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Event I.D. 1003


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#1 eddie11013

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 11:56 PM

First off my computer seems to be working fine. But I am very concerned that something is about to happen. I checked the ‘event viewer’ a while back and noticed there was an ongoing issue.
--- Type: Warning…Source: Dhcp…Event I.D.:1003...
Description: Your computer was not able to renew its address from the network (from the DHCP Server) for the Network Card with network address 000874BAF9F6. The following error occurred: The semaphore timeout period has expired. Your computer will continue to try and obtain an address on its own from the network address (DHCP) server.

Initially I ignored these “warnings”, but they “now” appear a “LOT”. Sometimes ten in a row. Anytime of day or night. I’m mainly concerned that either something is going out or that there is some kind of infection. I decided to reformat today, its been a little while since I last did one, and the “warnings” are still there. Did a Google search but it got confusing so I gave up. There have not been any “other” errors or warnings in event viewer for a very long time. I have run various anti ‘stuff’ with no success, Malwarebytes being one. I used to have Zone Alarm Free but now I only use Windows Firewall.

Dell Dimension 2350, 2.0 Ghz, Windows XP Pro, SP3, 1GB, Cable Modem, all windows updates, Microsoft Security Essentials.

Thanks in advance for any assistance,

Eddie
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DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Run by Administrator at 19:30:55 on 2011-12-15
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1022.634 [GMT -6:00]
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AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {EDB4FA23-53B8-4AFA-8C5D-99752CCA7095}
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============== Running Processes ===============
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C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\Antimalware\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
C:\Program Files\UPHClean\uphclean.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe
C:\Program Files\Gadwin Systems\PrintScreen\PrintScreen.exe
C:\Program Files\AWS\WeatherBug\Weather.exe
C:\Program Files\WordWeb\wweb32.exe
C:\Program Files\POP Peeper\POPPeeper.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\taskmgr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Webshots\webshots.scr
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Works\wkswp.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Works\MSWorks.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Works\wkgdcach.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
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============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============
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mWinlogon: SfcDisable=-99 (0xffffff9d)
BHO: Adobe PDF Link Helper: {18df081c-e8ad-4283-a596-fa578c2ebdc3} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
BHO: Java™ Plug-In SSV Helper: {761497bb-d6f0-462c-b6eb-d4daf1d92d43} - c:\program files\java\jre6\bin\ssv.dll
BHO: Java™ Plug-In 2 SSV Helper: {dbc80044-a445-435b-bc74-9c25c1c588a9} - c:\program files\java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
uRun: [Gadwin PrintScreen] c:\program files\gadwin systems\printscreen\PrintScreen.exe /nosplash
uRun: [uTorrent] "c:\program files\utorrent\uTorrent.exe"
uRun: [Weather] c:\program files\aws\weatherbug\Weather.exe 1
uRun: [WordWeb] "c:\program files\wordweb\wweb32.exe" -startup
uRun: [POP Peeper] "c:\program files\pop peeper\POPPeeper.exe" -min
mRun: [<NO NAME>]
mRun: [MSC] "c:\program files\microsoft security client\msseces.exe" -hide -runkey
mRun: [BootSkin Startup Jobs] "c:\program files\stardock\wincustomize\bootskin\BootSkin.exe" /StartupJobs
dRunOnce: [_nltide_3] rundll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSectionEx nLite.inf,C,,4,N
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\admini~1\startm~1\programs\startup\webshots.lnk - c:\program files\webshots\Launcher.exe
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\monito~1.lnk - c:\windows\system32\taskmgr.exe
uPolicies-explorer: ForceClassicControlPanel = 1 (0x1)
uPolicies-explorer: NoSMMyPictures = 1 (0x1)
uPolicies-explorer: StartMenuLogoff = 1 (0x1)
mPolicies-explorer: HideRunAsVerb = 1 (0x1)
dPolicies-explorer: ForceClassicControlPanel = 1 (0x1)
dPolicies-explorer: NoSMMyPictures = 1 (0x1)
dPolicies-explorer: StartMenuLogoff = 1 (0x1)
IE: &ieSpell Options - c:\program files\iespell\iespell.dll/SPELLOPTION.HTM
IE: &Search - c:\search\search.htm
IE: Check &Spelling - c:\program files\iespell\iespell.dll/SPELLCHECK.HTM
IE: Lookup on Merriam Webster - file://c:\program files\iespell\Merriam Webster.HTM
IE: Lookup on Wikipedia - file://c:\program files\iespell\wikipedia.HTM
IE: {0E17D5B7-9F5D-4fee-9DF6-CA6EE38B68A8} - res://c:\program files\iespell\iespell.dll/SPELLCHECK.HTM
IE: {1606D6F9-9D3B-4aea-A025-ED5B2FD488E7} - res://c:\program files\iespell\iespell.dll/SPELLOPTION.HTM
IE: {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
DPF: {8AD9C840-044E-11D1-B3E9-00805F499D93} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_30-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0030-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_30-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_30-windows-i586.cab
TCP: DhcpNameServer = 209.18.47.61 209.18.47.62
TCP: Interfaces\{DF76EF82-A39B-4880-9F1C-F5DB134BA7B2} : DhcpNameServer = 209.18.47.61 209.18.47.62
Notify: igfxcui - igfxsrvc.dll
SSODL: WPDShServiceObj - {AAA288BA-9A4C-45B0-95D7-94D524869DB5} - c:\windows\system32\WPDShServiceObj.dll
SecurityProviders: msapsspc.dll, schannel.dll, credssp.dll, digest.dll, msnsspc.dll
Hosts: 0.0.0.0 localhost
Hosts: 0.0.0.0 fr.a2dfp.net
Hosts: 0.0.0.0 m.fr.a2dfp.net
Hosts: 0.0.0.0 ad.a8.net
Hosts: 0.0.0.0 asy.a8ww.net
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Note: multiple HOSTS entries found. Please refer to Attach.txt
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============= SERVICES / DRIVERS ===============
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R1 MpFilter;Microsoft Malware Protection Driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\MpFilter.sys [2011-4-18 165648]
R1 MpKsl2f26b7e4;MpKsl2f26b7e4;c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\microsoft\microsoft antimalware\definition updates\{bbbb540b-4ebf-4c56-a0c4-9090bc209c57}\MpKsl2f26b7e4.sys [2011-12-15 29904]
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=============== Created Last 30 ================
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2011-12-16 00:39:58 388096 ----a-r- c:\documents and settings\administrator\application data\microsoft\installer\{45a66726-69bc-466b-a7a4-12fcba4883d7}\HiJackThis.exe
2011-12-16 00:39:55 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\Trend Micro
2011-12-16 00:22:11 29904 ----a-w- c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\microsoft\microsoft antimalware\definition updates\{bbbb540b-4ebf-4c56-a0c4-9090bc209c57}\MpKsl2f26b7e4.sys
2011-12-16 00:21:54 56200 ----a-w- c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\microsoft\microsoft antimalware\definition updates\{bbbb540b-4ebf-4c56-a0c4-9090bc209c57}\offreg.dll
2011-12-15 22:53:32 -------- d-----w- c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\vsosdk
2011-12-15 16:43:33 -------- d-----w- c:\documents and settings\administrator\local settings\application data\Temp
2011-12-15 16:43:33 -------- d-----w- c:\documents and settings\administrator\local settings\application data\Adobe
2011-12-15 16:13:10 -------- d-----w- c:\documents and settings\administrator\application data\Webshots
2011-12-15 16:04:00 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\Webshots
2011-12-15 15:40:18 -------- d-----w- C:\search
2011-12-15 15:18:16 -------- d-----w- c:\documents and settings\administrator\application data\POP Peeper
2011-12-15 15:17:44 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\POP Peeper
2011-12-15 15:17:32 50256 ----a-w- c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\proof\Uninstal.exe
2011-12-15 15:15:57 -------- d-----w- c:\documents and settings\administrator\local settings\application data\Identities
2011-12-15 15:15:56 -------- d-----w- c:\documents and settings\administrator\usrusmt2.tmp
2011-12-15 15:15:16 2560 ----a-w- c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\microsoft\usmt\iconlib.dll
2011-12-15 15:12:12 2212096 ------w- c:\windows\wweb32.dll
2011-12-15 15:12:09 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\WordWeb
2011-12-15 15:09:33 -------- d-----w- c:\documents and settings\administrator\local settings\application data\WeatherBug
2011-12-15 15:09:24 -------- d-----w- c:\documents and settings\administrator\application data\WeatherBug
2011-12-15 15:09:19 18944 ----a-r- c:\documents and settings\administrator\application data\microsoft\installer\{297dcada-86a1-4a42-8a13-66b7d7a09fd2}\IconBB6A16301.exe
2011-12-15 15:09:19 11264 ----a-r- c:\documents and settings\administrator\application data\microsoft\installer\{297dcada-86a1-4a42-8a13-66b7d7a09fd2}\IconBB6A1630.exe
2011-12-15 15:09:15 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\AWS
2011-12-15 15:06:56 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\uTorrent
2011-12-15 15:06:29 -------- d-----w- c:\documents and settings\administrator\application data\uTorrent
2011-12-15 15:00:51 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\Gadwin Systems
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==================== Find3M ====================
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2011-12-16 00:21:41 163712 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\vidstub.sys
2011-12-15 14:36:29 691481 ----a-w- c:\windows\unins000.exe
2011-12-15 14:08:32 73728 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\javacpl.cpl
2011-12-15 14:08:32 472808 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\deployJava1.dll
2011-12-15 04:06:58 8704 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\tsbyuv.dll
2011-12-15 04:03:37 539008 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\smwdm.sys
2011-12-15 04:01:19 361600 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\tcpip.sys
2011-12-15 04:01:18 140288 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\sfc_os.dll
2011-12-15 03:59:59 249856 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drmupgds.exe
2011-12-15 03:59:59 232448 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\l3codecp.acm
2011-12-15 03:59:58 276992 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\audiodev.dll
2011-12-15 03:59:57 4096 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wmvdmoe2.dll
2011-12-15 03:59:56 4096 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wmvdmod.dll
2011-12-15 03:59:51 1329152 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wmspdmoe.dll
2011-12-15 03:59:48 604160 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wmspdmod.dll
2011-12-15 03:59:47 99840 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wmpshell.dll
2011-12-15 03:59:47 4096 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wmsdmoe2.dll
2011-12-15 03:59:47 4096 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wmsdmod.dll
2011-12-15 03:59:46 8231936 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wmploc.dll
2011-12-15 03:59:27 286208 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wmpdxm.dll
2011-12-15 03:59:26 211456 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wmpasf.dll
2011-12-15 03:57:21 26112 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\idndl.dll
2011-12-15 03:57:20 10240 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\advpack.dll.mui
2011-12-15 03:57:19 919552 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wininet.dll
2011-12-15 03:57:15 420864 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\vbscript.dll
2011-12-15 03:57:11 66560 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\tdc.ocx
2011-12-15 03:57:08 48128 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\mshtmler.dll
2011-12-15 03:57:08 1638912 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\mshtml.tlb
2011-12-15 03:57:08 156160 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\msls31.dll
2011-12-15 03:56:45 45568 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\mshta.exe
2011-12-15 03:56:45 43520 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\licmgr10.dll
2011-12-15 03:56:37 1469440 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\inetcpl.cpl
2011-12-15 03:56:34 34816 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\imgutil.dll
2011-12-15 03:56:32 71680 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\iesetup.dll
2011-12-15 03:56:18 385024 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\html.iec
2011-12-15 03:56:15 72704 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\admparse.dll
2011-12-15 03:56:15 18944 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\corpol.dll
2011-12-15 03:54:59 567176 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\RmActivate.exe
2011-12-15 03:53:51 45056 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\winlogonnotification.dll
2011-12-15 03:52:59 68096 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\webclnt.dll
2011-12-15 03:51:58 56832 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\secur32.dll
2011-12-15 03:50:57 1520664 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\msjet40.dll
2011-12-15 03:49:59 954368 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\mfc40.dll
2011-12-15 03:48:57 617472 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\advapi32.dll
2011-12-15 03:48:57 138496 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\afd.sys
2011-12-15 03:48:55 68096 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\adsmsext.dll
2011-12-15 03:48:55 471552 ----a-w- c:\windows\apppatch\AcLayers.dll
2011-12-15 03:48:55 176128 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\adsldp.dll
2011-12-15 03:48:54 131584 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\aaclient.dll
2011-12-15 03:48:53 100864 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\6to4svc.dll
2011-12-15 03:46:31 176 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nlite.cmd
2011-11-23 18:00:00 74752 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\ff_vfw.dll
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============= FINISH: 19:31:38.89 ===============

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 10:28 AM

Still need help. I have original windows cd available.
Thanks in advance,
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Hi, these DHCP errors are nothing to worry about and usually occur if your internet connection drops, for whatever reason.

P2P WARNING
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Going over your logs I noticed that you have uTorrent installed.
  • Avoid gaming sites, pirated software, cracking tools, keygens, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs.
  • They are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a wide variety of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Many malicious worms and Trojans spread across P2P file sharing networks, gaming and underground sites.
  • Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans and spyware. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users.
  • The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid these types of web sites and not use any P2P applications.
It is pretty much certain that if you continue to use P2P programs, you will get infected again.
I would recommend that you uninstall uTorrent, however that choice is up to you. If you choose to remove these programs, you can do so via Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs.

If you wish to keep it, please do not use it until your computer is cleaned.


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Posted 23 December 2011 - 09:59 AM

Thanks for replying, Elise

“these DHCP errors are nothing to worry about and usually occur if your internet connection drops, for whatever reason” -- Hmmm, well, initially I was “not” concerned since I had seen these ‘errors’ before, but I would only “notice” getting one or two of them in any given day. But, as I originally stated, they are happening much more frequently, yesterday there were 16 in a row and today 12 in a row. My concern was / is if something were going out in my computer. Since I am on a fixed income I don’t want any surprises. I even went to Time Warner Cable to get their ‘latest’ modem but to no avail.

“I noticed that you have uTorrent installed”. Thanks for the concern, the last time I got a virus was about 8 or 9 years ago, that was before I knew that I needed to have any “anti” stuff and since then I have been clean, I fact I usually help family to clean their machines.

“Your version of Java is out of date”. Yes, that was intentional, that is to say that the “Cnet” forum that I go to from time to time, stated that the “newest” version of Java was not ready for prime time. When I saw that “message” I had already installed the newest Java and was having “issues” so I uninstalled it and went back to Java 6. I could try Java 7 again but since I’m a home user with no business needs I’m not sure I gain anything, but if it works then it becomes a non issue.

“MALWAREBYTES ANTIMALWARE”. I have used this program before, in fact anytime I think I have an issue, I install it. But it never finds anything. The MSE seems to be working great and alerts me when there is an “issue”. Have also downloaded and installed Spybot search & destroy, but it also doesn’t find anything. Which, of course, is good.

Soooo, well, thanks,

Eddie

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 10:07 AM

I do not recommend to use older versions of Java, as Java exploits are a very common vector of infection.

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Your machine appears to be clean, please take the time to read below on how to secure the machine and take the necessary steps to keep it clean :)

Hiding Hidden Files
Please set your system to hide all hidden files.
  • Click Start, open My Computer, select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
  • Select the View Tab. Under the Hidden files and folders heading, uncheck Show hidden files and folders.
  • Check: Hide file extensions for known file types
  • Check the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.
  • Click Yes to confirm.
Purging System Restore Points
Now you should Set a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been saved in System Restore. Since System Restore is a protected directory, your tools can not access it to delete these bad files which sometimes can reinfect your system. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "OK".
  • Click the "More Options" Tab.
  • Click "Clean Up" in the System Restore section to remove all previous restore points except the newly created one.

Please read these advices, in order to prevent reinfecting your PC:
  • Install and update the following programs regularly:
    • an outbound firewall. If you are connected to the internet through a router, you are already behind a hardware firewall and as such you do not need an extra software firewall.
      A comprehensive tutorial and a list of possible firewalls can be found here.
    • an AntiVirus Software
      It is imperative that you update your AntiVirus Software on regular basis.If you do not update your AntiVirus Software then it will not be able to catch the latest threats.
    • an Anti-Spyware program
      Malware Byte's Anti Malware is an excellent Anti-Spyware scanner. It's scan times are usually under ten minutes, and has excellent detection and removal rates.
      SUPERAntiSpyware is another good scanner with high detection and removal rates.
      Both programs are free for non commercial home use but provide a resident and do not nag if you purchase the paid versions.
    • Spyware Blaster
      A tutorial for Spywareblaster can be found here. If you wish, the commercial version provides automatic updating.
  • Keep Windows (and your other Microsoft software) up to date!
    I cannot stress how important this is enough. Often holes are found in Internet Explorer or Windows itself that require patching. Sometimes these holes will allow an attacker unrestricted access to your computer.
    Therefore, please, visit the Microsoft Update Website and follow the on screen instructions to setup Microsoft Update. Also follow the instructions to update your system. Please REBOOT and repeat this process until there are no more updates to install!!
  • Keep your other software up to date as well
    Software does not need to be made by Microsoft to be insecure. You can use the Secunia Online Software occasionally to help you check for out of date software on yourmachine.
  • Stay up to date!
    The MOST IMPORTANT part of any security setup is keeping the software up to date. Malware writers release new variants every single day. If your software updates don't keep up, then the malware will always be one step ahead. Not a good thing.
Some more links you might find of interest:
Please reply to this topic if you have read the above information. If your computer is working fine, this topic will be closed afterwards.

regards, Elise


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Posted 23 December 2011 - 10:23 AM

Thanks for your assistance, Elise

Maybe I posted in the wrong forum since I really didn't think I was "infected", but it didn't hurt to find out.

Thanks again,
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Posted 23 December 2011 - 10:32 AM

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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