Possible extension hijack

  VCR97 20:18 03 Jul 04

Spybot 1.3 has been reporting possible extension hijacks on my Win 98 system. The report is listed as a Registry change and expands to

Default Command File

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\cmdfile\shell\open\command\!="%1"%x (The x is actually a superscript but I don't know how to do them.)

If I click for info I am told that none is available. I tell Spybot to zap the entry which it does. However, a few seconds later I get an Important Registry Change warning. All this tells me is

Extension Handler
Value Added

I don't know if this change is due to the hijack attempt or to Spybot's corrective action. I assume the former--but I bet that I'm wrong--so I disallow the change. I would appreciate advice on this point, and what is an extension and why would anyone wish to hijack it? It isn't a file extension, is it?

  VoG II 21:12 03 Jul 04

Looking at that registry key, I would say Yes this is an attempt to hijack a file extension - i.e to change the program that is used to open a file of a certain type.

  VCR97 18:37 04 Jul 04

Thanks VoG. I'm glad that my suspicious mind is on the right track!

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