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Question: Avast Behavior

Running Vista Home Premium, and a longtime Avast user. The other day I updated to the latest version of Avast, installation went fine, no issues, but here's what I'm seeing, and pardon my lack of computer lingo if my explanation isn't perfect. Whenever I go to my home page, down the bottom of my screen there's a scrolling of sorts, and it says Avast On Access Scanner Message. While the page loads this "scrolling" increases until the page finishes. It appears that it's checking the content of the page because it does disappear. If I go to a website it does the same thing. Click on any part of a webpage? Same thing. I have never encountered this with previous Avast versions, so I don't know if this is a new feature?

I'm sure it's a safety thing but it's pretty annoying. I've gone into the program and tried to find why it's doing this and the best that I can come up with it this;

Click on the blue Avast Icon in system tray.

In the list of web shield installed providers I disable, or terminate, the web shield option. This seems to stop the onscreen scrolling. Is this safe to do? I'm not 100% sure if it's best to do, but it solves my problem. Any thoughts/opinions by those more knowledgeable than me are welcome.
Thanks.

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Answer: Avast Behavior

Hi Junior2007

I don't think it's safe to terminate that web shield. Start it back up, then click on the customize button > advanced button and uncheck the two entries in that window. That should fix your problem.

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Hello,

My son got into some bad stuff which led me to this forum a few months back. After some research I went with Avast Anti Virus (free version), Malware Bytes (paid version), and Comodo Firewall (free version). I have had a lot of slow behavior when surfing and doing email. The cursor is unstable and I cannot type things without a long wait. I turned of the Avast Behavior Shield and everything is a lot better. What have I lost turing off this feature? There are still several other Avast Shields running along with the Malware Bytes and Comodo.

Any suggestions? Should I try a different AV program?

Thanks,

Dave

Answer:Avast 5 Behavior Shield Slows Down XP?

hello daveplaysbass,The behaviour shield is a bit of a mystery! There's quite a few questions about it on the Avast forums and no real answers. I think the guys on there have been waiting for months for a 'promised' explanation from an Avast official. Found out a few things tho. This is a quote from an interview with a Avast official ...."The Behavior Shield that we shipped in version 5.0 is a new component that is going to be further developed moving forward. For example, in version 5.1, we will be adding more sensors that will allow for even finer-grain filtering.For now, the Behavior Shield is focused on exploits coming via typical mechanisms (browser, PDF reader, and flash vulnerabilities, for example). It also closely monitors all kernel-mode code (drivers) loaded into the operating system, and is able to detect zero-day rootkits."So whilst it's new and not operating at it's fullest potential, it still is an important part of Avast!It's not supposed to use hardly any system resources, but a few people have had problems with it conflicting with other software. One person had the problem of it conflicting with the 'Payed' version of Malwarebytes. And thats interesting because my set up is the same as yours, Avast(free), Comodo firewall(free) but i have the Free version of Malwarebytes, and i have no problems with conflicts.Its worth checking to see if there's any information in the Behaviour Shield report( at the bottom of the Behaviour shield page) in th... Read more

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I recently went from Avast 4.8 to Avast 5 and am pleased with the new version. I note that it has a Behavior Shield and can't recall if the earlier version also had. What I would like to know is this: does the Behavior Shield make Threatfire, which I also use, redundant?

Unfortunately, although I tried to glean an answer from Avast's Help Center, I do not know enough about computers to know what the description there of the Behavior Shield amounts to: it 'monitors all activity on your computer and detects and blocks any unusual activity that might indicate the presence of malware. It does this by continuously monitoring your computer's entry points using special sensors to identify anything suspicious.'

I have XP, SP 3.

Thanks in anticipation.

Answer:Avast 5's Behavior Shield and Threatfire

Behavior shield - monitors all activity on your computer and detects and bloxks any unusual activity that might indicate the presence of malware. It does this by continuously monitoring your computer's entry points using special sensors to identify anything suspicious.avast! 5.0 Quick User GuideThreatFire monitors your machines activity and uses an intelligent behavioral engine to alert you about malicious behavior rather than rely on signatures. - How ThreatFire WorksAs such there will be some redundancy using both but their technology is different and therefore, what is detected may vary.

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I did Custom Install with File/Web Shield Only.
Next day, Chrome asked me to enable/disable Avast Online Shield.
A day after, Chrome asked me to enable/disable Safe Price.

And I read in Avast forum, Safe Zone Browser, etc gets auto-installed.

Whats the purpose of Custom Install if post install Avast any way is going to install the not installed stuffs?

Avast Behavior is like Malware...Once a reputed AV behaves like Fake AV...It has become Worst AV with sneaky, intrusive, etc... behavior.

Uninstalled the Fake AV Avast by Avast Software a.s
 

Answer:Avast Malware Like Behavior...Worst AV

Yash Khan said:





I did Custom Install with File/Web Shield Only.
Next day, Chrome asked me to enable/disable Avast Online Shield.
A day after, Chrome asked me to enable/disable Safe Price.

And I read in Avast forum, Safe Zone Browser, etc gets auto-installed.

Whats the purpose of Custom Install if post install Avast any way is going to install the not installed stuffs?

Avast Behavior is like Malware...Once a reputed AV behaves like Fake AV...It has become Worst AV with sneaky, intrusive, etc... behavior.Click to expand...

It auto updated the install, with out any input ?
If it did that is a serious concern seeing malware could utilize that avenue to trigger malicious installs. wow
 

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I did Custom Install with File/Web Shield Only.
Next day, Chrome asked me to enable/disable Avast Online Shield.
A day after, Chrome asked me to enable/disable Safe Price.

And I read in Avast forum, Safe Zone Browser, etc gets auto-installed.

Whats the purpose of Custom Install if post install Avast any way is going to install the not installed stuffs?

Avast Behavior is like Malware...Once a reputed AV behaves like Fake AV...It has become Worst AV with sneaky, intrusive, etc... behavior.

Uninstalled the Fake AV Avast by Avast Software a.s
 

Answer:Avast Malware Like Behavior...Worst Antivirus

Yash Khan said:


I did Custom Install with File/Web Shield Only.
Next day, Chrome asked me to enable/disable Avast Online Shield.
A day after, Chrome asked me to enable/disable Safe Price.

And I read in Avast forum, Safe Zone Browser, etc gets auto-installed.

Whats the purpose of Custom Install if post install Avast any way is going to install the not installed stuffs?

Avast Behavior is like Malware...Once a reputed AV behaves like Fake AV...It has become Worst AV with sneaky, intrusive, etc... behavior.Click to expand...

It auto updated the install, with out any input ?
If it did that is a serious concern seeing malware could utilize that avenue to trigger malicious installs. wow
 

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So basically I only installed the behavior shield from the avast installation wizard. I was thinking having Kaspersky as my main AV along with avast's behavior blocker is a good set up. However, admittingly I am a novice, and I don't know if these two will clash. So far, everything seems to be going smoothly, but the WD notification icon is displaying that X and is saying I shouldn't have more than one AV installed. Thanks.
 

Answer:Using Kaspersky free with only Avast Behavior Shield installed.

I personally think it should work ok running these 2 programs if Avast is only enabled for behavior blocking.
 

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Can anyone suggest the most appropriate settings for COMODO HIPS so that it would work with Avast behavior shield in tandem?
 

Answer:Avast Behavior Shield with COMODO HIPS. Which settings should I use?

U can use safe mode in comodo hips. It should work realy nice with the behavour shield from avast. Well, i would turn off hips totaly if u use comodo firewall and avast. there is no need for hips.
 

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I am having a problem in my sister's laptop. She does have antivirus installed (AVG Internet Security). However, its license expired, so I downgraded it to free version. After, downgrading it, I installed Avast! as it's antivirus and decided to uninstall AVG. Then, a few minutes ago after rebooting the laptop, a window opened saying that Trojan is infecting my computer, I heal it.. Then, another pops out. Heal and heal and heal..

After doing it, I rebooted the laptop thinking that it will refresh the system. Unfortunately, after rebooting, I cannot connect to Internet now. :cry :cry :cry Help me please? I already performed the Malware removing however, it did not help the laptop. I attached the files you asked me.. Please, help please? Thank you!
 

Answer:Avast error code 10050/No internet connection/Cannot start web shield in Avast

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Please attach the below log from Malwarebytes as requested:
Code:

"C:\Users\MSI\AppData\Roaming\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs\"
Oct 23 2012 11802 "mbam-log-2012-10-23 (21-32-26).txt"

Run C:\MGtools\analyse.exe by double clicking on it (Note: if using Vista or Win 7, don't double click, use right click and select Run As Administrator). This is really HijackThis (select Do a system scan only) and select the following lines but DO NOT CLICK FIX until you exit all browser sessions including the one you are reading in right now:

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://search.searchcompletion.com?si=29053&bs=true&q=
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.ask.com/?l=dis&o=101702
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://search.searchcompletion.com?si=29053&bs=true&q=
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://search.searchcompletion.com?si=29053&bs=true&q=
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://search.searchcompletion.com?si=29053&bs=true&q=
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.searchcompletion.com?si=29053&home=true
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,Default_Search_URL = http://search.searchcompletion.com?si=29053&bs=true&q=
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i was scanning for viruses with Avast! and it popped up and said that some DLL files were viruses. i scanned them again and it said that they were clean. i tried to restore them, but they were System32 files and when i tried to restore them, it said i didnt have permission. I tried to open Avast! right now so i could check what the files were called but it wouldnt open! Whats happening?
 

Answer:Avast!: System32 files stuck in the Virus Chest! Now Avast! won't open.

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avast free with online armor or upgrade avast? is it worth upgrading avast cos i dnt feel people should have to pay others jsut to protect there computer
 

Answer:Avast Free with Online Armor or Upgrade Avast Internet Security?

i suggest 360TS+OutPost firewall.
 

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Answer:Avast have new tools: Webcam Shield feature & Avast Driver Updater.

Windows has webcam shield built-in. It works great!
 

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Confuse between Avast Free and Avast Internet Security .. In terms of memory usage. Which will use less CPU and RAM?
Can you help me?
 

Answer:Avast Free and Avast Internet Security ( in terms of memory usage )

I know that the free version is light weight but Internet Security may be higher considering that it uses a firewall and various other stuff. But to be honest I have no idea. I would recommend trying to trial version of Internet Security and see how it does and then try out the free version.
 

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I had Avast Internet Security for about 3 years. Recently, I had a computer problem and took my computer to Best Buy's Geek Squad. They installed Webroot, and uninstalled Avast. I am glad they did. Avast had automatically renewed my subscription last year and the year before, and altlhough I e-mailed them several times, I couldn't reach them to tell them that I did not want the installation. I don't want Avast anymore, but am afraid that, in the fall of this year when my present subscription expires (although the program is no longer on my computer), they will reinstall avast and automatically charge my credit card again. I need to be able to talk to someone who will assure me that this will not happen. Does anyone know how I can accomplish this and be done with Avast?

Many, many thanks for your help!
 

Answer:Solved: Must contact Avast antivirus people, make sure they don't reinstall Avast.

Hi! I would call my credit card company and tell them to stop the payment to Avast. If you have uninstalled Avast, they can't install it. You would have to install it.
 

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I got a pop up that said my virus protection found a bad toolbar and wanted to remove it.  After that my computer kept rebooting.  Finally I was able to debug the boot up and was able to finally use my computer.  My firefox was disabled, so was Maleware Bytes, Avast, and other programs.  I was able to reinstall Maleware Bytes which found one virus (pup.optional.sweetIM.a).  I wasn't able to reinstall Avast! so I installed AVG which didn't find any viruses.  My kids have been using my computer lately and I've had to remove other viruses they accidentally installed.  At this point, I'm pretty sure I still have a problem. 
 
Thank you in advance for your help!
 
DDS Log
 
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_x86
Internet Explorer: 11.0.9600.17041  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.60.2
Run by Heather at 21:46:31 on 2014-06-09
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.3055.809 [GMT -6:00]
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AV: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014 *Enabled/Updated* {0E9420C4-06B3-7FA0-3AB1-6E49CB52ECD9}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014 *Enabled/Updated* {B5F5C120-2089-702E-0001-553BB0D5A664}
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============== Running Processes ================
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C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exe
C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe
C:\Windows\system32\taskhost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Users\Heather\AppData\Local\Ak... Read more

Answer:infection mimicing Avast! - but removed avast and other virus protections

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Yesterday I used the Avast uninstaller - avastclear or such name -  to uninstall Avast trial software.  I then installed BitDefender Total Security trial yesterday.
 
This morning in my BitDefender Event Log, I see this entry:
 
  The application C:\program files\common files\av\avast! antivirus\backup.exe attempted to connect to the Internet using TCP protocol on port 49etc.  Bitdefender Firewall has granted access for this application.
 
The next entry, about 24 minutes later was:
 
Firewall module status changed
Firewall has been enabled
 
I did nothing to disable the Firewall and have a question for BitDefender, but I am miffed that Avast is still slinking around on my computer after I uninstalled it.
 
Is that legal for them to do that?  How can I get ALL Avast off my computer?
 
Thanks for help in understanding this.

Answer:Uninstalled Avast but "avast! antivirus\backup.exe" accessed network

Backup.exe is distributed by emergency update to all avast versions...read the explanation by petr_matrix, Avast team in this avast topic. Did you use Windows Explorer to physically search for and confirm that backup.exe is still in that location?Yesterday I used the Avast uninstaller - avastclear or such name - to uninstall Avast trial software.Did you run avastclear in safe mode...per these instructions? If not, that may explain why it was not removed.BitDefender Total Security includes a Firewall. Anti-virus vendors which offer suites with a Firewall allow their programs to manage Windows Security Center & Firewall by default so it has complete control in order to prevent conflicts and duplicate warnings. This management action is normally taken during installation and many users are unaware of this fact. Windows 8/10 Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials are also typically disabled when installing third-party anti-virus software.

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I got a pop up that said my virus protection found a bad toolbar and wanted to remove it.  After that my computer kept rebooting.  Finally I was able to debug the boot up and was able to finally use my computer.  My firefox was disabled, so was Maleware Bytes, Avast, and other programs.  I was able to reinstall Maleware Bytes which found one virus (pup.optional.sweetIM.a).  I wasn't able to reinstall Avast! so I installed AVG which didn't find any viruses.  My kids have been using my computer lately and I've had to remove other viruses they accidentally installed.  At this point, I'm pretty sure I still have a problem. 
 
Thank you in advance for your help!
 
DDS Log
 
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_x86
Internet Explorer: 11.0.9600.17041  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.60.2
Run by Heather at 21:46:31 on 2014-06-09
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.3055.809 [GMT -6:00]
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AV: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014 *Enabled/Updated* {0E9420C4-06B3-7FA0-3AB1-6E49CB52ECD9}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014 *Enabled/Updated* {B5F5C120-2089-702E-0001-553BB0D5A664}
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============== Running Processes ================
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C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exe
C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe
C:\Windows\system32\taskhost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
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Answer:infection mimicing Avast! - but removed avast and other virus protections

See here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/537174/infection-mimicing-avast-but-removed-avast-and-other-virus-protections/

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Hello,
I am having a few problems with my system (currently using Windows 7 Home Premium). Here followes a not-so short description of my problem:
A few days ago, I encountered a somewhat strange problem. While browsing (using Firefox), the computer suddenly froze. I assumed it was caused by an unresponsive script in Firefox , which happen all the time owing to the large number of tabs I run simultaneously, which usually stop in a matter of seconds (sometimes minutes). I did, however, get impatient, and shut down the computer by pressing the on/off button. When I restarted, it updated the registry (nothing strange there, I presume it was the Windows updates that it was installing). However, when I logged on, the Avast! antivirus software I was using was disabled (which caused me to shut down the internet connection immediately so that further (possible) infection could be avoided), and when I tried to restart the Avast! service, it gave me the following message: "Unable to start the File System Shield! Shield unreachable." I tried scanning as well, which resulted in this message: "File System Shield provider not found." Messing around with avast! did, however, slow down the computer tremendously, and the CPU usage was subsequently stuck at a 100%, and I was hardly able to use the computer. Therefore, I shut it off again. When I started it this time, I could not log on: logging on simply resulted in a black screen. I found this highly distur... Read more

Answer:Possible infection, Avast! disabled and CPU stuck at 100% after trying to restart Avast!

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Hi

A friend gives me an Avast Premium license for 8 months. I am using a free combo with Comodo Firewall (Cruelsister settings) and Avast (Jack settings) and I have doubts about which option protects me better.

I dont know the quality of the Avast firewall, I also dont know the level of its sandbox and on the other hand, Comodo Firewall is not comfortable to maintain, since it blocks legitimate programs, browser extensions, and even Windows updates.

I know I can have Sandboxie installed on my computer to act on demand, but what I'm most interested in knowing is what configuration do you advise me regarding protection.

Thank you in advance
 

Answer:Avast Premier vs Comodo Firewall + Avast free

Avast is sux better totaly change it to other software... go use fully Comodo and instal free zemana and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for o/d scan. if you dont like comodo sandbox you can use free version of sandboxie at last.
 

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http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/how-avast-is-performing-these-days.371019/


 

Answer:Avast 2014 vs Avast 2015 shows improvement .

I myself Stick to Avast! 2014...To be honest, Avast 2015 is more buggy than 2014.. Sorry for my Comment
 

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Recently we took pleasure in hosting journalists at our Prague HQ. Among them were Wojciech Kowasz and Jakub Pawlak from dobreprogramy, Poland?s most popular download site. avast! Free Antivirus is Poland?s top downloaded software, with over 14,000,000 downloads!Click to expand...

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Answer:About avast! 6.0: video interview with Ondřej Vlček, CTO at AVAST Software

Good video , a good tour thru Avast 6 features.......Runtime 23:31
 

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AIS has SecureDNS.

A user in Avast forum mentioned "It is programmed so that it is used, and not your isp or other dns services".

I think during install this should be mentioned that SecureDNS enabled will use Avast DNS instead of ISP DNS or system DNS.

SecureDNS enabled gives randomly "check if the site name entered is correct".

SecureDNS disabled gives no probs.

And this is confirmed. I am checking for past few days.

Anyone with the prob?
And does SecureDNS has malware/phishing protection?
 

Answer:Avast SecureDNS in avast Internet Security?

SecureDNS is design to provide protection against hijacking webpage which translates the web address to IP to determine if its in blacklist + in my view the malware/phishing protection may already incorporate in Web shield so there's no problem if both turn on.
 

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I m using Norton 2010 but thinking to take Extra security.
So should i use Avast with it or MSE ????
Which one will be lighter & better ???????

Answer:Can I use Avast with Norton 2010?Is Avast is light AV?

your best bet will be leaving norton alone...

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I haven't used avast for a while so I thought of downloading it and trying.

The other day I was looking to avast 6 features and I came across this feature called as "SafeZone". I clicked it and it switched me to an avast OS. They only include a browser, no my computer or documents. I thought it will be nice to test malware links in it.

Is avast SafeZone good or should I continue with my VMware Win-7 OS to test malwares. I felt no slow down while using SafeZone.

Thanks.
 

Answer:avast! Internet Security 6 - avast! SafeZone

SafeZone isn't meant for testing malware links, nor is it an OS.

The avast! SafeZone is special web browser in avast! Pro Antivirus 6.x and avast! Internet Security 6.x, which allows you to browse the web in a private, secure environment, invisible to the rest of your system.Click to expand...

Sources / Read More

Remember to buy Avast, if you want to continue using Avast! Pro, or Internet Security. Or check to see if there are any license giveaways.
 

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In addition to a bunch of other security software, I've got the free version of avast! Antivirus. I ran a full scan with it late last night. It found nothing. I have also within the past two days run the free versions of Antimalwarebytes' Antimalware, SuperAntiSpyware and Glary Utilities (which includes a Spyware Remover), none of which found anything.

I just rebooted my computer and went online. When I logged into my web-based email website, I got the following error message:

"Suspicious files have been detected (using a heuristic method). This may be a sign of malware infection. Please allow the files to be submitted to our virus lab for analysis.

C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Tem...\CADM8RGP.HTM"

Positioning the mouse cursor over this path \ filename revealed the full path to be
C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\2DY059NS.

This message is in a dialog box which is labeled as, and whose graphics appear consistent with, avast! Antivirus. The dialog box includes two drop-down menus, "Action to take" and "Advanced".

I've never seen or heard of any such behavior by avast! Antivirus, and I've never heard of any free virus analysis lab run by avast!.

I have Windows Explorer configured to display all hidden files and folders, as well as to display all system folders, but I can't even see the Content.IE5 folder, nor can I find the file CADM8RG... Read more

Answer:Is this really avast!, or is this malware masquerading as avast!?

Should I just go through the whole process given in the Malware Removal Guide again?Click to expand...

Yes.
 

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Avast! Repots:::

In 25 March 2013(Today):

avast! in numbers:

253,350,736registered users of avast! (253+ million)

184,014,577active devices protected by avast! (184+ million)

[1st Highest Popular Antivirus & 2nd Most Active User Antivirus Company]

504,441infected websites discovered with help of avast! CommunityIQ in last 30 days

100,333,575users prevented from visiting infected sites in the last 30 days...

IN INDIA: there are 840466 Active user Of AVAST! (8+ lakh)
Where as the highest User in New Delhi: 352535 Users (3.5+ lakh)

NOTE: Reports from Avast Website...!
 

Answer:Avast Reports from avast.com

RE: Avast Repot.!

Definitely avast! is really a widespread product since its just a first free AV to have lots of components that are compatible in just free version already.

Continuously innovating from its modern techniques in dealing security.
 

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Hi everyone,

Does anyone here know how avast! NG works - I'm currently using avast! premier 2015?

Tony
 

Answer:avast! NG - What is it? (Avast 2015)

Tony Cole said:





Hi everyone,

Does anyone here know how avast! NG works - I'm currently using avast! premier 2015?

Tony Click to expand...

It takes a snapshot of your drive thereby enhancing "Deepscreen"

Some information about new avast! NG component: our classic sandbox technology (used for DeepScreen, Sandbox and SafeZone components) restricts a sandboxed application to modify your system. As Windows OS is quite rich for various APIs and frameworks, we need to monitor more and more OS functions invoked from the unknown applications. This works perfect for Sandbox/SafeZone, but it's not enough for DeepScreen analysis. When a malware is analyzed in DeepScreen, we'd like to allow it to behave freely without any restrictions and monitor only its activities. Unfortunately, we might end up very soon if it tries e.g. to load a kernel-mode driver (you can't monitor kernel-mode, and if it gets there, it can control your entire OS, hide itself, connect to internet, ...), or use some undocumented system calls on 64-bit OSes (we use own hypervisor driver to fully protect 64-bit OSes, but this doesn't work on older PCs or with disabled VT-X/AMD-V feature in BIOS).

Avast! NG helps us to analyze malware real-time totally without any restrictions - it can load a kernel driver, it can delete any Windows files, format your volume, everything it wishes. The malware is executed on your OS using VirtualBox engine and the en... Read more

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Have just installed Avast Anti-Virus Free Version.Have had Norton since 2003 but recently, they have tried to get me to update to their 2006 version, and finally stopped Download Updates even though my subscription was valid until 21st September!!!! I believe other users when they say, Norton are " Con-Men "Anyway, my question is, can I rely on this " Free " version of Avast for protection, or should I upgrade to the Pro. version?

Answer:Avast Free or Avast Pro @ £22.00 ?

depends if you have money to throw away :-))the free version is very good..

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Question: Odd IE 6 behavior

I wonder if you guys can help me.

Recently I have been experiencing some strange behavior with IE6.

When re-visiting sites IE is repeatedly downloading icons etc which should be in my cache. I've deleted my history, I've deleted all files, I've defragged my primary (C) drive. I've run ad-ware SE pro, I virus scan my drives every night, I am running XP SP2, with Zonealarm Pro as my firewall.

Help !
 

Answer:Odd IE 6 behavior

1. Does it happen with a few websites or all?

Also try these options:
1. IE/TOOLS/Internet Options/GENERAL/SETTINGS/ Here slect an option for "Check for newer versions of stored pages". If it is set to everytime you visit, change it to something like automatically.

2. If this does not work, try IE/TOOLS/Internet Options/ADVANCED/ . Here scroll down to the end and you will find "Empty Temporary Internet Files...". UNCHECK this. If you still seem to have problems, repost.

R
 

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Question: VPN Behavior

I have recently been put in charge of a network that spans a couple different locations and uses Cisco WRVS4400N VPN-enabled routers to securely connect the sites. We are having intermittent net connection issues and while trying to diagnose this, my superior and I are having a hard time concluding where and how traffic is being routed.

I am under the assumption that, when traffic is sent to the gateway matching one of the internal networks IP addresses, it is sent through the VPN. If it does not, then its sent out as regular web traffic. My boss believes all the traffic is being sent to a central site through the VPN and then if its not internal traffic it forwards out to the net from the central site.

As far as I've seen, there are no rules setup to specify traffic routing other than how to reach other internal networks. Does anybody know where I can find the VPN behavior on this router/tech or some software that will let me follow the traffic as it crosses the network?
 

Answer:VPN Behavior

Look for a 0.0.0.0/0 route. If it has the ISP gateway on the end it's going out locally and if it has the gateway IP of another remote gateway (private IP) then it's probably sending all traffic through the tunnel.
 

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Question: Odd Behavior

Just upgraded to windows 7 from Vista. Since then, everytime I open itunes, windows media player or log on to the internet, a broadcast which sounds like a radio takes over my sound system (itunes will continue to play in the background). Stranger than that is when I log off the internet the radio continues to broadcast. When I reboot the broadcast temporarily goes away but will re-appear minutes later. I scanned my system with windows essentials and no virus or malware was found. I contacted my internet provider (Time Warner and Dell computers and neither could resolve the issue. Thanks in advance for your responses.

Answer:Odd Behavior

If you upgraded, do a clean install and reformat. The upgrade option will give you nothing but problems.

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Question: Odd Behavior?

Hello,I recentley restored my computer back to the factory state with the backup cd's i made when i first set up the computer. It seems to me that there still might be some funny things goin on? for instance i just got done getting all my upedates from microsoft, but everytime i try t odownload the .NETframework 1.1 service pack1 i get an error, and upon checking my update history with microsoft the window will remain open for 10 to 15 secs and then automaticly closes.... to me this seems funny. following is my hijakthis log, if anyone can give me an idea what might be going on that would be greatly aprciatedthanks in advanceA newby to the computer gameHeres My logLogfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 9:09:41 PM, on 3/7/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ISSVC.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\... Read more

Answer:Odd Behavior?

Hi,There's nothing suspicious in your log.Concerning NETframework 1.1 service pack1. Take a look here:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824643/Extra advice... I see you have Adwatch running in the background. Keep in mind that it may interfere with updates since it watches the registry and blocks changes to the registry. So if you know how to use Adwatch properly, make sure it doesn't block the updates. If you don't really know how to use Adwatch, disable it dusing updates.Also make sure that your Norton Internet Security is not interfering either.Note... Your version of Java is outdated and needs to be updated to take advantage of fixes that have eliminated security vulnerabilities.Updating Java:Download the latest version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6.0.Scroll down to where it says "Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6".Click the "Download" button to the right.Check the box that says: "Accept License Agreement".The page will refresh.Click on the link to download Windows Offline Installation, Multi-language and save to your desktop.Close any programs you may have running - especially your web browser.Go to Start > Control Panel double-click on Add/Remove programs and remove all older versions of Java.Check any item with Java Runtime Environment (JRE or J2SE) in the name.
- Examples of older versions in Add or Remove Programs:Java 2 Runtime Environment, SE v1.4.2J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 6Click the R... Read more

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Question: Odd Behavior

my computer has frozen a few times. kaspersky and malwarebytes found nothing.

when i boot up, sometimes those 4 colored balls that turn into the windows 7 panels don't complete the process and skip ahead to the final logo. is that completely irrelevant? i suspect it is, but thought should ask.

thanks.

Answer:Odd Behavior

For boot problems you could try Startup Repair. I'd suggest running it 3 times rebooting in between each scan even if the scans are coming back with no issues found. You could also look through the troubleshooting guide prepared by one of our Forum experts.

Startup Repair

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

As to the computer freezing, it would help to know what you were doing at the time (watching a video, downloading a file, surfing the net, etc.) You could try running a system file checker scan from an elevated command prompt (option two) to rule out damaged or corrupt system files. If problems are found run the scan 3 times rebooting in between each scan. You could also look through the general troubleshooting guidelines prepared by the same expert Forum member.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7

Please post back if any of this helped or not.

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Question: Odd IE7 behavior

I'm brand new to the forum and looking for help...

Within the past month I bought a new HP dv9000 laptop with Vista Home Premium pre-installed. After playing with the bundled accessories and investigating the new O/S features I installed my favorite software. Somewhere along the line some of the multimedia features got clobbered. The first clue was that MPEG files would not play in the Media Player or Media Center. I somehow managed to get that resolved only to find that the "QuickPlay" did not work (HD-DVD player). While trying to download and reinstall software for that, I discover that Internet Explorer is behaving oddly.

Even on run-of-the-mill web pages, some/many graphics dont appear at all, or are represented by the all-to-familiar square and red 'X' icon. Right clicking the "red x" and looking at the properties tells me it is sometimes a GIF image, somtimes a PNG image. I'm guessing that the image is supposed to be part of a web page control of some sort, because many menus across the tops of pages have the "red x" icons or just text, but don't do anything when clicked.

More concerning is that buttons don't appear when they should. For example, trying to download Java 6 and or Flash player, the download web pages have some of the "red x" icons and such, but no buttons to perform the actual downloads. Its like Internet Explorer has lost its ability to display and/or run controls or something.

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Question: odd behavior

im posting my hijack this log for review. i dont think there is anything suspicious, but i just wanted to double check. ive gotten some odd entries in event viewer that web searches turn up nothing on. maybe someone in here might shed some light on those as well.

thanks!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 6:51:40 AM, on 2/5/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgrssvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgrssvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgemc.exe
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\nTune\nTuneService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\PnkBstrA.exe
C:\Program Files\PurgeIE\PurgeIE_Service.exe
C:\Program Files\Alcohol Soft\Alcohol 52\StarWind\StarWindService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\CTHELPER.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgcc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE
C:\Program Files\Razer\Diamondback\razerhid.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Comodo\Comodo AntiSpam\CAS32.exe
C:\Program Files\Razer\Diamondback\razertra.exe
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Question: cpu behavior

I have a quad core cpu. The performance monitor shows 3 cpus with close to zero usage and the 4th at close to 100% usage.
Is this a hardware or configuration problem?

Answer:cpu behavior

What is the make and model # of your computer or if a custom build the motherboard and processor? Have you gone into the Bios to make sure all CPU's are enabled? Are you only running one process? Run Process Explorer to see what is taking up the CPU.

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Question: Odd behavior.

My system is not a gaming system at all, but I ran games like Call of Duty 4, 5, MW2, BioShock, Fallout 3, Gears of War and Oblivion with good looking settings and good performance, problem is, since a error I received in Assassin's Creed II, I can't play any game at all, I've already tried downgrading the driver, formatting the PC, but none of that seemed to work.

I get no error message, the games run smoothly for 10 minutes or so, and then some weird stretched textures appear, it keeps up a little farther and then everything freezes and I have to reset the PC. In some of these freezes some green and pink dots appear all over the screen, pardon me if I'm posting in the wrong forum but I think it's a graphic card issue.

By the way, I have

GeForce 8400GS, 2GB of RAM, AMD Athlon X2, 500W power supply

and I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7600 x86

Answer:Odd behavior.

Indeed you certainly don't have a gaming rig. I think it is simply a matter of not having the proper hardware to run those games. After ten minutes or so, your computer starts to run hot, and your parts are truly pushed beyond their limits, resulting in the crash. But by all means wait for a second opinion.

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Question: Odd PC behavior

Running XP home sp2. I picked up the "security center protection system" virus, I've gone over the removal procedure for this particular virus, but i still have problems. As the PC is booting, I now get a screen like CHKDSK is starting, but the message reads, "the type of file system is RAW, chkdsk is not available for RAW drives. Although this msg appears as the PC is booting, it still boots up to windows just fine, Once booted, I get an immediate error msg, "internet explorer has encountered an error..blah blah blah" IF I attempt to open IE, it opens for a moment and then closes. I attempted to install firefox as a work around, and I get a similar error msg when I attempt to open firefox (this happens from both reg and safe mode)

I ran TREND MICRO, and it found several items, but obviously did not fix the issue. I was unable to run malwarebyts, it simply wont run

Any help/ideas will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you guys for such a great resource

J Pelle
 

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Question: Odd behavior?

OK, I have a laptop (details below) its great, but while I'm moving the cursor around it will automatically click seemingly at random. So if I hover over a link or even nothing, it will click it. Also, I was on Yahoo mess. and the volume started adjusting its self at random. I made sure I wasn't touching the computer at all and the volume control popped up on its own and started lowering. Anyhoo, the details are below and thank you.

HP Pavillion entertainment PC
AMD Turion64x2
1.61 GHz 1.46 RAM
wireless connection
WinXP media center edition
version 2002
service pack 2
 

Answer:Odd behavior?

most the time when something like this happens it because you are hitting either the little curser stick in the middle of the laptops keybaord(assuming its there.. will be just a little eraser sized rubber piece betwen the g h and b keys.. or if your thumbs are hitting the track pad.. try to disable the track pad and see if it still happens.. if so make sure your not hitting that little curser stick.. cuz it works just like the track pad.. you move it around to move the mouse and you can tap it to click...

if your ABSOLUTELY sure that its neither of these then repost and maybe someone can figure something out..

but plz be absolutely sure.. some of the newer laptops you can even not be touching the trackpad at all and it still pick up onthe movement.. i have a new hp hdx series laptop that even if i move my finger slightly over the trackpad but not touching it at all i can still move the mouse and even click things.. without touching it.. maybe it registers heat signal.. i dont know but i do know it still picks up...

hope something works out quickly
 

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Question: odd behavior

had some pretty serious mouse lag (once)
spoolsv keeps coming up but i have no printer (nor has one ever been on this comp)
macafee keeps disabling and re-enabling

sometimes i will hear a lot of HD activity or the network traffic will be showing full even though nothing is going on...

the requisite logs have been attached...

honestly I don't know if anything is wrong but little harm in checking

Answer:odd behavior

Hello,We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up.My name is Syler and I will be helping you to solve your Malware issues. If you have since resolved your issues I would appreciate if youwould let me no so I can close this topic, if you still need help please let me no what issues you are still having, in your next reply.Download random's system information tool (RSIT) by random/random from here and save it to your desktop.Double click on RSIT.exe to run RSIT.Click Continue at the disclaimer screen.Once it has finished, two logs will open. Please post the contents of both log.txt (<<will be maximized) and info.txt (<<will be minimized)Then please post back here with the following: log.txt info.txtThanks

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My PC is doing odd things, crashing when using internet, using up sys resources when I try to run spybot and adaware, so I wonder if something is interfering... here is the Log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:17:39 PM, on 1/22/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16762)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\BCMSMMSG.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsshld.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Iomega\System32\AppServices.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\KodakCCS.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsrte.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ScsiAccess.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Iomega\AutoDisk\ADService.exe
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I was recently employed at a school district's IT department, and one teacher sent a help request on a computer that "crashed with the error "OUT_OF_MEMORY"."
I thought this was strange. Especially since the PC in question was an Alienware! (the district was so rich they had to donate money or they would reach the limit on their 3 accounts!)
So I turned it on, and opened Task Manager. 
300 instances of Explorer.exe and growing fast!
I used taskkill to kill all of them and restarted the first Explorer (that way the desktop and stuff work) and everything works OK. No more multiple Explorer processes!
I wrote a script to end them all and restart it and made it run after ~5 seconds once everything was loaded.
It worked, but it infects routers. It infects endpoints afterward, using HTTP packets and redirecting to the router, where the code is injected into the cache and set up.
Has anyone encountered this before?

Answer:Has anyone seen this behavior?

No, but that sounds incredibly strange. Must be a prank pulled by a student.

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Question: Odd PC Behavior

In addition to my previous post, I have a home PC which is working... marginally.

I'm running a Dell 8400 (something) with a 3.2GHz Processor, 1Gb RAM, and a nice sized HD. (win XP home edition) The graphics card is a AGP nVidia 6800, with digital out. The monitor is a 15" VGA LCD.

The problem is that a while back I started having difficulty booting the PC. It would turn on, make all the HD noises, spin the CDROMs, chunk the Floppy, but wouldn't display anything on the monitor. After much swearing, cussing, and waiting, the PC would boot fine, but wouldn't recognize the graphics card. It would boot in 640x480 resolution and in 16-bit color.

I fixed this by downloading the latest drivers and installing them. This seemed to work, for a while. But the problem kept happening. So my solution was to never turn the PC off, but set it into stand-by mode. I would also get warnings from the nVidia graphics drivers that the power was low and that the card would reduce it's graphics output. Then, it suddenly stopped turning back on, so I bought a $20 GeForce 4x00 cheapo-card and at least the video works.

And now my system battery is low.

In addition, I've bought a lynksys G and B wireless network card and sometimes that card isn't recognized by the PC (when coming back from stand-by), so I have to reboot to get the PC to recognize it.

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Answer:Odd PC Behavior

You answered yourself - caps failed and leaking.

Copy anything off there you can NOW just to be safe.

Your motherboard is toast and will fail your other components soon if not already.


 

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I updated Avast! and it wanted to reboot; but I noticed I had mou.exe running, and neither recognized that nor could I identify it. So before I rebooted I (a) killed mou.exe (b) deleted mou.exe and (c) deleted another non-recognized file in that directory that also had attributes HS (like mou did.) Upon reboot, everything is normal except that start\run\any.exe doesn't run... the "open with" dialog box appears. Same if I 'open' or 'explore' my hard drive - any executable that I double click or 'open' doesn't run... the "open with" dialog appears.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command now has value
"c:\Documents and Settings\Dane\Local Settings\Application Data\mou.exe" -a "%1" %*

which is certainly wrong, but I'm uncertain what it ought to be. Same for

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command

and a few other similar keys. Recommendations, anyone?

Answer:new odd behavior trying to run anything

Download this file to your desktop of the problem computer.
Change the extension of the file from from .TXT to .REG and Double click the file.
When the box pops up asking which program you want to use to open the file, click Browse, then navigate to your Windows directory and choose regedit.exe.
Select OK to merge the file in your registry.

That will repair the executable file associations, but it doesn't mean all the infections are removed. If you need help removing any additional viruses or Malware, follow these steps to create a post in the Security Center

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Question: Odd GPU Behavior

This computer has a PX865PE/P motherboard and I'm having some problems with the AGP port on the motherboard. Assume that I'm using analog for all of this besides where I said I'm not. The computer originally had a Gigabyte Radeon 9200. When I boot without changing anything, I wouldn't get a signal on the monitor and I heard no beeping. If it switched over to digital, I'd get the same results. The card is definitely getting power - the fan is spinning. When I put another graphics card in, it didn't work at first, with one mid-length beep at boot, but after taking it out and putting it back in it worked. Everything loaded up fine, but at the Windows logon screen it just did the same thing as the other card. I rebooted and it wouldn't work, with the mid-length beep again. Then I took the card out and put it back in and I got some fuzzy colors on the screen. I don't remember exactly, but they were changing color and I think they were going horizontal across the monitor (looking similar to 2D mountains). My monitor was also switching from analog to digital, like it usually does, trying to find a signal, even though I could see a picture on analog. I'm not sure whether there was a beep or not, but I don't think so. I restarted a few times, and the same lines appeared. I took the card out and put it back in and I got a mid-length beep again. I took it out and put the Radeon back in and got the same results as before.

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Answer:Odd GPU Behavior

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I just received an email with a birthday greeting link. The message said to click on the link below to receive the card. However, there was no active link to click on. I finally forwarded the email to my wife the other identity on OE6. I opened the email and the link was active. I was able to get my birthday card. Now I remember I have also received other emails that were supposed to contain links, but they were not there, just as I described above with the birthday card. How do I fix this? I have Windows XP Home and IE 6.
 

Answer:OE 6.0 Strange Behavior

In Outlook Express, go to Tools>Options>Read tab. Take the check mark out of the box for "Read all messages in plain text." Click OK. See if that fixes the problem.
 

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This is a two-part query.
1) I've manually created a photo album and put hotspots over each picture to open in custom size new window. I tried to do this without the hotspots but when using "Onclick" the cursor does not change to a hand/pointing finger to alert the user to click. Is there any way to make the hand appear without having to use the hotspots?

2) When the new custom size window opens on the top left of the screen the other window automatically pops back up to the top of the page instead of staying at the point of the picture that was clicked. I would like to know what I need to do to prevent this behavior. As of now, the user would have to scroll back down the page to continue viewing more pictures.

Here's a link to check out the behavior in case it might help you - go to the bottom of the page and click on a pic:

http://mamallapuram-sculptures.uuuq.com/Deity/deity_index.html

Thanks in advance for whatever suggestions come my way.
 

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Note: I came here for help last time and my problem then seemed to have been corrected, but as of now the errors are different than before.
For the last few months I've been plagued with BSOD issues. While they've never been frequent I could never pinpoint the issue. As of yesterday they've been much more frequent(Went from once every 2-4 weeks to 3 in the last 24h).
 
Yesterday I ran into some computer issues while on Windows 7. It happened twice but the first event caused my explorer.exe to crash and every open program started crashing and it lead to my computer just shutting off. The second event happened about 10 minutes after the computer was on again(I only had a game open this time, WoW) and windows popped up with some error(Can't recall it, was something about memory reference) and my computer turned off entirely again. I logged back in and the computer was fine, I decided to update to W10 and begin the dl/installation and go to bed.
 
 Woke up this morning and the computer was fine, now I'm on Windows 10 and decided to open up WoW again. Around 10 minutes in I was met with a BSOD(I'll keep note at the time I was using CrystalDiskMark5 for my HDD to "strain" it and see if anything would occur. I am now posting here.
 
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Answer:BSOD + Odd behavior

Perfmon says that Windows Update is disabled.  Is this so?  If so, why? Only 1 memory dump in the uploaded reports. Your UEFI/BIOS (version F8) dates from 2012.  Please check at the manufacturer's website to see if there are any UEFI/BIOS updates available for your system.  If you are able to install the update through Windows (without booting from an external drive), then go ahead and update it.  WARNING - if the computer might shut down during this procedure, please don't do it, as this may physically damage the computer and prevent it from booting.Only 5 Windows Update hotfixes installed.  Most build 10586 (TH2/1511) systems have more than this.  Please visit Windows Update and get ALL available Windows Updates.The actual number is not important.  Rather it's important that you checked manually, installed any available updates, and didn't experience any errors when checking or updating.Nothing real specific from the reports or the memory dump.There were several Live Kernel Events in the WER section of the MSINFO32 reportDue to this, I'd suspect a hardware problem.Please do this: Beyond this I have these 5 suggestions:1.  Get ALL available Windows Updates.  It may take several trips to get them all2.  Get ALL available, compatible updates for your OS from the manufacturer's website (to include BIOS/UEFI).3.  Get ALL available, compatible updates for the programs and any additional hardware installed ... Read more

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Question: Strange behavior

Hey guys,

I posted another thread about my friends computer and I ran into trouble with my own.

My computer is acting really strange. For a couple of weeks my computer kept freezing. In-game, during normal operations in windows and even in BIOS and other test software using a USB-stick (outside of Windows)

Now for at least 2 weeks straight the computer funtioned like a dream with no freezes and everything working real smooth. Just now like 10 minutes ago it froze in-game and didn't respond. After a hard shutdown, I waited 5 min and gave it another shot. The computer booted up and started running post but froze again. Another hard shutdown and 5min later still the same result.

When my computer functioned normally I ran, Memtest with no errors at all. I ran HDD test with 2 different types of software and I tried 2 different graphics card. My temps on the computer is really good so I doubt it could be that.

This computer hasn't been a good friend. It has cost me alot of failures over these 3 years from changing MOBOs, 2 Graphics cards and 2 memory sticks.

My first thought was that it could be the MOBO but I'm starting to think that it could be the PSU. Because if it delivered too much or too low power it could damage the hardware right?

Could you please give me your input on this

Best regards!
 

Answer:Strange behavior

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I just got my new Lenovo Y450 and love it except it seems to have some odd behavior on the touch pad.  It seems to 'stick' on the bumps on the pad, often going up-down when I try to move right-left.  At which point I have to pick up my finger & retry the movement.  It also does things randomly like highlight things, increase & decrese text size on page, open new web browsers etc.  Sometimes while I am typing & not even touching it, but I can see the the pointer moving (jiggling).  I also have to often reset it's position while typing like in a box setting as it moves then I am unable to finish typing. I have went to mouse controls & tried to change some of the settings but that hasn't helped.  I have even selected hide pointer while typing, but it doesn't even hide it.  Any suggestions?Message Edited by IndigoWings on 06-14-2009 10:12 AM

Answer:Touch Pad Odd behavior

I noticed the same problem with my Y450 I ended up unistalling the synaptic touchpad driver from Program and Features in the Control Panel. Although you will lose the special touchpad features you can still tap to click and scroll with the touchpad. Try uninstalling that driver, you can always reinstall it, if you like, from Lenovo's driver site.

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Hello,

I'm using IE 6 (Build 6.0.2800.1106.xpsp2.021108-1929 to be exact).

I have configured it to prompt for passwords and to save logins and and passwords....

However, it never seems to store them ... and it alway prompts for passwords again even for logins for which passwords have been prompted for and stored earlier...

Also, there is another irritation which I remember encountering before on some other computer... when I do Control N to open a new window... the status bar does not show... it has to be manually enabled in View/Status Bar each time to show it....

This is in a new computer with Win XP Tablet PC edition Version 2002 Service Pack 1. On my other computer which has Win 98 with IE 5, I don't have any of these problems for the logins / passwords etc...

*Sigh*... the good old days @@

Thanks in Advance...
 

Answer:Strange behavior from IE 6

Have a look here:

OLEXP: Your Dial up Password Is Not Retained in Windows 2000 or Windows XP (Q264672)

As for the Status bar issue:

1) With (only one) IE open, click View, select: Status Bar
2) Right-click on IE's Toolbar and select: "Lock the Toolbar"
3) Hold down the Ctrl key and click the close button (upper right)
4) Open Windows Explorer, click View, select: Status Bar
5) Right-click on Explorer's Toolbar and select: "Lock the Toolbar"
6) Click Tools | Folder Options | View tab
7) Click the "Apply to all folders" button.
8) Hold down the Ctrl key and click the close button (upper right)

Cheers,
 

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Since reinstalling WMP11 and configuring it to be my default player for all media types it refuses to play my mp3 podcasts. These will play perfectly well on Realplayer, etc. WMP will play my mp3 music collection with no problem. Also many online radio channels will not play. On the screen it looks as if they are playing as it connects and the clock starts running but there is no sound and the pause button is greyed (blued) out. I will be very grateful for any help that you can give me.
 

Answer:Strange behavior of WMP 11

C'mon guys. Don't let me down now.
 

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Question: Strange behavior.

For the past couple of months I have been routinely assaulted by some threat or another every time I open my browser(IE). I am subscribed to Norton's (go ahead and boo) and the little yellow icon in the bottom tray glows red and I am prompted to "autofix" the problem. When I scan with Norton's, nothing comes up. When I scan with this "Intelliscan", I get 9 infections or so. I don't really know who these "intelliscan" people are, so I'm assuming I can just ignore them.

Could this be the conflicker virus trying to enter? Is Norton's worth the money? Can I get just as good service with AVG free? Sure would appreciate some answers.

Answer:Strange behavior.

Hello

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link I'll give you below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a
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After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

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Question: Odd Mouse Behavior

I have an older Microsoft optical mouse. Recently, the buttons on it started acting odd. At first I would have to smash down hard on the buttons for them to work. Then the following day I had to alt tab to a different window and back for them the buttons to work.

So figuring it was just some crud that got under the buttons I poured some rubbing alcohol on to the mouse. After that the right mouse button works fine its just the left mouse button that doesn't work.

I was hoping the forum here had some suggestions on what I could do, or tell me I just killed my mouse by pouring rubbing alcohol on it. Thanks.
 

Answer:Odd Mouse Behavior

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Question: Strange Behavior

I tried to launch a game today, but less then a minute in, the game crashes and the systems bluescreens. This happened twice in a row.

During the restart, unusual pixels appear in the BIOS splash, red squares before the windows logo appears, and then green vertical bars during the windows load, followed by a bluescreen. Then happened multiple times (even after system was powered down, and psu shut off). These startup colors didnt appear every time, however if I got into windows, it was quite unstable and bluescreened in less then 5 mins.

Possible causes / fixes? (See pics below)

http://imgur.com/3k30U.jpg
http://imgur.com/DY4yI.jpg
http://imgur.com/XNBl9.jpg (Hard to see because of flash, but look carefully)
 

Answer:Strange Behavior

is the fan on the video card spinning? is it full of dust?
 

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I've used XP Pro for years and have it on a number of computers.
I currently have a wireless home network with a Brother wireless printer on it.
All three of my computers print to the Brother printer normally and that includes one Windows 10 machine.
Recently, I used the "Add Printer" wizard and did "browse" for network printers Nothing showed up. In the past, the Brother showed up fairly quickly. I checked my other computers and they too did now show the Brother printer.
 
I accessed my router through by browser and looked at the "client list" and the brother was listed, no problem
I checked some of the router documentation and it talked about a DMZ, so I added the printer to the DMZ. Still it does not show up on the Add Printer wizard, but it prints just fine.
 
I know, I know. If it ain't broke don't fix it, but I'm trying to bring another computer on line and the printer just will not show up when you browse the network for printers.
 
Does anyone have any ideas why a network printer would function perfectly, but not be visible?
 
Thanks

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In my batch file I have

taskkill /IM LightTPD.exe /F

and it stopped working recently saying it's not a recognized as an internal or external command

but if copy/paste that into a new CMD window it works perfect.

What could be the cause?

OS: Windows 7 64-bit
 

Answer:Strange cmd behavior

Maybe the PATH environment variable is missing or modified for some reason while the batch file is running? In your batch file, try to enter the complete path for the executable:
Code:
%windir%\system32\taskkill.exe /IM LightTPD.exe /F
If all the environment variables are missing, just replace %windir% with your Windows directory.
 

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So after I finally got my laptop working again my desktop (dell e310) started acting weird.

There are 4 user accounts and all the accounts seem to freeze at startup. I mean the icons next to the clock (task tray or whatever), only a few load and show up and it seems they click IE or anything and itll than immediately freeze. But its odd in that JUST the Start button, any tabs there successfully opened, and the clock icons freeze. Desktop wise you can click the icons however they dont open.

But then again, on my account I can click my computer and such and itll just have a flashlight looking for the folder. Odd. My clock icons dont all load either. If I X out of the my computer itll then proceed to freeze.

Although going into safe mode there is no lag or freezing.

My thoughts are and Ive done a lot with computers so Im pretty computer literate is that either there is a virus, or a possible drive failure. Not sure though.

Any thoughts? And no I dont have AV on that computer as I didnt think they were visiting areas that were malicious.

Any opinions would be helpful.

Thanks.

Answer:Odd Behavior with XP Home

You dont have ANY Virus protection at all?

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Hello,


In Options Internet, then Tab button, there are two options to check/uncheck :

- Activate tab groups
- Open each tab by the active tab

The second option is checkable/uncheckable only when the first one is unchecked (that is to say tabs grouping deactivated)

I performed essays with the second tab checked and uncheked: I didn't note any difference in the behaviour of the opening of a tab. So I don't understand what means "Open each tab by the active tab"
Could someone explain it to me ?

Answer:Setting of tab behavior

I think it means when you open a new tab, it is placed next to the tab you are using rather than at the end of the tab row.

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My wife and I both have laptops with Win 7 Home Premium (only difference is hers is 64 bit, mine 32 bit). Both also have Foxit Reader, latest version. I downloaded a fillable PDF form from my bank. On my laptop, it doesn't work (it opens but I can't fill in anything). When I open it on hers, it works fine. Any ideas why that would be??
 

Answer:Strange PDF Behavior

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I installed Oblivion game of the year. As I see it, it requires internet connection for a short time at the beginning of the installation. So I concluded that this is the securom/DRM thing.

I played the game in administrative a/c without problem. But when I switched to a limit user a/c the game asked for a new configuration* then when I started to play, the screen became streaked with different colors. What is your explaination?

NOTE: windows XP x64 but the above problem is not likely due to OS.
* This is unusual because it has never asked for new config in any other games I played. This is most likely due to the securom/DRM thing.
 

Answer:Oblivion behavior ?

Basically the Black Macbook is limited by it's small low performance integrated video graphics card which has only 64mb video ram. This means it can't process video quickly and it can't load a large amount of graphics onto the card.

So games that run large environments like Oblivion, Far Cry, and etc will most likely not work. But games that run in a smaller levels like Unreal Touranment 2004 will have a better shot.

You can give Call of Duty 4 a try, but at the most optimistic level is a so-so performance at lowest possible settings. That is if the game even allows you to load the game, some games detect that if you don't meet certain video requirements won't even let the game run.

If your not sure, try downloading the demo versions and installing it and work with the settings.
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Question: Wierd Behavior

I appologize for the title, but I just don't know what else to call it. I have Comcast broadband, usually get up to 3 Mbs, with very high uptime. This weekend I had my usual good connection (I play an online game and staid connected well, with sub 100 ms pings). But I could not reach a single website. Multiple computers, several borwsers (I even tried IE), nothing. All websites came back with timeouts or "document contains no data" errors. Lasted about 24 h then everything came back up. DNS lookup was fine, ping to known IPs was fine. Just no way to reach any website.
Anyone got any idea what can cause something like that?
 

Answer:Wierd Behavior

try scanning for spyware/ Virus. Sometimes they do things like this.
 

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I have two computers in an office that are getting very slow. I have run Adaware on them both but the problem persists. Both have NAV running, however, the users are "click happy" and I think they downloaded something they should not have.

Here is the HJT log for PC#2:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 9:32:17 AM, on 10/13/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)
Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\brsvc01a.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\brss01a.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\AOLACSD.EXE
C:\WINNT\system32\Brmfrmps.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\ups.exe
C:\WINNT\wanmpsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\YAHOO!\PARENT~1\YPCSER~1.EXE
C:\WINNT\System32\BRMFRSMG.EXE
C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINNT\system32\starter.exe
C:\Program Files\HP CD-Writer\Mmenu\hpcdtray.exe
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Answer:Sluggish Behavior - PC#2

Hello and welcome to TSG

Run Hijackthis and fix the following items. Be sure all windows are closed except for hijackthis

1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,SearchURL = http://www.bigwebportal.com
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://www.bigwebportal.com
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://www.bigwebportal.com
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.bigwebportal.com

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explore r\Search,SearchAssistant = http://www.bigwebportal.com
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://www.bigwebportal.com
O2 - BHO: ohb - {E539DEA3-BA67-4F1F-A897-5F2F4F29A063} - C:\WINNT\System32\winenc32.dll

O3 - Toolbar: GlobalWebSearch.com Bar - {423BD222-52BE-471A-BE01-75FCCEB3D48F} - C:\WINNT\System32\winenc32.dll

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Win Server Updt] C:\WINNT\wupdt.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [uyltjwon] C:\WINNT\System32\cyciwslk.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServicesOnce: [GwDial] C:\Program Files\gateway\srcd\win32UI.exe -drive=E: -restart

Reboot and than
Run an online antivirus check from at least one and preferably 2 of the following sites
http://security.symantec.com/default.asp?
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/
http://www.ravantivirus.com/scan/
http://www.anti-trojan.net/en/onlinecheck.aspx
make sure autoclean is enabled on the scans

THan post a new hijackthis log
 

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I have two computers in an office that are getting very slow. I have run Adaware on them both but the problem persists. Both have NAV running, however, the users are "click happy" and I think they downloaded something they should not have.

Here is the HJT log for PC#1:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 9:04:55 AM, on 10/13/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)
Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\RealPlay.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Mouse\point32.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AIM\aim.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks\QBUpdate\qbupdate.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
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Answer:Sluggish Behavior - PC #1

Before we start, let's disable your System Restore. After the infection's been cleaned re-enable system restore.
Disabling System Restore in Windows XP Disable System Restore in Windows ME

IF, for some reason, you lose the ability to use IE or lose your internet connection...open HJT-->"Config"-->"Backups"-->"Restore".
Open HiJackThis. Click "Scan". Put a checkmark next to these:

F1 - win.ini: run=MSVXD.EXE,MSVXD.EXE

O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [Microsoft Maneger] Spoole32.exe


Close ALL browser windows (except HiJackThis ) and click "Fix checked."

NEXT:

Restart your computer into safe mode.

How to start your computer in Safe Mode

NEXT:

Because XP will not always show you hidden files and folders by default, Go to Start > Search under "More advanced search options", make sure there is a check by "Search System Folders" and "Search hidden files and folders" and "Search system subfolders"

Next click on "My Computer". Go to "Tools" ---> "Folder Options". Click on the "View" tab and make sure that "Show hidden files and folders" is checked. Also, uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" and "Hide extensions for known file types" . Now click "Apply to all folders"

Click "Apply" then "OK".
NEXT:

Find and delete these files:

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Question: Pre Bios Behavior

The short story. I added a sata pci card. Upon reboot there was no monitor activity. "No Signal". I removed the graphic card, reset it, and the signal returned.
However upon boot on the top left side of the screen it is reading 'mb'
2339 2340 2341 mb - and so forth. I don't know what is happening. I cannot get into cmos, boot normal, and so forth. At the bottom of the screen is 'HP Workstation' below that F9boot F10setup F12Network. The F keys do not respond as the boot sequence/startup keeps reading mb 's.

I removed the memory, rebooted, got the beeps. I reinserted the memory, and viola the start screen runs the mb count. I swapped out graphic card - and tried another and same story. The computer used to simply boot into Windows 7, and now this mess simply by an act of adding another card to the machine.

This is a work station computer and the user expects the computer to work ! and I am completely stuck. What can I do? In panic mode. Thanks

Answer:Pre Bios Behavior

The scan on *.* mb ended with a large blue box; inside the blue box it shows 'power on password' and next to it a Key logo? I hit enter and another key appears. What's do to?

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Question: Weird IE6 behavior

Just recently, when I go to look up a processor on intel.com, newegg.com or zzf.com - the browser just closes. I has closes up to three windows all at once. Adaware and spybot yeild no problems and i'm baffled. No parental controls enabled. help?

I upgraded to IE7, same thing...
 

Answer:Weird IE6 behavior

Do you have the latest Java update?

Any IE errors showing up in Event Viewer?
 

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Question: Weird PC behavior

Hello,

My PC started to act very weird like one week ago, it can shut down (sometimes two times in a row) few seconds after start-up without any warnings. The point is, once you turn it back on after these one or two times it works like a charm, EXCEPT if you turn on teamspeak ((?) the weirdest part), if you turn on teamspeak you can be sure that your PC will get a blue window of death in something like 5 mins. If you don't turn on teamspeak you can do whatever you want with your PC whole day nothing bad will happen.

It can turn off too if you don't do anything with it (?) if you take your dog for a walk, after you come back you can see that PC is off, or just go to the kitchen to get something to eat, come back and its off... Really weird, illuminati.

It isn't heat issues, not overheating, PSU doesn't push out hot air (normal) and I can see that GPU and CPU has always good temperatures in temp. monitoring programs (even while gaming)

Cleaned all the dust after these problems started, made sure all cables are well and in place.

Not sure what to do.

I reinstalled windows after dust cleaning.

It's really annoying and time consuming

Answer:Weird PC behavior

Windows 7 SP1

After few auto turn offs was forced to do startup repair, it was unsuccesful and i got this:
(1st two attached pics)

And got that stop screen after switching few things in BIOS, I wonder what it could mean

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(I already read every thread "IE6 hangs", "IE6 not responding"; this is new)

Hi - used to be I could open 30 instances of IE without "getting low on virtual memory" and IE never hung. At some point, and I can't swear it was before or after I installed skype, I started getting the "getting low" message after 6 or 8 instances and I began to experience hangs. They do not appear to be related. I can get a hang with one instance or several. And it does not appear to occur by site (I can close and return to same site without problem) and it does not seem to happen at the same interval of time after beginning a session. Unless I reboot, it does seem to occur more frequently. Obviously this is just a nuisance, but still...

It is unlikely that I have a virus or malware. The modem has a firewall, the motherboard has a hardwired firewall at the incoming network connection, I run a software firewall, and anything that gets past the 3 of those has to get past my Avast! anti-virus (scan finds zero). So I suspect that some IE addon is at fault. (I'd be happy enough to remove the Skype toolbar button because I can start Skype without it, but I don't want to remove Skype entirely -- even tho I hate Skype for voice/video I use it for file transfer.)
Any ideas, anyone? Thanks!

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Today I've had Microsoft Security Essentials stop in the middle of scan, shut itself completely off (not in taskbar, not in task manager). I was alerted to this by the security center, which told me I had no malware protection at all. Just as I was starting to go into panic mode, a few minutes later MSE restarted itself without completing the original scan or having any record of starting the original scan.

The security center gave me this readout, with the strange stock icons.



I started scan again, and MSE shut itself down in the same way. I restarted computer and the scan function seemed to be working again, but the icons in the security center were still stock.

MSE was automatically updated yesterday so definitions should be up to date. I ran another scan with malwarebytes and SS&D with no abnormal results (a few tracking cookies).

Am I being paranoid or is something wrong with MSE?
 

Answer:Strange MSE behavior.

joki2400 said:





Today I've had Microsoft Security Essentials stop in the middle of scan, shut itself completely off (not in taskbar, not in task manager). I was alerted to this by the security center, which told me I had no malware protection at all. Just as I was starting to go into panic mode, a few minutes later MSE restarted itself without completing the original scan or having any record of starting the original scan.

The security center gave me this readout, with the strange stock icons.
View attachment 209791


I started scan again, and MSE shut itself down in the same way. I restarted computer and the scan function seemed to be working again, but the icons in the security center were still stock.

MSE was automatically updated yesterday so definitions should be up to date. I ran another scan with malwarebytes and SS&D with no abnormal results (a few tracking cookies).

Am I being paranoid or is something wrong with MSE?Click to expand...

I see from the screen capture you're running Vista or later. I haven't switched back to Vista from XP today yet, so I haven't updated MSE in Vista. But, while running XP, Windows Update came up in the System Tray with an update to the MSE app. Once it was updated, a nag screen about the end of support for XP came up and it comes up every time I boot into XP AND the System Tray icon is orange with a white exclamation mark in it, I don't know if the MSE update in XP also... Read more

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My computer all of the suddent started having problems.

My Norton AntiVirus stopped working. Microsoft Office programs are not working properly. I keep getting a Macro warning. I cannot run AdAware completely. The spell checker in Word does not work.

I tried running one of the free online scans and that will not work.

Any ideas as to what I can do.

Below is my HiJack This Log. Thank you.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:59:05 AM, on 3/26/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
G:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 3.0\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe
G:\Program Files\Executive Software\Diskeeper\DkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
G:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~2\NORTON~1\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
G:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 3.0\PhotoshopElementsDeviceConnect.exe
G:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~2\NORTON~1\SPEEDD~1\NOPDB.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ulead Systems\DVD\ULCDRSvr.exe
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Answer:Odd Unexpected PC Behavior

Just to give you a few hints.

1) Running that much stuff is just not good =( Try to keep a lot of your stuff (if your not using it all the time) from running when your PC starts.

2) Always keep your windows up to date at all times.

3) If your computer is slow Norton might not be a good choice, from my personal experience it&#8217;s a little intensive and puts up a fight when you try to get rid of it. Every one will probably argue otherwise though.

4) I don&#8217;t know much about individual P2P programs such as Bear Share and Kazaa but I know they aren&#8217;t good for you if you don&#8217;t know how to use them and secure yourself from them. So please be aware of this...

I have found a few programs running on your computer that im not sure about just from looking at your Log. I'll have a good look over it shortly and look up the stuff I don&#8217;t know about.
 

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A few minutes after any startup (after power-off, restart, standby, hibernate):

1. Task bar turns from Windows XP blue to Classic Windows white and Windows XP appearance option disappears from customize in Start-Up menu "Properties."
2. Windows Update icon will flash intermittently upon startup of IE7, but will not permit updates to be installed.
3. Visiting MS Updates website does nothing (screen just stays at "Galactica green eye" search for updates).
4. Affecting sound; Syntel Audio driver will not install sometimes when DVD loaded.
5. Once in while, get a message that a DLL has not installed or will not end.

I'll be damned if I can figure it out. Not even sure if this is a security issue. I can't find anything in the registry to account for the above strange behavior. Started only a few days ago. Perhaps somebody here knows better.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 3:43:35 PM, on 5/12/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\MBK\MBackMonitor.exe
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Question: Weird IE behavior

I've been using a new laptop with Windows 7 for about a week and everything has worked normally until today. The issues are with Internet Explorer. Here are the symptoms:Youtube: The youtube logo image loads but the advertisement at the top is an empty white box. All videos are black boxes with no images. The sign in button is visible but not functional so I have no way to log in.Most websites will not load images from other sites (such as advertising banners).Gmail: Login button works but I get stuck on the loading screen with zero progress. If I click on the &quot;basic html version&quot; it allows me to proceed.Mcafee: If I start the program it just says &quot;Activating your product. Please wait while we connect to mcaffee.com&quot; and just hangs there with the spinning loading symbol.Google groups: All pages just load a blank white screen.I've followed these steps: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/i...e-7fa41d293652 Deleting temporary files, cookies, etc. and restarting had no effect.
Also, I have no idea why the formatting of this post looks so odd.

Answer:Weird IE behavior

We need to establish if it's an IE problem only, or if it's caused by a problem somewhere else. Please install Firefox and let us know if that shows any of the same problems on the same websites you've referred to.

Get Firefox here: Firefox web browser | International versions: Get Firefox in your language

Actually, if Firefox does all that you want, I would recommend you use that instead of IE. Firefox is far more customisable than IE, is updated much more often and allows you to use your web browser the way you want to, not the way Microsoft wants you to.

For many years now, I only use IE for Microsoft websites where ActiveX is required. Every where else it's Firefox.

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Question: Odd Boot Behavior

We recently shipped a Win XP machine to a branch office of our firm that was fine when it left, but immediately upon receipt, the users report the following boot behavior:

Upon a cold boot, the POST is fine, the Windows XP (SP3) splash screen is displayed, but the system hangs and never completes the Windows boot cycle. They force a power down (from power supply), and the next boot(s), both cold and warm, proceed normally, with no errors. The next day, this sequence is repeated.

I am trying to troubleshoot the problem, and hopefully resolve it without having to ship the box back to us (cross country). I appreciate any thoughts re how to proceed.

PWag
 

Answer:Odd Boot Behavior

Hi

Sounds initially like a PSU failure, as one of my office PCs did similar, from cold boot I could take 4 or 5 goes to boot it, if it did boot and then you restart it worked fine, swapped out PSU and bingo!

Possibly mobo battery, depending on how old PC.. may need changing.

Could have them swap out a known good PSU to test then mobo battery.

If shipped across country, then possability is a loose component, so get someone to open it up and check all connections are firm.
 

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Hi,

I thought I was having issues with my hotmail account because I hadn't received any emails for a while, so I sent myself an email from my primary account and from a secondary account. Both emails arrived, but I noticed something that I'd never seen before. Underneath the subject, who the mail was from, when it was sent, and to whom it was sent, there was a box that said "character set" that was already filled in with "auto select." It also had options for different languages like Arabic, Baltic, Chinese, etc.

I sent a test email to my wife's hotmail account and she noticed the same thing. When I checked into this, the information I received intimated that this option is for emails that are unreadable and that by choosing a language they can be translated. The emails I'm sending are perfectly legible, so I'm wondering why this option is suddenly appearing in the emails I'm sending and if there's a way to turn it off.

Thanks for your help.

Mike
 

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I just got my DSL installed, and I'm having a bit of a problem and want to know if this is normal. I have Bellsouth FastAccess DSL, and got the Xtreme package (3Mbps/384kbps). My question is, is it normal for my download speeds to vary a lot? When I had dial-up, I had a rock solid connection. Practically every thing I downloaded and visted went at 5-6kBps. With the new DSL, I notice that if I'm downloading something, sometimes it starts out at 320kBps (Right where its supposed to be), then it suddenly drops to around 200kBps, then back up for a while, then back down again, ect. It doesn't seem extremely reliable, and has a bit of variation in my download speeds. A good example of this is when I go and do a bandwidth test on a site, it will say I have a 2.5Mb connection, then 1.7Mb, and then 2.2Mb. My point is that it never seems consistant, or atleast near consistant.

Also, I can't get my full 3Mb speed... around 2.5Mb is my maximum for some reason.

Should I try racking my brain to get that last 50kBps out of my connection, or don't bother? Please tell me what kind of connections you get out of your DSL! I am using Belkin Wireless adapters and router, but even connecting straight to the DSL modem with a ethernet cable gives similar results. The modem i have is a Westel 6100.

Thank you for any help!
 

Answer:Normal DSL Behavior? Help!!

Its normal. It depends on the websites servers and your distance from the telco party.
 

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I have a qmail server setup. It's fairly basic: Patched with the qmail-queue patch and start-tls patch.

Everything was working fine up until last week. Now the server will accept a connection, attempt to pass data to the queue program, and eventually time out ( 20 minutes ).

Here's where it gets odd: The mail server will accept mail just fine for a friend of mine and myself, no matter what email server we send from. Mail that I know has been held up is fowarded from my personal address/server just fine. Knowing that hotmail has failed in the past, he signed up for an email account and sent me a message; It worked. Not more than a second later, a different message tried to get through from hotmail, and it failed.

The logs simply show smtp accepting the connection, then 20 minutes later exiting with status 256. ( tcpserver ).

At this point, I really don't know what else to try. I've tried delivering mail straight to the queue, I've tried recompiling all supporting programs, and I've downloaded and recompiled qmail with it's patches. My ssl cert is valid through the end of 05, and the system clock is set correctly.

Anybody have any susgestions?
 

Answer:Very very odd qmail behavior

telnet is your friend. I'd try telneting to port 25 on the server, and manually send a message to see where it pauses; It could be a DNS issue, or maybe your server is set to check some DNSBL that isn't responding.
 

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....at least I think it is due to a virus or malware. I recently was tasked with cleaning the malware from a relative's computer. It had several infections, including the Vundo virus. I believe, through various tools and scanners, I have the system mostly clean. However, whnever I reboot the system, a VPN connection called test is created, and set to connect on startup, once you log in....and this is true with any account on the system. If I let the VPN connection successfully connect, I can cancel it and remove it, and all seems normal. However, I can't figure out what is creating this connection, or how to stop it. It is connecting to an IP of 213.155.1.3, and I currently have the HOST file edited to point this address to the loopback IP.

Has anyone seen this behavior before? I can't figure out where the connection is coming from. All start up items are normal, and no odd processes are running in the background. Avira and Symantec Corp scans come up clean, as well as Spybot and SuperAntiSpyware scans.

This is an XP Pro SP3 machine.
 

Answer:Odd virus behavior...

It sounds like it is a Network someone has configured. You should be able to delete it in the "Network and Sharing Center" application.
 

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Okay I've got no clue why the command prompt is being such a bitch.
If anyone has a clue let me know. Here is the screen shot of what it's done.
 

Answer:Strange DOS behavior

C:\> X:
(where X is your drive letter)

Those two quirks have almost always been the nature of MS-DOS and the command prompt that's included with NT-based operating systems.

edit: You can always type
C:\> X:
to change the drive letter, then
X:\> CD \
to go to the root of that drive or partition.
 

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A user has a problem moving emails into any folder in particular mailbox. When moving an email to this one mailbox, the email never makes it, Outlook becomes unresponsive and it has to be shutdown. All other mailboxes accept moved emails fine.

The size of the particular mailbox in question is currently around 1.3GB, so it should still have plenty room (up to 2GB, right?).

The version of Outlook is 2000 SR-1.

Any ideas greatly appreciated.

rotocub
 

Answer:Odd Outlook behavior

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Question: New Weird Behavior

Windows XP, a Sony Vaio laptop not more than 1.5 years old (Intel Dual Core, etc.). Mostly use Firefox browser, but also Safari and IE, on occasion.

For about a month now, I'm being awakened in the early morning hours by the sound of the computer 'running' or 'ramping up'. Like the fan is on high. When I open the lid and open task manager, I see that many of the processes (almost all of them) are pulling down about four times what they usually show from the central processor. Let's say under 'normal' circumstances a process might use up 5,490 KB of hte CP, but shows 23,000KB at 6AM. ALL of the processes look like that at 6AM. I don't get it.

I have a VIPRE (Counterspy Anti-Spy and Anti-Virus) scan scheduled for 1AM. I run AdAware when the mood strikes, usually every few days. I uninstalled SpyBot after reading reviews and concluding it was too ineffective in its current iteration. I have Windows updates set to automatic. I download all security updates when asked to do so by Hewlett Packard (for printer), Adobe Flash, etc. Other than VIPRE, I have nothing scheduled for 6AM. Even if I did, why would that make all the processes 'ramp up' like that?

Once it starts, the only way I can get this beast to stop is to shut it off, which I do. Then, when I turn it back on, the processes look normal again. The other thing I notice, is that when I reboot the computer, I get a warning message that 'no firewall is turned on... Read more

Answer:New Weird Behavior

Hi Anonix,

We ran across your post and wanted to see if we could help. The Vipre scan should long be over by 6:00am if it started at 1:00am. Although VIPRE is very easy on system resources during a scan, they still can cause a computer to react slower during the time it is scanning.

When you wake your computer look at the VIPRE icon in the system tray (down by the time on your desktop), If this green VIPRE is still scanning.

It may be a good idea to contact our support at Sunbelt directly at [email protected] one of our techs can make sure that VIPRE is set up correctly.

Mike W

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Recently, after having vanquished Worm.win32.netsky, explorere.exe has become a resource hog. An example:

When opening a folder and/or subdirectory, the desktop is cleared of all icons, explorer.exe jumps to 100% CPU usage, and PF usage climbs from about 325mb to 550mb, and I?m unable to continue working. This condition last anywhere from 45 seconds to several minutes. Then the icons are restored, control is relinquished back to me, and I?m able to continue working.

Some or all of the above symptoms happen while trying to open new emails using Outlook, saving files from application, opening existing files &c, &c, &c.

Most of the symptoms go away if I disable explorer.exe and run applications from Task Manager.

One irksome problem with or without explorer.exe running is a tendency for the system to reboot. All by itself.

I?ve followed ?Before You Post About a Problem? best practices.

Any clues?

Thanks,

Doug Rathbun

Answer:Bad Explorer.exe Behavior

Saw your postings and advice given removing your Worm infection but I wasn't satisfied that all the infection on your computer was taken care of, which is why you still have problems.
I would post a HiJackThis log in the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal forum to make sure your computer is clean.

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My pfSense firewall running arpwatch detected one of our ancient Server 2003 boxes doing this:

May 1 10:11:54 kernel: arp: 10.1.1.12 moved from XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:0c to XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:08 on bge0
May 1 10:10:46 kernel: arp: 10.1.1.12 moved from XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:08 to XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:0c on bge0

Every ~1hr 30m or so.

Has anyone seen this before? This is a Broadcom card on a Dell server. Was possible thinking Dell OOB software or some other OOB transport could be doing this. If it is Dell based, where/what should I look for to disable/remove? Current A/V and Malwarebytes not detecting anything.

The server is slated to be upgraded shortly, my concern is that it might need to be trashed instead. This Box has no direct connectivity to the outside world, but is sitting next to a box that is.
 

Answer:Odd NIC card behavior

That's interesting, but it could be a whole host of things network wise. how is it connected? what the switch architecture?

Also check what and where the MAC addresses are.
 

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Hey guys. Lately my PC has been acting very strangely. I have run my anti-virus twice a week and my anti-spyware programs. Usually all they find are tracking cookies and the occasional trojan, which is removed.
​Still, my pc is suddenly moving very slowly. I had some technicians come to set up my new internet and they were stumped as to why the pc worked so slowly. They said had way too much stuff on my Task Manger under processes. They told me I could google each item and it would tell me what it was and if it was necessary.

​Well, I have done that. I see a few things that look suspicious to me, but I am still not clear about what is and isn't good for a pc.
Also, some time ago I had a few bad spyware/malware/and viruses on my pc. I came here and read forums and tried the solutions. My pc 'seemed' to be fixed.
A few days after I thought I had fixed it I had these things happen:

​In my toolbar, little email icons from Norton flooded my toolbar. It kept running for a few minutes with pop up messages that emails were being sent to all kinds of addresses. I was so shocked I didn't know what to do. I tried to stop it by going to Task Manager, but it had disabled it. (I did fix that).
​I tried some solutions here and thought THAT was fixed. Later that week, I had yet another strange thing happen.
​My background suddely changed and said my computer was being accessed by another I.P. Address. This was some time ago and I am a... Read more

Answer:Suspicious PC Behavior, Not sure what else to do.

You seem to have a lot going on there and I am afraid I don't know enough to help you. I strongly suggest that you use the 'Report' feature at the foot of your post and ask a Moderator to transfer your thread to the Malware Removal Forum.

Also, for the record, it is not a good idea to find a post where the problem(s) seem to be the same as yours and follow the advice given to the original poster. If you are very lucky, and the problem is relatively simple, that may sometimes work, but it could also lead to more serious problems.
 

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I use the quick launch buttons on the task bar for launching all of my regularly used programs.

Recently, something odd has started to happen that has never happened before and I'd like to get things back the way they used to be

Firefox (16.0.2) is my primary browser (Windows 7 home premium SP1)

Now, when I open FF, it's icon(s) appear on the far right of the quick launch icons instead of in the middle of the row where I have all my browser quick launch icons.

If I remove all FF icons from the bar and then put a new one in - in the correct location - when I open a FF window, a 2nd FF icon appears on the far right of the quick launch icons.

If I open other FF windows, they stack under the icon that's to the far right - in the wrong location.

Any ideas? Probably just a setting that got trashed.

Answer:odd taskbar behavior

You could try rolling back your computer to a date/time prior to this problem by using a system restore point.

System Restore

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It's impossible to 'surf' while it's scanning or updating.

I'm waiting sometimes 4 minutes for a click to engage and webpage loading is at a standstill even longer
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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2400+, x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 447 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce4 MX Integrated GPU, 64 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 72122 MB, Free - 59838 MB; F: Total - 4177 MB, Free - 740 MB; I: Total - 15259 MB, Free - 1 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., A7N8X-LA
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled
 

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Was at engadget.com going over the news when I hit the link to look at an article about a Yale student suing an airline for $1million after losing his Xbox360. Reading the article and the comments, then the next thing I know IE is opening a million windows. Reflex was to yank the ethernet cable and kill IE. Jumped over to my other PC and a quick Google search returned the "IE 0-day exploit." Talks about using a variety of redirects and targeting WinXP and IE7 and newer, but I'd describe my incident as opening a ton of IE instances.

Now this is my work workstation, nothing recreational going on there except tech news and work. We're using Windows 2000 SP4 and IE 6.0.2800.1106 w/ updates SP1; Q832894; Q831167; Q823353; Q833989.

I believe the website with the article I was viewing was news.cincinnati.com

Please advise.
 

Answer:Strange IE behavior

First of all, using IE6 is a terrible idea. Unless you absolutely have to use IE6 for something special at work, then use something else. I know that win2k can't upgrade to IE7, so use firefox or opera or something instead. But IE6 is old, buggy, and very insecure compared to modern browsers.

I remember back in the day there was a fun prank you could pull on people that would spawn endless IE windows. I'm pretty sure it was some kind of activex exploit.

I doubt that you've been infected with a virus or anything, I think the exploit is just to piss you off and try to crash your computer. Definitely do a full scan of everything anyway.
 

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When I close chrome it stays on process list. When I Use Task manager to end this prosesses, Task Man don't respond anymore. I started another task manager but when I end chrome prosesses Task manager is not responding. Some time computer can't shut down.
I'm Using windows 7 Ultimate.

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Hi all,

I am running Win2KPro that has always been great. Lately the o/s has begun to just absolutely crawl along, no matter what I'm doing. Boot up takes forever, as does any other sort of operation, both online and not.

I recently removed blaster and installed the relevant patch, but currently avast! and ad-aware both find nothing. I'm not convinced--my laptop is sick!

Following is my hijackthis log. Thanks for the help in advance!

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.2
Scan saved at 3:28:26 PM, on 9/16/2003
Platform: Windows 2000 SP2 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\ibmpmsvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashserv.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\QCONSVC.EXE
C:\WINNT\system32\regsvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\MSTask.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\WBEM\WinMgmt.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\mspmspsv.exe
C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINNT\System32\tp4serv.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\AEIWLSTA.EXE
C:\WINNT\System32\PRPCUI.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\ThinkPad\PkgMgr\HOTKEY\TPHKMGR.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\RunDll32.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\ThinkPad\CONNEC~1\Qctray.exe
C:\WINNT\LTSMMSG.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exe
C:\WINNT\loadqm.exe
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Answer:Mysterious behavior

This one
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [tourpath] regedit /s c:\winnt\tour.reg
looks a little unusual.

If you open the c:\winnt\tour.reg file using Notepad - what are the contents?

This one
C:\PROGRA~1\Save\Save.exe
likely represents a SaveNow variant
http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/SaveNow.html
Perhaps Spybot - Search and Destroy would get it for you.

The Adaware reference
O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [Ad-aware] "C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-aware 6\Ad-aware.exe" "+b1"
looks a bit fishy to me - but I don't use adaware much. Perhaps someone here can tell me that it sometimes runs under the RunOnce key rather than the Run key ?
 

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Question: Strange behavior

I'm trying to help an elderly friend,whose computer is doing the following...Win98 stops booting just before the desktop appears...hit ctrl-alt-delete...a strange name is shown in task box(ie:margo1 c)I hilight this name and end task...the computer then boots to desktop.He then randomly gets "this program has performed an illegal operation etc."If you click close the program closes and goes back to desktop.If you do not close the error box you can continue to work(in Windows Explorer for example)
Ran HiJackThis found...C:\Windows\Margo1 c.exe...had HijackThis fix it.I the checked and searched the registry and found C;\Windows\margo1 c.exe in the "Run once" key under Windows.I deleted the margo1 c.exe .
When I restarted the computer it stopped at the same place during the boot,found another strange name(ie: zpj2x4.exe) in the task box and in the Run Once key in the registry....I went to the Windows folder and deleted all the strange .exe files and now the computer boots O.K. Does this activity ring any bells for anyone as to what virus-worm or trojan whatever might be causing this.I have checked the viruses listed at Trendmicro for this type of activity and could find none....
 

Answer:Strange behavior

If you could use paragraphs next time its alot easier on the eye.

and try these steps after you eventually boot into desktop.

Before doing anything turn of system restore
My computer > Control Panel > System > System Restore Tab > Check Turn off system restore on all Drives

When your done dont forget to turn it back on

1)Go to Online Av Scan And run a free anti-virus test
1a)reboot

2)Then dowload ad-aware
Ad-Aware
Before you scan with AdAware, check for updates of the reference file by clicking on "Check for updates now", connect.

Click on Start, Use custom scanning options, Customize.

Make sure the following settings are made and on -------"ON=GREEN"

"Scan within archives"
"Scan active processes"
"Scan registry"
"Deep scan registry"
"Scan my IE Favorites for banned URL"
"Scan my host-file"

Click on Tweak,
Select scanning engine and click on "Unload recognized processes during scanning"
Select cleaning engine and click on "Automatically try to unregister objects prior to deletion" and "Let windows remove files in use at next reboot"

Then click "proceed" to save your settings.

Click on Next

Run the scan and fix everything.

2a)Reboot

3)Then get Spybot S&D to clear remaining spyware.

Short tutorial and download link here:
Spybot

Fix everything SpybotSD labels in red, and immunize.

4)Then download Spyware Blaster
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Windows 7 SP1 64 bit
IE 11 and Chrome browsers

Today Avast kept telling me that it was blocking potentially malicious websites, but it did not find any infections. I also ran MBAM and SuperAntiSpyware, and the only things found were some registry entries and tracking cookies which I quarantined/deleted. PeerBlock 1.2 also shows tons of blocked incoming HTTP connections, even when all browsers, Steam, Origin, etc. are closed. I don't know what is causing these hits on Avast and Peerblock. (I never turned on HTTP blocking before in PeerBlock, so this may not be unusual behavior). RUBotted shows clean.
My IE options keep getting changed to block downloads, also.

In case it helps, early on, here are some logs from MBAM and dds,

Thanks!
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
www.malwarebytes.org
Scan Date: 1/1/2015
Scan Time: 10:10:03 AM
Logfile:
Administrator: Yes
Version: 2.00.4.1028
Malware Database: v2015.01.01.02
Rootkit Database: v2014.12.30.01
License: Free
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Disabled
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: michael
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 436153
Time Elapsed: 8 min, 4 sec
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Warn
PUM: Enabled
Processes: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Registry Keys: 2
PUP.Optional.DigitalSites.A, HKU\... Read more

Answer:Possible odd internet behavior

Please, observe following rules:

Read all of my instructions very carefully. Your mistakes during cleaning process may have very serious consequences, like unbootable computer.
If you're stuck, or you're not sure about certain step, always ask before doing anything else.
Please refrain from running any tools, fixes or applying any changes to your computer other than those I suggest.
Never run more than one scan at a time.
Keep updating me regarding your computer behavior, good, or bad.
The cleaning process, once started, has to be completed. Even if your computer appears to act better, it may still be infected. Once the computer is totally clean, I'll certainly let you know.
If you leave the topic without explanation in the middle of a cleaning process, you may not be eligible to receive any more help in malware removal forum.
I close my topics if you have not replied in 5 days. If you need more time, simply let me know. If I closed your topic and you need it to be reopened, simply PM me.

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I still need Attach.txt log from DDS.
 

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Today in class my machine was unplugged while a CD was playing, I was logged on to the Web, and one other app was open also. When I re-started, my taskbar had reverted to the "2000 classic" style, and nothing I did would get the XP one back. Everything else was normal. In the desktop properties, the XP theme had also 'vanished'.

Dave
 

Answer:XP Taskbar behavior

Look in Services to see if the Themes service has been disabled. If so, you can get the Teletubby look back by enableing it.
 

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