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Task Manager Virus? Maybe.


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#1 muffinman

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 07:00 PM

Ok well I was just surfing the web and apparently clicked on a website i shouldnt have. Pop ups starting coming up and then my firewall started updating me on registry changes. So I immediatly pulled the plug on my wireless adapter to stop anything else from coming in or anything going out. At the time of the attack I was montioring my cpu usage via Task manger trying to end processes that were causing the computer to freak out. I was also trying to see the which .exe file was using it all so maybe i could get a name and fix it. But it shut me out of task manager and now comes up with a message saying "Task manager has been disabled by your administrator", this is probably due to the registry changes, because apparently I couldnt block all of them. Then I noticed a little red circle with a X down on the taskbar and it wont give me any info about what it is. I have never seen it before and I think it may have something to do with this virus, malware, whatever it may be. Im running spybot, and a couple virus scans right now, but nothing has shown up yet. Im just wondering if there is anything else I could do? Or if any of you may know what this is, so I can repair it?
Its windows xp, a home pc, and I am the admin.
Thanks

Update:
Spybot turned up some usual spyware, so i deleted them, still have a problem. It did turn up 5 other things:

Microsoft.Windows.Activedesktop
Microsoft.Windows.IEFirewallBypass
Microsoft.WindowsSecurityCenter.AntiVirusDisableNotify
Microsoft.WindowsSecurityCenter.FirewallDisableNotify
Microsoft.WindowsSecurityCenter.TaskManager

Should I delete these files along with the other spyware, or just leave them alone?

Edited by muffinman, 08 March 2009 - 07:15 PM.


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#2 muffinman

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 07:57 PM

All virus scans turned up with nothing, so as of now I have no clue what to do. Help if you can.

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 08:12 PM

If you use Spybot's Teatimer function, disable it for now

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.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
alternate download link 1
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  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.
  • Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply and exit MBAM.
Note:
-- If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you may be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. Regardless if prompted to restart the computer or not, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.

Note 2:
-- MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you're using other security programs that detect registry changes (like Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere with the fix or alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please disable such programs until disinfection is complete or permit them to allow the changes. To disable these programs, please view this topic: How To Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus, Firewall And Anti-malware Programs
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Posted 08 March 2009 - 08:26 PM

Thanks will do that. I messed around in my registry and got my Task Manager to come back up, explorer.exe and agent.exe are taking up alot of cpu usage, almost all of it, when system is idle. Could these be part of the problem?

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 01:57 PM

explorer.exe is your Desktop
agent.exe is a process belonging to Avira Internet Security Suite

Note: agent.exe could also be also a process associated with the Forte Agent Newsgroup reader,

Note: The agent.exe file could also be also known as the InstallShield Update Service Agent and is used to connect to the Internet to check for software updates for the following software applications: Roxio, DragonNaturally Speaking, Corel Draw, Acronis, Articulate, and other programs that make use of the service FLEXnet Connect.

Agent.exe acts like the wuauclt.exe process (referred to as Windows Update). It checks for updates on the Internet and notifies the user regarding the update.

Determining whether agent.exe is a virus or a legitimate Windows process depends on the directory location it executes or runs from

I would scan for malware

Edited by garmanma, 09 March 2009 - 01:58 PM.

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