Security :: Virus Partially Disabling PC In Different Ways
Jul 9, 2014
Since about 4 days, I'm having various problems primarily on the internet.
1) All sorts of downloads from the internet first load normally, then stop at 99% and usually dont finish, some end 5 minutes later, resulting in a damaged file. Example: Downloading a song this way makes it randomly jump parts of the song in short intervals (a song of 3:50 minutes would then be in my itunes with a duration of 3:46 due to the random jumps); downloading CCleaner and similar programs did not work at all (not even a damage file).
2) Pictures on the internet become "puzzled" and colors change randomly. Example:
3) Only tested this on youtube - videos load 10x slower than before the issue + some flash plugin keeps crashing (also never happened before - even with 50+ tabs).
4) Frequently sites do not load (they stay white).
5) A "firefox update recommendation" and a "flash player update site" with untrustworthy URLs often randomly open, sometimes even 5 times in 5 seconds + I suddenly get overloaded with random advertisement from the left, bottom and right screen sides.
THE PROBLEM WAS A PLUGIN CALLED "NET-CRAWLER" >uninstalled it, and everything worked out.
I came to some trouble installing CorelDraw software which apparently uses for it's setup launcher web active container performed by IE core. If I launch setup, the setup windows is evidently noninitialized showing the top warning band about active content being blocked for security reasons. Even allowing active content by selecting from the top bar menu doesn't make the setup continue. So now I'd need to temporarily bypass all IE's security checks, ie. allow everything. What I already did was browsing the security tab in IE options and allowing most of the choices in branches ActiveX controls and plugin modules + Scripting (Local Intranet). On Advanced tab I have checked in Security branch Allow execution of active content from CD discs on this computer + Allow execution of active content from files on this computer. Nothing of these affecting the installer to run (ie. I still see then active content blocking bar).
I have a external HDD, which probably have some viruses. because:
I had virus on my PC, no antivirus could see it and tried quiet a lot, and chose fro the bests,but my PC always froze, im having two HDDS in my computer and if i removed on formatted the first reinstalled windows it was good when i connected the second it started freezing so im 100% sure i had virus.
So started windows safe mode, and backed up some very important files, mainly school documents and projects to external HDD in safe mode,
Now i need some of the files back, what should i do? If i boot up the Linux or BSD and copy here the important files back and then format the hard-drive?
When I connected my memory card to laptop then the folder with some strange name appeared and when i tried to open then it said that extension is wrong, when i tried to delete it then no response is found and folder remains as it is. i tried to scan the card by latest KIS antivirus then this antivirus says no threat found. so what to do. i have attached the pic of that drive too.
I have a serious problem with my computer i got a virus that deselected my graphics card and wouldn't allow me to go in bios so i thought that a factory restore would do it, unfortunately i was wrong. It turned off the computer and when i try to start it it just goes to a black screen for about an hour then goes to like some kind of power save mode where the power button is flashing and i tried to turn it on again and the same thing happened. My screen works just fine but it says it dosen't get any input so my computer just isn't displaying anything. I am really scared and don't know what to do?
Today, when I opened the windows defender i saw my PC status at risk and when i tried to update it's virus definitions I couldn't complete, it says network connection but i could connect to website download anything without any interruption. I even tried to update virus definitions through windows update control panel but it was of no use. I had installed MSE on windows 7(i have a dual booting) . Did this action affect my windows 8 OS and how do i get rid of it.
I recently had to do a factory restore on my system. I reinstalled Norton Internet Security using the existing product key I have. Today my action center says virus protection turned off;
I hit view Antivirus apps and this comes up
I click on Norton Internet Security then click turn on, this is what pops up
I click on yes, I trust this publisher to run this app, However nothing happens. It still says that Norton Internet Security is turned off. I went into Norton Internet Security, it says that my system is secure and even ran a full system scan for good measure.
Is there a reason why action center is saying that antivirus protection is turned off?
i have a problem with my USB stick: i've borrowed it to a colleague 20 minutes, and now, when he returned me i have a little surprize: instead of finding my personal data from faculty, i found these shorcuts, who turns out that are viruses (Windows Defender alerted me).
The stick was used in one of our laboratory class. I want to recover my data because i have about 1.5gb of files which are very important to me. When i scan the USB with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, it detects nothing, but scans even my personal files, despide i cannot see them (even if i pick 'Show hidden folders and files' option), only Windows Defender finds the viruses.
Is it possible to delete the viruses and save my personal files (txt's, doc's and pdf's), without formatting the stick ?
I'm using a third party tile creator (Oblytile) to make tiles for the Start screen. It works fine, but I still get a User Account Control notification when I'm trying to launch the apps even though the app it's technically asking about is Microsoft Windows Based Script Host!
Is there anyway I can stop the notification for this program without disabling the thing all together?
I was trying to install windows 8.1 on my new SSD for my laptop. However during the installation process, I accidentally unplugged the USB drive that had the Windows 8.1 install on it and the process was interrupted.
Now whenever I plug in that SSD into my laptop it gets stuck in this "boot loop" kind of deal where I hear it start up and turn off all in a matter of 10 seconds or so and all I get is a black screen.
Without the second hard drive my laptop runs almost flawlessly. Only issue is upon booting up it asks which operating system to use and gives me two options: Boot from Windows 8.1 or Boot from Windows 8.1 volume 4.
If say I have a Windows Guest running its own AV software whether it's Windows defender or anything else then it seems to me that by having the HOST also running an AV software we are going to have two pieces of AV software running on the same data areas (the VM Disks).
It would seem to make sense to exclude the VM directories from the HOST's AV scan when the VM's are running -- but I haven't seen any mechanism to dynamically turn off parts of the AV system -- it's either an ALL or NONE mechanism.
I'm sure the performance of both HOST and GUESTS could be enhanced if AV software was ONLY running on the machines it needed to be - but AV software doesn't seem to allow for excluding certain parts of the machines.
If I have up and running say 4 VM's - that's my normal usage - then on the Virtual Machine directory on the Host I could have 5 (yes FIVE) AV pieces of software scanning / protecting it (The VM directories / data areas) at all times -- The VM's of course need to be individually protected if they are on the Net.
Is it possible to do complete clean to go back to windows 8.0? I would also like to ask where can I get the oem windows 8 from for hp laptop?
I hear that my laptop the key is bios saved and to activate my laptop all i do is to put my key back in ones I have installed windows and it would activate is that correct?
I would also like to merge the other recovery drive which I think is waste of my 20 gb and would like to merge this to my one drive so how can I do this?
I ran in to some issue with Emsisoft on windows 8.1 as it keep telling me I have a vires in registry and when it tried to clear from the registry it just does nothing happens so I have decided to go back to 8.0 where it was working fine but it could be that I may have had a few vires that I cleaned up and It might just need to reinstall os but I would like to know what do you think?
Should I go back to 8.0 or should i install 8.1? Where can I get oem windows 8 dvd and 8.1 dvd for my HP Pavilion g6-2210sa. What windows version I am running HP Pavilion g6-2210sa?
I was scanning my computer for virus's 2 days ago when the computer locked up. So I shut it down and restarted it. I got a BSOD saying NTFS_FILESYSTEM. I restarted the computer and same error. I then loaded up Parted Magic to run Clam AV and started that but when I went to look at the program Parted Magic I noticed that my EFI System Partition has no file system and is blackened out. I do have a Acronis backup unforturnatly it's 3 month's old but it's better than nothing. I also have tried using a Windows Recovery thumb drive to fix the startup issue. I chose the "Fix Startup Issues" option and it started to do something and said it would take hours but then all the sudden it restarted and when I tried to run the Startup fixer it said it couldnt do anything about it. Is there a way to rebuild that EFI System Partition? I would like to fix it but at least anything I use Parted Magic to get my personal documents and things onto a external drive for a backup and then do a fresh install.
I have a virus On my sony VAIO duo 11 windows 8, that makes everything a "shortcut" especially on my flash drives. The problem is, I want to reinstall windows from the recovery partition. However, every time I try to copy the recovery partition onto a flash drive, it copies over to the flash drive in a "shortcut" fashion which hinders me from creating a bootable flash drive. I tried malware bytes and other antivirus programs to make it stop creating shortcuts but to no avail.
I'm disabling some fonts via font manager (NexusFont) because there's way to many fonts I don't use and it's really annoying to scroll through every single font in PhotoShop and Illustrator. So which fonts should I not disabled? Like what are the fonts that Windows 8.1 and programs usually use?
I have never ran into before with any Windows Operating system, including Windows 7. I am doing some testing on my computer, and I'm trying to do a *CLEAN* install of my video drivers. I uninstall all of the relevant drivers from Programs and Features. After that, I restart my computer. Upon restart, Windows decides it wants to automatically install the default drivers that it comes with.
Fair enough. I go to Device Manager and uninstall the drivers manually, stating that I want to delete those drivers as well. Restart. Windows, again, decides it wants to install the default drivers.
Okay. I go into System Settings, Advanced Settings, and I change the Settings so that Windows no longer looks for drivers via Windows Update. Re-uninstall all drivers (again, specifying that I wish to delete the drivers) and restart. Window STILL persists in installing default drivers. At this point I'm getting desperate, so I go into gpedit.msc and disable automatic installation of devices. Restart. This resolves the issue, but the problem with altering this setting is now I cannot manually install those drivers as well. As soon as I reenable the setting, Windows immediately starts reinstalling the default video drivers.
How to prevent Windows 8 from auto installing video drivers. Is there a setting that I can change that will prevent Windows from automatically searching for what it perceives to be new hardware? If I can change that, then I may be able to manually install my drivers without overlapping old drivers.
Everytime I start my computer it ends up showing the icon for the onscreen keyboard in the taskbar notification area. How can I prevent this? I don't need the onscreen keyboard and doubt if I'd ever use it. Oh, by the way, I'm running W8.1 if that matters.
So basically, IE11, independent of what the settings for Windows 8.1 is, will ALWAYS have autocorrect on and there's no easy way to disable it. I actually even encountered an official bug report were an MS employee closed it stating that "this is by design for now".
Without further ado, spell-checking is controlled by C:WindowsSystem32MsSpellCheckingFacility.dll. You'll want to rename this to something, say MsSpellCheckingFacility(2).dll, to disable this.
For those not technically inclined, note that this is a system file and it may cause some problems. Specifically, if you want Windows 8 to spell check for you but not IE11. You'll also need to take ownership of said file if you want to rename it. See Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8.
I just got Windows 8 and tried disabling the log-in screen. I went into "netplwiz" now I seem to have lost my administrative powers.
I can't download programs or access the "user accounts" tab in the control panel. Every time I try to do something that would require admin powers, I get a "user account control" prompt that tells me that if I, "want to allow the following programs to make changes to this computer," that I need to enter an administrator password and then click yes.
But there is no text box to enter a password and the "yes" button is grayed out. My only option is to hit "no" or "show details."
When I go into "PC Settings" and the "users" tab, it says that "there are no other users on this PC" and "Sign in as an administrator to add users to this PC." But how do I do that?
I've tried going into the "run" operation and entered "net user administrator /active:yes" command, but nothing happens. I also tried entering "msconfig" but I ran into the same problem of not having admin powers to do that. I tried starting in safe mode by jamming shift and F8 but that didn't work either.