Windows keeps acting weird (read more)

July 14, 2009 at 18:09:24
Specs: Windows XP
Every time I try to play a game, after a short while, the game is minimized (if fullscreen) or the blue window bar turns gray (indicating the desktop was clicked), even though I haven't clicked the desktop. This also happens with any program I use, including Firefox.
Also, after a while, Internet Explorer randomly opens up and goes to a page called News13.
I've scanned my computer and found no viruses or spyware (I use AVG anti-virus).
Can anybody tell me what the problem might be?

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#1
July 14, 2009 at 20:20:36
Go to this website:
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
and scroll down to "download free version"
install the software and run it.

Upon opening Malwarebytes, go to the Updates tab and check for updates.

After updating, go to the Scanner tab and select Perform Full Scan.

I'm almost certain that it will find something.

Best of luck.

Rich Gu


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#2
July 14, 2009 at 22:08:09
Use PC Tools Spyware doctor. I had the same problem and it was spyware that was on my system. You have to pay for it, but it works. It's about $30 for 1 year of coverage. You can use the license on 3 computers.
I also recommend a Proper Anti Virus program as the free ones like AVG just don't cut it. Think Norton or McAfee.
If you use your computer every day, I figure $60 a year for a good anti virus & anti spyware is cheap & worth it's weight in gold. I can't afford to have my system down, and I certainly can not be bothered by free programs that miss a lot of spyware & viruses.
Loosing your computer or excessive downtime due to spyware will cost you more than the $60.
Free stuff is great but not when it comes to computer security!

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#3
July 14, 2009 at 23:37:12
Norton or McAfee would be the worst resources hogs on the market... there is nothing wrong with AVG or Avira and they are both free.

http://ewen.uuuq.com/


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#4
July 15, 2009 at 02:06:52
Alright, I tried Malwarebytes' and it found quite a few Trojans on my computer. But I was still getting the same problem, even after several full scans.
So I decided to get the program SUPERAntiSpyware. Good or bad choice?
I keep running scans on it and it finds at least 30 trojans each scan. I'm beginning to think that It's the cause of even more trojans than I already had.
And also, after I rebooted my computer, I've had trouble with minimized programs. Whenever I click to try and maximize them again, they start flashing orange (much like when you receive and IM on AOL Instant Messenger).
Thanks for attempting to help, but it still hasn't been solved.
Anybody have any idea what could be the problem now?
(Oh and I haven't had the Internet Explorer issue since, but on my Control Panel, I still get the issue where it appears to be selecting the desktop.)

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#5
July 15, 2009 at 08:18:04
I have had a lot of success (as have some friends) with the
"READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide" at
http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showth... it is a
very lengthy procedure and should be done exactly as written.

But the major advantages are that it uses entirely free software,
if you do as you are told it works most of the time and if it
doesn't theere are plenty of real experts on hand to help with
your detailed problem, for free.


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#6
July 15, 2009 at 11:23:29
Well I just ran another full scan (overnight. I couldn't sit there and wait) with SUPERAntiSpyware, and it found 107 Trojans. After I removed them and rebooted, I don't seem to be getting the problem anymore.So far, that is.
Thanks for the advice though, it's helped a lot.

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#7
July 15, 2009 at 11:38:02
engage the windows firewall !!!!
get a router between you and the internet
practice safe computing.

107 trojans is way too many to have which indicates how you use your computer and where you go on the internet is a problem.


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#8
July 15, 2009 at 22:16:57
Dessloch, sorta an 'off the wall' afterthought, did you remember to disable 'restore' prior to the scan (don't neglect to restart later)? If not, there's a good chance your nasty(ies) got put back.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#9
July 16, 2009 at 01:00:22
Ed, I never did that manually, so I'm guessing it's still enabled. But I haven't had any problems since they were removed. It's all been going fine now.
Wanderer, I do have a router, but I still seem to get trojans and viruses and nasty stuff like that. But never often. And never the amount that I had. 'Cause that's just a really ridiculous amount.
But yeah, my problem is solved. Thanks for all the help, everyone. =)

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