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XP Search Box randomly pop-up

I'm not sure what is happening, but the search box in XP seems to pop up randomly and often. As in 4-5 times a minute. Sometimes it seems to be because of random mouse clicks, but I'm not sure.

Either way, this has made doing anything quite difficult. Anyone know of a possible solution? Thanks!

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That depends on just what you are seeing

In reply to: XP Search Box randomly pop-up

There is a malware/virus that looks similar to the search function of XP. The times I have seen it, it went full screen and was pretending to do a scan. When it gets done it will tell you that your computer is in need of a particular item or service and prompts for an answer. I did not let it complete and shut down the browser before any damage was done. I have seen the results of the completion and trying to get rid of it was a bear.
The next time it comes up, see what the name of the program is by looking either at the name in the upper left of the program window in the blue bar or look in the Task Bar. Then Google for that program name for results. If it really is the Windows Search Tool, something has altered its processes. Have you run a virus/malware scan?

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Before you fix this. Make sure your XP CD is handy.

In reply to: XP Search Box randomly pop-up

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More info.

In reply to: Before you fix this. Make sure your XP CD is handy.

Well it doesn't run a search or anything. It just sits there. I'll have to check the file name (I'm using my laptop right now). It doesn't go full screen either, just regular size, which makes me think that it is just the windows search. I'll try to find out more.

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In reply to: More info.

"When the Trojan is executed, it renames %System%\userinit.exe as the following file:

The clue to this pest is when you find init32.exe. Then it's BE WARY and ready as you need the CD to get back in after you run the usual virus scans.

The symptom is consistent with what I'm seeing.

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In reply to: Yup.

In my system 32 folder, I found my Userinit file but no init32.exe. Now, this is after a fresh boot so it may take a while, but for now, no sign of the file or the problems associated with it.

I can't remember exactly, but it may be that it doesn't activate for some time after a fresh boot.

Thank you for all the help you've given so far. Happy

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Keep looking.

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There will be more variations of this pest. It was a new one for me (look at the date of the Symantec findings) and hijackthis and our usual investigations didn't find it. But it would launch an web browser and other things. It took a day to find it.

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