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Cleanmgr/temp Files/web Page Re-direct

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#1 godmode88


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Posted 08 September 2008 - 01:28 PM

I am running XP media center edition with Service Pack 2 on an HP Pavilion a1340n with 190GB of free space and a Pentium 4 processor. I recently noticed that whenever I click on a link of any type, I am sent to some random web page(like yellowbook or click2find) when the link is for an ESPN web page. I am currently running Avira Antispyware and I am being told I have a "TR/Spy.Gen" and it seems to transform into another file when I try to delete it. I have also tried to locate the files manually but when I trace the path, the file where the virus seems to be located doesn't exist. I went to the step-by-step section that says to run cleanmgr to delete temp files and then says to install ad-ware protection and so on but I ran into a few problems. First is that Cleanmgr runs for about 5 seconds before I get the "Disk Space Cleanup Manager for Windows has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience." This message comes up every time. So I tried to just install the recommended ad-ware tool and was successful, but when I try to update the defenitions, I am told that I can't connect and to check my connection. My connection is good because I downloaded the installer. I proceeded to open up the temp files manually with START->RUN->%TEMP%, and then just delete those files manually but some would not delete because they were in use by another person or program. The name of the file was "Perflib_Perfdata_f68" which is just a DAT file. No one else is logged on and I am not running any other programs. The trojan appears in a Symantec folder or Norton folder but I removed Norton from my CPU a while back and I can't seem to get rid of or even locate the source. I try to update Windows but Microsoft cannot validate my CPU, even when I try it manually because windows doesn't recognize publisher. Therefor, I can't use the microsoft online scanner.Any help?

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 01:41 PM

Can you download and run the Norton Anti-Virus Uninstaller?

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 01:52 PM

I'd suggest one of these free online scans to ensure that you're not infected:
(Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully)

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner Scan Only - no removal

Perhaps post in the Am I Infected? forum
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#4 godmode88

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 07:04 PM

First I ran the norton uninstall. Next I ran the first few online scanners suggested which just ended up causing the internet explorer to crash without ANY warning or error messages. Then I went to the "Am I infected?" forum and there was a thread discussing a program called Malewarebytes, which I proceeded to install, updated, and scan. I had trojan downloader of sorts which I deleted. Disk Cleanup works. No more highjacked links, and all TEMP files were able to be deleted. I then ran the Avira Antivirus scan which found a few other trojans but none as malicious and all appear to be deleted. Thanks guys. On to SPORE.

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