IE, Windows Update, McAfee not working

April 25, 2010 at 15:42:51
Specs: Windows XP
Recently, my desktop no longer opens Internet Explorer. Double click on the icon, it will briefly show the hourglass, then a flash of Explorer, but then nothing. I tried opening from Start Menu as well as All Programs, with same result. In trying to find the cause, I also notice that Windows Update does not open; nor does my McAfee Security Center. Could I have picked up a virus? Any assistance in resolving this problem is appreciated. (I definitely have internet connection, as my laptop works just fine from home using wireless router.)

Thanks, outlawbill


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April 25, 2010 at 17:17:50
Maybe so we will need to run a few scans to determine what the problem might be.

Please download exeHelper to your desktop.
Double-click on exeHelper.com to run the fix.
A black window should pop up, press any key to close once the fix is completed.
Post the contents of exehelperlog.txt (Will be created in the directory where you ran exeHelper.com, and should open at the end of the scan)
Note: If the window shows a message that says "Error deleting file", please re-run the program before posting a log - and post the two logs together (they will both be in the one file).

Download DDS and save it to your desktop.
DDS.scr


Disable any script blocker if your Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware has it.
Once downloaded you can disconnect from the Internet and disable your Ant-Virus temporarily if needed.
Then double click dds.scr to run the tool.
When done, the DDS.txt will open.
Click Yes at the next prompt for Optional Scan.

When done, DDS will open two (2) logs:
1. DDS.txt
2. Attach.txt (do not zip just copy/paste)

Save both reports to your desktop then post them please.You may need to post in segments to get all the info to us as the logs may be to large to fit in one post.

Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from one of these sites:

MalwareBytes1

MalwareBytes2

Rename the setup file, mbam-setup.exe, before you download it. To do that once the "enter name of file to save to" box appears as the download begins in the filename box rename mbam-setup.exe to tool.exe> click save.

1. Double Click tool.exe to install the application.
2. Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
3. If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
4. Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan. The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
5. When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
6. Make sure that everything found is checked, and click Remove Selected.
7. When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart. If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process,if asked to restart the computer,please do so immediately.
8. The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
9. Copy&Paste the entire report in your next reply.


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#2
April 26, 2010 at 08:00:12
Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately, on the desktop with the problem, Internet Explorer is my only access to the internet (I do not have Firefox installed). So if I am unable to access the internet, might you have any other suggestions?

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