Posted 23 September 2004 - 11:50 AM
Perhaps I've not been a good girl. Perhaps good luck just can't find its way to me. Whatever the case may be, this has been a day of hell.
I booted the computer and connected to the internet. It connected but I got a box right away saying "Internet Explorer has caused an error in <unknown> and will now close". That was the beginning of my day.
I brought up Netscape (which I loathe!) and came directly and immediately to BC. I had to log in which I did. But everything I would click on would somehow log me out. So I tried to create a new account but that did the same thing. So, I assumed BC doesn't work with Netscape. I couldn't get anything to work or come up for me, including PM's, Chat, and I even tried to email but it wouldn't go through either. So, I went to Start, Search, Files and Folders, and typed in Internet Explorer. It basically vanished. I don't know if that is a hijack or not but I couldn't find anything like it on the net where others had their Internet Explorer vanish. I felt totally alone and helpless. So, next, I go to Microsoft.com to get IE back, or so I thought. I was given errors instantly upon trying to install. I guess you can't get IE back once it vanishes, I don't know.
Then I pull up msconfig and oh Lordy, what a mess! There were funky things in there! I unchecked them and rebooted. Three times! Some wouldn't go away. Then I pulled up Program Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Delete) and a few funky things were there too. I went to another forum and posted out of desperation. Been a long time and still no reply - which is the reason I am a very proud and happy member of BC. But somehow I was able to post there and not here.
I ran Adaware which found 106 items. 106 items!!!!!
I ran Spybot and it found one.
I ran Spysweeper and it found 10 with 41 traces.
One of the things Adaware found was a Trojan Downloader.
I didn't bother with HJT since I couldn't post here and where I could post wouldn't get back to me before Easter!
So, how am I here now? Two words. System Restore! THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT!!! I went into safe mode (cleaned cache and did some fixes through Sony) and did the system restore back to Monday. It rebooted and looks great again.
It worked, yippee!!!
BTW - the one folder of Internet Explorer I did find, I clicked on it. It said "last modified at 5:32am" on today's date. I knew EXACTLY what happened. My 17-yr old decided to fart around on the internet instead of sleeping. He downloaded some Asian languages (Korean, Japanese, Chinese) from Microsoft Global IME or whatever it was. And from the looks of what Adaware and the others found, I'm guessing he was looking up things he shouldn't have. Oh boy is someone in trouble later today!!!!
A friend once told me. "Your computer will only love you and nobody else. Because once others get on your computer, your problems will begin". That may or may not be true for some. But I think it holds water to some degree.
Thanks for listening. I missed you all!