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Windows cannot access the specified device, path, etc..

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#1 PRoberts


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Posted 22 July 2010 - 12:39 AM

Hey Bleepingcomputer,

Was just browsing for the past few hours, and I had not downloaded anything incriminating all night... Yet out of nowhere, in the corner of my eye, I see a window flashing named "Antimalware Defender." Of course, I had forgotten to start up my Spybot today and for that split second... something infects.

This wasn't too bad of a problem at first. I did my Spybot scans, google searches on how to remove this pesky thing, and I was sure my entire hard drive was clean. However, that was not the case. It kept popping up. My Spybot was telling me about startup changes for random named exes which I denied ad nauseam. I knew I had to take more action and I was directed to Rkill.exe and MalwareBytes.

I tried to install and run these programs.

"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

So I try it on safe mode, in the admin account. Same prompt comes up.

I read up some more and learn that this isn't a new issue, and that all I needed to do was save it as something other than the default name.

HOWEVER, I still get that prompt even after renaming it before I save it to my hard drive.

I would get hijackthis logs and everything you guys would need to figure out how to get rid of this, but unfortunately, I just can't open any new exe files. I can't download them in iexplorer, but I use Chrome anyways, and can download them fine there. But still, I cannot actually run them.

I have Windows XP SP3. Not sure what other information I can really provide. I hope you can help me out! Thanks a ton.

-P Ro

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 06:31 PM

Try this:

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.

—George Bernard Shaw

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