Is Outlook Express masquerading as Outlook Express

Discussion in 'Windows Live Mail' started by Urbane Tiger, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. Urbane Tiger

    Urbane Tiger Guest

    I just had WLM crash - sent crash report to MS.

    But then I got a Dialogue Box with "Outlook Express" in title bar, an
    exclamation mark on a yellow triangle; some text -- "To free up disk
    space, Outlook Express can compact messages, this may take a while";
    and OK and Cancel buttons - I pressed cancel.

    I do not nor have I ever run Outlook "anything" on this system, in
    fact the only mail client that has ever run on this compter following
    a full system rebuild is Live Mail.

    WLM crashed when I tried to open a JPG attachment from a trusted
    source, restarted WLM and all OK, I think I;m going to have to get
    another gig of memory this Live stuff is pretty sluggish.
     
    Urbane Tiger, Apr 17, 2008
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    Urbane Tiger Guest

    I now get the dialogue box every time I start WLM - so far I've answer
    No - concerned it will Google my mail.
     
    Urbane Tiger, Apr 17, 2008
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    Ron Sommer Guest

    You must have XP.
    Outlook Express is still on your computer. Check if msimn.exe is a running
    process.
    Check before you try starting WLM.
    Check the WLM shortcut. Is it
    "C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Mail\wlmail.exe" ?
     
    Ron Sommer, Apr 17, 2008
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  4. Urbane Tiger

    Urbane Tiger Guest


    Header Wrong
     
    Urbane Tiger, Apr 17, 2008
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  5. Urbane Tiger

    Urbane Tiger Guest


    yep its XP, WLM shortcut is OK

    But Task Manager has been disabled by the administrator, I asked why
    and he denied doing it, I can't argue with him 'cos him is I?

    So I loaded up SysInt's Process Explorer - couldn't see msimn.exe.

    Also selected option to replace Task Mangler with Process Explorer,
    strangely it will come up with a Ctrl/Alt/Del but the task bar context
    menu still has Task Manager greyed out.

    This feels very virusy to me -- bloody cat -- I'm off to the xp
    group.
     
    Urbane Tiger, Apr 17, 2008
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  6. Urbane Tiger

    Ron Sommer Guest

    I worked on a computer this week that had Task Manager grayed out.
    Several anti-spam, registry checking programs had installed themselves.
     
    Ron Sommer, Apr 17, 2008
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    N. Miller Guest

    Malware can "install itself", if the user is lax. Otherwise, programs,
    including malware, must be consciously installed by the user.
     
    N. Miller, Apr 17, 2008
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  8. There a new breed of malware that can install itself through Flash, simply
    by going to a web page:
    http://windowssecrets.com/comp/080417/#story1
     
    Gary VanderMolen, Apr 17, 2008
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  9. Urbane Tiger

    Urbane Tiger Guest

    Gary, can you conform that the link you posted is the place to get info on the parasite and not the place to get the
    parasite itself -- I'm a bit paranoid at the moment

    My guess is that's what it was - I use Flashblock so flash items are not auto displayed in FF.

    The other day I struck a site, purportedly related to OOo, that had not much more than a a flash video, I clicked on
    Flashblocks play and the video didn't do any thing sensible so I closed the window.

    The site came high up, but below sponsored links, on an MS Live search for "openoffice ??????" but I can't remember what
    the ????? was. Could have been Writer's Tools as I was trying to get it working about then, which it now is. At the
    time I wondered whether MS might have "planted" the seemingly useless site in the search, but I actually don't believe
    they would. I'd set my default to to Live search because Google decided I was a shopaholic, whereas I am in fact a
    shopaphobic.

    Someone else has posted a thread in m.p.w.xpbasics with Task Manager problem.

    My IE is behaving badly, cant close tabs, and another program "Belarc Adviser" is causing the spurious Outlook Express
    dialogue box - I am now 99.5% certain it's malware.

    I wont post anymore here as it is clearly not a WLM issue.
     
    Urbane Tiger, Apr 18, 2008
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  10. Yes, the link I posted was merely a place to get more information
    about the new malware threat.
     
    Gary VanderMolen, Apr 18, 2008
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