Downloader.Apropo.CA (Viewpoint Manager?)

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  1. JRCATES

    JRCATES Registered Member

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    AVG detected this during an A2 scan while Total Uninstall was working in the background.

    On my test machine, I used Total Uninstall to install A-Squared. I am using AVG Anti-Virus on this machine. Total Uninstall suggests to "run the application during installation"...so that it can catch any modifications. So I ran a scan with A2, and during the scan AVG popped up with this message:

    While opening file: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Manager\Downloads\AlertSWF\contents\Exec.exe
    Trojan horse Downloader Apropo.CA

    AVG's referrence library could find nothing on this...and a google search resulted in nothing on it either.

    Any suggestions how to handle this? AVG's options are Continue, Heal, Delete File, and Move to Vault....and I selected "Heal", but this is the first virus or malware object found by AVG....and it also occured while using Total Uninstall during this installation (A-Squared did NOT detect this during scanning)......
     
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    Viewpoint is a media player that installs with AIM (the one that plays those annoying ads), it is also considered spyware by many, however it is not a virus/Trojan. I have no idea why AVG alerted you to when you were using TU to install A2, but when I used to have AIM on my computer I was able to un-install Viewpoint separately though add/remove programs and AIM still worked fine. I have ditched AIM a while ago for trillian however. I would trying un-installing it and then deleting the whole viewpoint directory in docs/settings, because I remember the un-installer did leave some leftover crap in there, either way its prob nothing to worry about.
     
  3. JRCATES

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    Thanks for the info and the reply, Matt. I went ahead and removed AOL IM (never used it anyway), along with ViewPoint (Manager and Player)....never used them either, I don't believe. Not sure why it was detected by AVG, but since I never used them and they were being flagged....I figured they may as well go. Thanks again.
     
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    Hey Matt (or anybody)...the ViewPoint Media Player is NOT the same as the Microsoft Windows Media Player....is it? I've noticed that the icons look eerily similar, and I don't seem to have "Windows Media Player" in the Add/Remove Programs section under my other XP machine (although ViewPoint Media Player IS on it)...so I'm a little confused by the similarity at the moment....
     
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    Do a Google search for "ViewPoint Media Player".
     
  6. Matt_Smi

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    No they are not the same or related, the similar icon may be a trick to make someone think it is not crapware. Not sure why you dont have WMP in add/remove on one of your comps, it is in add/remove on mine.
     
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