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Pretty sure this is malware

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#1 Metal Smithy

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 10:43 PM

I am running a home built computer Window 7 Professional 64 bit with 2 HDD (One for storage and one for the OS). About a month ago, my omputer pretty much freaked out and wouldn't load. Ran a few hardware tests, determined that it was either a virus or one of my HDD dying. Took it in to a shop, sure enough the storage HDD is failing. So I plugged the OS HDD back in and have been using it since until I replace the storage drive. 


However, for the past 2 weeks, several of my programs have not been running. When I try to run them, I get the error message: 


"The Specified Path does not Exist.

Check the Path and try again."


Thinking it was an issue with the shortcut, I went directly to the program's file location. Upon trying to open the program directly, I got the same error message. 


Only specific programs that deal with the computer are effected. CCleaner, msconfig, cmd, etc. all bring up the error message. Other programs such as VLC, Adobe Acrobat, Web browsers, etc. all open and run as normal. 


In addition, any attempt to install any program is met with this error message:


"ShellExecueEX Failed; Code 3

The system cannot find the path specified."


When I run the computer in safe mode however, all programs operate without problems, and I am able to make installations.


Scans with Malwarebytes, Avast, TDSSKiller, and Combofix have all come up clean.


I am looking for some advise.

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 05:33 AM


Combofix is not a toy and not for everyday use.
ComboFix SHOULD NOT be used unless requested by a forum helper

Since you have run Combofix without Supervision :nono: ..


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.

If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.

It would be helpful if you post a note here once you have completed the steps in the guide and have started your topic in malware removal. Good luck and be patient.

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