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Virus / Malware ? XP menu bar changes to old style & beeps

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#1 splashgecko


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Posted 15 December 2010 - 02:00 AM

Hi folks,

New user, hoping you can help me with a virus / malware problem or similar.

I am running XP, and naively downloaded P2P software not knowing it was P2P until it was too late! My Antivirus (Norton Internet Security with Live Update) started going berserk, at which point I removed the P2P program via the Control Panel on my PC. I have since updated and run Malwarebytes Anti Malware, but it doesn't bring up anything of note.

Symptoms... my Antivirus software frequently brings up a window message similar to "A threat has been detected and is now fixed... click here for more details" - this would happen around 5-10 times a day. My task bar at the bottom of my screen has reverted to an older grey style (it's usually blue from the default XP settings), and the same has happened to Internet Explorer - it has reverted to an older grey style as well. The other thing that's out of the ordinary is that every now and again my PC will beep similar to the sound heard when an error occurs or a prompt box opens, but there is no prompt box to click "OK" - there is nothing there.

Given that I have a lot of work files on the infected PC, I really need to remedy the problem asap to prevent any loss (if possible). I've checked out other posts, and realise this is a case-by-case issue so any help much appreciated!

I'm in Australia, so if I don't respond straight away it will be because of the time difference.

Thanks for any help,


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#2 Casey_boy


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Posted 24 December 2010 - 07:44 AM

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer

We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.

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.

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