Viruses causing internet issues

Dell Inspiron 9300
June 11, 2008 at 21:03:08
Specs: Windows XP, 1 GB RAM
I made a topic here some time ago pertaining to a virus or some other malware that was causing me to see the same pop-up over and over again. I have since remedied the pop-up issue, but there are other problems that I cannot seem to cure.

- Firefox no longer works. I have un-installed and re-installed it, but it simply will not open. No error messages. When I double-click the desktop icon for Firefox, I see the hourglass 'waiting' symbol and then nothing happens.

- Search engine results take me to incorrect sites. No matter what engine I use or what I search for, I will always be linked to random places in a new window. The URL is always "" followed by a long slew of numbers and letters, and then I get redirected to places like financial aid sites random search engines. I have tried blocking the offending initial URL, but it doesn't stop the redirecting.

- Windows NotePad will not open. Every time I try to open a TXT file, I get told "To help rotect your computer, Windows has closed this program". I don't use NotePad that much, but it should still work.

I have run Malware Sweeper and it keeps finding things with the prefix "Feebs". I believe the file names were "Feebs. B" and "Feebs. E", and no matter how many times I scan and remove these files, they always come back. Windows Live OneCare also won't remove them.

Are these 'Feebs' files causing the problems?

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June 13, 2008 at 00:33:05
i guess it's time to re-install windows. or you could try running a reputable antispyware, Malware Sweeper isn't ranked well in any tops and frankly it's the first time i hear about antispyware like this. you can get free antispyware here


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June 23, 2008 at 20:56:14
I managed to get Ad-Aware 2008 on my laptop and I ran a scan. It found an attempted hijacking infection, but when I proceeded to remove the infection, AdAware crashed. I also got with of Malware Sweeper.

This must be some heavy stuff if it's crashing AdAware, which I think is the second most widely used anti-malware software.

The infections that I do know are on here are as follows:


There may be more. I have also tried manually removing the Nugache.A virus, but I cannot find any of the files that install themselves as part of that virus

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