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  • What is Yahoo! Detect?

    Hello!

    Can anyone help me with tracking down an application, please?

    I use Spiceworks on my network and one of things it does is create notifications about new software installed on the PC's.

    It has identified the installation 'Yahoo! Detect' on three machines (W7 and WinXP). I can't find anything useful about Yahoo! Detect on the net. I spoke to one of the user's of these machines to find out if they knew anything about it, but no joy.

    There is no entry in Add/Remove Programs, ..\Program Files\, ..\Common Files\. Searching the registry yields one entry:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Uninstall\YTdetect]
    "DisplayName"="Yahoo! Detect"

    I searched for yahoo, detect and ytdetect.

    Anyone know anything about this application?

    Thanks
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  • #2
    Re: What is Yahoo! Detect?

    Lots of hits for the name string:
    http://www.google.co.uk/#sclient=psy...w=1254&bih=612

    Try this:
    http://community.norton.com/t5/Other...ot/td-p/463644
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    • #3
      Re: What is Yahoo! Detect?

      Thanks, Ossian

      I had already seen these. There is no reference to a program named Yahoo! Detect. Follow those links and you are taken to webpages that allow you to check for invisible users. Nothing about an application that can be downloaded or installed locally.

      I suspect that the reply in the 360 thread was made by someone who saw the same links.

      Thanks, though.
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      • #4
        Re: What is Yahoo! Detect?

        It isn't something that is install with Yahoo Chat that checks for updated versions? Will try and check a machine that I know is using it tomorrow, oops, today (later today).
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        • #5
          Re: What is Yahoo! Detect?

          That would be great, thanks very much. I know that one of the machines has a Yahoo toolbar installed, but the W7 machine does not have any Yahoo programs on it at all, which is why I am interested in finding out what this is.
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          • #6
            Re: What is Yahoo! Detect?

            can you contact with yahoo regarding this issue.....

            http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/privacy/general.html
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            • #7
              Re: What is Yahoo! Detect?

              Originally posted by Raj_trust View Post
              can you contact with yahoo regarding this issue.....

              http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/privacy/general.html
              Thanks, but that links to questions specifically about their privacy policy. I've asked a Q in Yahoo Answers (LOL), so let's see what happens. I might get lucky...
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              • #8
                Re: What is Yahoo! Detect?

                Found nothing on the machine I looked at that have Yahoo Messenger installed on them. Also had a good look through Google and have come to the conclusion that this is NOT a good thing to have on your machine.

                As I am sure you have noticed, all the Google entries about Yahoo! Detect are very recent ones (found nothing more than 8 days old) so I would err on the side of caution and assume that it is something new and it is bad.

                The comments I read was that the registry entry was deleted and all were happy. I wonder what else was installed when the registry was modified???
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                • #9
                  Re: What is Yahoo! Detect?

                  Thanks, biggles77

                  I am going to contact Sophos about this tomorrow morning and ask if they know anything about it and if they can look into it. I'll also D/L a variety of tools and scan the machines.

                  You are right - there are some links available now that were not around when I posted. There are no satisfactory answers/solutions, though

                  Thanks for taking the time to have a look. I appreciate it.
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                  • #10
                    Re: What is Yahoo! Detect?

                    Spiceworks picked up Yahoo! Detect for me as well yesterday, after having updated Adobe Reader 9.4, Java RE. I swear on the Java update, I opted out of any 3rd party crap. I found this thread after searching for Yahoo! Detect but couldn't find anything on it.

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                    • #11
                      Re: What is Yahoo! Detect?

                      My apologies - I did follow this up but forgot to update this thread.

                      I spoke to our security software provider and they checked their internal database for information on the registry key and name and came up with nothing. I also spoke to a malware removal specialist on a security forum and he agreed that it was likely that, based on the available evidence, there was nothing to be concerned about.

                      There is also a thread in the Spiceworks forum about this - several people have seen the same thing. Judging by the responses there it is likely that Java is indeed responsible for this.
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