Program called bargains.exe keeps popping up?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by AaronMcarthur, Dec 16, 2002.

  1. I'm running Windows XP Pro and the error reporting that XP has, I keep having a error report that comes up about once a day called "bargains.exe" and it says it needs to close so I close it. It runs in ZoneAlarm. How can I fix this and what is it?
     
  2. Banned

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    Hmm... Guessing the error is because it's a spyware app trying to get out, and ZA wont let it. Do you have Limewire or some similar app installed? Found this bit of info on the net...

    tis about halfway down this page.
     
  3. Elroy Jetson

    Elroy Jetson Little Dipper School

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    This is what you find about this .exe file when you search for it using google. It is spyware. I would run Lavasoft AdAware and remove it straight away. If it runs in Zone Alarm, you must have given it permission to do so. Be more careful what you give permission to, or change your firewall.

    bargains - bargains.exe - Bargain Buddy - spyware Remove from PC!!!

    Cheers, EJ :cool:
     
  4. allan

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    Ad-aware hasn't been updated for months - and it won't be until the new release next month. Meanwhile, try SpyBot instead. It's updated at least weekly. Just be sure to only delete those items in RED
     
  5. I removed it from ZoneAlarm so it should be gone. I have Kazaa, WinMX, and Grokster installed. Who is spying on me anyway?
     
  6. Elroy Jetson

    Elroy Jetson Little Dipper School

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    Removing it from ZoneAlarm will only stop the program from accessing the internet (calling home). I would remove it fully, since then you don't run into any risks in case your firewall fails. You also free up system resources by doing so.
     
  7. I just searched for it and deleted it, then searched for it in the Registry, is that better?
     
  8. Elroy Jetson

    Elroy Jetson Little Dipper School

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    Hey, I am just saying what I would do. If you like spyware on your pc, go ahead and leave it right there.

    However, IMHO you did the right thing. FYI: You can stop most programs from starting by removing them from:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run