my computer is 'acting up' so much that i wasn't even able to get this far on my own computer (i'm on a roommate's computer at the moment).
basically, my problem is that, when i log into windows, two IE windows automatically open up, and from then on, a third window will constantly appear then disappear, giving an overall effect of a flashing screen. the process that reappears everytime a new IE window opens up is "kind bird.exe" along with "iexplorer.exe". i don't know what to do about this! it's really annoying.
i ran panda antivirus, and it didn't find anything. i ran ad-aware a number of times, but each time, it finds a browser hijacker, i get rid of it, and it reappears on startup (it's part of the restore registry file).
i realize my computer has a lot of problems, but the main one right now is the IE windows constantly opening.
Any help, even something that will fix this problem temporarily, will be of great help! i plan on reformatting my computer soon, but i need to be able to access it for this week. =/
download hijackthis from softpedia.com and post the log here. make sure you save it to your HD and close all your browser windows before scanning. Also scan with ad-aware, spybot S&D, and your ant-virus software before scanning with hijackthis. Even if one of the first scans fixes the problem you should probably still post your log because some ppl might spot things that could help out your comp.
I understand what is probably happening. Currently I'm faced with a similar problem.
I have tried HijackThis as well as TrendMicro's Home Scan (which led me to this information)
What occurs is that you probably have been infected with a trojan program. (for me they are Trojan.Vurndo and Trojan.ByteFire) Unfortunately these files have infected the efeef.dll which is undeletable. I have not been able so far to be able to 'clean' these files.
It is good to note that many of the adware/malware/spyware programs have been unable to even detect these two programs even though IE continues to open.
Symantic keeps popping up with noticifcations and Windows Defender and Adware SE report that 'system is free of spyware/adware/and malware - when I know damn well its not. So I would highly recommed using TrendMicro's Home Scan to find out the specific issue facing your computer. It probably won't be able to remove many of the issues, but it can inform you to their specifics.
You'll have to use you're increadly ill computer. To insure that you can get there you should use an alternative browser, Mozella's Firefox is good. Also in XP use a different user but make sure its admin otherwise you won't be able to use the scan. What appears to occur is that it infects a certain 'user' and then slowly spreads the more the others."
You should have it run overnight because the scan + the trojan will just take forever.
From there you will probably find it has infected nescessary system files...sticky. I would highly consider repartioning the infected hardrive and reinstalling windows XP. Or if you are advanced feel free to try and replace the "infected" dlls, although you'll have to accquire them from a separete computer and still worry about the other infected files of the trojan reposesing you new dll.