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#1 ToMoMo

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 03:37 AM

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Hi all! I am new to this. So I installed the AVG Free virus scan yesterday and the scan picked up 3 possible Trojans. I put those in the vault since the scanner can't delete them when I tried . Today I turned on my computer and windows check disk suddenly popped up in the loading screen, so I thought it be a good idea to let it check the drive. After it finish I logged into my windows account and about 20 notepad files popped up with a bunch of weird symbols in them and some words which one of them is "this program cannot be open in dos mode". I notice all the icon in my tray was gone except for the volume and every program I tried to open ends up opening a notepad with the same weird symbols. The only thing i can open was IE (I can't even open the stuff in Control Panel). I tried Kaspersky but the notepad popped up again and my java app didn't load. I tried running HJT and the notepad appear again refusing to open any .exe file (.dll file was out of the question too). I tried to uninstall the AVG but got the "access denied" msg, I also can't end the process for AVG in the task mgr. Anyone know whats going on? is this a virus? or did I accidently delete something that I shouldn't? thanks!!!

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 06:52 AM

I would try one of these free online scans to check and see if your system has been infected (despite the onboard protection). Then post back here with the results of the scan and we'll move on from there.

(Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully)

http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp
http://housecall.trendmicro.com
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml
http://onlinescan.avast.com/
http://ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner Scan Only - no removal
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Posted 02 October 2008 - 08:51 AM

It appears that you have set EXE files to be opened by Notepad. I dont know if you can do it, but try changing EXE file association from Tools->FolderOptions->FileTypes. Remove the EXE file association. Create new association and select type as Application.

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 12:00 PM

I would boot into safe mode first then run your scans. Also the Windows check disk utility is a good thing its just checking your hard drives for errors. To boot into safe mode tap the F8 key before the Windows XP load screen appears. They select safe mode with networking. Run your cleaning tools from there.

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 12:53 PM

I cannot find the EXE association to remove so I just created a new association for the EXE and now I can open the programs again!!! thanks!!! :thumbsup: but I didn't do anything to change the EXE to be open by notepad in the first place...or did I? I'll go check out those online scans now that I can open the Java app. Thanks all! :flowers:

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 09:11 PM

Your welcome bud :thumbsup:

Since you could not find the EXE association, it was probably removed by some program.

Anyway have a nice day:)




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