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possible spoolsv.exe virus?

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#1 cobandrob


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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:00 AM

My computer abruptly slowed down Sunday - none of my browsers will open, my computer won't respond at times when trying to access programs/folders off the start menu (or goes very slowly), my physical memory is showing 55% on the Windows Task Manager, and I keep getting this message labeled "Interactive services dialog detection":

A program can't display a message on your desktop
The program may need information or permission to complete a task

Program(s) or device(s) requesting attention.

Message title: Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library
Program pth: C:\Windows\System32\spoolsv.exe
Received: Sunday, August 19, 2012, 1:14:31 PM

This problem happens because of partial incompatibility with Windows.
Please contact the program of device manufacturer(s) for more information.

I believe I was downloading and trying to open some pdf forms for pet insurance at the time. (I didn't get the message at this time, but my computer just stopped responding to anything.)

When I tried restarting my computer, I got a message concerning one of my drives, and my computer did some disk scan before starting (sorry, I didn't look super carefully as I figured this was going to fix whatever was slowing things down - I didn't realize the problem would continue).

I have found other people with this problem online - one had success by installing and running ComboFix, so I have tried that. It helped me access things on the Start Menu (my computer was stalling out before that), but I'm still getting the spoolsv.exe pop up warnings.

I thought I'd try removing my Adobe programs and reinstalling them, but in trying to uninstall Adobe Reader, my computer stalled out during the uninstall and then again when I pushed "cancel." Not sure if I should try this again?

Please help! Thanks!!

Edited by hamluis, 21 August 2012 - 08:05 AM.
Moved from Vista to Am I Infected - Hamluis.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 05:15 PM

Since you ran Combofix...

Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<== starting at Step 6. If you cannot complete a step, skip it and continue.

Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<== Please include a description of your computer issues, what you have done to resolve them, and a link to this topic.

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#3 cobandrob

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 05:44 AM

I have generated the logs and reposted a new discussion where you directed me to. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic467546.html

Thank you for your help!!!

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