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Hello there, i seem to have a problem with my windows, it isn't serious but it's annoying.
Every once in a while, my task-bar wich is the windows xp default one, blue with a green start button, turns it's appearance into the windows 98 grey coloured one.
Can you please help me out in fixing this problem? :)

That wich i described above happened yesterday.
Today, while i was playing a game, it happened again, only this time the task-bar change was permanently, it remained as the win 98 style one. Besides that, my desktop backround chaged aswell, turning into a simple blue one.
I undid those changes by re-sestting the appearance options for my windows.
I have the avast anti-virus so i thought i would be good to do a boot-scan, wich i did. It found a worm, Win32:Confi [Wrm], in "C:\Documents and Settings\NetworkService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\01EFS56V\arrc[1].jpg" . After avast completed the boot-scan, i entered windows normally, but now a set of errors popped right after my desktop appeared.
They were something like : windows has shut down the program generic host for win 32 services for some reason (cant remember wich).

Can you please help me out? :)

EDIT #2 :
A avast warning just popped up saying the following:
Malware was found!
file name: C:\WINDOWS\system32\86.scr
malware name: Win32:Rootkit-gen [Rtk]
malware type: rootkit
VPS version : 090321-0, 03/21/2009

later this day, same warning, diffrent name of the virus "C:\WINDOWS\System32\x" ; "C:\WINDOWS\system32\52.scr"

I deleted it.
Could i install Comodo too, next to my avast? Would that be an improvement? Could they both run at the same time with no conflicts?

Still waiting for a reply. :)

Edited by rocketscience, 22 March 2009 - 08:49 AM.

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Sorry for the delay, we get a little busy sometimes. Anyhow,

It is possible that you may have a Malware issue. Malware advice can only be given by Staff Members and such subjects can only be discussed in the Malware Forums. START HERE...and post a new topic stating your problems HERE (No where else). When you get a clean bill of health from the Malware Staff, if you are still having problems, come back to This topic. Someone will be more than happy to assist you.
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