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Possible threat?!?

By Chappu ยท 9 replies
Nov 9, 2007
  1. I recently have been having a problem with my computer. Im not sure what it is exactly, but it seems to be a virus of some sort. It seems to for the most part be causing a problem in my internet browsers. It wont let me have any control in the browsers, as soon as i click or try to type anywhere in them, it just refreshes the page, and it is starting to minimize some programs. At first it was just starting browsers by itself, and would just keep starting them, and do it multiple ones at a time. and soon i would have so many being opened that my system freezes. What can i do to fix this???
  2. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Go and read this thread HERE and post a HJT log as an attachment into this thread.

    Regards Howard :)
  4. Chappu

    Chappu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 49

    Um, I cant leave my home page on the infected computer. So how am i going to be able to download it??? Dont think it will do much good to dowload it on another computer. Would a hard drive reformat be in order? Dont use my computer for anything but gaming, no online bills or anything like that.
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    A format, would almost certainly solve your problem and may indeed be the best way to proceed.

    Regards Howard :)
  6. Chappu

    Chappu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 49

    Never done one b4, Do i need a disk? if u could, pls send a link to a guide to help me out,

    BTW thanks for ur help, u have been very helpful
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    You need to do the following.

    Diconnect from the net and don`t reconnect, until you have your firewall software installed.

    1 Restart your computer and go to setup usually by pressing the F2 or delete key.

    2 Once you get into setup look for the boot menu and make sure you set it to boot from cd first followed by your hard drive.

    3 Put the Windows xp disk into your cd drive.

    4 Now save your settings and exit setup.

    5 While your computer is booting you will see a message that says "press any key to boot from cd" press any key.

    6 When the welcome to setup screen appears press enter and then press F8 to accept the Microsoft licence agreement.

    7 You will be prompted to repair an installation press the escape key.

    8 Now select the partition that you want to reformat and press the D key to delete it you will be asked to confirm that you want to delete the partition.

    9 Now press C to create a brand new partition you will be asked what size you want the partition to be in mega bytes. If you just press enter then the partition will be the maximum size that you can have. This is perfectly ok if you don`t want to create multiple partitions.

    10 You will now be asked to format the partition select the ntfs file sytem and do a full format.

    11 Once the format is complete setup will continue.

    Your computer will restart during the remaining setup again you will be asked to press any key to boot from cd DO NOT PRESS ANYTHING and setup will continue. Once the setup is complete and you are back in Windows remove the Windows cd from your cd drive.

    Install your firewall software and reconnect to the net. Install whatever drivers you need, then run Windows updates.

    Finally, install whatever programmes/software you want.

    Regards Howard :)
  8. Chappu

    Chappu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 49

    Well I would like to say thank you, that little guide helped me threw the Reformat without any problems. But, still didn't get rid of my problem. My computer runs much faster though :) MY problem still involves me not being able to do anything on the internet, but now seems to involve my keyboard also. Whenever i press any button on it it starts up my internet explorer, by itself?!?!?! and they will continually open multiple ones, Weird. have you heard of any problems like this b4?
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Yes, I had a very similar problem only a few months ago and it turned out my keyboard was faulty.

    In my case, .exe files were opening all over the place faster than I could close them lol.

    Replaced the keyboard and problem solved.

    Try another keyboard and see if that helps.

    Regards Howard :)
  10. Chappu

    Chappu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 49

    Yea that did the trick. Thanks you have been very helpful

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