File keeps downloading without permission

Symantec Norton internet security 2012 (...
March 14, 2012 at 20:24:26
Specs: Windows 7, Core 2 Duo / 4gb
A file named "Search" keeps downloading to my computer. It's downloaded four times in the last few minutes, and when I was cleaning it from my downloads folder, I noticed that there was one downloaded yesterday. It doesn't have a file extension. It' file type is "File". I'm not sure where it's coming from.

I'm running a full virus scan now with Norton, but I'd be surprised if it finds anything. I formatted and re installed Windows two days ago, so there's been little time to be infected. Plus, I don't recall any strange sites I've been to.

Any idea what might be causing this?


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#1
March 14, 2012 at 20:26:17
I wouldn't be surprised if Norton is causing it. Disable it temporarily.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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#2
March 14, 2012 at 20:28:46
Well, Norton was running in the background, but I wasn't running a scan until these downloads started.

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#3
March 14, 2012 at 20:32:27
Norton running in the background is enough to cause problems. I've seen it do all kinds of strange things. I just don't like the program. As you said, you just did a clean install. What else did you install besides Norton?

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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#4
March 14, 2012 at 20:34:23
Well, all I've added is Norton Internet Security, Utorrent, and Star Trek Online. Now before anybody says, "Torrents! That's your problem!", I used it only to download the torrent for Star Trek Online from their website.

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#5
March 14, 2012 at 20:51:02
This is apparently where it's coming from. Each download has a different source, but they all start with Google.com

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...


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#6
March 15, 2012 at 00:22:29
Did Norton find anything from post #1?

First download and run Rkill from this link:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
Download the iExplore.exe version, note this only stops running malware from ruinning. It does not remove anything. (Do not restart your pc.)

Download and update malwarebytes from this link:
http://www.malwarebytes.org/product...
Run a full scan and delete anything it picks up. If it does find anything, include the log in your next post.


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#7
February 16, 2013 at 06:40:21
I dont think there is a lot to worry about, ive been having exactly the same problem for ages. After deleting one tonight and reading this post, curiosity got the better of me so i tried opening it with notepad to see if there was anything readable in the file, and there was!
I had done a search in google chrome for a movie torrent called Planet of the Apes via KAT, here are some of the pastings...

"YHACA",c:1,u:"http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl\"
"search?q\\x3dplanet+of+the+apes+torrent+kat\\"


Each line seems to be enclosed like this...\x3dhidden name\
/webcache.googleusercontent.com/

\x3e of the planet of the apes kat\

Now this file only appears when i use something google related or youtube related, whilst i dont know exactly what it is, it only shows when i have a failed torrent download in my computer.

I hope this sheds some light.

John


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#8
February 17, 2013 at 12:53:12
you should disable automatic download option under the browser such as internet explorer, go to TOOLS, then INTERNET OPTIONS and then in SECURITY tab, choose CUSTOM level and then edit from drop down list

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#9
February 28, 2013 at 10:20:08
So was it decided this is a Norton thing? I realize this happens to me every so often during the week while I work.

I work from home and my employer has Norton installed on my computer. I absolutely loathe it. And realized once I started this job that more "searches" were being downloaded and saved. Thus there is no real content being downloaded to really see what the meat of the matter is and to stop it.


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