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Worm Removal?


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#1 Wildcat75

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 10:49 PM

Through a little utility I have (WinCleaner One Click Cleanup) I have identified two start-up files that Bleeping Computer says might be worms .

They are SunJavaUpdate Sched (identified as javamx.exe in Bleeping Computer) and cftmon.exe. Bleeping Computer's "Startup" Tab indicates that these files might be worms.

However, I have searched for these files in Windows Explorer (XP Home Edition) and I cannot find them.

Can you tell me how I might be find and REMOVE these files if they are in fact bad guys?

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 12:13 PM

Most of the processes in Task Manager will be legitimate as shown in these links.Anytime you come across a suspicious file or one that you do not recognize, search the name using Google or the following databases:Determining whether a file is malware or a legitimate process sometimes depends on the location (path) it is running from. One of the ways that malware tries to hide is to give itself the same name as a critical system file. However, it then places itself in a different location on your computer. Another techinique is for the process to alter the registry and add itself as a Startup program so that it can run automatically each time the computer is booted. A file's properties may give a clue to identifying it. Right-click on the file, choose Properties and examine the General and Version tabs.

Tools to investigate running processes and gather additional information to identify them and resolve problems:These tools will provide information about each process, CPU usage, file description and its path location If you right-click on a file and select properties, you will see more details.

If you cannot find any information, the file has a legitimate name but is not located where it is supposed to be, or you want a second opinion, submit it to Jotti's virusscan or VirusTotal. In the "File to upload & scan" box, browse to the location of the suspicious file and submit (upload) it for scanning/analysis.
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