Anti Jump Amok?
November 16, 2006 2:41 PM   Subscribe

I have an .exe file called "Anti Jump Amok" on my computer, under the folder C:\Program Files\PLATFORMELSE. I didn't download this or create the folder. What is this? Should I delete it? Is it something important?

Nothing happens when I open the file. Also of note is that when my computer freezes and I press Ctrl+Alt+Del, Anti Jump Amok.exe is shown as one of the processes running.
posted by catburger to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
If its in the Program Files folder, and you've never heard of it, it can almost certainly be deleted without any consequences. In fact, a program that does nothing, and has no references to its name on Google leads me to believe it is malware - either a virus, spyware, trojan, etc.

Try to delete it, if that doesn't work, hit Ctrl+Alt+Del and end the task. Then try to delete it again.

You can also click Start, Run, and type in msconfig. There is a Tab called Startup. If the program is listed there, and has a checkbox near it, you can turn it off by unchecking it (just restart immediately).

If you're afraid of deleting it, try click the file and hitting F2. Then you can simply rename it. Whatever is starting the program will most likely not find it next time you restart. If something drastic changes on your computer, you can always rename the file to the original.

Hope this helps!
posted by Jimmie at 3:07 PM on November 16, 2006 [2 favorites]

Here is a link that describes it and how to get rid of it.
posted by JayRwv at 3:08 PM on November 16, 2006

Right click the file and check it's properties for publisher information. If it exists, it may jumpstart your memory.

Have your run any spyware cleaners or an antivirus lately? This is the first thing you should have done.

Go to your task manager and kill the process associated with this file, then navigate to the directory containing it and rename it to something else (e.g. Anti Jump Amok.noexe). If it refuses to let you rename it, you'll need to try something else. Then reboot (You did make an emergency boot disk, right?). If everything still works as it should, leave the file renamed and continue searching out it's roots through google.
posted by IronLizard at 3:13 PM on November 16, 2006

Response by poster: I run Ad-Aware and Norton Antivirus, but neither have identified the file as a problem.
posted by catburger at 3:29 PM on November 16, 2006

Try using the Kaspersky file scanner on it:
posted by pravit at 3:32 PM on November 16, 2006

I run Ad-Aware and Norton Antivirus, but neither have identified the file as a problem.

We used to run Norton at work for three years before switching to F-Secure. On first sweep, F-Secure found 7 viruses and malware items on one computer, two of which had been there for over a year. So IMHO I wouldn't set any store by Norton AV.
posted by randomination at 4:22 PM on November 16, 2006

Response by poster: Thanks guys! I ended up deleting the file and installing SuperAdBlocker, which JayRwv linked to. It found a lot of stuff. I'm running Kaspersky right now.

I also found this AskMe from last year helpful.

It's been a while since I've tried out new malware/virus scanners so I'm glad I asked this question! Keep the answers coming if you have any.
posted by catburger at 5:50 PM on November 16, 2006

Keep the answers coming if you have any.

Uh, it's probably a good idea NOT to run random .exe's when you find them. Just nuke them on site. There's nothing you can mess up in your programs folder that you can't fix.
posted by muddgirl at 10:28 PM on November 16, 2006

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