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mshta.exe trying to access the internet

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#1 extuhzee


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Posted 28 November 2010 - 07:49 AM


This is my first post and I am very excited and thankful for the help being offered here.

Recently I visited a site and received some popups, specifically one for microsoft security essentials which I have never seen before. I then began receiving alerts from ZoneAlarm that mshta.exe is trying to access the internet, and I Deny it every time. However, I never got this notification before. It happens quite frequently now. I have scanned with the following programs:

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Malwarebyes and Norman found a few things and I removed them. I rebooted and continued to scan until nothing was left. Many times it found restore point to remove. However, I still receive the mshta.exe notifications from ZoneAlarm and also see many mshta processed running in my task manager under processes. I believe something is still on my computer and trying to send information. Can anyone help?

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 04:32 PM


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#3 kaboom1216


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Posted 01 December 2010 - 12:38 AM

I had this same problem and I believe that I found a fix for it earlier today. I scanned with Malwarebytes, Spybot S&D, TDSSKiller, and checked my HijackThis log all of which found minimal to no infections. Also used ATFCleaner and use CCleaner on a regular basis but none of it seemed to help. As far as I know, it is simply a scheduled task that a virus has put in place on your computer to connect to an IP address over the internet (I think anyways... Mine had an IP in Latvia that mshta.exe would try and get to) about every hour, which is why so many mshta.exe instances show up. Simply go to your Control Panel and click on Scheduled Tasks. Their should be about 24 of them (one for each hour of the day) labeled at1, at2, at3, at4, etc. After deleting all 24 of them I noticed that it had stopped creating them in the task manager and seemed to have solved my problem. I am no genius with computers but know a fair amount and hopefully this resolves your problem as it did mine.

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 08:28 AM

Although your problem may be similar, the solution could be different based on the kind of hardware, software, system requirements, etc. and the presence of other malware which means the degree of infection can vary.
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#5 Matt N. M.

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 11:42 PM

Thanks for the tip, kaboom1216! Sure enough, there's a bunch of At1, At2, At3... in scheduled tasks.

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