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I Was Foolish And I Opened An .exe File That I Shouldn't Have...


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#1 lucyjee

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 09:55 PM

I am a novice when it comes to stuff like this, i have asked my techy friend what to do and he told me how foolish i was to open an .exe file without checking how trustworthy it was.

I downloaded an winace.exe file which did not setup the software

My computer was fine for a few days then my desktop settings went screwy, i turned off my computer and when i rebooted i couldn't get past my virus software (mcaffee) log in page. The rest of the desktop looked normal but i couldn't click on anything

I opened in safe mode and ran a virus scan but mcaffee didn't pick up anything. I deleted the bad .exe file. I got all of "my document" files off the computer on to my laptop which is fine.

I restarted my computer today and it booted up not in safe mode and now it seems to be working fine, however i am worried that there is still something lurking in my system, registry etc somewhere and i want to make sure that there is nothing left which will stuff up my computer further down the track.

What would you recommend?

p.s. using Windows XP Professional

Edited by lucyjee, 22 May 2007 - 10:02 PM.


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#2 buddy215

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 10:02 PM

Install Super Antispyware. Run it in safe mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
http://www.superantispyware.com/


Post a Hijack This log in the Hijack This Forum by following the directions in the link below. DO NOT post the log in this forum.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/
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#3 Commander Gman

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 11:43 PM

I see you are trying to download WinAce
A program that extracts files supporting several extensions

WinAce is secure and malware free program
The reason why you got infected in the first place is that the location you downloaded WinAce
Must be from a different site,A site that was loaded with malware
If you go to the official legitimate site of WinAce,you will see a warning somewhere in the site
to notify you that there are other locations that are unsafe to download WinAce

To prevent from going to the wrong site,use a site advisor like McAfee
If you use firefox there is a plug-in here
If you don't use firefox,download the program here

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#4 lucyjee

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 09:11 PM

Hey guys,

Thanks for all your help.

I used the anti-spyware software in safe mode and it found 3 things.

I haven't gotten round to posting the hijack thing yet but i will do that now.

Cheers,

Lucy

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 11:06 PM

Hijack this logfile at:


http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/94844/opened-a-bad-exe-file/

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 09:19 AM

Please refrain, now that you have posted a log, from making any changes to you computer that might invalidate the data contained in it. Until the process is completed, this thread should be treated as closed.
Thanks,
John
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