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JiNxX9500

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hello geeks! (I mean that in the nicest way possible)

I've noticed over the last couple of months that my computer (P4 3GHz, 1.5 GB RAM) has been loading web pages more and more slowly as days go by. I was using Firefox almost exclusively (by that I mean for 99.5% of my websurfing), and eventually it got so bad that I switched over to IE6, which seemed to be OK. I've since upgraded to IE7, but now web pages are loading just as slowly on there as on Firefox.

as I mentioned in my topic description, though, it doesn't seem to be an issue with my ISP. I use uTorrent to transfer files very regularly, and my download and upload speeds both seem very reasonable for a cable line. it also doesnt seem to be an issue with my internet connection, as my girlfriend's computer runs off the same router as mine and hers seems to work just fine.

I've cleared the Temporary Internet Files for IE and the cache in Firefox. I used the tcpip.sys patcher to increase my maximum half-open connections. I defragmented my Windows partition twice.

a few weeks back my computer contracted a Vundo variant; one of the staff members here helped me to remove it. I can't recall if the web page issue started cropping up before then or not, but I know that this problem has been lamented by many Firefox users as of late and I can't imagine they all got a trojan.

anyone have any ideas for me? :)
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Facedown98

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Hi JiNxX9500 and welcome to Geeks to Go!

Here's the issue...

P2P programs are kind of like an irresponsible bouncer at a club. They let in things that can really mess with the system. When you're using P2P clients you now have this enormous security hole in your system.

I'm not a Malware Specialist but if I had my guess, I'd say that your P2P program was to blame for your Vundo infection.

As I'm sure you know, many viruses eat up system resources. I'm not sure if your designated Malware Specialist went through a full system scan with you or not, but there could be more of that stuff lurking around.

Honestly it's going to be rather difficult to troubleshoot this issue with P2P programs in the same sandbox. They just cause too many problems.

Due to the nature of the issue as well as the policy in our Terms of Use, my first suggestion is to remove the P2P client.

Good luck :)
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JiNxX9500

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thanks for your response Facedown98.

I just read the Terms of Use and I removed the client as you asked.

GTG staff member loophole helped me with the Vundo infection. we ran scans in HiJackThis, Malwarebytes, and ComboFix. I'm pretty sure the infection is wiped out, as I don't have problems anywhere else on the computer besides in my web browsers.

so, where do we go from here?

Edited by JiNxX9500, 22 February 2009 - 09:59 AM.

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happyrock

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since you have used the P2P programs after getting cleaned up...you should start all over....
Please go to the malware forum Start HERE....

That will help you clean up 80 percent of all problems by yourself. If at the end of the process you are still having difficulty (and you may not be) then start a new topic in the MALWARE FORUM forum here...
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Facedown98

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I agree with happyrock.

Unfortunately that program still existed and was used after you were cleaned up... The door was left open and we don't know what got inside after the cleanup. Please provide staff with full details when they check over your log. Let us know when the check comes back clean.

Good luck :)
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