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So lately my computer has been getting extremely slow and unresponsive, and I'm positive it's a virus.

I downloaded a malicious file the other day and although I scanned for a virus, it came out clean. I should have followed my instinct and left it alone because I opened it, nothing happened, and i quickly end-tasked it.

Unfortunately I don't think that was good enough because my computer has been bogging down, down, down. I noticed there's a few tasks in the task menu that, when I attempt to close them, say "This is a critical Windows application and cannot be closed by Task Manager". It's the kind of warning message that looks fake because it has the yellow asterisk like in the title of this thread.

I ran Norton Internet Security in safe mode, but it did not detect the virus. I'm not sure it will either because it didn't detect it the first time.

When I boot my computer like normal, it takes forever to turn on, and when it does I have no task menu/start. It's always minimized but when i pull it up there is still no task bar. Also, my comp won't detect any USB items or open any programs.

What should I do?!?!?!
I hate to say this, and I hope you do not get upset, but I will say it again: This is why i use Linux.

Anyway, I think you have some sort of botware. Your computer is being controlled and your CPU's cycles are being used to do malicious activity, most likely spamming of some sort. I would get HijackThis, and clean up your registry as well as AVG (>Avast imo), and Spybot Search and Destroy.
    
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take the drive out and use a USB to IDE/SATA drive cable plug it in to another computer.

Then it shows up as a drive....copy off the important files.

Then wipe it.

genius!
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post #23 of 33
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There was a post the other day concerning this. I have come to realize that is like saying a screw is loose on my car and having someone say to buy a new one.

Get what I mean?
I'd say it's more like getting a cigarette burn on your upholstry, and replacing the fabric because it's easier than patching it.


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System restore always fixes the problem.

Which reminds me, mine's broken, it won't create any restore points.
System Restore always breaks when I need it most, so I don't use it.
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Run Ad-Aware SE and Spybot. Some malicious programs aren't really viruses, just really nasty spyware programs that embed themselves really deeply. I'd use both of these programs, you might come up with something.

Then use c-cleaner to clean up your registry. If you are still worried, I'd check out a few programs that are running in the task manager.... find the names and search for them at ProcessLibrary.com. It will show you in detail many different processes, what they do, and if they're dangerous. If you find something nasty, try and remove it manually using C-Cleaner.

Hope this helps.
    
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post #25 of 33
AVG is the best one out there...better than Kas or Avast even. Try it out in safe mode.
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Yeah AVG is the best its actually better than norton lol.Maybe its a spyware you got you should get the new Adware 2007 Free and scan your pc and see what happens.
 
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LOL. even a VIRUS is better than Norton....and Norton is supposed to defeat virus'

LOL!!!!!!
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LOL. even a VIRUS is better than Norton....and Norton is supposed to defeat virus'

LOL!!!!!!
I'm actually gonna agree with this... because a virus is usually easier to remove.
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post #29 of 33
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Ok well my computer is back to the way it was several weeks ago, fast as usual! It was weird, before I got opened the malicious program, my computer was getting noticeably slower.

But I deleted what I knew was the malicious file earlier, then system restored. I guess Windows was just modified to carry out whatever tasks the virus made my cpu do. So when I reset that, things were a bit sluggish, but working.

I just installed Spybot, AVG, Ad-Aware, and Ccleaner. I ran Spybot and Ad-Aware, then ran Ccleaner. Now I'm gonna run a thorough AVG but already, everything has sped right back up and I seem to have no problems at all (except the fact that Spybot installed Yahoo! Toolbar in my Firefox and despite uninstalling it, it's still there )

Other than that, no reformat needed! It's all back to the way it was!
    
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Always fight 1st...Format later
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