Solved unknowingly downloaded and ran suspicious WMP codec plugin

February 23, 2012 at 07:21:48
Specs: Windows Vista
So, the other day I was going to watch a movie online when there was a video that specified that it required a windows media player codec plugin to play and so i downloaded it. As it ran, there was a command prompt for a brief moment and an error message which forced abortion of the running of the plugin. Now that I think of it, it seemed pretty suspicious so I'm afraid that my computer has been infected by a spyquake or other types of virus or trojans.

I have ran HJT. Will someone Please interpret the log and inform me if there is any actual infection. A big thank you in advance to all the hardworking IT experts and gurus out there actively browsing the forum to help members of the public!

edited by moderator: Deleted Unsolicited HJT log


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#1
February 23, 2012 at 14:45:44
While you are waiting for detailed help, run your AV scans then install MalwareBytes which often finds what AV's miss.

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#2
February 24, 2012 at 06:13:28
well the problem is I now currently have no antivirus software installed on my computer so i can only hope to rely on free software like HJT to fix this possible problem

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#3
February 24, 2012 at 08:40:20
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If it will allow you to install Microsoft Security Essentials freebie I would do so. It has a scan so, as you apparently now have a virus, it should find it. I would also do the same with MalwareBytes freebie - they don't clash.

Unfortunately HJT logs are proving less useful with modern "nasties" that often hide themselves. You could always run the log through with this automatic analyzer:
http://www.hijackthis.de/
Take care with the results, do some googling and make sure you don't let it delete anything that is unknown to them but quite safe and normal.

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#4
February 24, 2012 at 08:43:32
Thank you all for the quick replies. I think my problem has been resolved.

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#5
February 24, 2012 at 08:49:17
Your #4 probably came overlapped with my #3 which I was editing. I would be interested to know, in a nutshell, what you did to fix it.

For the future I would recommend you keep onboard either MSE AV (as mentioned) or Avast - both are free and good. Opinions abound and there are pros and cons for both. Neither are heavy on resources.

Glad to hear problem resolved.

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#6
February 24, 2012 at 19:57:18
I eventually decided to spend 59.95 on a Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security, as I finally decided it would be a worthwhile investment since this probably won't be the last time instances like this happen. It successfully detected the virus and removed it quickly. I guess I'll learn to be more careful when downloading anything from the internet in the future. Thanks for your invaluable advice though, I'll know where to look in the future if the antivirus software I bought stops working.

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#7
February 25, 2012 at 08:01:32
Thanks for the feedback - it might help others.

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