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Unread 11-05-2002, 10:31 AM   #1
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What the heck is "BACKWEB"??? It is on my computer and I have no idea what it is...it tried to get through my Firewall to the internet but I blocked it. Can someone tell me what this is???
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Unread 11-05-2002, 08:17 PM   #2
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Hi HM:

I found this description of:

BackWeb backweb.exe
Automatically detects an internet connection and downloads any available updates. Typical on Compaq and HP PC's but not restricted to those OEM's. Resource hog and often causes malfunctions. Available via Start -> Programs

This was listed at this site: http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup...tup_full.htm#B

Unless you know what this program is doing, you might want to disable it.

Do a google search, there are a lot of entries for BackWeb.

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Unread 11-05-2002, 11:00 PM   #3
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It also used by alot of programs these days...for the reasons mentioned..
You should be able to disable it by going into "msinfo32" (use the "run" selection on the start menu) then "tools" then "system configuration utilty" then the "startup" tab.
There you will find check boxes of programs that want to activate when you boot your system...uncheck the Backweb and your good.

I have a couple backwebs on my system...one came with "lifegaurd recovery disc tools" and another had it's own BACKWEB folder directly under the Program File Folder...looked like somekinda scam thing to trick you into joining some long distance ISP...I deleted the whole folder as soon as I seen a exe. a file labeled "internet connection wizard". So it must be garbage. Wonder what sleezy software put that into my system.

Do a search for "backweb" without adding any extension via the "find file" feature it should show them. I see no use for them and really don't like any automatic "terminate and stay" residenses on my PC if I can help it...seems like having control over what goes in and out of your own PC these days is getting hard to do.

Sometimes these type of programs can be "piggybacked" from legitimate software venders making a few extra bucks by allowing them to be installed along side of there well known program...of course without asking you...ie.








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Unread 11-06-2002, 12:11 AM   #4
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Thank you both for your replies. I have stopped "Backweb" from running via my start-up and I have blocked it with my firewall...so I should be good. To much spyware these days!!!
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Unread 11-06-2002, 06:12 PM   #5
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One more step.


Sometimes these things have a way of comming back. You should get rid of the files that run the program.

First look in "Control Pannel" "Add/Remove Programs" to see if there is an entry for the program. If it's listed there, remove it there. If it's not listed use search and delete like JC suggested!

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Unread 11-06-2002, 11:58 PM   #6
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Die Die Die!!!

One more thing make sure you remove it from the Add/Remove panel BEFORE you delete the remnents or else you will still have registry entries.
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Unread 11-07-2002, 01:41 PM   #7
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That's right JC, good point.

If you delete the files first then go to Uninstall, it will not uninstall, and you'll be left with the programs' entries in your registry.

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Unread 11-07-2002, 02:09 PM   #8
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I deleated the entire thing from Add/Remove programs!!
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Unread 11-07-2002, 06:56 PM   #9
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Wonderful!!!

You might still do a search for backweb and see if there are any directories left. Sometimes the bas#%(*& who send out those programs send more than one.

Hope this helps!

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Unread 11-08-2002, 10:14 AM   #10
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I looked for backweb with the find file feature, nothing there. Praise be!
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