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regedit and msconfig open then close quickly - XP Pro

by duxdad / May 6, 2004 10:11 AM PDT

Operating systm = XP Pro
I am trying to run regedit and/or msconfig. The programs open then close quickly before anything can be done.
Any idea's ??

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It's a known piece of malware.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 6, 2004 10:58 AM PDT

One of the following tools finds and removes it.

Adware, Spybot, Cwshredder and Housecall.

Report back which bug it was.


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Re:It's a known piece of malware.
by duxdad / May 7, 2004 2:04 AM PDT

Thank you all for the help. Two virus/worms were found on my system.
First of all I use the free version of AVG anti virus software from Grisoft( and have found it to be very good and reliable.
I updated to the latest definitions and it found a spybot worm (svchost.exe I think).The program was unable to fix or move the file so I rebooted in safe mode and manually deleted the file. I also downloaded a new remover tool they have on their site, vcleaner.exe which I also ran in safe mode. This cleaner found another virus psw.bispy.
The good news is between manually removing the scvhost file and running the remover all is well Happy
On another note, I have used this forum several times successfully to solve problems and someone always passes on a web site or two that have a wealth of information on fixing all sorts of problems. Is there a list somewhere of these very helpful resources??
Thanks again!!

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About worms. And unsafe computing practices.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 7, 2004 3:26 AM PDT

I've yet to find an antivirus defend against the worms. If you catch the usual MS Blaster or Sasser worm (you didn't write if these were noted), then its more of a sign the OS is not being maintained. Some don't keep them updated so this will happen.

Trojans and other malware are also not in the protection umbrella of most, if not all antivirus. I see no attempts by the AV vendors to close these gaps. Maybe because we already have ways to keep the OS updated and those trojans are usually via unsafe computing practices.

As to a wealth of computer fixes, the words Adaware, Spybot, Cwshredder and Housecall on should be plenty for this issue.

IN CLOSING! writes:

"W32.Spybot.Worm is a detection for a family of worms that spreads using KaZaA file-sharing and mIRC. This worm can also spread to computers infected with common Backdoor Trojan Horses."

As such is spread via these means, the only way people tend to learn how bad Kazaa is and accepting mIRC items are is they have to lose it all.

You can learn and upgrade your defense from this experience.


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Re:regedit and msconfig open then close quickly - XP Pro
by Tufenuf / May 6, 2004 12:24 PM PDT
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Re:regedit and msconfig open then close quickly - XP Pro
by boffenberg / May 7, 2004 3:10 AM PDT

The only time I evewr had the problem you described was when I skipped a step, did you:

and then
type cmd>enter
type regedit or misconfig
hit enter

if this does not do it you have a problem

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