security warnings

July 23, 2010 at 23:22:16
Specs: Windows XP
My computer currently has a mind of it's own or someone else! Literally non-stop I get pop ups that say "security warning- application cannot be executed. The file avwsc.exe (or guardgui.exe or wuauclt.exe or ctoolbar.exe).... do you want to activate your antivirus software now? Then another pop up "attention! Spyware alert Vulnerabilities found. Your compter is infected by spyware-34 serious threats have been found while scanning your files and registry." Then yet another "threat varies from win32/nequel.B or bankerfox.A" ...I have Avira (which apparently is not working properly...has not allowed me to run updates since March) and run mozilla firefox...but windows internet explorer keeps popping up on it's own accord. None of my programs will open. How can I get this to stop and get back to some sense of normalcy? thanks in advance for any and all suggestions.


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#1
July 25, 2010 at 03:54:22
If it's happened recently try doing a System Restore to a point prior to the problems starting. Then install and run Malwarebytes (it will install in safe mode with networking if necessary). If you can't get an internet connection then download it on another machine and copy the install/update files over.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."


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#2
July 26, 2010 at 00:47:30

thank u Johnr! Yes, this just happened, unfortunately whatever is going on has pretty much disabled everything but my internet and has hijacked that...I can not open anything from the start menu, my desktop, and just this evening disabled some of my shortcuts so that I can no longer get into my files via my computer....fortunately I was able to copy most of my files and photos to an external hard drive before that happened. If I can get my keyboard to be recognized again, I will try a system restore--using a spare laptop for now! Thanks

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#3
July 26, 2010 at 01:11:14
Yes, I'm afraid that whatever you do, a keyboard is pretty much essential....

Getting into safe mode is also fairly important so that you can run the system with as little rubbish going on in the background as possible. As I mentioned, you can install & run malwarebytes in safe mode, which will be a good start.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."


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#4
July 26, 2010 at 05:52:13
If you had a usb transfer cable or a usb HD caddy you could pop out your HD and then usb it to the laptop so you could get your files off and also do the virus scans that way.

Here is a cheap cable you can order and it will probably come in handy for any other HD's that go bad (I use one myself to retreive important files and pics from bad hard drives and do scans):
http://www.buy.com/prod/new-usb-2-0...

or walmart
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Cables-To...

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


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