Why do I get a dialog box that reads Windows Essencials (sic) Media Codecs Update Service on startup?

by on February 8, 2009

Q: A couple of weeks ago, I had something odd pop up on my screen at re-start. A dialog box that reads: “Windows Essencials (sic) Media Codecs Update Service” then proceeds to list a laundry list of codecs with misspellings such as “AVI Splitrer”. When “X” off the box, it pops up “Are you sure?” Have I got something nasty that is going to get nastier if someone inadvertently clicks to install when I don’t happen to be in front of it (read: wife, child)?

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2 Responses to “Why do I get a dialog box that reads Windows Essencials (sic) Media Codecs Update Service on startup?”
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    Looks like someone downloaded and installed this program:
    http://www.mediacodec.org/

    Some of the spelling errors you’re seeing are apparently from a spanish version, so I don’t think this is mal-ware. You can either update to a newer version of this software from the author’s website or remove it through Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs.

    Additionally, I’d suggest taking a lot at this eariler answer about how to protect your pc from spyware: http://www.askageek.com/2007/09/25/what-anti-spyware-applications-should-i-use/

     
  2.  

    Bingo. Spot on, Mark! Thanks a million.