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#1 ashleydarin5

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Posted 26 July 2005 - 04:38 AM

HI!!

I am very much new to your website which helped me to remove the anti virus gold virus that i had and the popuper.exe, so first of all a big thankyou!! But i have now a problem where when i load the computer tries to install windows, and says that I should install and deinstall my norton virus!!! I have 2 files that I do not know the origin of on my hard disk - shell new and software distribution. Both of which i can't delete!!! I tried to open up one of the files in shell new---winword8.exe, and the computer then tried to connect to the internet etc...

I have done an hijack this logfile, both my spybot and norton anti-virus report no viruses....?!

Any advice?!


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:22:13, on 26.07.2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MPFSERVICE.exe
C:\Programme\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Programme\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Programme\Thomson\SpeedTouch USB\Dragdiag.exe
C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Programme\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfTray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Programme\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Programme\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\Programme\LG PC Suite\LG PC Sync\LGSyncManager.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfAgent.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\navw32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\msiexec.exe
C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\Matthias\Lokale Einstellungen\Temp\Temporäres Verzeichnis 1 für hijackthis.zip\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = ftp=proxy.aon.at:8080;http=proxy.aon.at:8080
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.aon.at;*.jet2web.net;<local>
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - C:\Programme\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll (file missing)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SpeedTouch USB Diagnostics] "C:\Programme\Thomson\SpeedTouch USB\Dragdiag.exe" /icon
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SSC_UserPrompt] C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\Security Center\UsrPrmpt.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Internet Content Publisher] icp.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Start Upping] spoolnt.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Symantec NetDriver Monitor] C:\PROGRA~1\SYMNET~1\SNDMon.exe /Consumer
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Programme\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SmcService] C:\PROGRA~1\Sygate\SPF\smc.exe -startgui
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MCAgentExe] c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MCUpdateExe] C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcupdate.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MPFExe] C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfTray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [Internet Content Publisher] icp.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [Start Upping] spoolnt.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Programme\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Start Upping] spoolnt.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Internet Content Publisher] icp.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpybotSD TeaTimer] C:\Programme\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
O4 - Global Startup: LG SyncManager.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Programme\Microsoft Office\Office10\OSA.EXE
O8 - Extra context menu item: Nach Microsoft &Excel exportieren - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: Related - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Show &Related Links - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm
O16 - DPF: {9A9307A0-7DA4-4DAF-B042-5009F29E09E1} (ActiveScan Installer Class) - http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/as5/asinst.cab
O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager (ccEvtMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Password Validation (ccPwdSvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\ccPwdSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Settings Manager (ccSetMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee SecurityCenter Update Manager (mcupdmgr.exe) - McAfee, Inc - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\Agent\mcupdmgr.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee Personal Firewall Service (MpfService) - McAfee Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MPFSERVICE.exe
O23 - Service: Norton AntiVirus Auto-Protect-Dienst (navapsvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Norton AntiVirus Firewall Monitor Service (NPFMntor) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
O23 - Service: SAVScan - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
O23 - Service: ScriptBlocking Service (SBService) - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\GEMEIN~1\SYMANT~1\SCRIPT~1\SBServ.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Network Drivers Service (SNDSrvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec SPBBCSvc (SPBBCSvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Core LC - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe

Thanks!!

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Posted 26 July 2005 - 03:33 PM

Hello ashleydarin5 and welcome to the BC malware forum. After reviewing your log I see a few items that require our attention. Please print these directions and then proceed with the following steps in order.

Step #1

Download CCleaner and install it but do not run it yet.

It appears that there are multiple anti-virus applications running on this computer. It is not recommended to have this because it can cause file access issues and if there is an infection the 2 programs can block each other from dealing with the infected file. I highly recommend that you choose which application you want to keep and uninstall the other one(s) to prevent these problems.

Step #2

Start in Safe Mode Using the F8 method:
  • Restart the computer.
  • As soon as the BIOS is loaded begin tapping the F8 key until the boot menu appears.
  • Use the arrow keys to select the Safe Mode menu item.
  • Press the Enter key.
Step #3

Start HijackThis and click the Scan button to perform a scan. Look for the following items and click in the checkbox in front of each item to select it:O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Internet Content Publisher] icp.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Start Upping] spoolnt.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [Internet Content Publisher] icp.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [Start Upping] spoolnt.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Start Upping] spoolnt.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Internet Content Publisher] icp.exe
O9 - Extra button: Related - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Show &Related Links - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm

Now close ALL open windows except HijackThis and click the Fix Checked button to finish the repair.

Step #4

We need to make sure all hidden files are showing so please:
  • Click Start.
  • Open My Computer.
  • Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
  • Select the View tab.
  • Under the Hidden files and folders heading select Show hidden files and folders.
  • Uncheck the Hide file extensions for known types option.
  • Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.
  • Click Yes to confirm.
  • Click OK.
Now perform a search for these files and delete all instances. Windows XP's search feature is a little different. When you click on 'All files and folders' on the left pane, click on the 'More advanced options' at the bottom. Make sure that Search system folders, Search hidden files and folders, and Search subfolders are checked.icp.exe
spoolnt.exe

Step #5

Start CCleaner and click on the Run Cleaner button in the lower right-hand corner. When it is finished close CCleaner.

Step #6

Reboot normally and run at least 2 of the following on-line virus scans:Bitdefender <<<Add a check by 'Autoclean'.
RAV <<<Add a check by 'Autoclean', leave everything else as is.
eTrust <<<'Cure' whatever is found, then delete if unsuccessful
Housecall <<<Put on 'Autoclean' and delete what it can't clean.
Panda ActiveScan <<<Accept default settings
If there are any files that cannot be automatically disinfected or quarantined then you will need to delete them manually.

Step #7

AdAware SE v1.06

Download, install, update, configure and run a scan with Ad-aware SE v1.06:
  • Download and Install AdAware SE Personal, keeping the default options. However, some of the settings will need to be changed before your first scan.
  • Close ALL windows except Ad-Aware SE.
  • Click on the‘world’ icon at the top right of the Ad-Aware SE window and let AdAware SE update the reference list for the adware and malware.
  • Once the update is finished click on the ‘Gear’ icon (second from the left at the top of the window) to access the preferences/settings window:
    • In the ‘General’ window make sure the following are selected in green:
      • Under Safety:
        • Automatically save log-file
      • Automatically quarantine objects prior to removal
      • Safe Mode (always request confirmation)
    • Under Definitions:
      • Prompt to update outdated definitions - set the number of days
  • Click on the ‘Scanning’ button on the left and select in green:
    • Under Driver, Folders & Files:
      • Scan Within Archives
    • Under Select drives & folders to scan:
      • choose all hard drives
    • Under Memory & Registry: all green
      • Scan Active Processes
      • Scan Registry
      • Deep Scan Registry
      • Scan my IE favorites for banned URL’s
      • Scan my Hosts file
  • Click on the ‘Advanced’ button on the left and select in green:
    • Under Shell Integration:
      • Move deleted files to recycle bin
    • Under Logfile Detail Level: all green
      • include addtional object information
      • DESELECT - include negligible objects information
      • include environment information
    • Under Alternate Data Streams:
      • Don't log streams smaller than 0 bytes
      • Don't log ADS with the following names: CA_INOCULATEIT
  • Click the ‘Tweak’ button and select in green:
    • Under ‘Scanning Engine’:
      • Unload recognized processes during scanning
      • Scan registry for all users instead of current user only
    • Under ‘Cleaning Engine’:
      • Let Windows remove files in use at next reboot
    • Under Log Files:
      • Include basic Ad-aware SE settings in logfile
      • Include additional Ad-aware SE settings in logfile
      • Please do not check: Include Module list in logfile
  • Click on ‘Proceed’ to save the settings.
  • Click ‘Start’
  • Choose 'Perform Full System Scan'
  • DESELECT "Search for negligible risk entries", as negligible risk entries (MRU's) are not considered to be a threat.
  • Click ‘Next’ and Ad-Aware SE will scan your hard drive(s) with the options you have selected and clean automatically.
  • If Ad-Aware SE finds bad entries, you will receive a list of what it found in the window
  • Right-click on the list and choose Select All
  • Click the Next button to finish removing the items that were found
  • When finished, REBOOT to complete the removal of what Ad-Aware SE found
Step #8

OK. Reboot your computer normally, start HijackThis and perform a new scan. Use the Add Reply button to post your new log file back here along with details of any problems you encountered performing the above steps and I will review it when it comes in.

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Posted 27 July 2005 - 04:15 AM

once again, thanks for the reply. I carried out the 8 steps that you sent me....i am not aware that i have multiple anti-virus applications?! I have norton antivirus and mcafee personal firewall plus...? Anyway, i still have problems...!!

When i boot my computer it still says uninstall and reinstlall norton, and that it is preparing to install windows....

I cannot enter microsoft office, it throws me out again, saying the user is not allowed access, and i am still concerned by these shellnew and software distribution files, these could be corrupted?! the adaware found 79 critical files all deleted and the bitdefender and rav both came back with 0 viruses found. i fixed the files as mentioned on hijack this... but i still think there is something still there but it is not as serious as when i had the antivirus gold and popuper.exe problems!! I have noticed a file called

C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe

is this some type of virus?

so here is my HJT log, thanks once again :-


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:08:01, on 27.07.2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MPFSERVICE.exe
C:\Programme\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Programme\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Programme\Thomson\SpeedTouch USB\Dragdiag.exe
C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Programme\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfTray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Programme\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Programme\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\Programme\LG PC Suite\LG PC Sync\LGSyncManager.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfAgent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\msiexec.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Programme\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\Matthias\Lokale Einstellungen\Temp\Temporäres Verzeichnis 4 für hijackthis.zip\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = ftp=proxy.aon.at:8080;http=proxy.aon.at:8080
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.aon.at;*.jet2web.net;<local>
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - C:\Programme\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll (file missing)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SpeedTouch USB Diagnostics] "C:\Programme\Thomson\SpeedTouch USB\Dragdiag.exe" /icon
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SSC_UserPrompt] C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\Security Center\UsrPrmpt.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Symantec NetDriver Monitor] C:\PROGRA~1\SYMNET~1\SNDMon.exe /Consumer
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Programme\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SmcService] C:\PROGRA~1\Sygate\SPF\smc.exe -startgui
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MCAgentExe] c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MCUpdateExe] C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcupdate.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MPFExe] C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfTray.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Programme\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpybotSD TeaTimer] C:\Programme\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
O4 - Global Startup: LG SyncManager.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Programme\Microsoft Office\Office10\OSA.EXE
O8 - Extra context menu item: Nach Microsoft &Excel exportieren - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {85d1f590-48f4-11d9-9669-0800200c9a66} - %windir%\bdoscandel.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Uninstall BitDefender Online Scanner v8 - {85d1f590-48f4-11d9-9669-0800200c9a66} - %windir%\bdoscandel.exe (file missing)
O16 - DPF: {5D86DDB5-BDF9-441B-9E9E-D4730F4EE499} (BDSCANONLINE Control) - http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/oscan8.cab
O16 - DPF: {9A9307A0-7DA4-4DAF-B042-5009F29E09E1} (ActiveScan Installer Class) - http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/as5/asinst.cab
O16 - DPF: {A3009861-330C-4E10-822B-39D16EC8829D} (CRAVOnline Object) - http://www.ravantivirus.com/scan/ravonline.cab
O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager (ccEvtMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Password Validation (ccPwdSvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\ccPwdSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Settings Manager (ccSetMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee SecurityCenter Update Manager (mcupdmgr.exe) - McAfee, Inc - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\Agent\mcupdmgr.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee Personal Firewall Service (MpfService) - McAfee Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MPFSERVICE.exe
O23 - Service: Norton AntiVirus Auto-Protect-Dienst (navapsvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Norton AntiVirus Firewall Monitor Service (NPFMntor) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
O23 - Service: SAVScan - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
O23 - Service: ScriptBlocking Service (SBService) - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\GEMEIN~1\SYMANT~1\SCRIPT~1\SBServ.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Network Drivers Service (SNDSrvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec SPBBCSvc (SPBBCSvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Core LC - Symantec Corporation - C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe

many thanks!!

best regards,

Ashley

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Posted 27 July 2005 - 12:14 PM

Hi ashleydarin5. Well, the log is clean so let's move on to some of these other quesitons.

What do you mean by the 'shellnew' and 'software distribution files'? Where are these files and when did they appear? Was there any software installation or upgrading at about the same time that these files showed up?

The windows installer is in the running processes which means that there is an unfinished software installation that is waiting to finish. You should allow this to finish to complete whatever installation is pending and that will get rid of those messages during startup. If the installation is not allowed to complete that message will be displayed and the installation will try to complete every time the computer is started.

There is a mcagent running that is associated with McAfee's anti-virus product. I have not seen it included with the firewall before but McAfee might have changed that so you should be alright there.

Cheers.

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Posted 29 July 2005 - 08:42 AM

the shell new files that i asked you about just seemed to me to be a bit weird. When i looked at it, it had files like winword8.doc, excel files etc, and when i clicked on these files, the computer put me into word, attatched itself to the net and said i was not a user. the shell new and software distribution are in C:/programme section....

What i think could have happened, is that before all these problems i tried updating my windows xp from the internet, and as i could not finish it due to my problems...the computer could possibly be simply waiting that i download the rest of the updates...?! I could only download 2 of the 17 files... so maybe i should start to do it again?!

Is there any link then to the reason why norton is telling me at the same time when i boot the computer that i should install and uninstall the norton anti virus programme?! This problem was before i bought the mcafee personal firewall program...so i don't think it could be linked to this..

Thanks once again for your help and i will try to update then the windows xp from the internet and get that finished before getting back to you!

Will be in touch soon!

Ashley

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Posted 29 July 2005 - 12:27 PM

Hi ashleydarin5. This could very well be a problem with a failed operating system update. I just don't know. Since the log is clean and this is not a malware issue I would suggest posting your issue in the Windos XP forum and see what they have to say. They are very adept at resolving OS and application issues.

Now that the malware issues have been resolved, we have a couple of last steps to perform and then you're all set.

First, let's reset your hidden/system files and folders. System files are hidden for a reason and we don't want to have them openly available and susceptible to accidental deletion.* Click Start.
* Open My Computer.
* Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
* Select the View tab.
* Under the Hidden files and folders heading UNSELECT Show hidden files and folders.
* CHECK the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.
* Click Yes to confirm.
* Click OK.
Next, let's clean your restore points and set a new one:

Reset and Re-enable your System Restore to remove infected files that have been backed up by Windows. The files in System Restore are protected to prevent any programs from changing those files. This is the only way to clean these files: (You will lose all previous restore points which are likely to be infected)1. Turn off System Restore.On the Desktop, right-click My Computer.
Click Properties.
Click the System Restore tab.
Check Turn off System Restore.
Click Apply, and then click OK.
2. Restart your computer.

3. Turn ON System Restore.On the Desktop, right-click My Computer.
Click Properties.
Click the System Restore tab.
UN-Check Turn off System Restore.
Click Apply, and then click OK.
[/list]System Restore will now be active again.

Now that you are clean, to help protect your computer in the future I recommend the following free programs:
  • SpywareBlaster to help prevent spyware from installing in the first place.
  • SpywareGuard to catch and block spyware before it can execute.
  • IESpy-Ad to block access to malicious websites so you cannot be redirected to them from an infected site or email.
You already have a good anti-virus, and you should also have a good firewall for blocking unwanted access to and from your computer. These also are free for personal use:It is best to have both a firewall and anti virus to protect your system and to keep them updated.

To keep your operating system up to date visit Microsoft Windows Update monthly. Microsoft puts out new updates on the 2nd Tuesday of every month so be sure to check regularly.

And to keep your system clean be aware of what emails you open, what websites you visit, and update and run these free malware scanners once a week:To learn more about how to protect yourself while on the internet read this article by Tony Klien: So how did I get infected in the first place?

Have a safe and happy computing day!

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Posted 05 August 2005 - 07:16 AM

thanks old timer for all your help, have now carried out everything you told me, and i will post my concern about the computer constantly wanting to install windows when i load up and saying that my AV is not configured with windows, which were both fine before i had this silly problem with AV gold and popuper.exe etc...

However, i have one final question...!!!

I am still a bit concerned that something is on my computer, i have carried out nortion av scan...nothing...

adware...nothing

spybot....74 entries for smitfraud...deleted

but the internet is constantly in lots of use, even if i just go onto my e mail account, at moment is 200 000 bytes sent but 2,000,000 bytes recieved...is this normal.. my firewall has also today alone already blocked 100 attempts to connect to my computer?! Is somthins still on my computer still sending out signals ? Or..?

thanks Ashley

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Posted 05 August 2005 - 07:32 AM

and i have as well now just notice iexplore.exe in my taks manager after reading about this in other forums, could this be my culprit?!

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Posted 05 August 2005 - 09:00 AM

Hi ashleydarin5. iexplorer.exe is the Internet Explorer. If you have IE open then it should be in your processes list. If it is not open, then it should not be there.

Let me ask this. Are Automatic Updates turned on on this computer. That could explain the downloading in the background and the installation. The OS is updating itself. If it is interupted then it will continually attempt to do so until it completes the process.

I am not familiar with McAfee's firewll but most firewalls allow you to see what processes are connected through it to the internet. Check and see if you can find what process is running and what it is connected to. That would shed some light on what is happening.

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