What are these mToolkit programs on my Dell laptop (Can I just remove them?)?

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by lisa harkema, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. lisa harkema

    lisa harkema Guest

    What are these 'm' programs that show up in the Add or Remove Programs
    of CCleaner and X-Setup Pro (but not in WinXP Add or Remove Programs)?

    mIWA
    mIWCA
    mLogView
    mMHouse
    mPfMgr
    mPfWiz
    mProSafe
    mSSO
    mToolkit
    mWlsSafe
    mXML
    mDrWiFi
    mHlpDell
    etc.

    Can I just delete these 'm' programs?
    Are they known security or virus programs?
    Or are they Dell specific tools that we really need?

    Note they do not show up in the 'normal' Windows XP add/remove
    programs (which lies) but they show up in the CCleaner and X-Setup Pro
    add/remove programs (which I believe tell more of the truth).

    Do you know what these programs are?
    Lisa
     
    lisa harkema, Oct 8, 2006
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    Malke Guest

    Where are the programs on your hard drive? Give the fully qualified
    path; e.g., c:\Program Files\name-of-program\executable or
    c:\Windows\System32\executable.

    Malke
     
    Malke, Oct 8, 2006
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  3. lisa harkema

    lisa harkema Guest

    What are these 'm' programs that show up in the Add or Remove Programs
    Interestingly, I find absolutely no mention of these 'm' programs in
    the google groups (search just run) but the following references in
    Google web searches show that others are as perplexed as I with the
    same programs showing up in the true add remove programs listings.

    http://www.short-media.com/forum/showthread.php?t=50237
    http://forum.ccleaner.com/lofiversion/index.php/t5940.html
    http://forums.pcpitstop.com/lofiversion/index.php/t124518.html
    http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=130978&pid=804529&st=0&#entry804529
    http://forums.us.dell.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=si_hijack&message.id=45484
    http://forum.malwareremoval.com/viewtopic.php?p=112288&sid=44567d825f71f9e47bf93deb2df1b2d8
    http://forums.spybot.info/archive/index.php/t-2800.html
    etc.

    While it's gratifying to know I'm not the only one in the world with a
    score of 'm' programs running (when you really look at the real
    add/remove programs) ... none of these sites actually tell us WHAT
    these m programs are and if they should be deleted or not.

    Do YOU know what these 'm' programs are?

    Lisa
     
    lisa harkema, Oct 8, 2006
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  4. lisa harkema

    shplink Guest

    Is your computer a brand name (if so, what?), or a put-it-together job?
     
    shplink, Oct 8, 2006
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  5. lisa harkema

    Tom Willett Guest

    If you looked at subject, you would see 'dell'

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    Tom Willett, Oct 8, 2006
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  6. lisa harkema

    Ze Muffinman Guest

    Professional way: Ask a qualified computer expert. Patience way: Look
    at every single program on Add and Remove, look up the required files
    for those programs online, and if it's not in anyone, delete it.

    My Personal Favorite way: Jus' delete 'em. It's only 1500 dollars for a
    new one, and 800 dollars if you don't mind a slow one.
     
    Ze Muffinman, Oct 8, 2006
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  7. lisa harkema

    shplink Guest

    Sorry, my bad. I have my columns sized down and got careless.

    Doing some searches with the parameters "dell" and some of the m whatsises
    might help the OP. She probably already did, so I'll be quiet now.
    ;-)
     
    shplink, Oct 8, 2006
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  8. Seriously.. Wow.
    How can you miss the two mentions of the name brand of this system... One
    in the subject line no less...?

    Lisa,

    I think you are putting too much stock in these third-party add/remove
    programs. If you were smart and ordered the Windows XP CD with your Dell
    laptop - since it is new - format it with that Windows XP CD and get rid of
    all the Dell crud and put only your stuff on it... Then you know exactly
    what is there.
     
    Shenan Stanley, Oct 8, 2006
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  9. lisa harkema

    lisa harkema Guest

    Actually, these 'm' programs are listed in the CCleaner Add or Remove
    Programs section (and in the X-Setup Pro add remove wizard); they were
    NOT listed in a HiJackThis log (although the references I posted from
    googling _were_ listed from Hijackthis log files).

    Point is that I'm not the only one with a perfectly standard DELL
    laptop that has these 'm' programs.

    Question is: What are they and what happens if we delete them?

    Lisa
     
    lisa harkema, Oct 8, 2006
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  10. lisa harkema

    lisa harkema Guest

    Dunno why this matters but it's a 100% Dell laptop, whose WinXP
    operating system was supplied by Dell.

    I do have the three recovery disks; but they install the same Dell
    softare as what was originally on the laptop PC.

    I do suspect these 'm' files are Dell specific ... but I would need
    another Dell user to confirm.

    If you have a Dell laptop ... can you do this?
    1. Download & install CCleaner
    http://www.ccleaner.com

    2. Run the CCleaner "Tools" "Uninstall" wizard.

    3. Tell us if you see the same 'm' programs that I see.

    Lisa
     
    lisa harkema, Oct 8, 2006
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  11. lisa harkema

    lisa harkema Guest

    Yup. Dell. 100% factory.

    If anyone else has a Dell laptop, can they look for these same 'm'
    program files running in the CCleaner add remove programs listing and
    report back to us if you have the same 'm' files I have.

    Lisa
     
    lisa harkema, Oct 8, 2006
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  12. lisa harkema

    lisa harkema Guest

    Oop. I already deleted some of them. And, YES, I DO have a wireless
    card installed by the manufacturer. I'd better hold off on deleting
    them I guess. I got rid of about half of them. I generally don't use
    the wireless card but I do use it when I travel.
    Lisa
     
    lisa harkema, Oct 8, 2006
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  13. lisa harkema

    lisa harkema Guest

    The only problem with this is that DELL sends us three recovery disks
    if you ask them to, none of which is a 'pure' windows xp cdrom.

    One is the recovery cdrom for the system (with all dell drivers
    included), the other is an application cdrom, and the third is yet
    another application cdrom.

    Dell doesn't provide a pure windows xp cdrom.
    Lisa
     
    lisa harkema, Oct 8, 2006
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  14. lisa harkema

    lisa harkema Guest

    That's what I'm doing here.
    I did that until I found out that they may be used for the wireless
    adapter. Plus, they are mentioned only in folks' hijackthis log on the
    Internet. To my knowledge, I'm the first person to ever ask on the
    Internet what they do.
    I did that too. But now I found out they might be for the wireless
    adapter. Oh my.

    Lisa
     
    lisa harkema, Oct 8, 2006
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    antioch Guest

    Hi Lisa
    I have also done some Googling for you this morning and in some of those
    discussion/forum groups, DELL is mentioned.
    What they are, as you say, nobody seems to say?
    Some look at the logs posted and say they can see nothing wrong - and I note
    that those logs posted contain most if not all, of the ones you have.
    If you are that worried about them, and apologies if already suggested,
    speak to DELL, or do as Shenan(NB spelled correctly :)) and treat yourself
    to a retail XP SP2 or even an OEM version. Might have to buy a piece of
    wire or a spare mouse withy the OEM.
    Rgds
    Antioch
     
    antioch, Oct 8, 2006
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  16. From: "lisa harkema" <>


    |
    | The only problem with this is that DELL sends us three recovery disks
    | if you ask them to, none of which is a 'pure' windows xp cdrom.
    |
    | One is the recovery cdrom for the system (with all dell drivers
    | included), the other is an application cdrom, and the third is yet
    | another application cdrom.
    |
    | Dell doesn't provide a pure windows xp cdrom.
    | Lisa

    Since it is a Dell....



    If you are using any version of Sun Java that is prior to JRE Version 5.0 update 6,
    then you are strongly urged to remove any/all versions that are prior to JRE/JSE
    Version 5.0 update 6. There are vulnerabilities in them and they are actively being
    exploited.

    Therefore, it is highly suggested that if there are any prior versions of Sun Java
    to Version 6 on the PC that they be removed ASAP.

    The latest version is Sun Java JRE/JSE Version 5.0 Update 9

    Simple check, look under...
    C:\Program Files\Java

    The only folder under that folder should be the latest version.

    Such as...
    C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_09


    http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

    or

    http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp

    FYI:
    http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-26-102557-1
     
    David H. Lipman, Oct 8, 2006
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  17. Dell *does* provide a pure Windows XP CD - but you have to ask (and usually
    pay) for it - like $10.
    Like I said - "... ordered the Windows XP CD with your Dell ..." - so, you
    did not order it.

    Call them, it's new - pay the $10 and get your Windows XP CD. Complain and
    say that is what you actually want with this new system is ahte actual
    Windows XP CD and not a recovery set... I know they do this from the
    dozens of Dells that I see each month pass through.
     
    Shenan Stanley, Oct 8, 2006
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  18. lisa harkema

    lisa harkema Guest

    Oh. OK. Dell doesn't even say you can get a recovery disk (they say to
    use the hard disk recover option) so I thought I was being clever by
    asking for the 3-CD recovery set.

    I'll give them a call again to see if they have a bare-bones Windows
    XP CDROM. (Do they also provide the WinXP serial number or do I have
    to save the one I already have on my system pre-installed?)

    Lisa
     
    lisa harkema, Oct 8, 2006
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  19. Should have a sticker on the machine itself...
     
    Shenan Stanley, Oct 8, 2006
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  20. lisa harkema

    lisa harkema Guest

    It has a "Windows XP Home Edition" product key but not a CDROM key.
    Dunno if that matters (my previous installations of WinXP required
    both a product key and a CDROM key).

    Lisa
     
    lisa harkema, Oct 8, 2006
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