Whenever I start or reboot I get a message if I want to block or accept a
file "hmiipt.exe" Does anyone know what that file is and is it safe to allow
07-09-2005, 11:23 PM
> Whenever I start or reboot I get a message if I want to block or
> accept a file "hmiipt.exe" Does anyone know what that file is and is
> it safe to allow it access.
I assume the message is coming from your firewall, which is doing its
job. You have some sort of malware on your computer which you need to
clean up. Here are general malware removal steps. It is crucial that
you do all work with updated tools in Safe Mode.
First delete all Temporary and Temporary Internet Files. For IE's
Temporary Files, go to Control Panel>Internet Options>General tab.
You'll see where you can delete cookies and files. For Firefox, clear
its cache by going to Tools>Options>Privacy>Cache> Clear. For Windows
Temporary files, Start>Run cleanmgr [enter]. Then follow these detailed
malware removal steps. You can find all the necessary web links, as
well as the Steps themselves, on my website here:
1) Scan in Safe Mode with current version (not earlier than 2004)
antivirus using updated definitions.
Before you remove malware, get LSPFix or WinSockFix for XP - see links
2) Remove spyware with Spybot Search & Destroy and Ad-aware. These
programs are free, so use them both since they complement each other.
There is a new version of CWShredder from Intermute. I would not
install the other Intermute programs, however. Alternately, there are
CoolWebSearch malware removal steps at SilentRunners.
Be sure to update these programs before running, and it is a good idea
to do virus/spyware scans in Safe Mode. Make sure you are able to see
all hidden files and extensions (View tab in Folder Options).
If the malware remains even after you used Ad-aware and Spybot, you can
scan with HijackThis. HijackThis is an excellent tool to discover and
disable hijackers, but it requires expert skill. See below for
HijackThis links, including sites where you can post your HJT logs. A
combination of HijackThis and About:Buster works well in removing the
About:Blank homepage hijacker. Again, this is an expert tool and
novices should get help with it.
3) If you are running Windows ME or XP, you should disable/enable System
Restore after the system is clean because malware will be in the
Restore Points. With ME, you must disable System Restore completely.
With XP, you can delete all but the most recent (presumably clean)
System Restore point from the More Options section of Disk Cleanup
4) Make sure you've visited Windows Update and applied all security
patches. Do not install driver updates from Windows Update.
5) Run a firewall.
Elephant Boy Computers
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
07-09-2005, 11:23 PM
On Thu, 12 May 2005 08:33:12 -0700, "Walt"
>Whenever I start or reboot I get a message if I want to block or accept a
>file "hmiipt.exe" Does anyone know what that file is and is it safe to allow
what entity is putting out that message? Your firewall?