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Windows 7 Internet Security (NIH.exe)

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#1 Hxrmn


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Posted 22 April 2011 - 02:26 AM

Greetings BC:

My sister was using her laptop today when all of a sudden a bunch of applications claiming to be security software appeared.
I immediately took the computer down and put it in safe mode.

Then I tried running HijackThis.exe to see if I could find a startup entry or BHO of some sort.
I have had no such luck.

However I did find out that the instigator of these actions was a rogue executable called nih.exe

So I ran Process Explorer to see if I could find the origin of this file.
It's masked such that it appears to be in C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local, but it's being spawned from some other process in the system.

It's also generating WildTangent and ZoomBrowser folders in C:\ProgramData.

I tried to install some security software on the machine but got a fake error claiming that the application was designed for a 64bit architecture, when it's not (nih.exe spawned to let me know this).

This exe is spawned automatically when:
1. another application is started (even notepad).
2. when the computer starts.

The cause of this problem is unknown, her computer started acting up about 2 months ago (same sort of problem) but her norton AV kicked in and took care of it.
Now it's back with a vengeance.

My sister is an amazing artist and her computer is her medium.
I implore you, please help.

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#2 Hxrmn

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 07:42 PM

I've solved the problem (found restore points in the windows recovery menu at system boot screen).

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 05:02 PM

It appears that this issue is resolved, therefore I am closing the topic. If that is not the case and you need or wish to continue with this topic, please send me or any Moderator a Personal Message (PM) that you would like this topic re-opened.
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