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WinCrash currently affects Windows 95/98 PC's.

The "server" portion (typically named "server.exe") is approximately 290kb in size and can be found in the WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory.

TCP Port 5742 is used to establish the connection between the "client" and the "server".

Once installed, it is rerun every time the computer is started by means of an entry under the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" branch in the Registry.

Who is Responsible?

WinCrash was written by two indivudals known as Terminal Crasher and M@niac_Teen.

Provided below, is a picture of what the "client" portion of the software looks like. It's what the remote user would use to control your system. What could be easier than "pointing and clicking" your way through another users PC?

Wincrash client GUI screenshot

How to Remove

Several steps involve working within the Windows 95/98 registry. And although the steps are easy, I cannot be held responsible if a mistake is made. Please use caution.

Step 1.
type REGEDIT and hit ENTER

Step 2.
In the left window, click the "+" (plus sign) to the left of the following:

Step 3.
In the right window, look for a registry key with a name value of "MsManager" and a data value of "SERVER.EXE". This is the registry key that provides the ability to load the server portion whenever the PC is started.

Provided below, is an example of what the default registry entry would look like:

Wincrash registry entry

Step 4.
In the right window, highlight the registry key that loads the file and press the DELETE key. Answer YES to delete the entry.

Step 5.
Exit the Registry

Step 6.
Click START | SHUTDOWN. Choose "Restart in MS-DOS mode" and click OK.

Step 7.
After the computer has restarted, change to the WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory (e.g. CD WINDOWS\SYSTEM) and delete the "server.exe" file (e.g. DEL server.exe).

Step 8.
Press CTRL-ALT-DEL and allow Windows to restart.

Congratulations, WinCrash has now been removed from your system.

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