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WinXP Possible Trojan - Windows will start, but unresponsive

Anyone up for a challenge? Maybe this will be an easier fix than i expect, and maybe the hard drive is just dying infront of me; today, after waking my Dell D620 Laptop from sleep (closed over night) things seemed to be working fine... when trying to print out a internet explorer web page (google maps directions), IE. would fail and close ~send error report?.

So, reboot... and nothing's been right since. Widows will start up, i can log in under my user name (or guest) but little else progresses. The desktop image shows up, my icons, even the system tray programs, but nothing will actually respond.

After multiple reboots, restore points, and malwarebytes full system scan removing anything that it could find ((through safe mode... found Trojan.Agent in c:\windows\temp\data64.tmp)), i've had a few differnt results; sometimes i can get a program or two to open, but nothing works as it should, and programs like disk keeper wont open at all.

What sort of trouble have i got myself into? I've "fixed" a few computers around the office, that have had problems with the "antivirus xp 2008" bug, and thought that might be what i caught. Im scared now, to plug my flash drive into this laptop im using, to shuttle installer files back and forth.

So, here is sit, waiting for all the help i can get! (please)

**a couple common bug seems to be the HP ToolboxFX, takes forever to load (or try to load) and then fails with win32nt error message.

also, End Program - MSASCui.exe (coming up now, during the time it took to type this post)
win xp pro SP2
Dell latitude D620 Business Laptop
Symantec Client Securiy
More info needed?

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Maybe your "best bet" would be......
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risk of infecting compouter im using now?

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Yeah, i would have started with the hijk this route... im worried that if i stick my flash drive into the computer im using now, it might get infected as well... any thoughts?? I cannot get the other laptop to to connect to the internet to download the install file.

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IF it is a "nasty".......

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...I would NOT use the flash drive.

Do you remember WHAT Malwarebytes found and deleted ?

Do you have CCleaner, so you could cleanup the "clutter", like temp. files, etc. ?

Is there anything "unusual" running in Startup?

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items found...

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"Trojan.Angent" was what malwarebytes found the first time around... location was recorded in the log, but i think it may have been lost through the restore attempts ive made.

Symantec has Found; Adware.Starware (filename: music{1}.exe) c:\docs and settings\user\local settings\temp internet files\content.IE5\0I2Q0QHE

Just ran Malwarebytes again, and it picked up something new/ different;
Fake.Beep.Sys (file) c:\windows\system32\dllcache\beep.sys
(i removed it... no noticable difference)

I should also describe the system scans that were done, when this first started happening:

the dell Pre-Boot System Asseement tool, passed through the first few tests attempted, but failed on:
Test: DST Short Status test ~ Status: Error Detected!
Error code 1000-0146
msg: unit 0:DST Log contains previous errors.

No CCleaner (good to try?)

Unusual start up is that the Symantec shield icon, in the system tray, always shows up as soon as windows loads, but there is now an exclaimation mark (with a yellow circle) on top of the icon.

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Re: Symantec icon

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I expect that if you click on it (or doubleclick, or maybe right click, can't try it here) it will show a message to 'explain' the exclamation mark. What does it say?


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symantec/ everything is just slow or frozen up

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eventually, the symantec system tray icon will notify me that; "Symantec Anivirus Auto Protect is Disabled"... this word bubble/box usually won't make it's way onto the screen - desktop (except for mouse) stay's frozen.

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Error code 1000-0146

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found Malwarebytes log..

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what was found before was; Trojan.Agent (file) c:\windows\teemp\data64.tmp (reference # 45686)

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Temp. file....... that should be GONE.......

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To clean ALL Temp files:


Click on Start and then Run.

In the text box in the Run window, type %Temp% and click OK. A folder full of files and other folders will appear.

All of the folders and files you see in this Temp folder are no longer being used by Windows XP and can safely be deleted.

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