Solved SetKey Failes pop window

September 6, 2012 at 14:48:05
Specs: Windows XP
Get a small window pop up every little while, "SetKey Failes". Currently working on this, doing scans now.

Yes...that is how it is spelled, I am assuming it is was meant to be "Failed".


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#1
September 6, 2012 at 16:27:48
Dunno.

Can you pinpoint anything that you are doing when this happens?

Any right click options on the popup (Properties etc) that would give some clue about what it is?

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#2
September 7, 2012 at 16:07:01
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It happens at 2 minute intervals, it matters not what you are doing, you could leave it sit there and it will pop up the window with the error with almost clockwork precision. :)

Scan showed there were 8 instances...1 Firewall bypass, 4 Hijackers, 1 Keylogger and a couple of tracking cookies. "SetKey Failes" remains. Since this client needs their box back tonight, it would be easier to re-image it since almost 3 hours have been spent on it simply scanning and cleaning out Temp and old files.

**OK.... Could not let this go the easy way out... This is on an XP Pro SP3 machine..

Event Viewer showed "Blocked by access protection rule..." The path to this particular instance in the Registry is ... HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Zx_Ag.

Delete Zx_Ag close it. 'SetKey Failes" error window will pop up almost instantly, you need to reboot the machine.

It has been over an hour since I messed with it and thusfar no more error. I have rebooted it three times under different logins, good to go.

While it would have been faster to re-image or reformat for those of you that don't have ghost or such program, I like the challenge for future reference and to help everyone out.

Hope this helps someone in the future.


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#3
September 7, 2012 at 16:09:32
Thx for feedback. What scan did you use?

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#4
September 7, 2012 at 16:18:54
The company uses McAfee (don't care for it personally), Malwarebytes, Spybot, and finally ran CCleaner. The three scans each found different instances, the system is now clean...hopefully. :)

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#5
September 7, 2012 at 16:25:01
Great news and thanks for popping back with the info.

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#6
September 7, 2012 at 21:45:09
No problem, will do in the future as other things arise.

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