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I could really use some help. I have Windows XP on a Dell Dimension 8250. For months I have had a bogus windows error message that reads as follows: "Windows error service. Windows detected spyware on your computer. Download free spyware scanner and remover." It comes up constantly, online or offline. If I hit OK (as sometimes happens when typing fast) it takes me to a web page called msi2.optima.host, and sometimes a porn page. I have tried everything to get rid of it: adaware (including tweaked settings), spybot, mcaffee virus and firewall. nothing works. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

also, lately I have been getting a message when I try to install some CDs (such as my son's IRiver MP-3 software). It says: "16 bit windows subsystem C:\windows\system 32\autoexec.nt. The system file is not suitable for running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose close and terminate." And the software will not load. I did some research, and thought the problem might be with the VDD in the registry. But the changes I tried did not help.

I'm counting on you experts! Thanks very much.

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Hello diana, welcome to TechTalk!

Since the pop-ups are definitely the work of malware, I'm moving your post to our Security forum, as that is where we deal with those sorts of issues.

Two suggestions to start with:

1. Download and run Shoot the Messenger.

2. Download HijackThis.

- When you download HijackThis, create a separate new folder for it somewhere on you hard drive (something like C:\hijackthis or C:\downloads\hijackthis will do). This will allow HJT to create a backup file in this folder, which you can use to restore your settings if you have HJT “fix something that it shouldn’t have. Don’t run HJT directly from your C:\ folder, your desktop, or from any Temporary, Temporary Internet, or Temp folder.

- Before running HJT, shut down all open programs, especially Internet Explorer.

- When HJT opens, click the "Scan" button. Once HJT completes its scan (which it does very quickly) it will give you an option to “Save Log File. Save the file either in the HJT folder or on your desktop, and when you do, name the file something descriptive such as HJTlog June 20.txt. Do not have HJT fix anything yet!!

- Open the log file in Windows Notepad and cut-n-paste the entire contents of the log here.

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Hello, thanks for your speedy reply, and sorry for posting in the wrong place. Clearly, at least part of my problem is security!

I downloaded shoot the messenger and pressed the disable button. As always, for a minute or two I was optimistic it would work, but then the dread "Windows error service" box was back. I think it will follow me to my grave.

I also downloaded hijackthis into C:\hijackthis\zip. Then I went to My Computer, the C drive, and opened. It said I was opening from a temporary place, and should quit. So I don't know what to do now, for fear of total meltdown.

Thanks again,

Diana

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Click My Computer, then C:\
In the menu bar, File->New->Folder.
That will create a folder named New Folder, which you can rename to "HJT" or "HijackThis". Now you have C:\HJT\ folder. Put your HijackThis.exe there, and double click to run it.

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OK, here is the HijackThis Log. Thanks again.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 2:29:01 PM, on 9/19/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\CTsvcCDA.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsrte.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MPFSERVICE.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\MsPMSPSv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcshield.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cidaemon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cidaemon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Dell\EUSW\Support.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsshld.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfTray.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
c:\progra~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsescn.exe
C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mmtask.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\McUpdate.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\MOUSEW~1\SYSTEM\EM_EXEC.EXE
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\services.exe
C:\Program Files\WindUpdates\WinUpdt.exe
C:\Program Files\Winad Client\Winad.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\Web_Rebates\WebRebates0.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\lexpps.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
C:\Program Files\WindUpdates\WinKA.exe
C:\Program Files\Cloudmark\SpamNet\OE\snoe.exe
C:\Program Files\FinePixViewer\QuickDCF.exe
C:\Program Files\Winad Client\WinClt.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfAgent.exe
c:\progra~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsftsn.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Web_Rebates\WebRebates1.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\diana\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.dellnet.com/
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.dellnet.com/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = http://www.dellnet.com/
R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - _{CFBFAE00-17A6-11D0-99CB-00C04FD64497} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {243B17DE-77C7-46BF-B94B-0B5F309A0E64} - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Money\System\mnyside.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {39AC6708-B71B-7DCD-8275-645579D52A4C} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\gonlyshm.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {FDD3B846-8D59-4ffb-8758-209B6AD74ACC} - (no file)
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: McAfee VirusScan - {BA52B914-B692-46c4-B683-905236F6F655} - c:\progra~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsshl.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DwlClient] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Dell\EUSW\Support.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [sr1exe] "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Dell\Alert\252\updtSup3.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VSOCheckTask] "c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcmnhdlr.exe" /checktask
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VirusScan Online] "c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsshld.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MPFExe] C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfTray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MMTray] C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [mmtask] C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mmtask.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MCUpdateExe] C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\McUpdate.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MCAgentExe] c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe files\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [EM_EXEC] C:\PROGRA~1\MOUSEW~1\SYSTEM\EM_EXEC.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AdaptecDirectCD] "C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SuperBar.Component] C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\services.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AdRotator.Application] C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\csrss.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [{357AA41A-B7A8-4632-A27D-5B980B25CF43}] C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\svchost.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WindUpdates] C:\Program Files\WindUpdates\WinUpdt.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Winad Client] C:\Program Files\Winad Client\Winad.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WebRebates0] "C:\Program Files\Web_Rebates\WebRebates0.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AIM] C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe -cnetwait.odl
O4 - Global Startup: Cloudmark SpamNet for OE.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: Exif Launcher.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Find Fast.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\FINDFAST.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Office Startup.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsearch.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward &Links - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmbacklinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Cac&hed Snapshot of Page - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmcache.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Si&milar Pages - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsimilar.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate into English - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmtrans.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Web Rebates - file://C:\Program Files\Web_Rebates\Sy1150\Tp1150\scri1150a.htm
O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
O9 - Extra button: Real.com - {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\Shdocvw.dll
O9 - Extra button: MoneySide - {E023F504-0C5A-4750-A1E7-A9046DEA8A21} - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Money\System\mnyside.dll
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\MSMSGS.EXE
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\MSMSGS.EXE
O16 - DPF: {15AD4789-CDB4-47E1-A9DA-992EE8E6BAD6} - http://public.windupdates.com/get_file.php?bt=ie&p=429718f2b9736bdc223007e9e04aae714fce8c623b7b4d5ed1e5eafa752ba03b03da66f224e14449881a1e040e6264f965a2ca1b:81f5d4719d3119640fd7b16e84dcf04e
O16 - DPF: {23273A1C-C870-43C4-A3E3-67DC98630AC6} (IntSOFTEC Class) - http://213.229.160.209/dialers/it.cab
O16 - DPF: {4ED9DDF0-7479-4BBE-9335-5A1EDB1D8A21} (McAfee.com Operating System Class) - http://download.mcafee.com/molbin/shared/mcinsctl/en-us/4,0,0,81/mcinsctl.cab
O16 - DPF: {74D05D43-3236-11D4-BDCD-00C04F9A3B61} (HouseCall Control) - http://a840.g.akamai.net/7/840/537/2004061001/housecall.trendmicro.com/housecall/xscan53.cab
O16 - DPF: {BCC0FF27-31D9-4614-A68E-C18E1ADA4389} (DwnldGroupMgr Class) - http://download.mcafee.com/molbin/shared/mcgdmgr/en-us/1,0,0,19/mcgdmgr.cab

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First of all, you need to do as crunchie said and create a new separate folder for HijackThis. You're currently running it directly from your desktop folder, which doesn't give HJT a centralized place to create and store its backup files.

Once you do that, run HJT from the new folder and have it fix:

R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - _{CFBFAE00-17A6-11D0-99CB-00C04FD64497} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {39AC6708-B71B-7DCD-8275-645579D52A4C} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\gonlyshm.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {FDD3B846-8D59-4ffb-8758-209B6AD74ACC} - (no file)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SuperBar.Component] C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\services.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AdRotator.Application] C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\csrss.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [{357AA41A-B7A8-4632-A27D-5B980B25CF43}] C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\svchost.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WindUpdates] C:\Program Files\WindUpdates\WinUpdt.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Winad Client] C:\Program Files\Winad Client\Winad.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WebRebates0] "C:\Program Files\Web_Rebates\WebRebates0.exe"
O8 - Extra context menu item: Web Rebates - file://C:\Program Files\Web_Rebates\Sy1150\Tp1150\scri1150a.htm
O16 - DPF: {23273A1C-C870-43C4-A3E3-67DC98630AC6} (IntSOFTEC Class) - http://213.229.160.209/dialers/it.cab

- Reboot into safe mode

- Open Windows Explorer. Go to the Tools menu and select Folder Options. In the Advanced section under the View tab, check "show hidden files and folders"; uncheck "hide extentions for known filetypes" and "hide protected oprating system files". Click OK.

- For every user account listed under C:\Documents and Settings, delete the entire contents of these folders:

1. Local Settings\Temp
2. Cookies
3. History
4. Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5

- Delete the entire content of your C:\Windows\Temp folder.

(If you get any messages concerning the deletion of system files such as desktop.ini or index.dat, just choose to delete those files; they'll be automatically regenerated by Windows if needed.)

-Delete these folders entirely:

C:\Program Files\WindUpdates
C:\Program Files\Winad Client
C:\Program Files\Web_Rebates

- Delete these files:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\csrss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\csrss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\svchost.exe

- Empty your Recycle Bin.

- Reboot normally.

- Download Ad Aware and SpyBot (download links are in my sig below). Run the programs consecutively, use their "check for updates" features to get them up to date, run their scans, and have them fix all items they find in the scans.

- Reboot, run HJT again, and post a fresh log.

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When I do as Crunchie advised, I keep getting this message that says I have opened HJT in a temporary place, and should open it someplace like program files. that's how it ended up on my desktop. I should just ignore that message, and run it there?

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If you truly created a new folder in your C:\ directory for HJT and moved the program to that folder, it should run from there without errors. Make sure you've actually moved HJT to the new folder and not just created a shortcut there.

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Or just right click on the desktop & click *new* folder. Name it HJT or whatever you want. Then left click & hold on the hijackthis.exe file & drag it onto the HJT folder. Release it then open the folder & hijackthis.exe should be in it :).

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I believe I have HJT in a new folder on the C:drive (though I still get the message that it's in a temporary folder when I open HJT, which I will just ignore).

I have been studying the instructions for fixing with HJT before I jump in. Now my problem is that I do not see Windows Explorer on my desktop, in my startup menu, or in program files. Where is it? I have Internet Explorer, and MSN Explorer, but not Windows Explorer. ???

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OK, I did it! Here is the log of HJT after I fixed what I was directed to do. the only problem was two user accounts to which I was denied access. what do you think? fyi, the windows error service message has not come up for at least 10 minutes now!

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 3:57:57 PM, on 9/20/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\CTsvcCDA.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsrte.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MPFSERVICE.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\MsPMSPSv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcshield.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsshld.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfTray.exe
c:\progra~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsescn.exe
C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mmtask.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\McUpdate.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\MOUSEW~1\SYSTEM\EM_EXEC.EXE
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
C:\Program Files\Cloudmark\SpamNet\OE\snoe.exe
C:\Program Files\FinePixViewer\QuickDCF.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfAgent.exe
c:\progra~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsftsn.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cidaemon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cidaemon.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\diana\Local Settings\Temp\Temporary Directory 1 for HJT 2.zip\HijackThis.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.dellnet.com/
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.dellnet.com/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = http://www.dellnet.com/
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {243B17DE-77C7-46BF-B94B-0B5F309A0E64} - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Money\System\mnyside.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: McAfee VirusScan - {BA52B914-B692-46c4-B683-905236F6F655} - c:\progra~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsshl.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DwlClient] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Dell\EUSW\Support.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [sr1exe] "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Dell\Alert\252\updtSup3.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VSOCheckTask] "c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcmnhdlr.exe" /checktask
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VirusScan Online] "c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsshld.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MPFExe] C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfTray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MMTray] C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [mmtask] C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mmtask.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MCUpdateExe] C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\McUpdate.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MCAgentExe] c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe files\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [EM_EXEC] C:\PROGRA~1\MOUSEW~1\SYSTEM\EM_EXEC.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AdaptecDirectCD] "C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Winad Client] C:\Program Files\Winad Client\Winad.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WindUpdates] C:\Program Files\WindUpdates\WinUpdt.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [Ad-aware] "C:\PROGRA~1\Lavasoft\AD-AWA~1\Ad-aware.exe" "+b1"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AIM] C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe -cnetwait.odl
O4 - Global Startup: Cloudmark SpamNet for OE.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: Exif Launcher.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Find Fast.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\FINDFAST.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Office Startup.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsearch.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward &Links - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmbacklinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Cac&hed Snapshot of Page - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmcache.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Si&milar Pages - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsimilar.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate into English - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmtrans.html
O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
O9 - Extra button: Real.com - {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\Shdocvw.dll
O9 - Extra button: MoneySide - {E023F504-0C5A-4750-A1E7-A9046DEA8A21} - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Money\System\mnyside.dll
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\MSMSGS.EXE
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\MSMSGS.EXE
O16 - DPF: {15AD4789-CDB4-47E1-A9DA-992EE8E6BAD6} - http://public.windupdates.com/get_file.php?bt=ie&p=429718f2b9736bdc223007e9e04aae714fce8c623b7b4d5ed1e5eafa752ba03b03da66f224e14449881a1e040e6264f965a2ca1b:81f5d4719d3119640fd7b16e84dcf04e
O16 - DPF: {4ED9DDF0-7479-4BBE-9335-5A1EDB1D8A21} (McAfee.com Operating System Class) - http://download.mcafee.com/molbin/shared/mcinsctl/en-us/4,0,0,81/mcinsctl.cab
O16 - DPF: {74D05D43-3236-11D4-BDCD-00C04F9A3B61} (HouseCall Control) - http://a840.g.akamai.net/7/840/537/2004061001/housecall.trendmicro.com/housecall/xscan53.cab
O16 - DPF: {BCC0FF27-31D9-4614-A68E-C18E1ADA4389} (DwnldGroupMgr Class) - http://download.mcafee.com/molbin/shared/mcgdmgr/en-us/1,0,0,19/mcgdmgr.cab

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Make sure you log in under an account with full administrator rights and try again; your log indicates that you haven't removed everything yet.

Also- for some reason you're still running HJT from within a Temp directory despite our giving you instructions on how to do otherwise. It strikes me that perhaps we weren't clear enough in what we were saying: when we asked you to put HJT in a location which was not in a Temp/Temporary folder, we also meant that the new HJT folder you create should not be a folder within/under any Temp directory as well. As it stands, you have indeed put HJT in its own folder, but that folder is still a sub-directory of your Documents and Settings\diana\Local Settings\Temp folder/directory.


At the moment:

1. Have HJT fix these:

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Winad Client] C:\Program Files\Winad Client\Winad.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WindUpdates] C:\Program Files\WindUpdates\WinUpdt.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Cloudmark SpamNet for OE.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: Exif Launcher.lnk = ?
O16 - DPF: {15AD4789-CDB4-47E1-A9DA-992EE8E6BAD6} - http://public.windupdates.com/get_f...fd7b16e84dcf04e

2. -Delete these folders entirely:

C:\Program Files\WindUpdates
C:\Program Files\Winad Client

3. - Reboot into safe mode

- Open Windows Explorer. Go to the Tools menu and select Folder Options. In the Advanced section under the View tab, check "show hidden files and folders"; uncheck "hide extentions for known filetypes" and "hide protected operating system files". Click OK.

- For every user account listed under C:\Documents and Settings, delete the entire contents of these folders:

1. Local Settings\Temp
2. Cookies
3. History
4. Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5

- Delete the entire content of your C:\Windows\Temp folder.

(If you get any messages concerning the deletion of system files such as desktop.ini or index.dat, just choose to delete those files; they'll be automatically regenerated by Windows if needed.)

4. Download Ad Aware and SpyBot Search & Destroy (download links are in my sig below). Install the programs and run them consecutively. When each program opens, use its "update" function to get the most current "spyawre" definition files. Once done:

- have the programs run their scans.
- have them fix everything they find in their scans.
- reboot.
- run HJT again and post a fresh log.

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As DMR is offline, do not delete anything from the local settings\temp folder unless you are certain that hijackthis is no longer running from there. If it is, all the backups will be lost & were anything to go wrong, you might be in a pickle :).

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I truly am trying to follow your instructions, and I apologize for my apparent ignorance. the location of the hjt dynamite icon says "C:\hjt." Is this correct? Also, I cannot log on in safe mode--the restart screens just flash by quickly as I press F8 (as directed on "how to start computer in safe mode"), and the sign-on screen just comes up normally. Finally, I do not know how to access two user accounts. I removed their passwords and changed them to "limited administrator," but they still say "access denied" when I try to open them. My user account says "full administrator". ??

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OK, here is my second log of HJT. As noted above, some user accounts will not let me in.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 8:26:06 PM, on 9/21/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\CTsvcCDA.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsrte.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MPFSERVICE.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\MsPMSPSv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcshield.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cidaemon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cidaemon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Dell\EUSW\Support.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsshld.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfTray.exe
C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mmtask.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\McUpdate.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\MOUSEW~1\SYSTEM\EM_EXEC.EXE
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
c:\progra~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsescn.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
c:\progra~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsftsn.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.dellnet.com/
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.dellnet.com/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = http://www.dellnet.com/
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {243B17DE-77C7-46BF-B94B-0B5F309A0E64} - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Money\System\mnyside.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: McAfee VirusScan - {BA52B914-B692-46c4-B683-905236F6F655} - c:\progra~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsshl.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DwlClient] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Dell\EUSW\Support.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [sr1exe] "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Dell\Alert\252\updtSup3.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VSOCheckTask] "c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcmnhdlr.exe" /checktask
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VirusScan Online] "c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsshld.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MPFExe] C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfTray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MMTray] C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [mmtask] C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mmtask.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MCUpdateExe] C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\McUpdate.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MCAgentExe] c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe files\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [EM_EXEC] C:\PROGRA~1\MOUSEW~1\SYSTEM\EM_EXEC.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AdaptecDirectCD] "C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AIM] C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe -cnetwait.odl
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Find Fast.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\FINDFAST.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Office Startup.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsearch.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward &Links - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmbacklinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Cac&hed Snapshot of Page - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmcache.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Si&milar Pages - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsimilar.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate into English - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmtrans.html
O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
O9 - Extra button: Real.com - {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\Shdocvw.dll
O9 - Extra button: MoneySide - {E023F504-0C5A-4750-A1E7-A9046DEA8A21} - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Money\System\mnyside.dll
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\MSMSGS.EXE
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\MSMSGS.EXE
O16 - DPF: {4ED9DDF0-7479-4BBE-9335-5A1EDB1D8A21} (McAfee.com Operating System Class) - http://download.mcafee.com/molbin/shared/mcinsctl/en-us/4,0,0,81/mcinsctl.cab
O16 - DPF: {74D05D43-3236-11D4-BDCD-00C04F9A3B61} (HouseCall Control) - http://a840.g.akamai.net/7/840/537/2004061001/housecall.trendmicro.com/housecall/xscan53.cab
O16 - DPF: {BCC0FF27-31D9-4614-A68E-C18E1ADA4389} (DwnldGroupMgr Class) - http://download.mcafee.com/molbin/shared/mcgdmgr/en-us/1,0,0,19/mcgdmgr.cab

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As for the "locked out" user accounts, try this (as administrator):

- Open your Folder Options Control Panel, click the View tab, scroll down to the "Use simple file sharing" option in Advanced Settings. Uncheck that option and click OK to close the control panel.

- Open Windows Explorer, and under the Documents and Settings folder:

* Right-click on one of the locked-out user account folders and choose the Sharing and Security option.

* Click on the Security tab, click the Advanced button, and then click the Owner tab in the resulting window.

* Note the username listed as the current owner. In the "Change owner to:" list below that, select Administrator (or what ever name you use for the Admin account which you are logged in under).

* Check the "Replace owner on all subcontainers and object" option at the bottom of the window.

* Click Apply and let Windows apply the changes.

* Click OK in each of the open windows until all Properties windows are closed.

* Repeat the process for the other locked-out user account.

You should now have full access to those main user folders and all folders below them. If that doesn't work, let us know; I might have missed a step in there.

As for your log, I don't see any obvious nasties in there any more.

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Here's another way to get into Safe Mode:
Close all open programs.
Click Start, and then click Run. The Run dialog box appears.
Type msconfig and then click OK.
The System Configuration Utility appears, check the "/SAFEBOOT" option, and then click OK.
You then see the prompt to restart the computer. Click Restart.
The computer will then restart in Safe Mode. Another box will open asking if you want to run in Safe Mode, click Yes.

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thanks again for all your help. the pesky windows error message seems gone for good. it's a great relief and I don't think I'll ever be so vulnerable again.

as for the locked out accounts, I cannot find anything close to "use simple file sharing option" under the view tab, advanced settings, in the folder options control panel. closest thing seems to be "manage web pages or folders individually." ??

I also looked at the locked out account folders. when I clicked the Sharing and Security option, "Properties" comes up, not a Security tab, etc. ???

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can you tell me which forum might address this problem:

When I try to install CDs (such as my son's IRiver MP-3 software), a message comes up saying: "16 bit windows subsystem C:\windows\system 32\autoexec.nt. The system file is not suitable for running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose close and terminate." Then the software will not load. I thought the problem might involved VDD in the registry. But the changes I tried did not resolve it.

thanks!

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Here's another way to get into Safe Mode:
Close all open programs.
Click Start, and then click Run. The Run dialog box appears.
Type msconfig and then click OK.
The System Configuration Utility appears, check the "/SAFEBOOT" option, and then click OK.
You then see the prompt to restart the computer. Click Restart.
The computer will then restart in Safe Mode. Another box will open asking if you want to run in Safe Mode, click Yes.

I forgot a step here so I'm reposting it just in case someone else finds this and needs to use it. Here are all the steps:
Close all open programs.
Click Start, and then click Run; the Run dialog box will appear.
Type msconfig and then click OK.
The System Configuration Utility appears.
Click on the BOOT.INI tab.
Check the "/SAFEBOOT" option, and then click OK.
You then see the prompt to restart the computer, click Restart.
The computer will then restart in Safe Mode.
Another box will open asking if you want to run in Safe Mode; click Yes.

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could someone please look at posts #16 and #18 above? I still cannot get into those locked user accounts. I do not have those options ("use simple file sharing" etc.), at least where I was told to look.

thanks!

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diana- is it XP Home edition that you have, or XP Pro?

The instructions I gave will definitely work with XP Pro, but I didn't verify them for XP Home as I don't have a system with the home version of XP available at the moment.

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I haven't done it in awhile, but with XP Home, you need to boot into Safe Mode, and then log on as Administrator to access other User Accounts. Other then that, I think it works about the same... Shouldn't be too hard to figure out once you're there anyway.

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I have not been here for awhile, but wanted to let you folks know that you've been a great help. I was able to get into locked accounts, get rid of the fake windows error message, correct the 16-bit problem, fix everything. I learned a great deal in the process, and I'm grateful to you for taking the time to help me and to explain everything so clearly. If I need help again, I'll know where to go. thanks again.

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Glad we could help :)

i could use a little assiatnce getting rid of the windows error service pop up. i am flummoxed and no one else can help. I can get rid of it using ad aware but after reboot it comes back. i've used kill box and many other things and it still comes back. there are three nasty files that keep coming back.
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SuperBar.Component] C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\services.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AdRotator.Application] C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\csrss.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [{357AA41A-B7A8-4632-A27D-5B980B25CF43}] C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\svchost.exe

please help.

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