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Malware Possibly Screwing With My System Files?


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#1 Teenage.Zombiee

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 01:20 AM

Hi everyone.

For some strange reason when I uninstall programs and a reboot is required I try and boot and get strange symbols, numbers and colors. This has been happening for quiet some time. My pop thinks its something to do with my graphics card but a few people have told me to rule out malware first.

I've tried to boot to safe mode but I can't since I can't see anything but the strange numbers and symbols. I can let it go to the Win XP screen (the black thing where it loads) but its got lines with the weird colors, numbers and symbols. Followed by a BSOD

Eventually (after many hits of the power button) I can boot. Only to find that my screen resolution is gigantuar. Windows tells me it can fix it so I let it but it doesn't take the screen resolution back to normal it just makes it a tiny bit smaller (its still HUGE by the way) Anyway I hit the power button again and BACK TO SQUARE ONE!!

Finally I get the computer back to normal.

What could this be? Its driving me insane.

By the way, don't ask me why I think its malware screwing with my system files. I just have a feeling it is.

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 08:17 AM

I think its malware screwing with my system files

Have you performed scans with your anti-virus and anti-malware tools?

What specific information (error code) are you getting from the BSOD? Problems with video cards can cause some of the issues you are describing.
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Posted 22 March 2008 - 08:23 AM

I have ran Avast! anti virus in normal mode and safe mode. All clean.
Super anti spyware in safe mode came back clean
Spybot came back clean.

I don't know what the BSOD said. I can find out next time I need to reboot after an uninstall.

I have had some issues with my video card in the past.
But what could the video card have to do with uninstalling things?

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 08:41 AM

Can anyone help?

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 02:51 PM

Are you getting the strange symbols 'ONLY' after you reboot after uninstalling some program?

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 07:01 PM

Yes only then this happens.

Also when I went to boot up this morning I had the big screen resolution thing. I could reboot normally and my screen resolution is back.

Im starting to worry.

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 10:37 PM

Bluescreens can be caused by poorly written device drivers, a corrupt registry, or an incompatible Dynamic-link library (DLL).

Bluescreens can be caused by physical faults such as faulty memory, mains power supply voltage variance or spikes in conjunction with or magnified by power supply unit voltage rating not matching the mains supply, for example a 220V PSU attached to a 240V mains outlet, the power requirements of the computer exceeding the capacity of the PSU, overheating of components, intermittent power to hard disk drives or other parts, faulty hardware, or hardware running beyond its specification limits.

So u might want to check up on these above mentioned causes , then post the reply about the results. Hope this helps.

and dude, i don't know if this'll help but you might want to go thro' this
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Screen_of_Death

also there could be a driver virus or something affecting your system. Something like this happened to my friend also.

So just also try uninstalling the driver and getting it again from the FX card manufacturer site.

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 11:51 PM

I apperciate your assistance dmndmn :thumbsup:

Im only having these problems when uninstalling programs.
I want to know whats causing this.

Also I hard a friend check out a DSS log and she said something is screwing with my drivers.

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 12:47 AM

Could you possibly get her run a Diagnostics scan on all the drivers and post the log here. It would help the moderators analyze your problem better. If it is a major virus or malware of some sort in your drivers, then re-installing OS would be your last option, but let's not try and get to that.
And you're welcome, i'm dealing with my own problem right now, therefore i cannot provide much further assistance.

[ NOTE : Try getting a software called motherBoard Monitor or something like that which runs a scan on your drives. ]

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 07:13 AM

Please see the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log". In step #9 there are instructions for downloading HijackThis and creating a log. (This is a self-extracting version which will automatically install the current version of HJT in the proper location.) If using Windows Vista, be sure to Run As Administrator.

When you have done that, post your log in the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal forum, NOT here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts. A member of the Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer. If you post your log back in this thread, the response from the HJT Team will be delayed because your post will have to be moved. This means it will fall in line behind any others posted that same day.

Start a new topic, give it a relevant title and post your log along with a brief description of your problem, a summary of any anti-malware tools you have used and a summary of any steps that you have performed on your own. Please include the top portion of the HijackThis log that lists version information. An expert will analyze your log and reply with instructions advising you what to fix. After doing this, we would appreciate if you post a link to your log back here so we know that your getting help from the HJT Team.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT "bump" your post or make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.
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Posted 05 April 2008 - 04:14 AM

Hi guys.

I'm still having this problem and its becoming quiet a concern

I understand the HJT team are extreemly busy but I feel like no one can help with this problem.
Any help is appreciated wether it be in this forum or in the HJT forum I don't care I just can't deal with this anymore.

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 06:32 PM

Hi Teenage.Zombiee,

Since you have a HJT log posted in the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal forum, I'm going to close this Topic.

You shouldn't make any changes to your system, while your HJT log is posted, as that could change the results of the posted log, making it difficult to properly clean your system.
At this point, the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

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