regedit, regedt32, taskmanager and msconfig problem

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Dalgibbard, Sep 20, 2004.

  1. Dalgibbard

    Dalgibbard Guest

    when trying to run regedit, regedt32, task manager or msconfig the program
    loads and then closes within around 1 second- sometimes not at all (program
    is killed before it loads fully) i have a funny feeling theres something
    nasty on my machine, but i cant use task manager or any of the other
    programs to work it out- ive run virus scans with the latest definitions and
    adawareSE, spybot s&d ect but still with no luck. Ive contacted microsoft
    about this but so far no reply :S Any help?

    Thanks
    Dalgibbard.
     
    Dalgibbard, Sep 20, 2004
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    Ron Martell Guest

    That behavior is associated with several current viruses/trojans.

    One documented culprit is named netstatt.exe and another is
    clearup.exe so you might want to check for these items specifically as
    part of your cleanup procedure.

    First step in the cleanup is to download Stinger (free) from
    http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger and save it to the desktop if you are
    downloading on the problem machine. Otherwise save it to a 3.5 inch
    diskette (the file size is about 800K) so you can take it to the
    problem machine.

    Boot the problem machine into Safe Mode. In Safe Mode open Windows
    Explorer and choose Tools - Folder Options - View. Make sure the
    options to "Do not show hidden files and folders" and to "Hide
    protected operating system files" are *not* selected.

    Then launch Stinger and scan the computer for files. It should detect
    and remove the culprit.

    p.s. what antivirus do you presently have installed and what is the
    date of the virus definitions for it?

    Good luck


    Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
    --
    Microsoft MVP
    On-Line Help Computer Service
    http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

    "The reason computer chips are so small is computers don't eat much."
     
    Ron Martell, Sep 21, 2004
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  3. Dalgibbard

    Dalgibbard Guest

    ok ill try that, atm ive got Avast anti-virus cos its free and im a cheapass
    lol maybe i shuld try something else...
    Thanks,
    Dalgibbard.
     
    Dalgibbard, Sep 21, 2004
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    Karim Guest

    I assume your rebooted and tried again?
    Your system might be corrupted. Try the repair option from the cd install.
    The one where it keeps your settings. Then reapply your patches, service
    packs.. etc.


    Karim
     
    Karim, Sep 21, 2004
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  5. Dalgibbard

    Ron Martell Guest

    Avast has been given pretty good ratings by those who use it, but no
    antivirus product is perfect.

    As I said try Stinger with your Windows running in Safe Mode. After
    that reboot the machine and do a free online virus scan at
    http://housecall.trendmicro.com

    Second and third opinions are a good idea for viruses, at least
    occasionally.

    Good luck


    Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
    --
    Microsoft MVP
    On-Line Help Computer Service
    http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

    "The reason computer chips are so small is computers don't eat much."
     
    Ron Martell, Sep 21, 2004
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  6. Dalgibbard

    Dalgibbard Guest

    Bingo- you were right- it was a virus, 25 instances of the W32.spybot.worm
    and a file called mmtask6.exe were the culprits- got rid of them with
    norton's online scanner, and have now decided to scrap avast in place of
    Norton, regardless of it eating resources :)

    Thanks,
    Dalgibbard.
     
    Dalgibbard, Sep 22, 2004
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