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#1 raz112

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 09:22 AM

This is in response to Broni's request and judgment to repost my problem here.

As he suspected, after running a GMER test, it may indeed be a malware problem.

It started a while back, with not much info to go on. Well, Firefox froze one time. But rather than just Firefox freezing the whole laptop froze, so I eventually forced rebooted it. However, upon doing so, the laptop was suddenly very slow, but that wasn't the biggest issue. The issue was that it wouldn't go past the wallpaper. Now it doesn't get even past the welcome screen. I can get into safe mode, but I can't use the internet from there, as my internet involves an old Speedtouch USB modem that requires software that doesn't load in safe mode. That means of course that even though I have MBAM or McAfee on there, I can't update it. Also system restore doesn't work at all.

I've ran DDS and Gmer. Here are the logs.

First - DDS.txt


DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK
Run by Administrator at 21:00:57.01 on Sat 07/31/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_16
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2046.1769 [GMT 1:00]

AV: Norton 360 *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {A5F1BC7C-EA33-4247-961C-0217208396C4}
FW: Norton 360 *enabled* {371C0A40-5A0C-4AD2-A6E5-69C02037FBF3}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\dds.scr

============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============

uStart Page = hxxp://vcl.vaio.sony.co.jp/eu/PforVAIO.htm
BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper: {06849e9f-c8d7-4d59-b87d-784b7d6be0b3} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEHelper.dll
BHO: ContributeBHO Class: {074c1dc5-9320-4a9a-947d-c042949c6216} - d:\program files\adobe\/Adobe Contribute CS3/contributeieplugin.dll
BHO: {5C255C8A-E604-49b4-9D64-90988571CECB} - No File
BHO: NCO 2.0 IE BHO: {602adb0e-4aff-4217-8aa1-95dac4dfa408} - c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\coshared\browser\2.6\coIEPlg.dll
BHO: Symantec Intrusion Prevention: {6d53ec84-6aae-4787-aeee-f4628f01010c} - c:\progra~1\common~1\symant~1\ids\IPSBHO.dll
BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper: {9030d464-4c02-4abf-8ecc-5164760863c6} - c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\windows live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
BHO: Adobe PDF Conversion Toolbar Helper: {ae7cd045-e861-484f-8273-0445ee161910} - d:\program files\adobe\acrobat 8.0\acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll
BHO: Java™ Plug-In 2 SSV Helper: {dbc80044-a445-435b-bc74-9c25c1c588a9} - c:\program files\java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
BHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl Class: {e7e6f031-17ce-4c07-bc86-eabfe594f69c} - c:\program files\java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie\jqs_plugin.dll
TB: Show Norton Toolbar: {7febefe3-6b19-4349-98d2-ffb09d4b49ca} - c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\coshared\browser\2.6\CoIEPlg.dll
TB: Adobe PDF: {47833539-d0c5-4125-9fa8-0819e2eaac93} - d:\program files\adobe\acrobat 8.0\acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll
TB: Contribute Toolbar: {517bdde4-e3a7-4570-b21e-2b52b6139fc7} - d:\program files\adobe\/Adobe Contribute CS3/contributeieplugin.dll
EB: Adobe PDF: {182ec0be-5110-49c8-a062-beb1d02a220b} - d:\program files\adobe\acrobat 8.0\acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll
uRun: [ctfmon.exe] c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe
mRun: [Apoint] c:\program files\apoint\Apoint.exe
mRun: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE c:\windows\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
mRun: [RTHDCPL] RTHDCPL.EXE
mRun: [Alcmtr] ALCMTR.EXE
mRun: [Mouse Suite 98 Daemon] ICO.EXE
mRun: [IMJPMIG8.1] "c:\windows\ime\imjp8_1\IMJPMIG.EXE" /Spoil /RemAdvDef /Migration32
mRun: [MSPY2002] c:\windows\system32\ime\pintlgnt\ImScInst.exe /SYNC
mRun: [PHIME2002ASync] c:\windows\system32\ime\tintlgnt\TINTSETP.EXE /SYNC
mRun: [PHIME2002A] c:\windows\system32\ime\tintlgnt\TINTSETP.EXE /IMEName
mRun: [SonyPowerCfg] c:\program files\sony\vaio power management\SPMgr.exe
mRun: [ISBMgr.exe] c:\program files\sony\isb utility\ISBMgr.exe
mRun: [ccApp] "c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\ccApp.exe"
mRun: [osCheck] "c:\program files\norton 360\osCheck.exe"
mRun: [<NO NAME>]
mRun: [Adobe_ID0EYTHM] c:\progra~1\common~1\adobe\adobev~1\server\bin\VERSIO~2.EXE
mRun: [SpeedTouch USB Diagnostics] "c:\program files\thomson\speedtouch usb\Dragdiag.exe" /icon
mRun: [HP Software Update] c:\program files\hp\hp software update\HPWuSchd2.exe
mRun: [QuickTime Task] "c:\program files\quicktime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime
mRun: [iTunesHelper] "d:\program files\itunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
mRun: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "c:\program files\java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe"
mRunOnce: [Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware] c:\program files\malwarebytes' anti-malware\mbamgui.exe /install /silent
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\admini~1\startm~1\programs\startup\e-flyer.lnk - c:\program files\sony\e-flyer\E-Flyer.exe
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\hpdigi~1.lnk - c:\program files\hp\digital imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\hpimag~1.lnk - c:\program files\hp\digital imaging\bin\hpqthb08.exe
IE: {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
IE: {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe
IE: {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - {48E73304-E1D6-4330-914C-F5F514E3486C} - c:\progra~1\micros~4\office12\ONBttnIE.dll
IE: {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - {FF059E31-CC5A-4E2E-BF3B-96E929D65503} - c:\progra~1\micros~4\office12\REFIEBAR.DLL
DPF: {31435657-9980-0010-8000-00AA00389B71} - hxxp://download.microsoft.com/download/e/2/f/e2fcec4b-6c8b-48b7-adab-ab9c403a978f/wvc1dmo.cab
DPF: {8AD9C840-044E-11D1-B3E9-00805F499D93} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_16-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0015-0000-0001-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.5.0/jinstall-1_5_0_01-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0016-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_16-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_16-windows-i586.cab
TCP: {944A4426-68A3-4831-A139-7BF9DDD9FDBB} = 212.104.130.9 212.104.130.65
Notify: VESWinlogon - VESWinlogon.dll

================= FIREFOX ===================

FF - ProfilePath -
FF - HiddenExtension: Java Console: No Registry Reference - c:\program files\mozilla firefox\extensions\{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0016-ABCDEFFEDCBA}

---- FIREFOX POLICIES ----
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\all.js - pref("ui.use_native_colors", true);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\all.js - pref("ui.use_native_popup_windows", false);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\all.js - pref("browser.enable_click_image_resizing", true);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\all.js - pref("accessibility.browsewithcaret_shortcut.enabled", true);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\all.js - pref("javascript.options.mem.high_water_mark", 32);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\all.js - pref("javascript.options.mem.gc_frequency", 1600);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\all.js - pref("network.auth.force-generic-ntlm", false);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\all.js - pref("svg.smil.enabled", false);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\all.js - pref("ui.trackpoint_hack.enabled", -1);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\all.js - pref("browser.formfill.debug", false);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\all.js - pref("browser.formfill.agedWeight", 2);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\all.js - pref("browser.formfill.bucketSize", 1);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\all.js - pref("browser.formfill.maxTimeGroupings", 25);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\all.js - pref("browser.formfill.timeGroupingSize", 604800);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\all.js - pref("browser.formfill.boundaryWeight", 25);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\all.js - pref("browser.formfill.prefixWeight", 5);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\all.js - pref("html5.enable", false);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\security-prefs.js - pref("security.ssl.allow_unrestricted_renego_everywhere__temporarily_available_pref", true);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\security-prefs.js - pref("security.ssl.renego_unrestricted_hosts", "");
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\security-prefs.js - pref("security.ssl.treat_unsafe_negotiation_as_broken", false);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\security-prefs.js - pref("security.ssl.require_safe_negotiation", false);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\security-prefs.js - pref("security.ssl3.rsa_seed_sha", true);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\defaults\pref\firefox-branding.js - pref("app.update.download.backgroundInterval", 600);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\defaults\pref\firefox-branding.js - pref("app.update.url.manual", "http://www.firefox.com");
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\defaults\pref\firefox-branding.js - pref("browser.search.param.yahoo-fr-ja", "mozff");
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\defaults\pref\firefox.js - pref("extensions.{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}.name", "chrome://browser/locale/browser.properties");
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\defaults\pref\firefox.js - pref("extensions.{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}.description", "chrome://browser/locale/browser.properties");
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\defaults\pref\firefox.js - pref("xpinstall.whitelist.add", "addons.mozilla.org");
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\defaults\pref\firefox.js - pref("xpinstall.whitelist.add.36", "getpersonas.com");
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\defaults\pref\firefox.js - pref("lightweightThemes.update.enabled", true);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\defaults\pref\firefox.js - pref("browser.allTabs.previews", false);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\defaults\pref\firefox.js - pref("plugins.hide_infobar_for_outdated_plugin", false);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\defaults\pref\firefox.js - pref("plugins.update.notifyUser", false);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\defaults\pref\firefox.js - pref("toolbar.customization.usesheet", false);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\defaults\pref\firefox.js - pref("browser.taskbar.previews.enable", false);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\defaults\pref\firefox.js - pref("browser.taskbar.previews.max", 20);
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\defaults\pref\firefox.js - pref("browser.taskbar.previews.cachetime", 20);

============= SERVICES / DRIVERS ===============

S2 ccEvtMgr;Symantec Event Manager;c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\CCSVCHST.EXE [2008-2-18 149352]
S2 ccSetMgr;Symantec Settings Manager;c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\CCSVCHST.EXE [2008-2-18 149352]
S2 LiveUpdate Notice;LiveUpdate Notice;c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\CCSVCHST.EXE [2008-2-18 149352]
S2 MSSQL$VAIO_VEDB;MSSQL$VAIO_VEDB;c:\program files\microsoft sql server\mssql$vaio_vedb\binn\sqlservr.exe -svaio_vedb --> c:\program files\microsoft sql server\mssql$vaio_vedb\binn\sqlservr.exe -sVAIO_VEDB [?]
S3 COH_Mon;COH_Mon;c:\windows\system32\drivers\COH_Mon.sys [2008-1-13 23888]
S3 EraserUtilRebootDrv;EraserUtilRebootDrv;c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\eengine\EraserUtilRebootDrv.sys [2010-6-11 102448]
S3 NAVENG;NAVENG;\??\c:\progra~1\common~1\symant~1\virusd~1\20100615.022\naveng.sys --> c:\progra~1\common~1\symant~1\virusd~1\20100615.022\NAVENG.SYS [?]
S3 NAVEX15;NAVEX15;\??\c:\progra~1\common~1\symant~1\virusd~1\20100615.022\navex15.sys --> c:\progra~1\common~1\symant~1\virusd~1\20100615.022\NAVEX15.SYS [?]
S3 nmwcdnsu;Nokia USB Flashing Phone Parent;c:\windows\system32\drivers\nmwcdnsu.sys [2010-2-19 136704]
S3 nmwcdnsuc;Nokia USB Flashing Generic;c:\windows\system32\drivers\nmwcdnsuc.sys [2010-2-19 8320]
S3 SQLAgent$VAIO_VEDB;SQLAgent$VAIO_VEDB;c:\program files\microsoft sql server\mssql$vaio_vedb\binn\sqlagent.exe -i vaio_vedb --> c:\program files\microsoft sql server\mssql$vaio_vedb\binn\sqlagent.EXE -i VAIO_VEDB [?]
S3 Symantec Core LC;Symantec Core LC;c:\progra~1\common~1\symant~1\ccpd-lc\symlcsvc.exe [2009-5-23 1245064]

=============== Created Last 30 ================

2010-07-31 20:00:30 0 ----a-w- c:\documents and settings\administrator\defogger_reenable

==================== Find3M ====================

2010-05-16 20:24:05 411368 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\deploytk.dll
2010-05-06 10:41:53 916480 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wininet.dll
2009-10-16 11:40:47 245760 -csha-w- c:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\ietldcache\index.dat

============= FINISH: 21:01:27.12 ===============


I've attached the Attach log and the GMER log.

I'm sorry to trouble you so soon after my last problem. It just so happened that my 2 pcs got similar problems at the same time. I look forward to your assistance once again.

Raz

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 12:14 PM

Hello ,
And welcome.gif to the Bleeping Computer Malware Removal Forum
. My name is Elise and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems.


I will be working on your malware issues, this may or may not solve other issues you may have with your machine.

Please note that whatever repairs we make, are for fixing your computer problems only and by no means should be used on another computer.
  • The cleaning process is not instant. Logs can take some time to research, so please be patient with me. I know that you need your computer working as quickly as possible, and I will work hard to help see that happen.
  • Please reply using the Add/Reply button in the lower right hand corner of your screen. Do not start a new topic.
  • The logs that you post should be pasted directly into the reply. Only attach them if requested or if they do not fit into the post.
  • Unfortunately, if I do not hear back from you within 5 days, I will be forced to close your topic. If you still need help after I have closed your topic, send me or a moderator a personal message with the address of the thread or feel free to create a new one.
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If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine.

If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.

If you have already posted a log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.
Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.

We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:
  • Please download OTL from one of the following mirrors:
  • Save it to your desktop.
  • Double click on the icon on your desktop.
  • Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.
  • Push the button.
  • Two reports will open, copy and paste them in a reply here:
    • OTListIt.txt <-- Will be opened
    • Extra.txt <-- Will be minimized

Please download GMER from one of the following locations and save it to your desktop:
  • Main Mirror
    This version will download a randomly named file (Recommended)
  • Zipped Mirror
    This version will download a zip file you will need to extract first. If you use this mirror, please extract the zip file to your desktop.
  • Disconnect from the Internet and close all running programs.
  • Temporarily disable any real-time active protection so your security programs will not conflict with gmer's driver.
  • Double-click on the randomly named GMER file (i.e. n7gmo46c.exe) and allow the gmer.sys driver to load if asked.
  • Note: If you downloaded the zipped version, extract the file to its own folder such as C:\gmer and then double-click on gmer.exe.


  • GMER will open to the Rootkit/Malware tab and perform an automatic quick scan when first run. (do not use the computer while the scan is in progress)
  • If you receive a WARNING!!! about rootkit activity and are asked to fully scan your system...click NO.
  • Now click the Scan button. If you see a rootkit warning window, click OK.
  • When the scan is finished, click the Save... button to save the scan results to your Desktop. Save the file as gmer.log.
  • Click the Copy button and paste the results into your next reply.
  • Exit GMER and re-enable all active protection when done.
-- If you encounter any problems, try running GMER in Safe Mode.

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In the meantime please, do NOT install any new programs or update anything unless told to do so while we are fixing your problem

If you still need help, please include the following in your next reply
  • A detailed description of your problems
  • A new OTL log (don't forget extra.txt)
  • GMER log

Thanks and again sorry for the delay.

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 08:24 AM

Hey - sorry for late reply - work and my other netbook screwing up again...

Anyway, regarding this - was just wondering about the GMER scan - considering that I haven't used the laptop since the last scan above - do I still have to do it again considering that it was very slow time and took almost half a day if I remember correctly?

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 10:58 AM

No need, just post the OTL logs. smile.gif

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 04:34 PM

OK - here they are in the form of attachments

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 04:22 AM

Lets see if we can restore normal mode. Just FYI, that line in GMER is perfectly legit.

COMBOFIX
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Please download ComboFix from one of these locations:
  • Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right click on the System Tray icon. They may otherwise interfere with our tools. (Click on this link to see a list of programs that should be disabled. The list is not all inclusive.)
  • Double click on Combofix.exe and follow the prompts.
  • As part of it's process, ComboFix will check to see if the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed. With malware infections being as they are today, it's strongly recommended to have this pre-installed on your machine before doing any malware removal. It will allow you to boot up into a special recovery/repair mode that will allow us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware.
  • Follow the prompts to allow ComboFix to download and install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console, and when prompted, agree to the End-User License Agreement to install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console.
**Please note: If the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is already installed, or if you are running Vista, ComboFix will continue it's malware removal procedures.



Once the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed using ComboFix, you should see the following message:



Click on Yes, to continue scanning for malware.

When finished, it shall produce a log for you. Please include the C:\ComboFix.txt in your next reply.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 06:37 AM

Ok - will get on it tonight - as laptop stays at home while I work/study. Sorry for the delays this will cause. And what are you talking about in regards to GMER?

Edited by raz112, 12 August 2010 - 06:39 AM.


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Posted 12 August 2010 - 07:04 AM

GMER is only a diagnostics scan. It is able to show rootkits and the like. It can often cause system isntability when run and in your case the initial log was such that I don't think its necessary at this point to rerun it.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 07:21 PM

OK - done the Combofix tests though there were two problems beforehand - one was not being able to turn off Norton 360, though looking at task manager it wasn't running, and even clicking on the program, Norton told me that it doesn't run in Safe Mode, so I guess ComboFix just detected the program or something.

The second issue was the inability of installing the Recovery Console, as I can't access the internet in safe mode due to my archaic internet. So ComboFix just ran and here are the results attached as requested.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 01:56 AM

Hi, does normal mode work now?

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 05:51 AM

Nope - stuck at the welcome screen, with the hard drive working its ass off for a while, and its light permanently on; the mouse functional, but the keyboard not so.

I must add however the progress of the screen varies - sometimes I get to see the wallpaper - the closest involved seeing the desktop icons - but the computer was and is in a vegitative state with no functionality, and the welcome screen is the most common screen seen.


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Posted 13 August 2010 - 05:54 AM

I'm wondering if Symantec isn't causing this problem. Could you attempt to uninstall it in Safe mode and then try to boot again in normal mode.

It wouldn't be the first case I see where Symantec caused this issue and in fact their techsupport has admitted sometimes such problems are seen.

Please click HERE and follow the instructions in STEP 2 to download and run the norton removal tool.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 05:54 PM

Yeah - amazingly it worked. But wait, is that it?

If so, I'm relieved but annoyed as well. Do you mean to suggest that Norton just randomly decides to crash and threaten my computer, which left me frustrated and dehabilitated for months, in which I wasted a lot of time? Or was there something I did that must have caused this?

Also, what now? I've got no antivirus, so shall I just install avira now? And other steps I gotta take to make sure that everything's clean?



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Posted 14 August 2010 - 04:18 AM

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If so, I'm relieved but annoyed as well. Do you mean to suggest that Norton just randomly decides to crash and threaten my computer, which left me frustrated and dehabilitated for months, in which I wasted a lot of time? Or was there something I did that must have caused this?
Unfortunately you could not have done anything to avoid this. If I recall its something between Norton and Sony that can cause issues. I have had a similar case, but can't find it to verify.

Sadly Nortons support is sloppy to say the least and on top of that they ask you to pay for advanced tech support.

If you are interested in a good free antivirus, see below.

Three good antivirus programs free for non-commercial home use are Avast!, Antivir and Microsoft Security Essentials
Note: You should only have one antivirus installed at a time. Having more than one antivirus program installed at once is likely to cause conflicts and may well decrease your overall protection as well as impairing the performance of your PC.

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 07:59 AM

That is really ridiculous. Although this Sony Laptop is still alive after 5 years, it's been a real pain, not worth the money I spent on it.

Anyway regarding the antiviruses, out of those 3 which one would you personally choose? Also it seems that I have the installation files for McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.5i. I seem to doubt its effectiveness though I do recognise the increasing intelligence of malware and virus threats. Having said that I don't like the cpu it takes up, but it seems all Antivirus programs do that - god knows Norton did.

In spite of my reservations, would you say that trumps everything else and McAfee is the way to go?

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