I have the latest version of PCPitStop's Optimize application on my laptop computer and use it regularly.
Today, I ran the scan and when it came to the screen for "Unnecessary Startup Programs" there was one item in the list. It has been there before and was not a surprise since it is part of the computer's original configuration.
The startup item in the list is from ATI and is a configuration control panel for the ATI GPU integrated into the laptop which shows up in the lower, right-hand corner of the screen. The target file is "atiptaxx.exe." The "Full Exe Path" is C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe as displayed in Optimize.
This target file is NOT the problem, but rather, what the Optimize program does when I choose to follow the instructions in the screen above the list, namely: "To find out more about an item, click on it."
When I do that, IE7 opens up what appears to be a spam/porn page that has nothing to do with PCPitStop.
This is what the address bar shows:
While that page is loading, the bottom of the browser says it's opening the IP address of 18.104.22.168.
The page identifies itself as Foxic.net one time, and if I click the Optimize item again it says, My-Finder.net, and something else again like Wbr4.com if I try again. There are porn links down the left side and on the right side there are so-called "Sponsored Results" on the right side (get a free laptop, free MSN dial-up and other assorted spam crap links).
I use Trend Micro for AV, and have SpyBot S&D, AdAware and Windows Defender, all of them up-to-date and never find any problems when I use them (religiously).
Here is a link to my latest PC Pitstop test results: http://www.pcpitstop.com/techexpress.asp?id=JEKYHWW8WLJSKL1W
The only problem in the test results is the fact that my C: drive is running out of space at the moment and everything else is normal.
My hosts file is fine also, nothing amiss there.
Why is Optimize sending me to that page instead of a genuine PCPitStop Optimize query page?
Thanks for any info about this even though it is generally harmless in nature, it is very annoying to have a paid program sending me to a crap page like that.