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Critical System Errors!

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#1 TBaloney1


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Posted 14 November 2006 - 01:50 AM


For the past couple of days, I've been having a problem with my computer. I believe this has already been discussed, but I'm still confused about it. Anyway, here goes:

The bottom right of my task bar has a blinking yellow X / question mark that shows the bubble "Critical System Errors!" When clicked, the bubble leads me to a site for Virusbursters (an anti-virus product site). Also, my Internet Explorer homepage keeps getting redirected to "eprotectpage.com," which says things like "you have a system virus, etc." On top of all of that, sometimes a site will be blocked and a bar will tell me to "click here to download a spyware removal program, etc."

I managed to get a copy of McAfee and it took care of some of my problems, such as a popup that periodically displayed adult ads saying "If Abuse, Click Here." Anyway, to make a long story short, what exactly do I need to do? I read some of the prior posts regarding this problem, and they recommended Hijackthis and SmitFraudFix, so I downloaded both of them and they're now on my desktop. Where do I go from here? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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#2 SpiritWind


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Posted 14 November 2006 - 03:16 AM

:thumbsup: Hi TBaloney :

Open the SmitfraudFix folder

Double-click smitfraudfix.cmd

Select option #1 - Search by

a. typing 1

b. pressing "Enter"

A text file will appear which lists infected files (if present).

Please copy/paste the content of that report into a new topic of your own .

process.exe is detected by some antivirus programs (AntiVir, Dr.Web, Kaspersky) as a "RiskTool". It is not a virus, but a program used to stop system processes. Antivirus programs cannot distinguish between "good" and "malicious" use of such programs, therefore they may alert the user. (See http://www.beyondlogic.org/consulting/proc...processutil.htm )

Also post a log of the HijackThis program in a thread you start in the HijackThis forum .

Edited by SpiritWind, 14 November 2006 - 03:17 AM.

#3 TBaloney1

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 05:19 AM

Hello, I was able to get rid of the yellow x/bubble by following the directions for removing VirusBursters. Unfortunately, I am still having a problem with my browser (my homepage is still getting redirected to eprotectpage.com)

This is what I got from SmitFraudFix:

SmitFraudFix v2.120

Scan done at 2:11:54.73, Tue 11/14/2006
Run from C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\SmitfraudFix
OS: Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600] - Windows_NT
Fix run in normal mode







C:\Documents and Settings\Owner

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Application Data

Start Menu



C:\Program Files

C:\Program Files\QualityCodec\ FOUND !

Corrupted keys

Desktop Components

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components\0]
"FriendlyName"="My Current Home Page"

!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

SrchSTS.exe by S!Ri
Search SharedTaskScheduler's .dll




!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows]


Scanning wininet.dll infection


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