A program called b.exe is located in my windows folder, and one of my many scanners (forget which one) noted it as a virus but couldn't remove it. I also googled it and indeed it seems to be a virus ('talkstocks'?).
Then there's xzxzxzxzxzxz.exe, for which you can totally blame my cat. See, I downloaded what I thought was an .avi, but it turned out to be an .exe. Of course this looked suspicious to me, so I decided to remove it. Then the cat jumped on the desk and I ended up double clicking, and executing the file. In the my downloads folder, it created a hidden folder called _ (underscore)
and in it is the xzxzxzxzxzxz.exe. I can't 'unhide' the folder, this option is greyed out in the properties window.
I've tried googling this one, but I can't find it. I can however find a zx.exe and an xz.exe in google (which both can be a worm or a trojan dropper). Is the xzxzxzxzxzxz.exe something new? None of my scanners have noticed it...
Also, I ran hijack this, and there's nothing there that I don't recognize or that shouldn't be there. So apparently it's not running a process (that I know of). What I am worried about though, is that the creation date of the file is 16 march 2006, 23:50:55, which makes me think the file maybe timed to execute on that date? Or am I being paranoid now?
And another thing, right after I accidentally executed the virus, I began having trouble with taskmgr and regedit, they both didn't work... but after running a gazillion scanners and removing some stuff here and there, those problems seem to be resolved, however the b.exe and xzxzxzxzxzxz.exe files are still there.
So my question is, what are they, are they dangerous and how do I kill them? I'll do a clean reinstall of Windows if necessary, but I'll try avoiding that at all cost.
I'll post a hijack this log if necessary, but I'm pretty sure there's nothing there that shouldn't be there (I'm not an expert yet, but I do kind of know what I'm doing)
Hope someone can help me... I'd hate to have my computer explode or something on march 16
Right, off to make my cat into a nice warm pair of mittens.
ETA: Forgot to add, I'm on WinXP SP2
Edited by Dahabibi, 25 February 2006 - 05:14 PM.