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Computer going crazy- Internet Explorer Has Virus, methinks


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#1 wordisbonz

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 02:57 AM

Hey everyone, I've got a bunch of problems.

A few months ago, internet explorer seemed to have a virus- when I did a google search, the results were all spam and porn. I deleted internet explorer using the add/remove software feature. (I now know this didn't get rid of it, read on please). It seemed to work and everything was fine.

So, now I use firefox. But a few days ago, advertisements started playing on my computer but just the sound. Every few minutes a new ad would play but I wouldn't see anything! I saw in the processes section of task manager that internet explorer was active on the computer despite being open. I then went to Add/Remove Windows Components and got rid of internet explorer again, seemingly for good. But no, it's back doing the same stuff.

I've been ending iexplorer.exe processes on the task manager, but also explorer.exe programs but is that the same thing? Just one of many questions.

And when I just restarted the computer, Firefox's google results were all spam as well! I ran something called Security Task Manager and it said some Java software running through internet was the highest risk, so I deleted it and supposedly permanently got rid of iexplorer.exe...again. So far, so good, as firefox's google search works again. WAIT, spoke too soon. Internet explorer is back in the system processes. I can hear it make those page loading clicks it makes, despite it not being open or me opening any pages on it.

I'm an unsure if this is related, but this past week when I start up my computer, THREE things pop up right when it turns on, and I have to click OK to get rid of them. They say the following:

The instruction at "0x636e331e" referenced memory at "0x0112c070." The memory could not be read.
The instruction at "0x636e331e" referenced memory at "0x00fac070." The memory could not be read.
The instruction at "0x636e1926" referenced memory at "0x63708e08." The memory could not be written.

Please help me, thanks!

Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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#2 wordisbonz

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 01:07 AM

help please..

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 02:19 AM

What version of Windows are you using?

What version of IE have you been using?

Have you run any antimalware/antispyware programs?

I would start off scanning with Malwarebytes which can be obtained for free at....

Malwarebytes.org

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Posted 27 June 2009 - 12:30 AM

I use Windows XP.

I have no idea what version of IE is open on my computer. I deleted it a few months ago, so whatever is still open on my computer and won't go away is a virus and I don't know what version it is.

I tried Malwarebytes but the web site wasn't working for me. I will try again, thanks!

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Posted 27 June 2009 - 02:18 AM

You are welcome.

You shouldn't actually be able to delete or uninstall IE on a system running XP. If you are running IE7 or IE8 and you uninstall it, it should just roll back to the previous version. If you are running IE6, the one that XP came with, it should not be possible to uninstall it. From what I understand, Microsoft does not allow that and set it up that way in the operating system.

As to downloading Malwarebytes, you could try dli'ing it using one of the alternate links in post number two in this thread here...

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/235567/infected-with-personal-antivirus/

Alternate link one should just start it the download without going to another site

Edited by Stang777, 27 June 2009 - 02:25 AM.


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Posted 27 June 2009 - 12:30 PM

Hello wordisbonz,

I see that you have an HJT log posted here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/236989/not-sure-of-the-virus-but-internet-explorer-seems-to-be-a-virus-itself/

We do not allow more than one topic for the same computer and the same issue as this causes confusion, and in this case may make the disinfection process more difficult.

This leaves you with a choice:

1) Have this thread reopened and the HiJack This log topic deleted

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2) Keep this thread closed and wait for assistance in the HiJack This log forum. Please note that that forum is VERY busy.

Please send a Private Message indicating your choice.

Assuming you wish assistance in the HiJack This forum, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a HJT Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are EXTREMELY busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond. Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response but your log will be reviewed and answered as soon as possible

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic. Good luck with your log.

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