Posted 14 July 2010 - 11:08 AM
Hello guys and gals.
I've been having this problem for 3 days now. When I start my computer, I can see an instance of iexplore.exe on the task manager without me even opening Internet Explorer.
The sound volume automatically mutes itself, no matter how many times I turn it back on. When the sound is turned on, I hear clicking noises.
I also occasionally get IE popup ads too and notices asking me if I want IE to be my default browser.
I know I'm infected with something, but nothing seems to catch it. I had CA Antivirus and it detected and removed stuff, but the problem persists. I uninstalled it and now I'm using AVG Anti Virus and it didn't catch anything either.
I also used MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware, Spybot Search and Destroy, Microsoft's Oncare Live and several other scanners and none have helped.
I'm using TCPView and I see 5-20 instances of explore.exe opening and closing, trying to stablish connection. I also see several svchosts opening and closing (even when I'm not doing anything in the computer). I tried closing all of them except the one that Windows needs to keep running, and the problem seemed to stop. But if I restart the computer or if I open IE, the problem comes back.
I also noted in the Task Manager, a file called CAWSC.EXE randomly appearing and disappearing.
Searching online and on this very same forum, I see several people with the exact same problem. Is there a fix for this? I don't really want to format my computer.
Thanks in advance!