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Random music playing virus solved


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#1 bctrack

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 06:21 PM

Problem solved !

After none of the virus and malware removal software worked and after extensive research, I came up with this solution that worked for me.

After running process explorer by Microsoft, I determined iexplorer was causing the problems.

I downloaded Norton power eraser to confirm and scanned my system in safe mode.
http://security.symantec.com/nbrt/npe.aspx?lcid=1033

Scanning result confirmed that iexplorer, svchost and some other system exe files were infected and it couldn’t fix them. A link was provided with suggestion on how to fix them. Basically it was to run windows repair during windows installation to overwrite old files with new ones.

However, repair doesn’t work if you have latest ie installed. You must have older version for repair to work.

Regardless, I couldn’t care less for iexplorer, so:

1- Uninstalled internet explorer 8 (ie8) from control panel>add/remove programs.
2- Reboot
3- Uninstalled SP3 and reboot
4- Uninstalled ie7 and reboot.

Now, I ended up with ie6 on my windows xp found in Program Files\Internet Explorer folder.

At this point the annoying random music playing has stopped. Oh so much for all the Microsoft security updates.

I don’t use the stupid Microsoft explorer any way so I am not going to reinstall or update it for now. I think my wife used explorer and got the pc infected but of course she doesn’t admit it or she can’t remember if she did or not. Any way I am going to reinstall SP3 and see if the virus comes back. I am not going to update ie. Or upgrade to ie8. Better off not using it at all.

Hope this solution works for you too.

Edited by Budapest, 12 January 2012 - 06:28 PM.
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#2 Andrew

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 07:12 PM

The IE engine is used in many places throughout Windows and by third-party applications to display HTML data. For example:
AOL Instant Messenger 6.x
Google Talk
IE Tab
LimeWire
Microsoft Help
Microsoft Encarta
Microsoft Office
MSN Messenger
RealPlayer
Skype
Valve's Steam client
Windows Live Writer
Windows Media Player

and hundreds more. This is why it's important to keep IE up-to-date even if you don't use IE for your web browsing.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 08:53 PM

Very interesting information Andrew, thank you for that.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 10:53 PM

There is a possibilty you have a Bootkit infection. If you put your IE etc... back on and that sound issue occurs let us kow and we can fix it.

Edited by boopme, 12 January 2012 - 10:54 PM.

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