April 7th, 2002, 07:24 AM
Kazaa- How to uninstall Brilliant Digital's s/w
Brilliant Digital Entertainment quietly installs its own software with every copy of the Kazaa file-swapping software. The Brilliant Digital software, which is being progressively distributed over the next few weeks, can later be remotely "turned on" to become part of a new network.
Executives from Brilliant Digital and Kazaa's parent company say people can uninstall the Brilliant Digital or Altnet software from their computers without interfering with the Kazaa program itself. This is true, but it's not an easy process.
These three steps will remove most traces of the Brilliant Digital software from most machines. Please be aware, however, that these instructions represent just one uninstall method and may not be suitable for all machines and software configurations. As always, it's a good idea to make a backup of any critical files before proceeding.
1. In the Windows Control Panel, select an option called "Add/Remove Programs." One of the options will be "b3d Projector." Highlight this and click the "Change/Remove" button.
You may get a message that the uninstall has been successful. Search your computer for a "BDE" folder, which most likely will be found in the "WinNT" or "Windows" directory. In this folder will be a file called "bdeclean.exe". Run this to finish the first part of the process. Delete the BDE folder.
Caution: An unrelated piece of software called Borland Database Engine also creates a BDE directory. If you think you may have this software installed, or if there is any confusion whatsoever, do not delete this directory.
2. In the "Temp" directory (this will normally be found inside the "Windows" or "WinNT" directory) is a folder called "Brilliant." This contains many files. Delete the entire folder.
3. After performing steps 1 and 2, you will need to locate and remove some additional Brilliant Digital files that have been placed in critical system-level computer directories. CAUTION: Deleting the wrong files could interfere with the normal functioning of your computer. These files will most likely be in the "Windows\System" or "WinNT\System32" folder:
Delete these files...
April 7th, 2002, 02:58 PM
Woweee, Thanks... I was looking for a way to uninstall BDE but I couldnt find directions anywhere... This post definately diserves greenies
April 10th, 2002, 12:51 AM
It would be nice to know how they just turn it on, wouldn't a firewall or something like this block it if you had to give it persmission to access the internet, and then how would they have an IP to connect to (I'm assuming they need it, all backdoor programs do). Reverse-engineering this would have alot of possibilities in scraping together a nice little backdoor program. I don't know enough about programming to do that yet, but hey I'm getting there.
April 10th, 2002, 01:05 AM
I think that once you use kazaa and allow it access thru the firewall it also allows the brilliant software thru it too. I'm pretty sure they would use the same port, but not totally. As far as the ip, the program on your comp would probably connect to the brilliant server automaticly and that should give them your ip. I'm pretty sure that would be a basis of it, but I could be wrong.
BTW, good find.. I also have been looking for a way to get rid of it.
April 10th, 2002, 04:36 AM
Was great to delete all this crap!!
But the thing im worrying about the 5 udp connections it tries to do each time it starts up to various networks?