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svchost.exe problem (trojan horse?)

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 12:54 AM

I need help

So here's the thing:
A month ago my lap's charger broke down and I had not used my laptop until today since then. I never had this problem before so a dont know how my computer got infected since I never used it for anything.
Now every few minutes my Symantec AntiVirus pops Detection Results showing me "Auto-Protect has acted on the risks", quarantining a trojan horse named svchost. Everytime the antivirus alerts me, it shows the virus's original location in a different place, always in the "C:/Windows/Temp/etc" folder.
Not only is it annoying, but I'm scared my laptop will eventually start having problems or become unfunctional instead of only of hundreds of harmless alerts.

I read the svchost.exe is a windows...thing and not a virus, located in the System32 folder. I checked and the .exe is indeed there so probably is a virus mascarading as that particular program. It IS named svchost.exeand not scvhost.exe or other similar names.

The alerts started a few moments after windows started and the only thing I did in the meantime was signing in to MSN.

I look forward to your response, I'm kind of worried. THX

(I dont know a lot about computer other than the basics and stuff, total computer noob)

Windows Version: Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 1

Edited by RAUARAESP, 03 January 2010 - 01:06 AM.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 12:10 PM

I had the same problem on my Windows XP machine. I downloaded and ran HitmanPro 3.5 (from cnet.com at http://download.cnet.com/Hitman-Pro-3/3000...html?tag=mncol), and it fixed the problem. My machine has been fine for 45 minutes. HitmanPro has a 30-day trial period. I previously ran MalwareBytes and Spybot S&D, which cleaned up other issues but did not fix this one.

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