Cynthia Blue wrote:
> I run my laptop at work and the big LAN guys monitor various things
> that could be suspect. Today I was told that nginx is running on my
> laptop's IP, occasionally spiking, and making them nervous.
> I run Windows Vista Home addition and I don't need a server on it. I
> have been reading that nginx is a web servrer, like apache. Which is
> all fine and good but I don't know how it got on my laptop, and I
> don't know how to get it off.
> Perhaps it installed with some other application? My work thinks it
> may be spam, adware, malware, or otherwise malicious.
> If anyone knows how I can remove this please let me know. I've spent
> the last couple hours on google and all I can find about nginx is that
> it's a web and mail server, I can't find what apps might use it, and
> how I can remove it.
Well, something you installed (or inadvertently picked up) brought it along.
There isn't any way for people who can't see your computer to know what
that is. You should know what you installed lately.
If there is nothing in Programs & Features for you to remove:
1. Do some real malware scanning:
2. If the computer turns out to be clean, then do clean-boot troubleshooting
to find out what's running and manage it:
How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista -
Start Orb>Start Search box>msconfig [enter]
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation,
type the password, or click Continue. Then see what is on the Startup tab.
You don't need to restart immediately, but the next time you do you'll get
a dialog saying you've used the Utility. Usually in Vista this will be
blocked by Windows Defender and you'll need to allow it so you can then
tick the box that says in effect, "don't bother me about this again".
Important - Do not use the System Configuration Utility to stop processes.
Instead, use Start>Run>services.msc [enter] and do not stop any services
unless you really, really know what you're doing.
The free Autoruns program is very useful for managing your Startup -
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