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Did malware mess something up? Can't open programs

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#1 SoonerMan


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Posted 01 May 2009 - 06:11 PM

Here's my system: Win XP Media Center SP3
Ok, recently (about 1 week ago) I got infected pretty good with some malware (Vundo, Virtumonde, and Zbot.Yeth), so since I have Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, AdAware, SpywareDoctor, Spybot, and Symantec Endpoint Protection, I ran these to make sure that I don't have any lingering files or whatnot. They all are updated to within about a week, except AdAware, and they all came up clean and congratulating me on having a clean system. But, on startup, I have a few seconds, where I can use my PC normally with no negative effects, but after that, my PC suddenly turns against me by not allowing me to open IE8, Firefox, all of my security programs (except Symantec), OpenOffice, Task Manager, Quicktime, and other programs. But I can open FreeCell, Real Player, Notepad, regedit, some other programs, and I can browse through my folders normally. I downloaded some other security programs onto a jump drive which I have been able to use on my PC, like Autoruns, which I didn't find anything out of the ordinary to my knowledge. These programs on my jump drive seems to have worked fine except for HijackThis. I have a DDS log if it's helpful to post it. I have ran the antimalware programs that are on my hard drive in safe mode and none pick up anything. I was getting a popup from Spybot Teatimer with something about a UserInit change after ridding the 3 trojans at the top, don't know if that has something to do with my current situation. Some programs, like SBC Self Support Tool which loads on startup, won't finish loading and I have to manually close and go thru the "End Now" message. I don't know if removing some malware messed something up or what. Ideas? Help?

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 02:13 PM

And my screensaver is also being affected. I have it set to show images from one of my folders. There are no transition effects even though that option is checked. And it seems to be taking a bit longer to change images.

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 08:02 PM

Running any AV or malware tools while Spybot's Teatimer is enabled is kind of like shooting your self in the foot
Teatimer monitors and prevents registry changes rendering the scanners useless

Disable Teatimer and update mbam and run a full scan, SAS, and your other tools and try scanning again

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