Does anyone know what this is? Google points out it might be a trojan dropper. It was trying to access my hard disk according to the firewall. If it is, does anyone know if the firewall would know where it is stored cuz I sure as heck don’t. I don’t want it though, that’s for sure.
Panic, I’m following the instructions listed in the link you posted, which basically were just run ATF-Cleaner and then AVG Antispyware. So far, no gold.
Ricky, are you suggesting that the process is somehow legit? I’m wondering if thats not the case as my system is behaving perfectly and no one is telling me I’ve been spamming them with Instant Messages. It was just the firewall that alerted me to this and weekly scans with Nod32, Spybot, and Spyware Terminator have resulted in nothing. Oh the possibilities.
I’ll update this post sometime in the morning with the results from tonights scans, etc. Good night all.
everywhere i looked that has any info on instw32.exe, says that it is malware, under listings for INST.EXE it shows as Trojan.W32.RealSearch, probably a good idea to block it with Comodo, that file would show up in C:\WINDOWS\system32\instw32.exe, possibly try ad-aware to search? or even one or more of the online virus scanners.
I think I found it located in System 32 and just erased it. It seemed it was registered to a company called absolute software (a legit company). I deleted it for the heck of it just to be safe as the company seems to make security chips for laptops (like lo jack i guess). So far no ill effects. It didn’t show up in a regular search actually. Will use the references you suggested AnotherOne to see if there is anything left or maybe I didn’t get it to begin with. Would really hate to reformat
I emailed my reseller for Nod32 as per a suggestion on Wilders forums.