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Application cannot be executed - file is infected

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#1 dongna


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Posted 04 February 2010 - 08:04 PM

Running Windows XP. I suddenly started getting Windows "bubble" pop-up as follows:

Windows Security Alert - Windows reports that computer is infected. Antivirus software helps to protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. Click here for the scan you computer. Your system might be at risk now.

I'm pretty certain this is a bogus message due to the grammar errors and such. I have not "clicked here" as the prompt suggests.

I had AVG previously installed and running regularly, but when I attempt to run it I get the following:

Application cannot be executed. The file xxxx is infected. Do you want to activate your antivirus software now?

Again, I'm confident this is a bogus message. I have always clicked "No" in response to this.

I downloaded Malwarebytes on another PC and installed from a USB stick it onto the infected one. It installed, but when I attempt to run it, I get the same message.

I attempted to call up the Windows Task Manager to see if anything rogue was running. When I press control-alt-delete, the Task Manager pops up for a second, then disappears and I get the "Application cannot be executed" error.

Looking for suggestions as to how to best proceed.


Edited by Orange Blossom, 04 February 2010 - 09:32 PM.
Move to AII. ~ OB

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