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.MSHTA virus?? Also numerous PC problems

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#1 wilson419


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Posted 25 January 2011 - 03:11 AM


I thank whomever responds to this in advance.

I have been having trouble with my PC for what seems like months (I'm Running Windows XP Pro). I think it all started with one of those b.s. Antivirus java script applications/hijacks from a long time ago, which I thought I had cleaned out completely but maybe not. Over this past Christmas my PC actually crashed and wouldn't boot windows in any mode (safe/standard/safe with networking) and I also couldn't get it to restore; although I did finally wind up getting it to boot again via the start-up disk and a system repair. I've repeatedly tried darned near everything I can think of to solve my issues, but to no avail, so I'm really hoping you guys can help.

In a nut shell, here are a few of the issues that stand out:

-Multiple instances of .MSHTA running (also seems to generate a new instance approx every hour or so without cessation)
-Unusual graphical errors such as numerous icons disappearing and/or appearing only partially
-Slow/choppy/unstable system
-Firefox and IE crashing, also errors trying to launch them such as "Invalid Windows Image"
-Check-disk (CHKDSK) trying to run on restart, which leads to major problems afterwards, which has necessitated me booting off the start-up disk to repair my system
-Sporadic inability to restart or shut down my PC via Windows taskbar->Start button
-Upgrading ServicePack3 via windows updater totally throws my system for a loop.

I have the most up to date version of AVG going, I also run CCleaner, Ad-Aware, Malwarebytes, ATF-Cleaner, Spyware Blaster, Disk-Cleanup, and Disk Defragmenter pretty routinely. But nothing unusual seems to show up. I also try to run Hijackthis, but I really don't know what I'm looking for so I'm afraid to change anything with it.

If you need to know more, please ask and I'll do my best to answer. Thanks again!

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 03:51 AM

Multiple instances of .MSHTA

Your particular malware issue requires the use of tools and procedures beyond what is allowed in this forum.

Please follow the instructions in the
Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help

When you have done that, post your log in the "Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum", NOT here, for assistance by the Malware Response Team experts.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 04:35 PM

Malware topic here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic375759.html

Now that your log is properly posted, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a Malware Removal Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the Malware Removal Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the Malware Removal Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the Malware Removal Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another MR Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic.
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