for East Asian languages.

Imonnt IMonNT.exe

(Intel)
Windows NT4/2000/XP version of IMONTRAY below.
Imontray IMonTray.exe

(Intel)
System Tray icon for the Intel Active Monitor utilities that come with the chipset drivers for Intel chipset based motherboards. Asus have similar utilities – it enables you to monitor your CPU and motherboard temperature, the various fan speeds, and the voltages, all within Windows without going back into the BIOS to see such information.  You can also set up alert thresholds for the software to alert you when, for example, the system temperature gets too high.

Recommendation :
If you live in a hot part of the world, or you experience very hot summers, and you have no air conditioning, then this is a very useful utility to alert you of impending overheating of your PC.  It is also useful in areas or buildings with power problems and where your PC is not protected by an AVR based UPS (Automatic Voltage Regulator).  In all other cases this utility is of very little practical use, so you may want to disable it with  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  to reduce the System Tray clutter. Note that on laptops IMONTRAY can cause crashes if you change a PCMCIA card (PC card) while the laptop is running – if that happens to you, then disable Intel Active Monitor.

ImScInst

ImScInst.exe

(Microsoft)

Microsoft’s Input Method Editor Helper.  Startup task found on PCs where the  East Asian & Right-to-Left  languages have been installed through the  Regional and Language options  icon in the Control Panel.  This task ensures that your PC is able to display East Asian and Right-to-Left (e.g. Arabic) languages and also that you are able to input characters in those languages should you need to.

Recommendation :
Leave alone – it is necessary for your PC to properly support the East Asian and Right-to-Left language support that you installed into Windows.

Incd InCD.exe

(Ahead Software)

This is the InCD software which enables you to drag files onto a CD-R directly from Windows Explorer, or to save onto CD directly from within applications like Microsoft Word, without using the CD Recording software that came with your CD-Writer (Nero).  While a great and potentially very useful concept, the limitations of InCD CDs (CDs created with InCD are only ever guaranteed to be readable in CD Writers that are the same model as the CD Writer in which the CD was created – it is not unusual not to be able to read a CD created via InCD, in another CD-ROM drive) lead us to always recommend its removal.  We advocate to instead always use its sister product, Nero (also called "Nero Burning ROM"), to create CDs, as that is the only method that guarantees that you will be able to read the CDs you create in any other CD, CD-Writer, or DVD drive – a crucial consideration if you are using CDs for data backups !

Recommendation :

Unless you do make use of InCD, remove it via "Add/Remove Programs" in the Control Panel.  Otherwise right-click on it in the System Tray and temporarily disable it whenever you need to use other software that will want to write to your CD Writer.

Incdsrv

InCDsrv.exe

(Ahead Software AG)

This is the InCD software for Windows NT4/2000/XP/2003 which enables you to drag files onto a CD-R directly from Windows Explorer, or to save onto CD directly from within applications like Microsoft Word or Movie Maker, etc.., without using the CD Recording software that came with your CD‑Writer (Nero) – this type of feature is also called  “Packet Writing”  software.  While a great and potentially very useful concept, the limitations of InCD CDs lead us to always recommend its removal (CDs created with InCD are only ever guaranteed to be readable in CD Writers that are the same model as the CD Writer in which the CD was created – it is not unusual not to be able to read a CD created via InCD, in another CD-ROM drive).  We advocate to instead always use its sister product, Nero (also called “Nero Burning ROM”), to create CDs, as that is the only method that guarantees that you will be able to read the CDs you create in any other CD, CD‑Writer, or DVD drive – a crucial consideration if you are using CDs and DVDs for data backups or movie presentations !

Recommendation :
In addition to our strong reservations expressed above, there are significant problems with some versions of InCDSrv, from excessive memory usage which adversely impacts other applications, to the often reported inability to access CD-ROM or CD-Writer drives when trying to use software other than InCD (with error messages such as  “Drive inaccessible”  or  “Recordable CD device not detected”).   That said, make no mistake about it :  it is our view that in March 2005 packet writing software, whether from Ahead or its competitors, is still inherently unsafe – it will work reliably most times but you can bet your bottom dollar that the day it won’t work it will be on an absolutely crucial CD/DVD and you will only find out days, weeks, or months later when you need to retrieve data from it, and at that point it will too late !   Packet writing software is there as a selling point because  the competition does it  and it is a  very attractive  feature for first-time users.  Our recommendation is that if you are used to using  InCD,  continue to use it but at the same time educate yourself to becoming totally proficient and at ease with the full Nero product,  Nero Burning ROM, so that you can eventually use it confidently and as a result feel safe in the knowledge that all your CDs and DVDs will be reliable and usable across all ranges of CD/DVD‑ROM and CD/DVD‑Writer drives.  Once you have reached that stage, remove InCD via the  “Add/Remove Programs”  icon in the Control Panel.  Alternatively, you can temporarily disable InCD by switching over to the  Services  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  and setting the  Startup Mode  of this service to  Disabled  –  simply set it back to  Automatic  whenever you absolutely need to use InCD so you can save directly onto a CD or DVD.

Incmail

IncMail.exe

(IncrediMail Ltd)

Part of the  IncrediMail  email program.

Recommendation :
We first got acquainted with IncrediMail in early 2002 when trying to solve numerous crashes on a PC.  Well, from that time to 2005, we have yet to ever come across a PC with IncrediMail which was not suffering from horrendous problems, whether it be unbelievable slowness because IncrediMail was consuming most of the CPU capacity, to KERNEL32 errors, illegal operations, Internet Explorer crashes, and more, and more, and more.  All such problems would disappear with the de-installation of IncrediMail !   We do not have one single good word to say about this program which has caused our clients endless nightmares whenever an end-user thought it a good idea to install it on their PC.  If you want a free alternative to Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express, our advice is to de-install IncrediMail via the  “Add/Remove Program”  icon in the Control Panel (also delete any references to IncrediMail on the  Startups  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter) and then use a program like  FoxMail  available on our  Downloads  page.  17‑Dec‑2003 update :   we have had one AnswersThatWork user today making a point of telling us they have IncrediMail, have not experienced problems with it, and are a satisfied customer.  Late December 2003 to January 2004 update :  another five users tell us having used IncrediMail without problems but indicate using  IncrediMail Premium, the non‑free version – this may be a crucial difference as all the problems we have experienced at AnswersThatWork’s clients have all been with the free version.

Inetinfo

Inetinfo.exe

(Microsoft)

Microsoft Internet Information Service.  Seen primarily on Windows NT4/2000 Server where it provides Internet Proxy and Web Server services.

Recommendation :  
If you use either of the above facilities, leave running, otherwise you can set the service to manual.  Note :  for some strange reason, this service will in some cases prevent our product,  The Ultimate Troubleshooter,  from starting.  When that is the case, do a Windows Update and see if that solves the problem – if it does not, and you have no need for  INETINFO, then set its Startup Mode to  Disabled.

Inetp60.dll

Rundll32_8

Inetp60.dll

(BrowserAid.com)

Startup entry which loads one of the  BrowserAid  Internet Explorer toolbars.  This toolbar is typically loaded onto a PC when an end-user clicks on some popup advertisement, or installs specific software programs.  Very often the end-user does not realise that  BrowserAid  has been installed as an add-on feature to the program they were installing, and when it is installed from the Internet, the toolbar is usually presented as a  very useful  toolbar which will  “maximize your Internet searching experience”  or some other similar wording.  In reality this toolbar is what we call adware :  it sends information about your Internet browsing and searching habits and it pulls up popup advertisements.  Here is BrowserAid’s own marketing text to advertisers on  8‑May‑2004 :   “In today's highly competitive business environment, it is essential for companies to maximize marketing effectiveness. By empowering your customers with a branded BrowserAid toolbar, this is achieved in four ways:  Persistent Presence - With a BrowserAid customized toolbar, your customers will have constant visibility of your logo and one-click access to key areas of your website. This reinforces brand awareness and improves customer loyalty and retention.  E-Business Intelligence - BrowserAid will provide you with advanced user profile and click-stream analysis technology. This enables your company to align marketing campaigns with optimal audiences to deliver personalized, targeted marketing messages and track the success of each campaign.  Effective Customer Communication - BrowserAid's customer segmentation technology will enable your company to instantly distribute unique audio, video, and text messages to various customer groups. By interacting with the right customers at the right times, you will maximize communication effectiveness.  Instant Product Deployment - Using BrowserAid's product deployment technology, your company will be able to introduce new products or cross-sell existing ones by instantly deploying them on the desktops of your customers. By combining this technology with our e‑business intelligence technology, your company will be able to target the customers that are most likely to be interested in specific product offerings and instantly offer them a demo or trial of the product.”.

Recommendation :
If like us you do not like adware, delete this entry from the  Startups  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  and then download  Spybot  from our  Downloads  section.  Install Spybot, update it online, and then run it to rid your PC of the BrowserAid toolbar and any other spyware or adware that may be on your PC.

Inetsw95

Inetsw95.exe

(Microsoft)

Essential component of Microsoft Personal Web Server for Windows 95.  This file will typically have been installed either through installing the Personal Web Server component of Windows 95 SR-2, or through installing the Personal Web Server that comes with Microsoft FrontPage 97.

Recommendation :  
If you are on Windows 95/98, and you use FrontPage 97/98, then this task is essential to the proper running of the Personal Web Server which enables you to test your websites before you publish them to your webhosting servers.  If you are on any other version of Windows, you should be upgrading to the Personal Web Server that is relevant to that version of Windows.

Infuzer

Infuzer.exe

(Trondent Development Corp)

System Tray icon for Trondent’s  Infuzer  software.  Infuzer is a piece of software which enables frequent travellers who use Infuzer-enabled travel booking and reservation websites, to copy through one click of the mouse all their travel and booking details onto their desktop calendar.  For example, you book a flight with an Infuzer-enabled website and, on completion of your booking, the website displays your itinerary details with flight times, etc.., together with an Infuzer icon for you to click on if you have Infuzer running on your PC; when you click on that icon all the details of your flight are copied instantly to your desktop calendar.

Recommendation :
Essential for the proper functioning of Infuzer – Leave alone.

InputPersonalization

InputPersonalization.exe

(Microsoft)

Task found on Tablet PCs running Windows Vista.  You either have the   Handwriting Recognizer   (also called  Handwriting Recognition Personalization Tool  or  Input Personalization)  currently open and you are training your Tablet PC to recognize your handwriting, or you are currently entering free-hand text on your Tablet PC and the  Handwriting Recognizer  is running in the background automatically converting your handwriting to machine understandable text.

Instantaccess InstantAccess.exe


(Xerox)
Background program which interacts with Xerox Textbridge’s Instant Access feature app.  This gets installed when you install the Xerox Textbridge OCR software.  Few users use Instant Access.  Worse, we have experienced this background program to often cause software installation problems.

Recommendation :
Not necessary, Instant Access works perfectly well without this background program having been pre-loaded at boot-up.  Delete with  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  (where it may show as INSTAN~1.EXE).

Internat

Internat.exe

(Microsoft)

This Microsoft Windows program provides multilanguage support.  It will typically be running if you turned ON more than one keyboard language, or if you installed some or all the language options in Internet Explorer 5.0 or later.  In rare circumstances it conflicts with the Help in Access 97.

Recommendation :
Unless you have the specific Access 97 problem above, this program is harmless.  So it is up to you if you want to keep it or if you want to disable it with  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.

Internet Answering Machine

IAMSETUP.exe

(CallWave)

See IAMSETUP entry above.

Intrenat

Intrenat.exe

(???)

You have the   W32.HLLW.Doomjuice   virus.

Intuit.QuickBooks.FCS

QBFCService

Intuit.QuickBooks.FCS.exe

(Intuit)

QuickBooks File Copy Service.  Service which updates QuickBooks in the background once the updates have been downloaded from the QuickBooks servers.

Recommendation :
The  Startup Mode  of this service is  Manual, which means that it will start only as and when needed, ie. when QuickBooks downloads updates – Leave alone therefore.

Note : 
If you have QuickBooks set to auto-update automatically  and  the update runs into problems contacting the Intuit servers because of firewall issues on your PC, then there will be a situation where every day this service will be running, consuming upwards of 25Mb of memory, till the day that your PC is able to auto-update.  Thus, if you see this program running on the  TASKS  tab of TUT day after day, then either ensure that you resolve whatever communications problems the QuickBooks automatic updating system is having, or disable automatic updating in QuickBooks.

IntuitUpdateService

IntuitUpdateService.exe

(Intuit)

Intuit Automatic Update Service.  Service installed by some Intuit programs, Turbo Tax being one of them, and whose role is to automatically update your Intuit product in the background.

Recommendation :
Down to end-user preferences.  From our own experiences, however, and also from the experiences of our TUT users worldwide, our own preference is to always turn off Auto-Update from within the Intuit program and to disable this program on the  Services  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  by changing its  Startup Mode  to  Disabled.  We always perform updates manually and only after having ensured we have a backup.  In the past, Intuit have on one or two occasions produced updates that have caused problems – personal accounts, tax data, and company accounts are not things you want messed up by a rogue update with no backup to go back to !!!

This service normally uses from 1Mb to 7Mb of memory.

IoctlSvc

IoctlSvc.exe

(Prolific Technology)

Utterly useless and occasionally problematic background service installed when a user installs the CD that comes with some USB thumb drives (Memory sticks / Flash memory / USB memory / Pen Drive).  From our tests, and from our experience, despite using very little memory this service performs no function other than seriously impact the performance of some PCs.  On some PCs this service will often cause PC slowness or random freezes.

Recommendation :
Immediately disable this task by setting its  Startup Mode  to  Disabled  on the The Ultimate Troubleshooter – your thumb drive (Memory stick / Flash memory / USB memory / Pen Drive) will work fine without it.

ioloDMVSvc

ioloDMVSvc.exe

(iolo Technologies)

iolo DMV Service.  Shocking background service introduced by iolo with System Mechanic 7 in mid December 2006.  We have no idea as to what this service actually does, and, at the time of writing, iolo have not released any details about it either.  What we do know about is the incredible impact this particular program had worldwide in preventing numerous legitimate programs from working properly or at all, as well as seriously destabilizing Windows itself.  The behaviour of this service is astounding and it is unimaginable that iolo released a product which had such disastrous consequences.  At the time of writing, 27-Jan-2007 this service stops numerous programs from starting; the list is endless :  Zone Alarm,  AJSystems,  Borland's Delphi programming environment,  Intuit's QuickBooks,  Essential PIM,  etc..., etc...,  and our own TUT program.  It is nothing other than virus-like in all its aspects, starting from the catastrophic effect it has on so many programs, to the fact that even if you uninstall System Mechanic 7 this program stays behind and continues its calamitous interference.

Recommendation :
Disable this service by changing its  Startup Mode  to  Disabled  on the  Services  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.  System Mechanic 7 functions perfectly well without this service running.

10-Feb-2007 Update.  Some users are reporting to us that iolo have issued a fix.  Our recommendation :  update System Mechanic 7 but, given the history, still keep this service disabled.

12-Feb-2007 Update.  Incredibly, after fixing the problem in version 7.1.5 of System Mechanic, iolo Technologies reintroduced it again with version 7.1.6 yesterday.  Astounding stuff.
 

ioloServiceManager

ioloFileInfoList

ioloServiceManager.exe

(iolo Technologies)

iolo Service Manager.  Core service of System Mechanic which gets installed twice (!!) on the  Services  tab of TUT.  System Mechanic cannot work without this service running in the background.

Recommendation :
Leave alone – System Mechanic cannot work without this service running in the background.

Note :   this service will occasionally decide to gobble up memory.  On most occasions it uses 2Mb to 12Mb of memory.  On other occasions, however, and we have no idea what triggers it, it will keep gobbling up memory – 15Mb, 20Mb, 30Mb, 40Mb, 50Mb, and more !   This can only have a detrimental effect on the performance of the PC.  Make sure, therefore, that you often check for updates.

Iosdt

Iosdt.exe

(???)

You have a  Trojan virus  on your PC – IOSDT.EXE is its main file.   You most probably tried to download illegal copies of Microsoft software, and got infected by this trojan virus as a result (it gives access to your PC from the Internet).

Recommendation :  
Reboot your PC into Safe Mode and then do a search for all files and folders which start with  IOSDT  and delete them.  Next, empty your Recycle Bin and reboot back into Normal Mode.

Iowatch

IOWatch.exe

(Iomega)

Iomega Watch.  This background task, installed with the IomegaWare Zip/Jazz drive software, automatically prompts the user for a password whenever a read-write protected disk is inserted into the Zip/Jazz drive.

Recommendation : 
Essential if you protect your Zip/Jazz disks with Iomega Tools.  The earlier versions of Iowatch caused conflicts with other software under Windows 95/98.  If you use a really old version of IomegaWare (Iomega Tools 95), and you are experiencing problems, then go to our Drivers page and download and install the current version of IomegaWare.

Ipmon32

IPInSightMonitor

Ipmon32.exe

(Visual Networks)

Task installed by Visual Networks’   Visual IP Insight  software.  This software will typically have been installed when you set up your broadband Internet connection using your ISP’s installation CD.

At the time of writing, 13‑Jan‑2006, Visual Networks describe  Visual IP Insight  as follows :  “Visual IP InSight is an IP service management system designed to help service providers and enterprises manage IP connectivity and accessibility to IP network services from the end-user perspective. Visual IP InSight helps manage IP connectivity across all IP access technologies, including dial, dedicated, broadband (DSL, wireless, cable, ISDN), and VPN connections.  The product also features two application suites, Service Level Manager and Customer Care.  Service Level Manager helps monitor and manage SLAs (Service Level Agreements), troubleshoot and baseline network and connection performance-related issues by setting alerts for predefined acceptable threshold levels. Customer Care monitors performance from the end-user perspective, whether the access technology is dial, DSL, Cable, or VPN. Visual IP InSight is a three-tier architecture system (LINK) comprised of  ....... a back‑end composed of collectors, aggregators and databases which collect, timestamp and store key performance data .......”.

In summary this is a program which collects statistical performance data about your Internet connection while you use it and which sends it to your Internet Service Provider for them to analyze and possibly pre‑empt problems and provide you with a continually improving service.

Recommendation : 
You should aim to get rid of this task immediately !   As with many other organizations concerned with security, we do not like the use of such data gathering programs – more importantly, in 2006 the network troubleshooting technology available to Internet Service Providers is so advanced that there is  absolutely no need whatsoever  for your ISP to run a program on  YOUR  PC to help them pre‑empt or troubleshoot Internet connection problems or improve the quality of their Internet service.  No need whatsoever.  Additionally, over the course of the two years since this task has been around there have been in our view too many recorded problems with it.  Even Microsoft had to issue a Knowledge Base article about this third party product, article KB892890, as the bugs in this program were inconveniencing many users, ranging, in our experience, from problems with errors when opening or using the Control Panel, to boot-up errors, and Access Violation errors.


To remove this program :

1)   Disable this task on the  Startups  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.  Make sure to click the big green  APPLY  button to make your changes stick.

2)   Restart your PC.

3)   To be totally certain that, in the case of your own particular ISP, this task is not linked to areas other than the ones explained above, run your PC with this task disabled for a day or two.

3)   Once you are satisfied that disabling this task has not affected your Internet connection (if it has, re‑enable it), if you want a guarantee you will definitely not have to re‑install your Internet connection software, then go no further, otherwise go into the Control Panel and run the  “Add\Remove Programs”  icon.

4)   If it is listed  uninstall  Visual IP Insight.

5)   Restart your PC.

6)   Delete this task from the  Startups  tab of The Ultimate Troubleshooter.
 

Ipodservice

iPodService.exe

(Apple)

Windows 2000/XP  “iPod Hardware Management Services”  service installed by Apple’s  iTunes  music playing and organizing software.  In earlier versions of iTunes, on installation iTunes would also install MusicMatch Jukebox.  The iPodService would sit in the System Tray and fire up MusicMatch Jukebox whenever you connected your Apple iPod player.  It is also through this service that the sync’ing of your iPod and MusicMatch libraries is done.  In the later versions of iTunes, such as version 6 or later, the iPodService is used by iTunes itself to communicate with connected iPods.

Recommendation :
The Startup Mode of this service is  Automatic  by default in earlier versions of iTunes, which is fine if you have an iPod.  However, if you do not use an iPod (ie. you only use the iTunes software), then immediately set the  Startup Mode  of this service to  Manual  on the  Services  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  as it uses up to 5Mb of memory, which is significant.  In the latest versions of iTunes, such as version 6 or later, the Startup Mode of this service is  Manual, which is fine – in these newer versions of iTunes this service gets started by the  ITUNESHELPER  startup entry.

Ipodsrv

iPodSrv.exe

(Apple)

Service installed on Windows 2000/XP/2003 PCs when you install your iPod software.  We are not yet sure as to the role of this service.

Recommendation :
As we do not yet know what this service performs, we can only recommend to leave it alone.

Ipodwatcher

iPodWatcher.exe

(Apple)

iPod Watcher Background task which watches for your Apple iPod being connected to your PC and makes it available to Windows when you physically connect your iPod to the PC.  This task shows as an Icon in the System Tray.

Recommendation :
Essential if you want to work with your iPod from your PC – Leave alone.

Iqrobot Iqrobot.exe

Remind.exe

(Hewlett-Packard)
Registration Reminder Program which gets installed with some HP drivers and which pops up a reminder to register your printer.

Recommendation :
Disable this task with  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.  Useless.
Irmon Irmon.exe

(Microsoft)
Infrared Monitor.  System Tray icon which enables you to monitor your Infrared connections :  you can see which infrared device you are communicating with and monitor file or data transfer.  Typically installed by default on laptops where infrared is most commonly used (with mobile phones), rather than on desktop PCs.

Recommendation :
If you do not want that icon cluttering your System Tray (ie: you never use Infrared), go to the "Wireless Link" icon in the Control Panel and disable Display an icon on the taskbar.

Isass

isass.exe

(???)

You have the   Backdoor.Futro   virus.

Note – do not confuse this with  LSASS  which will most times show as  “lsass”  in your Task List where the first letter is in fact a lowercase  “L”  rather than an  “i”.

ISBMgr

ISBMgr.exe

(Sony)

Integrated Sony Battery Manager.  Task found on Sony VAIO laptop and which shows up in the System Tray as a battery indicator.  It displays the charging status of the battery.

Recommendation :
This task is essential for the proper charging of your Sony laptop battery.  Without it, on most Sony laptops the battery will not charge.  Leave alone therefore.

Note 1 :
If your Sony battery dies and you buy a non-Sony battery (ie. you buy a compatible battery – compatible batteries are infinitely cheaper than Sony batteries) this service will check whether the new battery is a Sony or non-Sony battery.  If it detects that it is  not  a Sony battery, it issues an error message saying that  “Your computer is going to sleep because the battery may be incompatible”, and then it puts your computer into sleep mode.  To restart the laptop you then usually have to take the battery out and work the laptop off the AC adapter.  If you disable this task on the  STARTUPS  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter,  you are then able use the laptop with the battery but you will find that the battery does  NOT  charge (you are simply working off the charge it had when it was sold to you) and that the battery indicator in the System Tray is unreliable.

So, what do you do if you absolute want to use a cheaper non-Sony battery ?   One solution that seems to work on a number of Sony laptops is to do as follows :

1)   Start the laptop without your new compatible battery.  Work off your AC adapter directly from the mains

2)   Disable this task on the  STARTUPS  tab of TUT.

3)   Download and install a program called  “Notebook Hardware Control”  from this website  http://www.pbus-167.com/  (at the time of writing, 13-Sep-2008, this website was deemed a safe site and free of any malware by McAfee’s SiteAdvisor.com).

4)   Install the program and configure it.

5)   Plug in your new compatible non-Sony battery.

6)   Configure  “Notebook Hardware Control”  to ensure that it is able to recognize your new battery, its charging level, and is able to charge it.  If it is, then you’re winning !

7)   Test that your battery does charge by charging it and then trying to work solely off the battery with the AC adaptor unplugged.


Note 2 : 
The above solution notwithstanding, some Sony laptops will simply not work with a compatible battery because Sony has hard wired into the laptop’s motherboard the detection of a non-Sony battery (as opposed to leaving it to ISBMGR).  When that is the case the laptop will not even turn ON.  We currently do not have a workaround for this type of situation.


This program normally uses 1Mb  to 20Mb of memory.

Isdbdc Isdbdc.exe

(Compaq / Trident??)
Background task found solely on Compaq Presario PCs and which seems to be related to the Trident graphics video drivers – but we are not certain about that. We do not know what this task does.

Recommendation :
If you intend to use Adobe products, make sure you have the latest Trident drivers as there seems to be a conflict between the early versions of ISDBDC and some Adobe products, resulting in "Invalid Page Fault" errors.  Other than that, as we do not know what this task does we can only recommend that you leave it alone.

ispnews

ispnews.exe

(F-Secure Corporation)

F-Secure AntiVirus System Tray icon.  Icon for your ISP-branded F‑Secure Internet Security Suite as supplied by your Internet Service Provider.  It enables the end‑user to open the main F-Secure Internet Security Control Center, or to run specific features (e.g. check for updates) directly from the System Tray.

Recommendation :
Keep – this icon provides a quick visual check that your F-Secure Internet Security is working properly (or not) and it allows quick access to its various functions and features.

Iss_srvr ISS_Srvr.exe

(Intel)
Internet Sharing Server task which is part of the Intel AnyPoint network software.  This task enables the PC on which it is running, to be the Internet gateway for the other PCs connected to the Intel AnyPoint network.

Recommendation :
Essential to the proper running of your Intel AnyPoint network – leave alone.

Issvc

ISSVC.exe

(Symantec)

Symantec’s   Internet Security Service   installed on Windows 2000/XP by Norton Internet Security 2005.

Recommendation :  
While we do not know the exact role of this service, we do know that Norton Internet Security 2005 cannot function properly if this service is stopped – it is an integral part of Norton Internet Security.  Leave alone therefore.

Istsvc ISTSvc.exe

(Integrated Search Technologies)
Internet Explorer Toolbar picked up mainly on pornographic sites.  While it can be responsible for popup advertisements, its purpose is mainly to provide an Internet Explorer toolbar which enables the end-user to (we quote) "find the best adult material available on the net".

Recommendation :
Down to end-user preference.  It can be de-installed via the "Add/Remove Programs" icon in the Control Panel.  Once done, to ensure complete removal also run Spybot Search & Destroy from our Downloads library.

IswSvc

IswSvc.exe

(Check Point Software Technologies)

ZoneAlarm ForceField Service.  ZoneAlarm ForceField provides a protective layer around the web browser by virtualising the web browser and therefore shielding your preferred web browser from permanent infection from drive-by-downloads, browser exploits, phishing attempts, spyware and keyloggers, so that passwords, confidential information and financial data remain protected (your browser may become infected during a browsing session but as soon as you close it the infection is removed – your real browser remains uninfected).  This service is the core service of  ForceField.

Recommendation :
Down to end-user requirements or preference.

All virtualization comes with a performance penalty, and ZoneAlarm’s ForceField is no different.  Our experience of browsing the web with  ForceField  turned ON shows a noticeable performance hit when browsing the web.  Since we consider ourselves safe users we would turn ForceField OFF through the System Tray icon.

Your choice :  if you find the performance hit too much to bear, as mentioned you can turn ForceField OFF through the System Tray icon and then following that by ensuring that the  Startup Mode  of this service is set to  Manual  or  Disabled  on the  Services  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  and disabling the ForceField startup icon on the  Startups  tab of TUT.

Ituneshelper

iTunesHelper.exe

(Apple)

Background task installed by Apple’s  iTunes  music player and also by version 7 of  QuickTime  which now comes inseparably bundled with iTunes.  We are not 100% certain but we believe this task to be what used to be a 3rd party add-on program in the early days of Apple’s iPod when its iTunes software was incompatible with many CD-Writers.  The then  ITUNESHELPER  was an add-on that would sit between iTunes and a PC’s CD-Writer,  and would simulate being a compatible CD-Writer that iTunes could then utilize to create CDs on an otherwise unsupported CD-Writer.  ITUNESHELPER is no longer a 3rd party add-on, it is now an Apple program and part of the iTunes software itself, and our guess is that it is now iTunes’ main CD writing interface.

Recommendation :
If this task is currently running, and you have iTunes open, leave it alone.  That said, this task, usually installed as a startup, does not actually need to be installed as a startup since iTunes starts it up anyway when it needs it.  We recommend therefore that you disable  ITUNESHELPER  on the  Startups  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  and let iTunes start it up whenever it needs to, particularly since it has a history of occasionally conflicting with other software and it uses nearly 6Mb of memory.

IType

IType.exe

(Microsoft)

Microsoft IntelliType Pro.

Recommendation :
Down to end-user preference.

iviRegMgr

iviRegMgr.exe

(InterVideo)

Registration reminder service for WinDVD.  Service installed when you install the  WinDVD  DVD player (which often comes bundled with new PCs) and which occasionally reminds the user to register WinDVD.

Recommendation :
Disable immediately.  You can disable this service on the  Services  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter  by changing its  Startup Mode  to either  Manual  or  Disabled.

Ivpsvmgr

IVPSvMgr.exe

(Toshiba)

Toshiba IVP Service Manager application which appears as a red satellite dish icon in the System Tray.  This is Toshiba’s equivalent to the Windows Automatic Update feature as, whenever you are connected to the Internet, it will check for Windows updates and Toshiba updates.

Recommendation :
Automatic updating of a PC is a feature we always recommend against, as from time to time supposedly necessary upgrades significantly  mess up  a PC that was previously working fine.  Always manually update your PC.  Additionally, as regards IVPSVMGR specifically, we have noticed that it is responsible for slower boot-up times, and, worse, slower Internet access.  We recommend therefore that you disable this task with  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.

Iw

Iw.exe

(InternetWasher.com)

You have the  Internet Washer  program open or minimized to the System Tray  (Internet Washer is a program which enables you to manage your cookies, delete all temporary files including temporary Internet files, provides protection for your homepage settings, and more).

Iwar

Aaar,
Aasd,
Acao,
Aerr,
Amra,
Channelup,
Ctcr,
Deam,
Earu,
Eber,
Enns,
Euea,
Holu,
Iaas,
Oato
Oecm
Oeet,
Ohdd,
Oocs,
Opac,
Oses,
Resw,
Saea,
Saus
Sibc,
Sodd,
Tdrp,
Tesc,
Ttuh,
Whra,
Wted

Aatn,
Aida,
Auta,
Bnop,
Bssa,
Bssn,
Cspa,
Dsds,
Hela,
Hurd,
Laoc,
Lour,
Moun,
Mtst,
Muue,
Noha,
Notn,
Oewe,
Osus,
Rcsh,
Reoe,
Rper,
Smuc,
Sltr,
Upao,
Uate,
Woss

 

Iwar.exe

Aaar.exe,
Aasd.exe,
Acao.exe,
Aerr.exe,
Amra.exe,
ChannelUp.exe,
Ctcr.exe,
Deam.exe,
Earu.exe,
Eber.exe,
Enns.exe,
Euea.exe,
Holu.exe,
Iaas.exe,
Oato.exe,
Oecm.exe,
Oeet.exe,
Ohdd.exe,
Oocs.exe,
Opac.exe,
Oses.exe,
Resw.exe,
Saea.exe,
Saus.exe,
Sibc.exe,
Sodd.exe,
Tdrp.exe,
Tesc.exe,
Ttuh.exe,
Whra.exe,
Wted.exe

 

Task which is dropped onto your PC when you run the free  “hidden pornography”  scanner from PuritySCAN.com.  At the time of writing, 9‑May‑2004, PuritySCAN.com purports to scan your PC for hidden pornography and help you remove it.  For a start, at the time of writing, 9‑May‑2004, the scan for pornographic content is a total scam and downright dangerous.  The scan will reports files like  ASSETS.GIF  and  ASSETS.EXE  as files containing pornographic material because, wait for it, because ..... the names of the files contain the word  “ass”.  Shocking, shocking, shocking.  If we had gone ahead and  “cleaned”  our test hard drive of the reported files, we would have lost  “ASSETS.GIF”  which is a graphic file that is part of Microsoft Office 2000, and we would have lost  “ASSETS.EXE”  which is asset management software !!  And it gets worse :  STRIPED.GIF will also have been deleted because the filename has the letters  “strip”, and, unbelievably, SUNBANNA.GIF will have been deleted because the filename contains the letters .......... “Anna” !   There are no words to describe a scam like this one. 

It gets worse still :  what this software also does do is drop this file together with a second one onto your PC (The Ultimate Troubleshooter  will also highlight the second file), sets both up as startup entries, and the PC then gets inundated with popup advertisements and also experiences serious Internet browsing performance issues.  As much as it irritates us to be, to be fair there is a license agreement which states, amongst other things, that you agree to receive advertising :  “By installing PurityScan you understand and agree that PurityScan will make the following changes to your Internet Browser:  Several PROMOTIONAL CONSOLES (daughter console/interstitial) may be launched for the duration of time you spend online. These consoles may continue to be launched as long as you have PurityScan installed on your machine. PurityScan does not monitor the activities or collect information from users once they have left PurityScan.  By downloading PurityScan, you understand that these changes cannot be reversed without running the removal executable of PurityScan.  If you try to change the items above manually, your changes will be lost when you reboot or turn off your computer.”

This is nightmarish adware posing as a  free service to the Internet community – the publishers know full well that 90% of users never read License Agreements and that they will therefore get conned into running a not only useless but dangerous scan, and they will also get infected with adware (advertising software) !   Since its introduction in 2002 this task not only constantly changes name, to evade detection, but it has also appeared in the Task List of users who have never accessed PuritySCAN.com, so we suspect that ClickSpring have an Affiliates programme which allows unscrupulous websites to co‑brand the PuritySCAN program so they can lure users into running scans of their PCs while at the same time dropping onto those PCs this task which will continually pull up popup advertisements about their products !   Through investigation and talking to infected users, we even have strong circumstantial evidence that this task is obtained, of all places, on pornographic websites which provide a free  “tool to erase all traces of the user’s visit to those sites” !!

Finally, we have also noticed that all users who had this task and who did not have adequate antivirus protection, were all infected with the  Badtrans  virus – we are not yet sure of the reason for this strange coincidence.

Recommendation :
Get rid of this task immediately.  Read the following carefully to do so.

1)  Terminate  IWAR  (or its equivalent) on the  Tasks  tab of  The Ultimate Troubleshooter.
 
2)  Terminate the second task which The Ultimate Troubleshooter will have also identified as being ClickSpring software. 
 
3)  Switch to the  Startups  tab, highlight the startup entry which has  IWAR.EXE,  right-click on it and choose the  “Delete from the hard disk the file that this startup points to”  menu option.  Delete the file.
 
4)  Repeat this file deletion process for all other tasks identified on the  Startups  tab as being  ClickSpring  software (do not assume there will only be two ClickSpring startup entries – there are sometimes many more).

5)  Search your hard disk for a file called PURITYSCAN.EXE.  If you find it, delete it. 

6)  Delete all ClickSpring entries from the  Startups  tab of The Ultimate Troubleshooter.
 
7)  Finally, make sure you have a reputable antivirus product, manually update it fully, then reboot your PC into Safe Mode and run a full virus scan of your PC.

8)  Reboot into Normal Mode and empty your Recycle Bin.
 

Iwctrl IWCtrl.exe

(NovaStor Corporation)
NovaStor’s Instant Write Control Center.  Instant Write is the packet writing portion of the NovaDisk CD/DVD mastering software for Windows 95/98. Packet writing software is software which enables the end-user to put data on a CD directly from any Windows application, e.g. drag and drop from Windows Explorer, saving a document from within your wordprocessor, etc...

Recommendation :
NovaDisk is an old no longer supported product.  If your CD-Writer is that old, the likelihood is that it will soon need replacing with a newer one.  All CD-Writers come nowadays with some CD-Writing software, so when you eventually replace your CD-Writer, install and use the newer software also (after first de-installing NovaDisk).

Izymail  (1)

IzyMail.exe

(IzySoft)

IzySoft’s  IzyMail Server  task which enables you to retrieve your webmail from Yahoo, Hotmail, or MSN, into any POP3 email program such as Microsoft Outlook, Eudora, Pegasus Mail, Netscape, Mozilla, etc...

Recommendation :
If you are using IzyMail then this task is essential for the proper functioning of the product – Leave alone.

Izymail  (2)

IzyMail.exe

(DigiPortal Software)

WebMail Gateway Server background task which enables the  ChoiceMail  spam filtering software to retrieve mail from your webmail email accounts with Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN and AOL.  This software is the customized‑by‑DigiPortal version of IzySoft’s IzyMail Server software.

Recommendation :
Essential for the proper functioning of ChoiceMail when interfacing with your webmail email accounts – Leave alone.


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I11r54n4.exe,  I1ru54n4.exe,  I1ru74n4.exe,  IAANotif.exe,  IAANTMon.exe,  Iakd.exe,  IAM.exe,  iAVEmailScanner.exe,  IAStorDataMgrSvc.exe,  IAStorUI.exe,  IBMmessages.exe,  IBMPRC.exe,  IBMtcsd.exe,  Ibot4.exe,  Ico.exe,  Icon0240BDFB3.exe,  Iconize.exe,  Iconoid.exe,  IconSaver.exe,  ICQ.exe,  ICQLite.exe,  ICQNET.vbs,  Idd.exe,  IDMan.exe,  IDTemplate.exe,  IEExec.exe,  IEHost.EXE,  IELowUtil.exe,  IEMaximizer.exe,  IEMonitor.exe,  Ieplore.exe, IEPrivacyKeeper.exe,  IES4SERVICE.SYS,  IEUSER.exe,  Iexp1ore.exe,  IExpiore .exe,  Iexploit.html,  Iexplor.exe,  IExplore .exe,  Iexplore1.exe,  Iexplorer.exe,  Iexplorer0.exe,  iface.exe,  IFrmeWrk.exe,  Igfxext.exe,  Igfxpers.exe,  Igfxsrvc.exe,  ihsMailProxyServer.exe,  ihsMain.exe,  ihsService.exe,  ihsSpamFilterEngine.exe,  IIabcoms.exe,  iKnowPS.exe,  Illustrator.exe,  im_1.exe,  Imager.exe,  Imagic40free.exe,  ImapiRox.exe,  Imbservice.exe,  iMesh6.exe,  IMNotfy.exe,  IMSpellchecker.exe,  Inclusive_CD_Player.exe,  InDesign.exe,  Indexindicator.exe,  IndicatorUty.exe,  InetCtrl.exe,  Inetdbs.exe,  Inetman.exe,  Inetupd.exe,  Infocard.exe,  InfoMyCa.exe,  Informe.exe,  Inicio.exe,  Injobs.exe,  InkMonitor.exe,  InoRpc.exe,  InoRT.exe,  InoTask.exe,  InPro.exe,  InPro.exe,  Wscript.exe Install.log.vbs,  InstallShield Licensing Service.exe,  InstallStub.exe,  InstantNotes.exe,  IntelDHSvcConf.exe,  IntelHCTAgent.exe,  Intell321.exe,  Intellicast.exe,  IntelMEM.exe,  Internet.exe,  Internt.exe,  Intspvc.exe,  Intuit Fuse Service.exe, InvokeSvc3.exe,  IObit SmartDefrag.exe,  ioloAV.exe,  ioloFW.exe,  IoloSGCtrl.exe,  iPassConnectEngine.exe,  IPSSvc.exe,  iPCAgent.exe,  Ipccheck.exe,  IPF.exe,  Ipmon.exe,  Ipnuker.vbs,  Ipoint.exe,  IPSecdialer.exe,  IPTray.exe,  Ipwf.exe,  Ir.exe,  Irun4.exe,  Irwftp.exe,  iSafe.exe,  isass32.exe,  IScheduleSvc.exe,  Ismserv.exe,  ISPSelector.exe,  ISPSupport.exe,  isPwdSvc.exe,  Israfel.vbs,  Issch.exe,  ISSM.exe,  ISStart.exe,  ISUSPM.exe,  ISWMGR.exe,  ITMRTSVC.exe,  iTouch.exe,  iTunes.exe,  iTunesMusic.exe,  Ivvtowii.exe
 

  

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