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Trouble on the horizon

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#1 ohnotechno


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Posted 04 December 2009 - 03:26 PM

Recently my computer has started acting odd. New windows will spontaneously open up in Internet Explorer, the Adobe Acrobat Reader logo will pop up on the screen like it's about to open but it never does (however, it is running the program because it shows up in the task manager) and when I open up my task manager, I will find programs running that I've never seen before (a.exe, b.exe, c.exe, and msa.exe). I always choose to end the processes, but they'll show up again eventually. So far, this stuff hasn't critically affected the performance of my computer (sometimes when Adobe Reader starts up it will slow up the computer, but that's about it), but it's starting to happen more frequently and when I google "msa.exe" pretty much every hit is something about a virus, so I'd like to get rid of this stuff as soon as I can. Any help would be appreciated!

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#2 ohnotechno

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Posted 04 December 2009 - 08:27 PM

Since I posted this, it's also been trying to install some sort of Eco Antivirus Software, which I'm assuming is some sort of virus.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 05:41 PM

a.exe, b.exe, c.exe, and msa.exe
A nasty and persistent rootkit

I recommend you submit a DDS log

Please read the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log". If you cannot complete a step, then skip it and continue with the next. In Step 6 there are instructions for downloading and running DDS which will create a Pseudo HJT Report as part of its log.

You will also be instructed to create a Root Repeal Log

When you have done that, post your log in the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal forum, NOT here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts. A member of the Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer. If you post your log back in this thread, the response from the HJT Team will be delayed because your post will have to be moved. This means it will fall in line behind any others posted that same day.

The HJT team is very busy and it will take awhile to get to your post
Please be patient and good luck
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