iexplore.exe and ctfmon_mc.exe

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March 17, 2010 at 09:39:29
Specs: WIN XP Pro/SP2, AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+

I have been plagued with multiple instances of
iexplore.exe and ctfmon_mc.exe running in my
processes under task manager. These things
slow my computer down and are a nusiance. I
use avira antivir or my AV scanner and I used
Housecall by Trend Micro. I used spybot s&d
on a flash drive, and I use Superantispyware.
I've run scans with all these applications and I
continue to get these things to multiply in my
processes. I'm lost at what to do. Please
somebody help me.

Larry L

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March 17, 2010 at 09:48:35
I meant to mention that i currently have 37 instances of
iexplore.exe and 13 or ctfmon.exe

Larry L

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March 17, 2010 at 21:09:39
I had a similar problem a few years ago. The iexplore you are seeing is NOT Internet Explorer (or most of them are not), but some nasty masquerading as it. Back then, I fought a battle in task manager for what seemed like hours shutting down all of the iexplore's and the kept coming back. Eventually I closed almost everything except I was absolutely sure I needed to leave open, and they stopped. Then I dumped Norton and switched to Webroot's. Today I can recommend something probably much easier, reboot in safe mode with networking, then run your utilities to clean it out (something this aggressive needs to be inactive to be sure of cleaning it out properly). Try Malwarebytes to do your spot and emergency cleaning, I have had good results with it.

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March 18, 2010 at 08:42:10
Hey Fingers,

Thanks for the reply. I did do scans in safemode but they
keep coming back And I just put Malwarebytes on my
computer just this morning and ran a complete scan. So far
things are ok but it seemed that way before too. It seems that
something triggers these things to multiply, but I'll see if
Malwarebytes did it any good, and thanks again.


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March 19, 2010 at 01:16:09

Are you sure you have ctfmon_mc.exe and not ctfmon.exe? Then it is most probably a virus that camouflage themselves as ctfmon.exe. ctfmon.exe

I would recommend to check where it is located. Then to run Process Explorer to find out what files, registry keys and other objects processes have open,
which DLLs they have loaded, and more. Process Explorer

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March 19, 2010 at 01:19:38

I found this link also CTFMON_MC.EXE

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March 19, 2010 at 07:00:31

Yes, I'm sure it is ctfmon_mc.exe. When there's so many on
there it's hard to mistake it. I used Malwarebytes yesterday and
so far I haven't had anymore recurrences so hopefully that took
care of it, I hope. But anyway, thanks for the input.


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