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Svchosts.exe / Trojan Trouble

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#1 don_s


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Posted 25 May 2008 - 10:44 PM

Hi there folks.

A few days ago I noticed that a new exe file had appeared on my c/windows/user drive: "svchosts.exe" (that's "svchostS.exe" with an "S").

I did a scan of my computer using my bitdefender software and no viruses turned up. I googled "SVCHOSTS.EXE" and discovered it was a trojan.

Around this time strange symptoms started appearing on my computer (more on this in a moment). I contacted bitdefender's support team, sent them the file as they requested, they analyzed it, and a day or so later an update to BitDefender seemed to trap and remove the trojan.

Unfortunately, though my security software tells me I have no viruses on my computer, I'm still suffering from the symptoms; namely:

1. A bubble keeps appearing in my taskbar telling me that autoupdates are available for my computer. When I saw this the first time I thought it was strange because I'd turned off autoupdates (I update manually). That being the case, I navigated to:


and the screen where I choose to turn updates on and off has been greyed out. I can't turn the autoupdates on or off, and I can't run updates manually.

2. Everytime I try to print to PDF, my computer stalls and crashes...

3. SYSTEM RESTORE has been turned off (default setting is on). I'm not sure if I can turn SYSTEM RESTORE back on because I don't know if doing so will restore me back to the state in which I had the virus in the first place.

4. I can no longer clear my HISTORY or my TEMP folders from Internet Explorer. Every time I choose TOOLS > INTERNET OPTIONS > GENERAL, and run "clean temp files" and "clear history", I get a response telling me the folders have been cleaned, but when I navigate to C":\Documents and Settings\USER" and view the temp folder or the history folder, the files are still present.

Any thoughts on how I can return my machine to it's clean state. I'm sure these symptoms are related to the virus, since they didn't appear until after I caught the virus.

Do I have to run a HIJACK THIS scan and post in that forum, or is there a way to solve these ongoing inconveniences?

Thanks for your help,

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#2 don_s

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Posted 26 May 2008 - 10:35 AM

Hi there..
my symptoms have become worse so I've run a hijackthis scan and I'm going to post in that forum. If there's an administrator out there, you can close this post. Thanks.

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Posted 26 May 2008 - 02:26 PM

Your hijackthis log is posted here and you are already getting assistance.

From this point on the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic.

Thanks for your cooperation and good luck with your log.
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