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Something Trying To Install On Bootup?


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#1 LinkHylian

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 11:21 PM

I have something running a little "windows installer" window when I boot up, but it doesn't say what it is, and it comes up every time now. I removed/uninstalled a "netzero installer" and a "myway search assistant", but it made no difference.

I ran SpyBot in safe mode, and it didn't find anything. I tried using Task Manager when the installer windows popped up to see if I could tell what it was, but either I didn't know what I was looking at, or it didn't tell me.

Oh -- and I used Hijack This and tried to look up file names that didn't seem to "fit" in my registry (I'm not an expert, btw, in any of this! I've just played a bit). But I didn't find anything that seemed strange to me.

Any other ideas?

Thanks!

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Posted 27 February 2008 - 11:51 AM

Anytime you come across a suspicious file or one that you do not recognize in Task Manager, search the name using Google or the following links:
BC's File Database
BC's Startup Programs Database
File Research Center
ThreatExpert Malware Search
If no search results are found, you are given the option to "Submit a New Sample".

Determining whether a file is malware or a legitimate process sometimes depends on the location (path) it is running from. One of the ways that malware tries to hide is to give itself the same name as a critical system file. However, it then places itself in a different location on your computer. A file's properties may give a clue to identifying it. Right-click on the file, Properties and examine the General and Version tabs.

You can download and use Process Explorer or System Explorer to investigate all running processes and gather additional information to identify and resolve problems. These tools will show the process CPU usage, a description and its path location. If you right-click on the file in question and select properties, you will see more details about the file.

Anytime you come across a suspicious file which you cannot find any information, the file has a legitimate name but is not located where it is supposed to be, or you want a second opinion, submit it to jotti's virusscan or virustotal.com. In the "File to upload & scan" box, browse to the location of the suspicious file and submit (upload) it for scanning/analysis.
Post back with the results of the file analysis.
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Posted 27 February 2008 - 09:32 PM

Thanks! I will check them all out.

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 10:49 AM

If you have trouble identifying anything, please post back for further assistance.
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