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VIRUS ALERT! message shows up beside the time in the task bar/system

Problem Description:

"VIRUS ALERT!" message shows up beside the time in the task bar/system tray.

You may also see this message when you bring up a command prompt and do a directory list (dir) command.



Cause of the Problem:

This is caused by a piece of spyware/malware editing the registry and changing the local time display entry.



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Resolution/Fix:

Find the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\International\sTimeFormat

Right click on the key and edit it as appropritate.

The default setting should be "h:mm tt" for the United States without the quotes.

Having an upper case H will cause the time to display in 24 hour format.





Related Programs and Devices:
Windows XP , Windows Vista

Last Updated: 06/28/2008 03:28 PM

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