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greaser

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Where to begin with the computer woes......

A couple of days ago I noticed some anomolies in the way windows was running (sluggish, heavy network activity, that kind of stuff). I ran Spybot, but it didn't find anything. I used the advanced mode to check the system startup menu and discovered I had a bridge.dll (flingstone according to Spybot) in there :tazz: yeah me!!!

Somehow while trying to get rid of it, something else strange began to happen. In my phase of trying different virus checkers and spyware detectors to get rid of the bridge.dll, I think a virus got installed. Windows now automatically shuts down when the computer boots. My background comes up and the desktop icon briefly appear, then a command window flashes up on the screen with a single command line that is gone almost immediately and the window closes and windows shuts down. The command is something to the effect of "C:documents and settings\"user"\shutdown -a". The syntax may not be exactly correct on that one.

I can however boot in safe mode.

I also discovered that I have an old version of Spybot (not 1.3) so that may be why Spybot didn't find it, so I'm going to try that later this evening.

Oh great and powerful computer gods....grant me the wisdom and strength to break free from the bonds of tyranny of those that wish to do us harm. Bestow upon me the power of computer ressurection and I will forever be in your debt. (hows that for drama ;) )

Adding some system info:
Win XP Pro SP2
McAfee 7.0 latest updates

Edited by greaser, 23 May 2005 - 04:00 PM.

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Work your way through the malware removal guide at the top of this forum wher it says "Do you suspect a malware (Spyware, Virus, Trojan) infection? Please start here. " This enables folks to solve most problems on their own. If you still have trouble after that, post a hijack this log in the malware forum. :tazz:
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OK Yes I most certainly suspected malware AND a virus. I did however eventually work my way through it before I realized there was a reply. The most critical thing I did was to download AVG and run a full scan. (13 Virii found ;) ) McAfee wasn't able to find the problems I had and I did have all the updates. I must say I was initailly skeptical of AVG but it performed much better than I could have ever anticipated.

Once that was cleaned up I installed the latest version of Spybot and that corrected the sluggishness of the computer. When the initial scan of Spybot was complete I ran each process again until the scans came up clean.

Rebooted and scanned again just to be sure. :tazz:
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