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svchost.exe spikes and internet links redirect

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#1 justurtype


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Posted 29 March 2011 - 08:17 PM

Less than a week ago I noticed that svchost.exe was running extremely high. I'd never seen that before. Not long after, same day, I noticed that clicking on internet links would redirect to different sites. I had a similar problem a year or so ago. I looked for similar problems in the forums first


but trying to follow along without help hasn't done me much good and will probably make getting help even more difficult now. I'm running XP Pro Version 2002 Service Pack 2.

I downloaded TDSSkiller and ran it and it found something, but I didn't document what (I know).
I downloaded Malwarebyte's anti-malware and that didn't pick up anything
I downloaded microsoft security essentials and that scan removed several items involving "java" and a Win32/Pdfjsc>MZ
I downloaded FixCleaner and ran it but it may have been interrupted. It said it completed, but there was a computer freeze during.
I also, before everything had attempted to run combofix, but it was impeded by a message about AVG. I've since read that was a bad idea to begin with.

I had AVG and it never picked up anything. Now however it won't even open and it won't uninstall. Uninstall freezes add/remove programs and all AVG links are dead.
Svchost.exe still spikes. The computer keeps freezing up, especially when using the internet. The redirecting seems to come and go. It was still redirecting after the last of the scans, but hasn't been most recently.

Hope you can help.

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#2 cryptodan


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Posted 29 March 2011 - 08:19 PM

Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<==.

Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<== Please include the link to this topic in your new topic and a description of your computer issues and what you have done to resolve them.

If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.

Once you have created the new topic, please reply back here with a link to the new topic.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:43 PM

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 12:06 AM

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.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.

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