Possible Sound Virus? HELP!

March 29, 2005 at 18:52:14
Specs: WIN XP, 256

At first I started hearing this sound as if there was a fly or something buzzing like a fly sound coming from my PC. The next time I heard the sound it was the sound of an adding machine. The next time the sound was being interchanged between the fly buzzing sound and the adding machine sound. I ran the Nortons' anti-virus and found 3 infected files which I immediately quarantined (Norton's can't seem to fix anything!). I also ran Ad-AwareSE and Sybot. After doing all that the sound still comes in. Has anyone ever had anything like this and if so please tell me what it is and how to get rid of it. I'm not a novice, but I still need specific instructions. Thanks for the help.

sunrise - a novice trying and willing to learn


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#1
March 30, 2005 at 10:08:19

Hi,
Ususally sounds like that are coming from your hardware. Sometimes it can be a loose wire rubbing against a fan. I recently had a hard drive give out, but for about 2 weeks it was making some funky noises, chirping, clanking, whizzing, etc... If you can open your computer case (before starting it up) while your computer is running look to see if you can pinpoint the source visually/audiolly. i.e. notice a wire rubbing against a fan. Turn off the computer and re-arrange it. Good idea to ground yourself before touching any components inside the case. Otherwise monitor the sound...it could be a hard drive getting ready to go...if so good idea to start backin up data, or better yet buy new hard drive and set it to master and the old to slave and start copying off your old data.....


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#2
March 31, 2005 at 10:41:41

I get the same thing. It's definately coming out of the speakers. I have seen these sounds coming from banner ads. But I don't have any explorer (or Firefox) windows open.

I have noticed some explorer windows popping up now and then, typically an advertisement warning me that my machine may be infected. They are always MS Internet Explorer windows. I use firefox as my browser, so if they were normal popups they should be coming up in Firefox. Furthermore, my popup blocking is pretty good - I don't get any except for these.

My hunch is that it's a virus or something I've installed from limewire or kazaa. They are playing the sound to scare me before popping up the ads.


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#3
April 3, 2005 at 13:36:02

I have the same problem. I think it arose from an ad on a web site which featured a fly with the extremely irritating buzz. I tried to close the ad but missed the 'x' and started to open a new window. I closed it immediately and all seemed well. But the next time I started my computer the same periodic buzzing was present! I rebooted and it was gone, but once a week or so it reappears when I start my computer. Extremely irritating. I've used a couple of ad-aware programs and haven't beat it yet. Any suggestions?

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#4
April 10, 2005 at 20:32:40

I had the same problem - I even checked the noise with total recorder - the buzzing was registering in the audio output...in stereo, I should add.

anyway, I checked through the task manager, and found a few processes running that started with 'sym'. I checked them, and the only return I got was potential infections on norton. Some sites say norton was infected, other sites say the processes are required...all I know is that I uninstalled norton, rebooted, and the fly is dead.

my theory is this: since the infected file(s) were IN the norton folder, the scan didn't pick them up. I can't confirm that, though...is Norton that egotistical? Maybe.


I'll be using AVG from now on.


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#5
April 13, 2005 at 02:19:22

The sound is spyware or adware. I had the sounds also and purchased and installed the program "Spy Sweeper". I was surprised at how much I had! It took approximately 13 hours to run the scan and quarantine the items. Afterwards, no more sounds! This is the second day, so hopefully, it is gone for good! I ,also, removed all free adware and spyware downloaded progams from my computer. Good luck!

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#6
April 18, 2005 at 14:41:54

I had this same annoying probelm, but after much frustration, found the fix to be quite simple.

In my case it was an ad for flyswat running in the background. I had download accelertor plus running in the background which was running this ad. I exited the program and this killed that stupid fly.


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