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Nasty Virus - Cpu Running Upto 100%


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#1 Antidote

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 11:16 AM

I'll try and keep this relatively short - basically i got a virus (or what i assume to be a virus) sometime last month.
The virus seems to trigger certain 'keys' on my keyboard, i.e. i could be browsing the internet and the the virus will resize the browser window to something like 200% (i use opera) and will start entering text into the address bar commonly things like '/58' or '//'/' random characters - but predictable ones all the same.
This will also occur in other programs as well- msn, microsoft word etc, these same random characters will pop up and start resizing the text etc.
When these characters appear my cpu will also suddenly rise to 100%.
looking in the task manager when this happens it seems whatever program ive been using at the time will be the one taking up all the cpu.
And of course my computer will be completely frozen at this point, no way to get out of it except by hitting restart.
Atm im probably having to restart my computer about 10 times aday :thumbsup:

I have also tried all free virus-scans i can imagine - norton free trial, trendmicro, ad-aware, AVG, etc (also tried hijack this).
Ive also tried putting a brandnew hard-drive in and installing a fresh copy of xp, and taking the old hard-drive out - the virus simply re-appeared within a few days. Therefore im assuming the virus must be on my secondary storage drive (that has all my important data on) and has hopped over again onto C:

Any advice much appreciated, ive never really encountered a beastie to cause this much trouble!

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 02:58 PM

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start with checking for malware causes to your problem.
Install Super Antispyware. Run it in safe mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
http://www.superantispyware.com/]SuperAintiSpyware

Run the online scan for Bit Defender in normal mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html]Bitdefender

After that please read and follow all instructions in the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log". You may have performed some of these steps already. About half way down are instructions for downloading HijackThis and creating a log.

When you have done that, post a log in the HijackThis Logs and Analysis Forum, NOT here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts. A member of the Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer. If you post your log back in this thread, the response from the HJT Team will be delayed because your post will have to be moved. This means it will fall in line behind any others posted that same day.

Start a new topic, give it a relevant title and post your log along with a brief description of your problem, a summary of any anti-malware tools you have used and a summary of any steps that you have performed on your own. Please include the top portion of the HijackThis log that lists version information. An expert will analyze your log and reply with instructions advising you what to fix.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

If after 5 days you still have received no response, then post a link to your HJT log here.

After posting a log you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc.) unless advised by a HJT Team member. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make may cause confusion for the member assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.




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