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Inter Actual Player Removal

HP a705w
November 19, 2006 at 13:07:11
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Celeron2.93GHz 248R

I have run into a major problem with this (I'll be nice) player called "InterActual Player".

It is not and has not been on any of my CD's or DVD's. As from research I have learned that is where it comes from. I have not bought any in quite some time. (money going into computer).
Somehow this program downloaded itself into my computer. It pops-up every time I put a CD or DVD in the drive asking to install it.(made that mistake once)
In all honesty as a player it sucks.
Yes,lol, I did remove it from add/remove.

Here is the problem. I have done research on the net. Upon going to the site I could find no place that says how to remove it. When I installed it none of my other players would work (Real Player, Windows Media Player, Win Intervideo) I kept getting pop-ups on my other players to lower screen resolution. I lowered it step by step to the bottom and they still would not work. Upon unistalling from add/remove it took all of the video codecs out of the computer. I began having other problems with the computer (running on windows XP)to the point that I had to do a Destructive system recovery from disc. I thought Oh well I can always put the programs that I had back in from the originals also. ( I did not want to make back-ups in case it was within one of the programs as well) no prob. NOT!!!
When system recovery was done all of the original programs came back of course from manufacture. So I decided to try my players. Guess What, POP- UP. I wonder which program was still there. Go figure.
I did more research. Found one site that told me to go to another site for removal instructions. The site did not exist.

More Research... I also found out that it attaches itself to the root menu. Also, it hides files behind $sys$ in the system 32 files. Opened system 32 files.

I could not change my resolution back to the original setting after destuctive recovery. I was however able to change it in the system 32 files however. I do not suggest anyone to do this. I just did not have nothing to lose at that point.

I did find the "notebook" for the program, as the site I found said, hidden with $sys$ at the beginning. I have not been able to find any others.

I also found a site that said to press shift and it would skip over the program. Did not know this. It worked. The pop-up still comes up if I do not do this though.

However, Real Player and Windows Media will only play the federal law screen but all of the sound from the DVD. WIN intervideo will play without a problem so far.

I do not want to install again and look for the files. I am afraid I will have to do a recovery again.

Any suggestions. I am open and still trying to do some research.

Help if you can, Thanks (sorry for the long write)


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#1
November 19, 2006 at 13:22:28

The program did not download itself - for years now, InterActual Player has been slipstreamed into many retail DVDs and usually pops its ugly head when such a DVD is inserted for viewing, wanting you to actuate it.

Download CrapCleaner and uninstall it, since it looks like you or someone else with access to your system, may have subconsciously authorized it at some point in the past. Now once you remove it, do not allow it to load the next time you get a prompt for it and make sure you inform anyone else that shares the system with you.

And get yourself a better DVD decoder like PowerDVD or even the free VLC and set that player as the default decoder for DVDs.

Goodluck!


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#2
November 19, 2006 at 13:36:37

and to avoid this POS from popping up in the future get AnyDVD.

AnyDVD will run silently in the background and remove automatic launching of 'PC-friendly' software, annoying trailers and if you want, region protection etc.

http://www.slysoft.com/en/anydvd.html

Today's subliminal thought is: 'Calm down ... it's only ones and zeros.'

icq 10183575


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