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SKYNET dll Problem


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#1 AvataroftheSun

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 01:40 AM

Hello. I'm having a bit of a problem with my computer and can't find a cure for it.

Every time I try to open a program on my computer, a message box pops up that says:

"(ProgramName.exe) - Bad Image

globalroot\systemroot\system32\SKYNETcxefknnw.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error. Try installing the program again using the original installation media or contact your system administrator or the software vendor for support."

The weird thing about it is that the message appears at the launch of every program and process, yet has no effect on the program other that slowing things down by requiring me to click on it. To my knowledge, this has caused no other damage.

However, it's starting to become a nuissance. I've used Google and there's nothing with regards to that dll file specifically. Not to mention, I tried to look for the file myself and it doesn't exist in my system32 folder. I don't know how to enable "Show protected operating system files" since I'm not that good with Vista, so I haven't tried that, and I don't know how to access files hidden to Windows Explorer.

Any help would be appreciated, and I can provide more info if necessary.

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 09:31 AM

You are dealing with a nasty variant of the TDSSSERV rootkit component.

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