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Hey guys,

So yesterday I was using chrome to download some ebooks off of some file hosting sites and a bunch of pop ups pop up suddenly. I start closing them and then a notification pops from MSE telling it's detected an unrecognised file and would like to send it away for testing or something a long those lines. It even gave me the location of the file but I ignored it thinking it was nothing. All my chrome tabs instantly closed after this and whenever I tried to open it it would open and then close straight away.

I tried to open safari and it did the same. After using firefox for a while it crashed that but not instantly like chrome and safari only after much 10 minutes or so of browsing. The only browser that's working for me is Internet Explorer! My windows explorer windows are also being closed randomly. The first thing I did was reinstall chrome (before testing any other browsers) and the problem still persisted.

I ran quick and full scans in Malware Bytes, Avast and MSE and even booted into safe mode and ran a virus scan in Malware bytes. Admittedly I only had time for my system drive so I'll have to do another scan on all the drives if I can't figure this out. Funnily enough all my programs worked in safe mode which suggests to me something is open which is causing issues, but I went through the process list on task manager and googled everything but nothing was out of place.

Anyway, just wanted a little advice on what I should try next.

Thanks smile.gif

EDIT: Eeek! It's crashing steam too!
Edited by kidshenlong - 11/15/12 at 11:43am
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post #2 of 6
Use win restore point.

If that does not work, and it seems it's a new virus/malware then a full reformat is upon your door step.
 
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Argh I feared as much :/ I'll look into seeing if I can do a win restore. Luckily my whole set up is quite modular so doing a full wipe won't be the worse thing in the world. Does MSE have logs? Maybe I could track down the file and see if I can eradicate it manually or at least find out more about it.
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Great! A system restore solved the issue. Wonderful. Didn't even know doing one could remove viruses. But it's all sorted now by the looks of it. Bit distressing that I virus just cut through my security like that but I guess that's the nature of the internet. Would really like to know more about this virus though...

Thanks for your help though, REP+
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Gonna have to revive the thread! It looks like this virus have affected my file server. All the files on most of the drives have been made hidden and replaced with shortcuts and chrome isn't opening on here either :/ I did some research and it looks like a common symptom of a particular virus that also attacks flash drives with the same symptom. So it looks like my network drives have been targeted.

This guy's symptoms are similar to mine.

http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/311505-trojanmalware-infected-chrome-usb-folders-are-turned-to-shortcuts-on-any-drive-opens-capitalist-radio/page__p__2095150__fromsearch__1#entry2095150

Only I can't run combofix or anything like that as it's on my windows home server.

Ideas??
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