Suspicious activites on my computer

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Offline ccard

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Suspicious activites on my computer
« on: October 29, 2011, 06:57:38 AM »
I noticed that Microsoft Security Essentials, and my registered version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware were missing from my task bar.   In addition the shortcut for Malwarebytes was missing from my desktop. Normally both MSE and Malwarebytes will launch during system boot up.  I did not notice if they failed to launch during boot up, but I did not get any complaints from Microsoft Security Center.  I was able to launch each program manually and a full scan from each program did no find any threat(s).  During a subsequent boot of my system both programs launched normally as well.  But I am suspicious that there is something lurking undetected on my computer.

My operating system is WindowsXP with service pack 3.
I have HiJackThis installed.

I am looking at PSI and WinPatrol but I would appreciate any additional advise on what I should look for before I install them.

Thanks for being here.
Let's just flip this chromium switch here...

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Re: Suspicious activites on my computer
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2011, 10:18:39 AM »
It sounds as if you have malware on your system. It is either that or you have harddrive issues. Look in your event viewer logs to see if there are entries for Disk or NTFS. If there is, then you need to run chkdsk on your harddrive or harddrives. Other than that post a hijackthis log and a DDS log.

Read the 5 threads at the top of this forum,Post Here for Malware Removal and then create a post. With the hijackthis log please also include the DDS log using the instructions below.

We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine.  Please perform the following scan:
  • Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links.  Save it to your desktop.
  • Double click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.
  • A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool.  No input is needed, the scan is running.
  • Notepad will open with the results.
  • Please copy and paste both logs into your next response. You may need more than one response.
  • Close the program window, and delete the program from your desktop.
Please note:  You may have to disable any script protection running if the scan fails to run.  After downloading the tool, disconnect from the internet and disable all antivirus protection.  Run the scan, enable your A/V and reconnect to the internet. 

Information on A/V control HERE

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