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I Think I Have The Csrss Virus Or Something

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#1 dementedsnake


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Posted 28 June 2006 - 06:07 PM

Hey, here's my problem. My computer's been running slow lately and my virus detection programs haven't found anything. So, going against all rational thoughts and intuitions, I decided to try out the virus scanner over at stopsign.com. You know the one. It's the "free" virus scanner advertisted on TV. Anyway, I downloaded (im so gulible) the program and let it install. Spybot alerted me to several attempts at adding startup programs but I declined them all. After installation, I let it update and then I let it scan. It found two cookies and a virus (can't remember the name, I've already gotten rid of stopsign) I manually deleted the virus's file and it's forever gone. But that's not the problem. Since then, I've been curious about a file that's been running on my laptop. It's labeled as "csrss". Normally I wouldn't be so paraniod, but the program's pathway just looks weird. ( \??\C:\WINNT\system32\csrss.exe ) The thing is, there's another file with the same pathway. Again, this normally wouldn't alert me to any potental(SP?) virus, but i noticed that other system files in the same location had different (filled out instead of "??") paths. This was enough to make me wonder. So, I tried to end the program with both the program manager and spybot. Neither worked.
(sorry for the huge paragraphs)

So, next, I decided to delete to file. I made a copy of it (labeled "Copy Of CSRSS.exe) (<--not sure about the capitalization here...)and tried to delete to file to see what would happen. The normal deletion way proved to be a waste of time; I kept the folder open. Instead, I used Sypbot's "Secure Shredder" and got rid of the program. But instead, It just replaced itself after I had deleted it. Now I was sure it was some sort of virus or spyware because I had never seen a system file replicate itself after deletion. I went back to the folder where it was (c:winnt\system32) and then I noticed that since the failed deletion attempt, another file had been created. (It had appeared at the bottom of the folder, out of line, along with the new csrss.exe file)

I used spybot to deleted BOTH of these. They appeared again. (BTW: The other file is nonsensical, it's just a randomly named file with about 8 letters and a seemingly random extension.) Agian, they both reappeared magically in the folder. I hit refresh (accident, I think) and all of the files were realigned. I found both files again. But I noticed two other files. Those too were deleted, and those too respawned.

So now I'm stuck. I can't delete these supicous(SP?) files and everytime I try, they spawn more files...

Hope someone can help...

Oh, and here are the file names involved:
Copy of csrss.exe
Copy of csrsrv.dll

Also, I just remebered, I can't delete the copies I made either; so this might just be normal windows crap.


Oh, and since I started, files in the system folder are popping up that seem to be authentic files except for the fact that they are in windows media palyer format. They're not media files, they're too small and will not run when clicked...

Hope this is just all in my head and not some virus, but if I am infected, than any help is appreciated.

EDIT: Oh, and I'm running windows 2000.

EDIT EDIT:Like the idiot I am, I just noticed the pinned threads. I'm trying those suggestions right now.

Edited by dementedsnake, 28 June 2006 - 06:44 PM.

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#2 rigel



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Posted 29 June 2006 - 09:54 AM

Hi dementedsnake,

I just noticed the pinned threads. I'm trying those suggestions right now.

Let us know how it goes... if you have any questions, please ask.


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#3 dementedsnake

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 03:07 AM

Sorry it took so long to respond. All of my bookmarks got erased (Firefox glitch) and it took forever to figure out which site I had this posted.

I'm about to redo all of the tests and things in the pinned threads. Last time, very few of them worked (one wouldn't even start).

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