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Hi. I got a virus this past week that kept causing Internet Explorer to randomly open itself every few minutes. I got on the phone with a Symantec Tech on Monday night who supposedly fixed everthing for me that night (for a mere $100). Since then I've run a Norton Antivirus Scan every evening at it tells me the same thing - that it has found backdoor.rustock.b and I need to restart. I've been doing that and everything has been ok but now all of a sudden my computer just turned itself off at I can only restart it in Safe Mode! If I try to restart it in Normal Mode I get a freaky blue and white screen of death. I can't connect to the internet while in Safe Mode, so I am unable to download any of the hijack this stuff that I keep reading about on here. (I am posting this from my really old MAC). SO, when the computer does restart in Safe Mode I get this message "The driver for the display device was unable to complete a drawing operation. This display driver for the NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 ... seems to be responsible for the system instability." My question is - IS this just a freaky coincidence after my total virus breakdown over here this week, or could the virus be resposible for this? Obviously the Symantec Tech did not remove the virus because Norton finds it and Quarantines it every single night. Any advice would be appreciated.
THANKS!

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Download Rustbfix from one of these locations:
http://www.uploads.ejvindh.net/rustbfix.exe
http://uploads.ejvindh.andymanchesta.com/Rustbfix.exe
...and save it to your desktop.

Double click on rustbfix.exe to run the tool. If a Rustock.b-infection is found, you will shortly hereafter be asked to reboot the computer. The reboot will probably take quite a while, and perhaps 2 reboots will be needed. But this will happen automatically. After the reboot 2 logfiles will open (%root%\avenger.txt & %root%\rustbfix\pelog.txt). Post the content of these logfiles.

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Download HijackThis from here. Download it to your desktop and NOT a temporary folder.
Start HJT & press the "Do a system scan and save a log file" button. When the scan is finished a window will pop up giving you the option of where to save it. Save it to desktop where it is easy to access. Open the log file and copy the entire contents of the file & paste it into the body of your post. DO NOT FIX ANYTHING YET. Most of what is there is necessary for the running of your system.

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Thanks for the reply. When I ran the rustock.b fix this is all that came up
************************* Rustock.b-fix v. 1.01 -- By ejvindh *************************
Mon 07/23/2007 9:57:23.48

No Rustock.b-rootkits found

******************************* End of Logfile ********************************

I am working on HJT now....

BTW - I reinstalled the video driver last night and the computer started in normal mode once, then died again after about 5 minutes... This has to be a problem with this stupid virus...

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Here is my HJT scan

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:11:06 AM, on 7/23/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)
Boot mode: Safe mode with network support

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\explorer.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Karen\Desktop\HiJackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =

http://www.comcast.net/
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =

http://www.comcast.net/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Microsoft Internet

Explorer presented by Comcast
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = :0
F2 - REG:system.ini: Shell=explorer.exe C:\WINDOWS\sysvx.exe
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} -

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {1E8A6170-7264-4D0F-BEAE-D42A53123C75} - C:\Program

Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\coShared\Browser\1.7\NppBho.dll
O2 - BHO: GamesBar - {6F282B65-56BF-4BD1-A8B2-A4449A05863D} - C:\Program

Files\GamesBar\oberontb.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} -

c:\program files\google\googletoolbar3.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO - {AF69DE43-7D58-4638-B6FA-CE66B5AD205D} -

C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\2.0.301.7164\swg.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} -

C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program

files\google\googletoolbar3.dll
O3 - Toolbar: GamesBar - {6F282B65-56BF-4BD1-A8B2-A4449A05863D} - C:\Program

Files\GamesBar\oberontb.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Show Norton Toolbar - {90222687-F593-4738-B738-FBEE9C7B26DF} -

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\coShared\Browser\1.7\UIBHO.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NVIDIA nForce APU1 Utilities] NVATray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MBM 5] "C:\Program Files\Motherboard Monitor 5\MBM5.EXE"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [zBrowser Launcher] C:\Program Files\Logitech\iTouch\iTouch.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program

Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\jusched.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [tgcmd] C:\Program Files\Support.com\bin\tgcmd.exe /server

/startmonitor /deaf
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [osCheck] "C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\osCheck.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [KernelFaultCheck] %systemroot%\system32\dumprep 0 -k
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Mozilla Quick Launch] "C:\Program Files\Browsers\Mozilla\Mozilla.exe"

-turbo
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [TivoTransfer] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\TiVo

Shared\Transfer\TivoTransfer.exe" /auto:TivoTransfer /registry /service
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [TivoServer] "E:\TIVO\TiVoServer.exe" /auto:TivoServer /registry

/service
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [swg] C:\Program

Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ttool] C:\WINDOWS\9129837.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [tlz] C:\WINDOWS\47681728.exe
O4 - Global Startup: MA101 Configuration Utility .lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft

Office\Office10\OSA.EXE
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel -

res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program

Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\npjpi150_04.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console -

{08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program

Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\npjpi150_04.dll
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {1A93C934-025B-4c3a-B38E-9654A7003239} - C:\Program

Files\GamesBar\oberontb.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: GamesBar - {1A93C934-025B-4c3a-B38E-9654A7003239} -

C:\Program Files\GamesBar\oberontb.dll
O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} -

C:\PROGRA~1\AIM95\aim.exe
O9 - Extra button: Related - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} -

C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Show &Related Links -

{c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm
O23 - Service: Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program

Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager (ccEvtMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program

Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Settings Manager (ccSetMgr) - Symantec Corporation -

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Lic NetConnect service (CLTNetCnService) - Symantec

Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
O23 - Service: COM Host (comHost) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common

Files\Symantec Shared\VAScanner\comHost.exe
O23 - Service: Google Updater Service (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program

Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec IS Password Validation (ISPwdSvc) - Symantec Corporation -

C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\isPwdSvc.exe
O23 - Service: LiveUpdate - Symantec Corporation -

C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\LUCOMS~1.EXE
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation -

C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Core LC - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common

Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec AppCore Service (SymAppCore) - Symantec Corporation -

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AppCore\AppSvc32.exe
O23 - Service: TiVo Beacon (TivoBeacon2) - TiVo Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common

Files\TiVo Shared\Beacon\TiVoBeacon.exe
O23 - Service: Viewpoint Manager Service - Viewpoint Corporation - C:\Program

Files\Viewpoint\Common\ViewpointService.exe

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End of file - 6486 bytes

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oh - last but not least... Ever since the Syamntec Tech "fixed" my computer last Monday I get a message something like this on restart "Windows cannot find file sysvx.exe." Every single start up.

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Can you please do the following.


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Scan with HijackThis and then place a check next to all the following, if present:


F2 - REG:system.ini: Shell=explorer.exe C:\WINDOWS\sysvx.exe

O2 - BHO: GamesBar - {6F282B65-56BF-4BD1-A8B2-A4449A05863D} - C:\Program Files\GamesBar\oberontb.dll

O3 - Toolbar: GamesBar - {6F282B65-56BF-4BD1-A8B2-A4449A05863D} - C:\Program Files\GamesBar\oberontb.dll

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ttool] C:\WINDOWS\9129837.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [tlz] C:\WINDOWS\47681728.exe
O4 - Global Startup: MA101 Configuration Utility .lnk = ?

O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {1A93C934-025B-4c3a-B38E-9654A7003239} - C:\Program Files\GamesBar\oberontb.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: GamesBar - {1A93C934-025B-4c3a-B38E-9654A7003239} - C:\Program Files\GamesBar\oberontb.dll
O9 - Extra button: Related - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Show &Related Links - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm


Now, close all instances of Internet Explorer and any other windows you have open except HiJackThis, click "Fix checked".

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Locate and delete the following item(s), if present. Make sure you are able to view system and hidden files/ folders:

folders...

C:\Program Files\GamesBar

files...

C:\WINDOWS\sysvx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\9129837.exe
C:\WINDOWS\47681728.exe

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Note that some of these file(s)/folder(s) may or may not be present. If present, and cannot be deleted because they're 'in use', try deleting them in Safe Mode by doing the following:

  • Restart your computer
  • After hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, press F8.
  • Instead of Windows loading as normal, a menu should appear.

Select the first option to run Windows in Safe Mode hit enter.

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Reboot.

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After rebooting, rescan with hijackthis and post back a new log. Please let me know how your pc is now.

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OK! THANK YOU! I am finally able to start up in normal mode. However I now have two problems
1. I don't have the Start bar across the bottom of my desktop. You know, that bar that has START and all the icons that tell you what you are running. That is gone. I have to close by ctrl+alt+delete
2. My screen is kind of strangely "wavy". Like a TV with the slightest bit of interference. Maybe that is just a coincidence with my NVIDIA display driver and the virus.
And even when I displayed the hidden files I did not find a sysvx file or the other two you listed in your previous post. However, I did not get the message "windows cannot find sysvx.exe" this time when the computer restarted. YES!
SO - here is the log
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:41:01 PM, on 7/23/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)
Boot mode: Normal

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:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AppCore\AppSvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\NVATray.exe
C:\Program Files\Motherboard Monitor 5\MBM5.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\iTouch\iTouch.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\jusched.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\jucheck.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\TiVo Shared\Beacon\TiVoBeacon.exe
C:\Program Files\Support.com\bin\tgcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Common\ViewpointService.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\RUNDLL32.EXE
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Browsers\Mozilla\Mozilla.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\TiVo Shared\Transfer\TivoTransfer.exe
E:\TIVO\TiVoServer.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Manager\ViewMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Karen\Desktop\HiJackThis.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\NAVW32.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =

http://www.comcast.net/
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =

http://www.comcast.net/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Microsoft Internet

Explorer presented by Comcast
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer =

:0
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} -

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {1E8A6170-7264-4D0F-BEAE-D42A53123C75} - C:\Program

Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\coShared\Browser\1.7\NppBho.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} -

c:\program files\google\googletoolbar3.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO - {AF69DE43-7D58-4638-B6FA-CE66B5AD205D} -

C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\2.0.301.7164\swg.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} -

C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program

files\google\googletoolbar3.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Show Norton Toolbar - {90222687-F593-4738-B738-FBEE9C7B26DF} -

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\coShared\Browser\1.7\UIBHO.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NVIDIA nForce APU1 Utilities] NVATray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MBM 5] "C:\Program Files\Motherboard Monitor 5\MBM5.EXE"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [zBrowser Launcher] C:\Program Files\Logitech\iTouch\iTouch.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program

Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\jusched.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [tgcmd] C:\Program Files\Support.com\bin\tgcmd.exe /server

/startmonitor /deaf
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [osCheck] "C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\osCheck.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Mozilla Quick Launch] "C:\Program Files\Browsers\Mozilla\Mozilla.exe"

-turbo
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [TivoTransfer] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\TiVo

Shared\Transfer\TivoTransfer.exe" /auto:TivoTransfer /registry /service
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [TivoServer] "E:\TIVO\TiVoServer.exe" /auto:TivoServer /registry

/service
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [swg] C:\Program

Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft

Office\Office10\OSA.EXE
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel -

res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} -

C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\npjpi150_04.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console -

{08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program

Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\npjpi150_04.dll
O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} -

C:\PROGRA~1\AIM95\aim.exe
O23 - Service: Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program

Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager (ccEvtMgr) - Symantec Corporation -

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Settings Manager (ccSetMgr) - Symantec Corporation -

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Lic NetConnect service (CLTNetCnService) - Symantec

Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
O23 - Service: COM Host (comHost) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common

Files\Symantec Shared\VAScanner\comHost.exe
O23 - Service: Google Updater Service (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program

Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec IS Password Validation (ISPwdSvc) - Symantec Corporation -

C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\isPwdSvc.exe
O23 - Service: LiveUpdate - Symantec Corporation -

C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\LUCOMS~1.EXE
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation -

C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Core LC - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common

Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec AppCore Service (SymAppCore) - Symantec Corporation -

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AppCore\AppSvc32.exe
O23 - Service: TiVo Beacon (TivoBeacon2) - TiVo Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common

Files\TiVo Shared\Beacon\TiVoBeacon.exe
O23 - Service: Viewpoint Manager Service - Viewpoint Corporation - C:\Program

Files\Viewpoint\Common\ViewpointService.exe

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End of file - 6718 bytes

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I got my task bar back!! I went to the Task Manager and Ended the explorer.exe process, restarted and there it is. Now I'm not even sure if my screen is flickering or if I am just tired. THANK YOU for all your help. I think things are ok...
Many thanks, eowyn0622

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Ok, I just realized I am totally tired and goofy. I changed my moniter settings (all screwed up after the virus or all the rebooting in safe mode I don't know) and everything is A-OK. Thanks again, whoever you are...

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Thanks again, whoever you are...

No worries :). The name is Chris and I live in Australia.

Viewpoint Manager is considered to be foistware, rather than malware, since it is installed without users approval, but doesn't spy or do anything "bad". Please read this article: http://www.clickz.com/news/article.php/3561546
I suggest that you remove the program. Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs and remove the following programs if present.
Viewpoint
Viewpoint Manager
Viewpoint Media Player

Other than that, I reckon you should be good to go.

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Thanks Chris! Just got up and checked on my computer and things seem to be fine. The Norton Scan didn't find anything today.
I deleted the Viewpoint programs. They were there. Sneaky foistware people...
All the best, Karen

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Now that your PC is clean you need to follow these easy steps to keeping it this way:

Download CCleaner and install, then run it. It will clear out your temp folders.

  1. Uncheck "Cookies" under "Internet Explorer".
  2. Click on Run Cleaner in the lower right-hand corner. This can take quite a while to run.
  3. Close when finished.

Secure your Internet Explorer by going here and following the instructions there.

Better yet, use an alternative browser! Download FireFox and give it a run. It is far more secure than Internet Explorer. Or, you can get Opera which in my opinion, is better still.

Use a firewall to help prevent your PC's control being usurped by undesireables. There is a link to a good, free firewall in my signature.

Install and keep updated, AVG anti-spyware, Ad-Aware SE and Spybot S&D.
Run them all on a regular basis, following the maker's recommendations.

Install an anti-virus. There are some good, free AV's available today. Make sure that it is updated regularly and have it scan your system often.

Check for Windows Updates. Microsoft regularly post updates for your systems safe running. Make sure to take advantage of this. Reboot when installed and return to make sure there are no others.

Empty the Recycle Bin.

For XP users.
After something like this it is a good idea to Flush the Restore Points and start fresh.
To flush the XP system Restore Points.

Go to Start>Run and type msconfig. Press enter.

When msconfig opens, click the Launch System Restore Button.
On the next page, click the System Restore Settings link on the left.

Check the box labelled 'Turn off System restore'.

Reboot. Go back in and Turn System Restore Back on. A new Restore Point will be created.

Note that all previous restore points will be lost.

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If you have any more problems, post back.

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Happy surfing,

crunchie.

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Thank you. I ran the cc cleaner and will take your advice on the other items. I already use Mozilla and have Opera on my computer as well. I don't even know why I had Explorer open. I just click it out of habit I suppose. I have since removed the shortcut from my desktop. Out of sight, out of mind. Again, thanks!
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