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    Default HELP! My Computer is INFESTED !!!!!!!!!!!

    I just formatted and reinstalled my computer about 2 months ago.
    And already, it is completely infested with spyware, trojons, virus, and more.

    Internet Explorers home page changes every day, sometimes to a crazy search page, sometimes to some crap porn page.
    AVG antivirus finds about 5 Trojons on every complete scan, but, it will NOT delete or heal them !!
    Windows itself, is going mad, using 99% CPU at all times. Windows is called "Explorer.exe" on the task manager, thats what shows as using 98% CPU at all times. And between 60 and 99 MB of memory !!!

    I have ran Adaware, and Spybot, both found a ton of stuff, but I guess not all of it.
    The computer also sometimes says it cannot find services.exe on startup, yet, I can see it running in the task manager.
    I had to turn off Spybots real time protection, it will sit there allllll day beeping, saying something is changing a value, and asking me what to do, after 20+ times, I get tired of it and close it.

    Please help, I am about 3 beeps away from using it as target practice.

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    Default Re: HELP! My Computer is INFESTED !!!!!!!!!!!

    Hey Jtice,

    Maybe this trojan is your problem :

    Trojan IE

    Let me Know

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    Default Re: HELP! My Computer is INFESTED !!!!!!!!!!!

    OR try this :

    cwshredder.zip

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    IE and Outlook, not to mention Windows, are full of holes. Use Netscape instead. And get a commercial antivirus package. And don't open attachments without scanning them first... and even if you scan them, never open .pif, .scr, .exe, .msi files.

    I've never had a virus on my home computer, even though I usually keep Norton off since it slows down the system. If you're careful about the things you run on your system and make sure you're behind a firewall, you don't really have to worry.

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    Frenchy, that might be one of them, I am not sure,
    I'll have to write down the names of all of them tonight.

    There are about 5 that AVG will not get rid of. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

    Found a program called Startpage guard, from that other thread in the cafe, I think it will fix the Home page problem.

    But, there is still the fact that windows is using 99% cpu, and 95MB of memory ! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/icon15.gif[/img]
    God only knows what that is doing. eating hard drive knowing my luck.

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    not able to offer any help, but do you have any idea where all these things came from?!

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    Greymage,,,

    Well, apparently you have to worry alittle. lol
    I do NOT open ANY attachments, I can tell they are all bogus.

    THis is the first bad time I have had, all the other times, I have been able to get rid of things fairly easily.

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    I have an idea, [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/sssh.gif[/img] I think adult site is not good for the PC's health [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grinser2.gif[/img]

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    Roth,
    If one more person says to stop surfing porn... ... ...

    My guess, one of those stupid homepage, or search page things that has installed, and then let other things in.
    Second guess, WAREZ sites. ... ... not that I would ever crack a program.

    This has never been a problem in the past though.
    Things seem to be getting worse the last month for email virus, and homepage stealers.

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    [ QUOTE ]
    Rothrandir said:
    not able to offer any help, but do you have any idea where all these things came from?!

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Hmmm... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thinking.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

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    I have a few questions.... You said you reloaded two months ago... Did you run Windows update after that to make sure you had all of the critical patches applied? Also, after your reload did you install anti-virus or did you wait until you had problems? With as much stuff as your system seems to be hosed up with, I would prob go for a reinstall. You are going to get brain damage trying to remove half of the spyware it sounds like you have....

    Jeff

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    fluoresent,

    Yep full reinstall, yep, got all the updates, and installed AVG the same day.

    All these seemeed to pop up all at once last week, maybe a trojon that avg missed, downloaded others?

    I do NOT NOT NOT weant to reinstall again, I just got all the crap back like I liked it!!!! ... minus the damn infections.

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    Maybe reinstall with XP? You can checkpoint that system, which is nice... not sure how much that really helps with viruses though.

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    [ QUOTE ]
    I do NOT open ANY attachments, I can tell they are all bogus.

    [/ QUOTE ]Then it probably came through IE. Switch to another browser, or at least make sure you keep IE updated with security patches and have the security settings on it up high.

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    i wont say run linux i wont i promise [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]i still use win2 k my self but boot into linux more and more but i realy never get virus is win2k .had one once and it was a easy one free anti virus free firewall

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    Try running PestPatrol......it found 180+ files to delete that Adaware had not found in my system.

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    If your running AVG and Outlook 5, make sure the box is checked to the the plug-in for outlook. In AVG, go to control panel>e-mail scanner and make sure the box is checked.

    If your having a great deal of problems, a reformat is probably your best bet.

    What programs are you runniing....ad-aware? spybot? zonealarm? Do you have a firewall at all?

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    Email scanning is on.
    I use Spybot, and Adaware.
    I used to use Zonealarm, but havent had a firewall on it lately.
    Zonealarm was more of a pain than it was worth.

    Tried Pest Patrol, it found about 40 things,,, BUT IT WONT DELETE THEM !!!!
    Its a trial version, and doesnt delete. gerrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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    If your willing to do a little work, this is a nice firewall...and its free. All you need another cheap computer and a couple of nics.

    http://smoothwall.org/

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    You need to reinstall Zonealarm and just deal with it. Your lack of a firewall means that you're leaving yourself wide open to any number of things. Try also posting a listing of the names of the files that your various programs are finding but not deleting.

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    Hi John,

    I had a lot of similar problemas at one time or another, despite using both PC-Cillin (came with the Sony computer I have now) as well as GriSoft's free AVG anti-viral software. Also downloaded Spybot. The last straw came one day when something infected my files to the point where they were unrecoverable.

    I broke down and reformatted, then installed (bought and paid for) Norton's Anti-Virus with the daily automatic updates, deleted PC-Cillin and never brought AVG back in, and have not had a problem since. In fact I just paid the annual renewal fee, it's been that long and I am that satisfied.

    I bring all this up only because I noted your only mention of anti-virus software was the AVG one (didn't specify if free or not).

    The Norton program, after identifying some new bug, will either

    1) repair any infected files

    2) delete it if it has not attached itself to a file, or

    3) not allow access to it (quarantine).

    It will pop up a message immediately no matter where I am in the computer, to let me know something is up. Well worth $39.95 (or whatever it was). HTH.

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    Jtice, just because it's you--and more importantly--just because AdAware and Spybot have already been suggested....

    Just give up and get a Mac [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

    (CPF et all, don't flame me--I just have to give ticey in particular a hard time. I'm not trying to turn this into a PC vs Mac thread)

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    Once you get your box straight:
    Turn off JAVA,
    Get Mozilla so you can fine tune what Javascript can do to you,

    Consider using a top-notch privacy service. This is the 21st century and this is not going to get any better -- it can only get worse. Bite the bullet. Look at the time you've wasted trying to straighten this stuff out -- over and over.

    I use the best, most highly configurable service on the web and it cost me only $5.95/mo -- and the price will never go up. For that small amount I get bullet-proof email with more anti-spam options than anywhere else, unlimited email aliases that I can make up on the fly and cancel at any time, 50MB space for a personal website, 50MB email storage and much more.

    I connect to one of their proxies through stunnel for everything, mail and all surfing. Their proxy filters out web bugs, referrer tags, E tags, malicious Javascript and many other attacks. They destroy their logs on a 5 day rotation.

    I really can't do it justice here -- that was just a very small sample of their services.

    Check out their Features page here. Link Removed, see note below.
    If you read the whole page it will blow your mind. It's a good read. Look around a bit. Check out their Privacy Policy.
    Give yourself a break, especially if you're running Windows.

    I'm paid up for years.

    EDIT: Took out business link. Sorry, it never occured to me that it may have been inappropriate. PM me for the company info if you are interested.

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    I would never hook up to the internet with NT (Win2k, XP, etc.) without a firewall. Something is trying to access my internet port 135 about once a minute. I assume it's the Blaster worm. It's also a very good idea to disable the Messenger Service. Not to be confused with Windows Messenger on XP, which I also get rid of.

    The current version of Zone Alarm will configure itself and should install easily.

    Be careful what you download. I'm told the file sharing services like Kazaa will pollute your computer in a hurry.

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    Any open shares (even with passwords)?
    Firewall on internet?
    Drive by downloads (always click cancle on popups)?

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    OK, heres an update.

    I used to use Zone Alarm, its not TOO bad,
    i am trying Outpost now. Seems better.

    When Windows boots, it says it cant find C:\WINDOWS\System32\services\services.exe

    these trojans are in the recycling bin,,,,, which is MISSING !!!!!!!
    dmproxy.dll
    dmserver.exe.
    DMUpdate.exe

    The search function in Windows Explorer,,,,, is MISSING !!!!!

    I am even more pissed than before.

    I really dont want to format this thing.

    Im going to go cry now.

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    I'd forgotten about popups. I haven't seen one since I installed the Google toolbar.

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    You might want to do a search for System File Checker, also known simply as sfc. It's a utility that comes with Windows (all flavors, I think) and can replace corrupt system files with good ones from your Windows CD, or CAB files.

    Do a search to learn how to properly use this utility for your specific flavor of Windows (though they are all probably run exactly the same, not sure).

    It sometimes works, sometimes not ..... but at this point it is worth a try.

    Mike

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    Bunch of coolstuff, here: http://grc.com/default.htm


    --dan

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    Sometimes when the security of a system has been compromised to such an extent... it is best just to do a full reinstall. Otherwise i can assure you that you will be working on this for awhile and still not be certain that you have cleaned your system. I would rather go through the suffering of reinstalling than to worry constantly about the security of my system.

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