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Firefox.exe Wont Die!

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#1 oldie33


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Posted 13 May 2007 - 01:55 AM

Hi all! In task manager there is an entry under processes for firefox.exe, even when firefox is not running and has not run since start up. When i end the process it ends, and then a few seconds later it comes back. AVG, Nortons, Trojan Remover, wont find anything, but i have no idea why this is happening. Does anyone know if thi is some kind of Virus/Trojan. Have heard that there is something out there called "Poison ivy" that shows similar behavior. Any help appreciated!!

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 02:00 AM

Do you have any other complaints except that?

Do you have any add-ons installed like Fasterfox or anything similar?
Fasterfox will let Firefox run in ordert to have it start quicker

Edited by fozzie, 13 May 2007 - 02:00 AM.

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 02:12 AM

try this. Go in run mode. Start-Run-cmd

taskkill /IM firefox.exe

hope it can help start the search for the culprit. :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 May 2007 - 02:19 AM

This is one of the symptoms of the trojan Backdoor BDS/PoisonIvy.20.A (and similar variants).
There are other things that you can check first, though.
Follow the intructions in this article, beginning with the section labeled, Legitimate explanations for the symptoms.
If that doesn't work, follow the directions in the rest of the article.

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 08:43 AM

Have you tried doing your scans in "SAFE MODE"?

If your running Win XP/2000, download and scan with AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5 in "SAFE MODE".
Be sure to print out and follow the AVG Anti-Spyware Install-Scan Instructions.
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Posted 14 May 2007 - 12:27 AM

Thank you all for your great help. Tried all the suggestions and finally killed the Trojan following tq1911's suggestions, using the Firefox help site. Think I must have got it from a warez site but not sure. Will keep away from that area though

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