On Microsoft Answer's MSE section I was seeking help troubleshooting a popup which occasionaly appears on my machine. A member instructed me to run Combofix + a TDSS removal program, thinking I was infected with a rootkit.
No rootkits were discovered but having run those two applications my system now reveals these normally hidden folders on all hard drives;
Attached is a screenshot of what the folders look like in explorer; it appears that they are no longer set with hidden\system attributes.
I am running Windows 7 Ultimate (32bit) SP1 with Microsoft Security Essentials as my Anti-Virus.
Attempts taken to try and resolve this issue;
Restart Computer - has been restarted a few times since the intial use of ComboFix.exe)
Web Search - I have not found any articles which match my issue
Folder Options - The setting "Hide Protected Operating System Files" has no affect on these folders now, whether it is turned on or off.
It is possible that the TDSSKiller.exe program from Kasperky is the cause of this-- or some other occurance entirely --but given that I have not installed any other new applications or made any system changes since running ComboFix.exe (and combofix.exe seems far more complex than the TDSSkiller.exe) it seems a likely culprit.
I'm thinking I just need to manualy reassign these folders as being system folders, but am unsure how to do this in win7 or if ComboFix has made other system changes I will have to track down...
Thanks for your time
Edited by hamluis, 20 April 2011 - 08:12 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to AV, Firewall, etc.