AutoStartup, or Autostarter from the main file's internal name, monitors which web pages you visit, how long you
stay on them, your software usage pattern, sends your zip code to the controlling server
and open pop-up windows.
This is what the vendor's End User License Agreement says about the software:
AutoStartup collects certain types of non-personally identifiable information about individuals who are served ads by the Software. This information may include your Internet protocol (IP) address, your domain, your operating system, your browser version, type and language and your Internet Service Provider. Advertisements may be displayed of advertisers who pay a fee to AutoStartup and you may be provided with and/or redirected to content of other parties and/or links to other third party websites or content or offered the opportunity to download Software from third party Software vendors.
The following is a whois lookup on the vendor's domain name:
Domain Name: AVATARRESOURCES.COM
Registrar: TUCOWS, INC.
Whois Server: whois.opensrs.net
Referral URL: http://www.opensrs.org
Name Server: NS1.HOSTSLTD.COM
Name Server: NS2.HOSTSLTD.COM
Updated Date: 01-sep-2003
Creation Date: 01-sep-2003
Expiration Date: 01-sep-2004
WENKSDISDKJEILSOW.COM is also related to AutoStartup.
AutoStartup is bundled with Grokster 1.7 and is mentioned in the EULA.
AST.exe, ib.exe, unast.exe, ac.aut
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please send them
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End User License Agreement
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Uninstall AutoStartup from "Add/Remove Programs" in the Windows® Control Panel. Look for entries called 'AST'.
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and can help you remove unwanted Browser Helper Objects, Internet Explorer toolbars
and software that starts automatically when you reboot your computer, so it can offer some
assistance while uninstalling AutoStartup. The manual removal instructions
listed below will help you to identify what to delete with
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Please follow the instructions below if you would like to remove AutoStartup manually. Please
notice that you must follow the instructions very carefully and delete everything that is mentioned. In most
cases the removal will fail if one single item is not deleted. If AutoStartup remains on your system
after stepping through the removal instructions, please double-check by stepping through them again.
Start the registry editor. This is done by clicking Start then Run.
(The Run dialog will appear.) Type regedit and click OK. (The registry editor will open.)
- Browse to the key:
'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Run'
- In the right pane, delete the values called 'AST' and 'AStart', if they exists. Notice that the values should look exactly like described here, taking lower- and upper-case letters into account.
- Exit the registry editor.
- Restart your computer.
Start Windows Explorer and delete:
Note: %WinDir% is a variable (?). By default, this is C:\Windows (Windows 95/98/Me/XP) or C:\WINNT (Windows NT/2000).
Note: %SystemDir% is a variable (?). By default, this is C:\Windows\System (Windows 95/98/Me), C:\WINNT\System32 (Windows NT/2000), or C:\Windows\System32 (Windows XP).
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