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Old 01-13-2010, 10:28 PM
Yousuf Khan
 
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Keep getting message to update graphics driver
A message keeps popping up in one of my machines in an account running
in the background. It keeps saying, "warning: please update the display
driver and program". It looks like it's coming from Nvidia about the
graphics driver. So I updated to the latest 195.62 WHQL drivers from
Nvidia, the installation went fine, and the drivers are running fine,
but I still get the message! There's nothing newer out there, other than
maybe some beta drivers.

I'm running with an 8600GT video card from Palit.

I found one similar problem, posted on Nvidia's own forums:

Problems with 8800 GS drivers +IE scrolling - NVIDIA Forums
http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=73822

It's about an 8800GS rather than an 8600GT, but it seems rather similar.
But there didn't seem to be any answer to that one.

Yousuf Khan
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Old 01-13-2010, 11:02 PM
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Re: Keep getting message to update graphics driver
Yousuf Khan wrote:
> A message keeps popping up in one of my machines in an account running
> in the background. It keeps saying, "warning: please update the display
> driver and program". It looks like it's coming from Nvidia about the
> graphics driver. So I updated to the latest 195.62 WHQL drivers from
> Nvidia, the installation went fine, and the drivers are running fine,
> but I still get the message! There's nothing newer out there, other than
> maybe some beta drivers.
>
> I'm running with an 8600GT video card from Palit.
>
> I found one similar problem, posted on Nvidia's own forums:
>
> Problems with 8800 GS drivers +IE scrolling - NVIDIA Forums
> http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=73822
>
> It's about an 8800GS rather than an 8600GT, but it seems rather similar.
> But there didn't seem to be any answer to that one.
>
> Yousuf Khan


If the message pops up in a window, try looking in Task Manager the next
time the window opens to determine what application owns the window. If
the message is in a "balloon tip," what notification area icon is it
associated with?

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Old 01-13-2010, 11:12 PM
SC Tom
 
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Re: Keep getting message to update graphics driver

"Yousuf Khan" <bbbl67@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:4b4e4909$1@news.bnb-lp.com...
>A message keeps popping up in one of my machines in an account running in
>the background. It keeps saying, "warning: please update the display driver
>and program". It looks like it's coming from Nvidia about the graphics
>driver. So I updated to the latest 195.62 WHQL drivers from Nvidia, the
>installation went fine, and the drivers are running fine, but I still get
>the message! There's nothing newer out there, other than maybe some beta
>drivers.
>
> I'm running with an 8600GT video card from Palit.
>
> I found one similar problem, posted on Nvidia's own forums:
>
> Problems with 8800 GS drivers +IE scrolling - NVIDIA Forums
> http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=73822
>
> It's about an 8800GS rather than an 8600GT, but it seems rather similar.
> But there didn't seem to be any answer to that one.
>
> Yousuf Khan


I've been using Nvidia video cards and drivers for 10+ years, and I have
never seen a reminder message to update my drivers.

If I were you, I'd scan for malware on the system. Try whatever you have
installed as long as the definitions are up to date. You might also try
MalwareBytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
and SuperAntiSpyware http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html .
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Old 01-13-2010, 11:46 PM
Yousuf Khan
 
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Re: Keep getting message to update graphics driver
SC Tom wrote:
> I've been using Nvidia video cards and drivers for 10+ years, and I have
> never seen a reminder message to update my drivers.
>
> If I were you, I'd scan for malware on the system. Try whatever you have
> installed as long as the definitions are up to date. You might also try
> MalwareBytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
> and SuperAntiSpyware http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html .


Well, I do already scan with Ad-aware and Spybot S&D, semi-regularly.
Besides, these popups don't fit the profile of malware, as it's not
offering to take me to a website to update my drivers or something like
that.

Yousuf Khan
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Old 01-13-2010, 11:49 PM
Yousuf Khan
 
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Re: Keep getting message to update graphics driver
Lem wrote:
> If the message pops up in a window, try looking in Task Manager the next
> time the window opens to determine what application owns the window. If
> the message is in a "balloon tip," what notification area icon is it
> associated with?


Good idea, I'll try to remember to do that next time.

It's not a balloon tip style popup, it's a regular dialog box style
popup, and all you can do is to click the "ok" button on it. It does
nothing else.

Yousuf Khan
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Old 01-14-2010, 12:16 AM
Peter Foldes
 
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Re: Keep getting message to update graphics driver
Yousuf

This is a malware and you should use the 2 following free tools to get rid of it.
Ad-aware and Spybot S&D will NOT do the job on this one

Use the 2 following tools

MalwareBytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
and SuperAntiSpyware http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html .


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"Yousuf Khan" <bbbl67@yahoo.com> wrote in message news:4b4e4909$1@news.bnb-lp.com...
>A message keeps popping up in one of my machines in an account running in the
>background. It keeps saying, "warning: please update the display driver and
>program". It looks like it's coming from Nvidia about the graphics driver. So I
>updated to the latest 195.62 WHQL drivers from Nvidia, the installation went fine,
>and the drivers are running fine, but I still get the message! There's nothing
>newer out there, other than maybe some beta drivers.
>
> I'm running with an 8600GT video card from Palit.
>
> I found one similar problem, posted on Nvidia's own forums:
>
> Problems with 8800 GS drivers +IE scrolling - NVIDIA Forums
> http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=73822
>
> It's about an 8800GS rather than an 8600GT, but it seems rather similar. But there
> didn't seem to be any answer to that one.
>
> Yousuf Khan


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Old 01-14-2010, 05:14 AM
almostbob
 
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Re: Keep getting message to update graphics driver
that prompt and a redirect to a spoofed nvidia.com site dumped into your
hosts file
Zap: youre a spambot

too easy
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"Yousuf Khan" <bbbl67@spammenot.yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:4b4e5b6e@news.bnb-lp.com...
> SC Tom wrote:
>> I've been using Nvidia video cards and drivers for 10+ years, and I have
>> never seen a reminder message to update my drivers.
>>
>> If I were you, I'd scan for malware on the system. Try whatever you have
>> installed as long as the definitions are up to date. You might also try
>> MalwareBytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
>> and SuperAntiSpyware http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html .

>
> Well, I do already scan with Ad-aware and Spybot S&D, semi-regularly.
> Besides, these popups don't fit the profile of malware, as it's not
> offering to take me to a website to update my drivers or something like
> that.
>
> Yousuf Khan



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Old 01-14-2010, 03:19 PM
smlunatick
 
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Re: Keep getting message to update graphics driver
On Jan 14, 12:16*am, "Peter Foldes" <ok...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Yousuf
>
> This is a malware and you should use the 2 following free tools to get rid of it.
> Ad-aware and Spybot S&D will NOT do the job on this one
>
> Use the 2 following tools
>
> MalwareByteshttp://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
> and SuperAntiSpywarehttp://www.superantispyware.com/download.html*.
>
> --
> Peter
>
> Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
> Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
>
> "Yousuf Khan" <bbb...@yahoo.com> wrote in messagenews:4b4e4909$1@news.bnb-lp.com...
> >A message keeps popping up in one of my machines in an account running in the
> >background. It keeps saying, "warning: please update the display driver and
> >program". It looks like it's coming from Nvidia about the graphics driver. So I
> >updated to the latest 195.62 WHQL drivers from Nvidia, the installation went fine,
> >and the drivers are running fine, but I still get the message! There's nothing
> >newer out there, other than maybe some beta drivers.

>
> > I'm running with an 8600GT video card from Palit.

>
> > I found one similar problem, posted on Nvidia's own forums:

>
> > Problems with 8800 GS drivers +IE scrolling - NVIDIA Forums
> >http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=73822

>
> > It's about an 8800GS rather than an 8600GT, but it seems rather similar.. But there
> > didn't seem to be any answer to that one.

>
> > Yousuf Khan


This "message" can also from one of the "all in one" driver update
"crappy" tool. These, once install, monitor their own data base and
tell you these type of message when they have any update. These do
not "make sure" that they will work.

These tools might not be listed as "malware" but should be
"outlawed!!!!'
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:29 PM
Yousuf Khan
 
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Re: Keep getting message to update graphics driver
almostbob wrote:
> that prompt and a redirect to a spoofed nvidia.com site dumped into your
> hosts file
> Zap: youre a spambot
>
> too easy


Good point, I didn't remember that. Sure enough, I went into my hosts
file and saw the following lines inserted:

66.98.148.65 auto.search.msn.com
66.98.148.65 auto.search.msn.es

IP 66.98.148.65 corresponds to a site called ns1.funkstaserver.com.
Looking it up, there seems to be discussions about it being a site
infected with the "WIN.MSSQL.worm.helkern", whatever that is.

Don't know if my aforementioned "update your display drivers" alert
created this, or if it was something else, but obviously I'm starting a
scan with previously suggested tools, right now.

Yousuf Khan
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:22 PM
Yousuf Khan
 
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Re: Keep getting message to update graphics driver
Peter Foldes wrote:
> Yousuf
>
> This is a malware and you should use the 2 following free tools to get
> rid of it. Ad-aware and Spybot S&D will NOT do the job on this one
>
> Use the 2 following tools
>
> MalwareBytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
> and SuperAntiSpyware http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html .



Okay, I've done that now, Malwarebytes found one which looks like it
might be the culprit. Malwarebytes simply categorized it as a
"Trojan.FakeAlert", and it was a file under the %appdata%\Google folder
called "updovl32.dll".

I'll see if the alert pops up again, otherwise hopefully this fixes it.
I wasn't even thinking along the lines of malware, it looked like a
normal message.

Yousuf Khan
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