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ave.exe and other malware


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#1 aguaje

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 02:16 AM

Hi all,
Tonight I made a stupid decision and visited some sketch website on Firefox on my desktop computer with Windows XP...then Firefox closed and I got all these messages from XP Total Security saying that I had trojans. When I tried to open Firefox, it would open IE but it would again tell me that my computer was infected and I could not go to any website. I freaked out and started deleting sketchy looking files in my C drive.

After a few google searches on my laptop, I decided to unplug my ethernet cord, open the task manager and I killed some process (wasn't paying attention to the name). Now I can actually do stuff on my desktop computer like open Firefox; it's still not connected to the internet but I know the browser opens and it's not IE. Right now I am running my antivirus software and so far it has gotten rid of ave.exe, MSASCui.exe, vma.exe, and it's still scanning.


What can I do now? Will my antivirus software (Symantec) take care of everything? Is there other stuff I should do?


And what could the malware have done? I have read that trojans can steal your information but I don't quite understand what information it could get and how it could get it. Is there anything I can do now to protect such information? I have changed most of my passwords but I don't understand how much I need to change. For example, if I have an online account where I can view information about some loans but I cannot remember the last time I logged on--must have been at least 6 months ago, would that information be at risk/should I change my password for things like that too?

Thanks for any help and advice you could offer me!

Edited by aguaje, 27 April 2010 - 02:43 AM.


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Posted 27 April 2010 - 10:17 AM

Sorry I don't mean to spam but I would really like some answers to at least some of my questions. Perhaps my biggest concern is how to I know that my computer is safe to use again? I have run Symantec's scan then Malwarebyte's scan and nothing bad is found now. Does that mean I don't have to worry about anything anymore?

Edited by aguaje, 27 April 2010 - 10:18 AM.





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