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#1 TXXpress

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 10:13 AM

First time poster, long time lurker on your forum. Great site and great info.

I now have a problem with some malware of some type on my home computer.

When I type certain letters on my keyboard, window boxes will start to appear for no reason. (i.e.-My Computer, My documents, speech recognition program, find, etc. type pop-up boxes) I have scanned for viruses, registry changes, malware, etc with nothing showing up in the scans. (Other than cookie deletions, normal spyware, etc.)

When I first encountered this problem I was running the following:

Grisoft's, AVG 7.5 Free edition with daily update, scanned daily
Check Point's, ZoneAlarm Firewall
MaxSecureSoftware's, Max Registry Cleaner with daily update and scanned daily.
Ad-Aware 2007 with daily updates. I ran this program 3-4 times per week.

After I noticed the infection/problem, I installed other Ad-Adware type programs to see if I could fix the problem. I installed AVG Anti-Spyware, CCleaner, Spy-Bot Search and Destroy, and Stopzilla. I updated and scanned with all these programs. These scans turned up nothing.

I can go into the Task Manager and stop the process on "MDM.exe" and it will stop the problem from happening for a little while. I even went in and disabled the MDM from engaging at start up thinking that would solve the problem. Wrong! LOL The Keyboard hijacking problem still exists.

Windows XP Service Pack 2
Firefox as my Browser

Any ideas? Thanks in advance for your help.

Edited by TXXpress, 19 March 2008 - 12:49 PM.


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Posted 22 March 2008 - 03:13 PM

Hello TXXpress and welcome to BC :flowers:

Have you tried running your scans in Safe Mode?

Can you describe these popup boxes in further detail or attach a screen shot?

Other than cookie deletions, normal spyware, etc.)


What are you calling "normal spyware"? Please tell us what this "normal spyware" is.

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 08:51 PM

Problems solved. I uninstalled all the Ad-Aware detection programs after reading a few other posts on this site. Downloaded Ad-Aware. Rebooted and installed Ad-Aware during Safe Mode. Ran a scan and came up with oddles of Mal-Ware and Two Trojans. Removed everything and working fine.

Thanks Everyone! :thumbsup:

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 09:23 PM

Hello TXXpress,

I'm glad that things are working better. I fervently hope that those trojans weren't back-door trojans.

Some of the malware may have been saved in System Restore. To prevent possible reinfection, lets flush the restore points.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "Ok".
  • Click the "More Options" Tab.
  • Click "Clean Up" in the System Restore section to remove all previous restore points except the newly created one.
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