EDIT: I am unable to run DDS, when I try and command window appears for a fraction of a second and then nothing happens that I can see. I believe that whatever is causing my problem is preventing DDS from running.
This is a log from my Windows XP Pro SP3 machine that is exhibiting symptions as described in the title of this topic and in this thread: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/206736/run-cmdexe-causes-explorer-to-crash/
Whenever I run cmd OR regedit OR batch files explorer.exe crashes as evidenced by my taskbar and desktop icons disappearing and then coming back after a second or two.
I’ve also been experiencing occasional redirects when clicking on search results from google, this happens in both Opera and Firefox. I have no idea how this is happening since the redirects happen after arriving at the exact URL that the results give me since my back button will bring me back to the page I was expecting most of the time.
I believe I first noticed the problem with the redirects Thursday night (Feb 26), but it is subtle enough that I might have seen it sooner.
I have tried running the following to resolve this with no success:
Spybot Search & Destroy
Norton Anti-Virus Corporate Edition (my school’s IT department gave it to all students)
I have also tried renaming cmd.exe to cmd1.exe and running cmd1 and that DOES work.
I checked my hosts file in windows\system32\drivers\etc and all it has is the 127.0.0.1 entry in it.
I believe this is a new kind of adware/malware.
I would be greatful for any help or suggestions you could provide.
Edited by Dr. WAV, 02 March 2009 - 06:09 AM.