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Strange symbols on msconfig startup

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#1 Mjisenior


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Posted 22 February 2009 - 12:07 PM

I was trying to reinstall Quake 3 on my sons computer and it would just seem to stop trying to install after the splash screen of the Q3 install. Its a retail disc and was fairly certain it wasn't just a scratched disc. I noticed this program starting on startup, which had strange symbols in the name. After disabling it and having to reset my internet explorer settings back to default settings the computer seems to be working fine.
I can't search the computer for anything because of the symbols - I don't have anything like them on my keyboard. I took a screenshot and saved it in paint though if anyone can help me out I can provide the pic. Thanks in advance for any help with this.

Edited by Mjisenior, 22 February 2009 - 12:09 PM.

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#2 garmanma


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Posted 22 February 2009 - 12:43 PM

By all means, post the pic. Run this in the meantime
The process of cleaning your computer may require you to temporarily disable some security programs. If you are using SpyBot Search and Destroy, please refer to Note 2 at the bottom of this page.

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#3 Mjisenior

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 07:35 AM

First, thank you for help with this. Second, I am sorry I am slow to respond. I am gonna try to post this screenshot and the Mbam log as instructed.

Hope my attempt at posting the pic is good - www.photobucket.com/mjisenior

My son hasn't complained that his computer was doing anything strange but I was the first to notice this. It was preventing me from installing programs which is when I noticed it was running at startup. I also ran an Mbam scan the day I found it and had the same results - which I can post as well if neccessary.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.34
Database version: 1815
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

3/4/2009 6:15:55 AM
mbam-log-2009-03-04 (06-15-55).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 59197
Time elapsed: 2 minute(s), 51 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

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