Error report on IE8/Windows XP/Home Edition/Version 2002/Service Pack 3

Every time I switch on my computer I am getting the following box appear:

 

Name: Linksts. exe

Unknown publisher

c:\windows\system32

 

Can you please help. For now, I have been clicking cancel. I need to do something as it appears EVERY time I switch on.

 

Many thanks for your help

Kind regards

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In addition to what Elizabeth23 says:

What is your system make and model?

How are you connecting to the Internet?

Is this something that just started happening today?  If it just started happening, what do you think changed on your system since it did start happening?

Once you get past that issue, do things seem to work okay?

Since it is not an XP program, a Google search returns information like this:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/Linksts.exe-2336.html

and this:

http://exe.paretologic.com/detail.php/linksts

I interpret those things to mean that once your ISDN is up and running, you don't need that application or Service running anymore and you can disable it or remove it from your startup.

Somebody else that is more familiar with that Asuscom software perhaps will tell us more about it.

You could look for it in msconfig by clicking Start, Run and in the box enter:

msconfig

Click OK to open the System Configuration Utility.

Then see if you can find the offending process on the Services or Startup tab, uncheck it and reboot and see how things look.  If things are worse, undo the change.

If that works and you are satisfied, you could leave it like that but remember that msconfig is a troubleshooting tool and not a startup manager, so after troubleshooting, if you want to totally remove the startup item so your system is neat and tidy, you are going to have to use something else like CCleaner or Autoruns to actually delete the startup item.

CCleaner will let you manage most Startup items and also do some other cleanup oriented operations.  Some people will recommend you not to use the registry functions in CCleaner so avoid those features for now.  I have no issue with it myself, but it is sometimes a contentious issue I prefer to avoid whenever possible!

Get CCleaner here:

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner


You can uninstall CCleaner later if you don't like it.

A more revealing startup analyzer is Autoruns which will allow manipulation of all areas of startups and does not actually install anything:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

Autoruns can be a little intimidating at first since it displays so much information.  You would mostly be interested in the Logon and Everything tab and if you see an item you are not sure about, you can right click it and choose to Search Online to learn more about the item.


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what is your current antivirus?

 

perform the following and post back:

 

Click Start, Run and in the box enter:

msinfo32

Click OK, and when the System Summary info appears, click Edit, Select All (Ctrl-A), Copy (Ctrl-C) and then paste (Ctrl-V) the information back here in your next reply.

You can edit out any personal information.

 

Download, install, update and do full scan with these free malware detection programs:

 

Malwarebytes (MBAM):   http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free

SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS):  http://www.superantispyware.com/

 

Remove all found, reboot, and run again until scans run clean, these can be removed afterwards if you so choose.

 

Dell Dimension 3000, Firefox, WinXP Pro/Sp3, 360 TSE by Qiho, MBAM

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