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BuddyPicture

How to Remove BuddyPicture from Your Computer

To completely purge BuddyPicture from your computer, you need to delete the files and folders associated with BuddyPicture. These files and folders are respectively listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.

For instructions on deleting the BuddyPicture files and folders, see the following section How to Delete BuddyPicture Files (.exe, .dll, etc.).

How to Delete BuddyPicture Files (.exe, .dll, etc.)^

The files and folders associated with BuddyPicture are listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.

To delete the BuddyPicture files and folders:

  1. Using your file explorer, browse to each file and folder listed in the Folders and Files sections.
  2. Note: The paths use certain special folders (conventions) such as [%PROGRAM_FILES%]. Please note that these conventions are depending on Windows Version / Language. These conventions are explained here.
  3. Select the file or folder and press SHIFT+Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Click Yes in the confirm deletion dialog box.
  5. IMPORTANT: If a file is locked (in use by some application), its deletion will fail (the Windows will display a corresponding message).You can delete such locked files with the RemoveOnReboot utility. To delete a locked file, right-click on the file, select Send To->Remove on Next Reboot on the menu and restart your computer. You can install the RemoveOnReboot utility from here.

Spyware

Spyware is designed to gather data from a computer and transfer it to a third party without the consent or knowledge of the computer’s owner. This includes collecting confidential information (passwords, credit card numbers, PIN numbers, etc.), monitoring key strokes, gathering e-mail addresses, or tracking surfing habits. Such resource-consuming activities slow down the system and generally impact the computer’s performance.

“Spyware” is an umbrella term for a diverse group of malware-related programs, rather than a clear-cut category. Most spyware definitions apply not only to adware, pornware and ‘riskware’ programs, but to many trojans as well.

Worm

Worms are generally considered to be a subset of viruses, but have key differences. Unlike a virus, a worm is a computer program that replicates, but does not infect other files. Instead, a worm installs itself on a computer and then looks for a way to spread to other computers.

From a user’s perspective, there are noticeable differences. The longer a virus goes undetected, the more files it will infect on the victim computer. By contrast, there is just a single instance of the worm code on the computer.

Like viruses, worms are often subdivided according to the methods they use to infect a system. E-mail worms are distributed as attachments to e-mail messages. IM worms are attached to messages sent with instant messaging programs (such as IRC or ICQ). P2P (peer-to-peer) worms use file-sharing networks to spread. Network worms spread directly over the LAN (Local Area Network) or across the Internet, often exploiting a specific vulnerability.

Be Aware of the Following Worm Threats:

MS03.Exploit, Pokemon, Agobot.WC, mIRC.Logare, Win32.Zombget.

Downloader

A type of trojan. The primary purpose of downloaders is to install malicious code on a user’s computer. However, they can enable other malicious uses. For example, they can be used to continually download new versions of malicious code, adware, or “pornware.” They are also used frequently used to exploit the vulnerabilities of Internet Explorer.

Downloaders are typically written in script languages such as VBS or JavaScript.

Be Aware of the Following Downloader Threats:

JScript.HTADropper!Trojan, BW, TrojanDownloader.Win32.Ultrasep, Kit, STSV.

Hacker Tool

Hacker tools are utilities designed to help hackers gain control of remote computers in order to use them as zombies (in DoS attacks, for example), download other malicious programs into those computers, or use them for other malicious purposes.

Be Aware of the Following Hacker Tool Threats:

r's.FTP.Server, Reign, PSW.Barrio, Serv, Ghost.Firewall.Leak.Tester.

How Did My PC Get Infected with BuddyPicture?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with BuddyPicture:

  • Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
  • You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.

Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware

Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like BuddyPicture. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.

Using Peer-to-Peer Software

The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like BuddyPicture.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including BuddyPicture, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting BuddyPicture^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with BuddyPicture:

PC is working very slowly

BuddyPicture can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with BuddyPicture.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

BuddyPicture can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. BuddyPicture may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

BuddyPicture may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.

E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox

BuddyPicture may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.