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Possible Spyware/virus, Please Help!

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#1 Guest_mattbronson_*


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Posted 14 January 2008 - 12:17 PM

Hi, my machine has been working fine up until now but this morning when I switched it on there seems to be something trying to run every 5 or 10 seconds which deactivates the active running window for a few seconds (a real pain when you are trying to type!)

I've had a look at the processes in task manager and it looks like a file called skinker.exe seems to be the cause as it shows for a second or two and then disappears, then the process is repeated indefinately.

I've been wanting to tidy up everything as I'm sure there's a load of junk which can be loaded as and when needed - is there any way of removing unwanted system tray items?

Home someone can help - much appreciated


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#2 Guest_mattbronson_*


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Posted 15 January 2008 - 06:07 AM

Further to my previous post, I have uninstalled Sky News desktop alerts which has solved the problem... so obviously the other posts were correct and skinker.exe is something to do with the Sky Alerts programme. Still confused as to why it suddenly started to act irrationally but never mind! Maybe the BBC's alerts will be less problematic!

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 06:13 PM

Hi mattbronson sorry for the delay in answering your post.
If you still need help could you please post back a Hjt log.
I need to see this to be able to help you.

Please download and install HijackThis by following the instructions in Step 9 of the Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log.



#4 Guest_mattbronson_*


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Posted 27 February 2008 - 04:39 AM

This can be closed - problem solved thanks

Edited by mattbronson, 27 February 2008 - 04:40 AM.

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