Posted 19 September 2014 - 05:01 PM
The basic background: Still using XP Pro on a desktop custom-built in 2007 by an IT-tech friend who now lives on the other side of the country from me, so I don't like to bother him too often with this sort of stuff. Have W7, but am loathe to do a clean install and wipe XP off the desktop unit, b/c I've got a bunch of old software installed that I do still use simply because I don't need anything newer to accomplish what I ask of it: I don't stream movies or music, I don't watch TV on the computer, don't upload photos to an on-line album, don't have my own website, don't game, don't really even do social media, for the most part. Visit websites & download email [both web-based as well as with an older stand-alone email program] several times daily; stop in from time to time to some communities [one for tractor owners, for example, and another for owners of Subaru cars, and now this one] to see what the latest buzz or discovery is, answer a question if I'm well-informed sufficiently to do so, and to solicit help [or at least sympathy] when I'm having a problem of my own with the subject of the community's collective interest. Check the news & weather, search for academic papers and reports, that sort of thing.
Using ESET Smart Security 7, Malwarebytes Premium v188.8.131.522, Spybot S&D free edition v2.2. All are kept updated via autoupdates, all run complete scans on the regular.
Am sure that there's stuff awry with this machine in various capacities as far as settings, configuration, etc. that have occured over the years since it was built, as it loads much slower than it used to and I do occasionally get some kind of an error message referring to parameters when I do certain things like uninstall something I didn't like or that was loaded with something I did want, but haven't pursued that because it didn't seem to interfere with what I was doing with the machine.
What brings me here today, as a newly joined member:
Have noticed that every few weeks, my Malwarebytes scan ID's a trojan in the Windows "Host" file, which I of course direct it to clean up via quarantine. A week or so goes by, and another scan, another trojan ID'd in the same file. Tried turning off the system restore before having the program deal with the trojan, but that didn't seem to make any difference--still get the same news from MWBAM every couple of scans. Can't figure out if this is the same agent which is being reloaded, a new agent with just a general description, or if this is the same one that just keeps resurfacing and dodging MWBAM's efforts to keep it contained and/or destroyed. Just happened again today. Thoughts, suggestions? Not sure what would be best provided as far as scan results--not sure if posting report would be better than uploading a file, from a safety point of view.
Have posted an intro in the appropriate location, if that is of any interest.
Edit: Moved topic from Windows XP to the more appropriate forum.~ Animal