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#1 jimbob2005


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Posted 24 December 2005 - 11:35 AM

Please Help. My computer is going very slow and when I try to get on a web site, it goes to another site. I cannot evne get spider solitaire to run off line. I hope I am posting in the correct forum.

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#2 jimbob2005

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Posted 24 December 2005 - 11:43 AM

Under further review, I cannot even get into control panel, or any other system tools. It keeps asking what program I want to use to open the selection, and I don't know which one to choose. Same goes when I try system restore. The error I get is:C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
Application not found

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Posted 24 December 2005 - 01:24 PM

Sounds like you've been hijacked.

Run these online virus scanners:

Also this online Trojan scanner:

Are you using these basic security programs?
(They're all free.)

aČ free - a complementary product to antivirus software which is specialized in protection against harmful software. Antivirus software often features an inadequate protection against Trojans, Dialers and Spyware. aČ fills this gap.
ewido security suite - offers protection against urgently growing threats like Trojans, Worms, Dialers, Hijackers, Spyware and Keyloggers.
Ad-Aware - A good program similar to SpyBot S & D.
Spybot S&D - Detects and removes spyware, of different types, from your computer.
Spywareblaster - A good program that prevents spyware from being installed on your computer in the first place. This program is always running in the background, protecting your computer. It prevents the installation of bad active X controls found in web pages.
SpywareGuard - A nice compliment to SpywareBlaster. This allows you the option to prevent downloads that contain bad active X controls.

If not, you need to. These programs, updated and used regularly, will do a lot to keep your computer clean of spyware, trojans, keyloggers, browser hijackers, etc...

Download them, update them, and then run them.

When installing ewido security suite, under Additional Options uncheck:
Install background guard
Install scan via context menu

Please read this tutorial on Spybot S&D before using it. Spybot can do SERIOUS damage, if not used properly.

Other useful Tutorials:
Using Ad-Aware SE
Using SpywareBlaster
Using SpywareGuard
Using Ewido

If the above doesn't help rid you of the problem, then:

Read How to post a HijackThis Log.
Please read, and follow, all directions carefully.

Then, run a log, and post it in the HijackThis forum, at this link. Do not, fix anything, yet.
A member, of the HJT Team, will help you out.
It may take a while to get a response, because the HJT Team are very busy. Please, be patient, these people are volunteers. They will help you out, as soon as possible.

Once you have made the post, please, DO NOT make another post in the HJT forum, until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. The first thing they look for, when looking for logs to reply to, is 0 replies. If you make another post, there will be 1 reply. The team member, glancing over the replies, might assume someone is already helping you out, and will not respond. So, just make your post, and let it sit there, until a team member responds. This way you will be taken care of, in the most timely manner.
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#4 jimbob2005

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Posted 24 December 2005 - 04:10 PM

ok, here is the problem, I cannot get anyhting I download to open. I press download now, the windows box comes up, I click run, it downlaods to temporary internet file. When I click run after that, a box comes up saying "Application not found". I did run the TrojanScan and it found 41000+ Malware. I had installed Spybot Search and Destroy and Adware Personal onto this computer (it is my Father-in-laws) but they had not been using it. I cannot run hijack this, b/c as soon as I download it, it says Aplication cannot be found. Any other suggestions.
P.S. When ever I try to open any program, it prompts me to pick what pograms I want to open it wiith.

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Posted 24 December 2005 - 04:58 PM

Ideally, you would pick "save to disk" instead of "run" on downloading applications.
The app's .exe file would then go to the default location for downloads.

I use FF, and the downloads go to the desktop. (PER TOOLS>DOWNLOADS> what I set up)
I have looked but I can't seem to locate the same configuration location in Internet Explorer.
Dang it, but try that angle ... follow the download "save to disk" as the window indicates where it will go.

Should be desktop, or My Documents or something consistant in IE, too.

You might try the start>search and add a recent downloaded file description to see where these .exe are going currently, or where they used to go if it has changed behavior.

As for the "open with" choose "from a list" and browse ... thinking what on your PC might be used.

For instance, if the download is a .zip file, you'd want to use either 'compressed (zip) files" which is the winxp file compression app, or perhaps you have an additional program in your C:\Programs folder like winRar or Izarc.

A folder or file that is an executable (.exe) can be opened in the usual way (using windows explorer) right-click "open" or "explore" when you know where the file is and choosing from multiple files within the folder the one that is usually an icon that commonsense sorta tells ya' it's the .exe. You can also choose properties from the context menu (the right-click on any folder/file) typically the last optionin that menu.

It seems the PC is infected.
I'm just trying to help you perform some basic operational moves despite that probable fact.

If the start menu shortcuts, desktop icons or tray icons do not make applications like the ones you need to run start (spy-bot, ad-aware first ... and update them if possible) you can navigate to C:\Program Files and open the programs there.

Using winXP? If not some of this advice ain't no good to ya.
patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...

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