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Found a strange computer on "Mshome" in My Network Places

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#1 n0tar3alacct


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:46 PM

I was trying to make sure all was well with my Acer Aspire netbook running XP Home Edition.  I used CCleaner to check for startup problems and cross referenced what I found with this site.  Found something that seemed not so awesome, so I deleted it from the CCleaner list and then decided to do the manual uninstall recommended here.  I downloaded Autoruns and then rebooted in safe mode. Opened it up and tried to find the offending file and I couldn't find it.  Yay for me.  But then I realized the program was referencing a computer named "4f*ckedupsh*t" and I thought that can't be right.  Obviously that's not MY computer and it seemed like an odd thing for a supposedly reputable program to be using.




I decided to install Spybot S&D just to make sure all was ok.  It downloaded fine, but when I went to tweak the scheduling I saw that the "computer" it was trying to configure was this one referenced above.  I went to My Network Places and I made sure hidden files and folders were showing and what do you know?  In Mshome there was a "computer" with that name.  When I looked at its properties it said it was Windows Professional.  It also said it was using a Microsoft XPS writer printer and some Google add-ons.  Those were the folders inside it.  


I have no clue what this is or was.  I disconnected from my wifi immediately and I deleted that printer and the folder containing the Google files.  Do I need to reformat and call it a day?  Has anyone had this happen?  I haven't used XP in so long I'm not even sure where to start.  This was the first time I've turned this computer on in ages.


Oh and by the way the computer is gone now.  

Edited by hamluis, 09 February 2013 - 08:00 PM.
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#2 boopme


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:04 PM

Hello, please run these.

Are you using a router?


Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run

it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:

  • Flush DNS
  • Report IE Proxy Settings
  • Reset IE Proxy Settings
  • Report FF Proxy Settings
  • Reset FF Proxy Settings

  • List content of Hosts
  • List IP configuration
  • List Winsock Entries
  • List last 10 Event Viewer log
  • List Installed Programs
  • List Users, Partitions and Memory size.

Click Go and post the result (Result.txt).

A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run. Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy

Settings" option Firefox should be closed.



Please download [b][url=http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free]Malwarebytes Anti-Malware[/url][/b] and save it to your desktop.

  • Important!! When you save the mbam-setup file, rename it to something random (such as 123abc.exe) before beginning the download.

[color=green]Malwarebytes may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.[/color]

  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet and double-click on the renamed file to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • Malwarebytes will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button and continue.
  • If you cannot update Malwarebytes or use the Internet to download any files to the infected computer, manually update the database by following the instructions in FAQ Section A: 4. Issues.

  • Under the Scanner tab, make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Click on the Scan button.
  • When the scan is complete, click OK, then click the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked and then click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows the database version and your operating system.
  • Exit Malwarebytes when done.

Note: If Malwarebytes encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally will prevent Malwarebytes from removing all the malware.

-- Some types of malware will target Malwarebytes and other security tools to keep them from running properly. If that'
s the case, use [URL=http://helpdesk.malwarebytes.org/entries/20872371-use-chameleon-to-run-malwarebytes-on-infected-systems]Malwarebytes Chameleon[/URL] and follow the onscreen instructions. The Chameleon folder can be accessed by opening the program folder for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (normally C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware or C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware).

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