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# Curious numbers

Q: Curious numbers

This is not a problem. Just a curiosity that I am unable to explain. Maybe someone has the answer.

1. When I look into Computer or computer management, the size of my system is about 16.3 GBs. The data is on another partition and there are no restore points - shadowstorage is zero.

2. If, however, I run WinDirStat, it shows my system size as 18.1 GBs. I fail to see from where the additional 1.8 GBs come from.

A: Curious numbers

Hidden files and folders perhaps?

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Hey everybody.

I don't know if the title is a good one for this problem, but here goes.

I have a column that has numbers in this format: 54321-1234

Now, I want to take off the last 4 numbers, and the dash, from all the numbers in the column, using a formula. So that the output would be: 54321.

I want it so the first 5 numbers stay the same, but the dash and last 4 are gone. Is this possible?

Thanks.

A:Solved: Excel 2003: Replacing Large Numbers with Smaller Numbers

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This was asked before by KlausdB:

"I have 4 x HDDs on SATA AHCI (Intel Controller) in Native Mode and 1 x ESATA on Win 7 Pro X64.
I noted that looking in Admin. Tools\Computer Management\Storage (as an example) the 1st HDD (Port 0 in the AHCI BIOS) is showing as "Disk 2" instead of my expectation of

"Disk 1".
Selecting the Drive's Properties correctly shows the "Location 0 (Channel 0, Target 0, Lun 0)".
I also note that the Disk Number allocation in Windows will change randomly after some reboots/startups - going anywhere from "Disk 1" to "Disk 4".  I can force/replicate this

behaviour by removing the ESATA drive.
Is this expected behaviour?
It doesn't appear to create any operating issues at this stage, however, is there a way I can force the Drive to always map to (eg) Device 0 --> Disk 1, Device 1 --> Disk 2,

etc?
Thanks."

This was answered by Nicholas Li:

"As far as I know, how the disk is plugged physically and the order it is displayed are not related. For a simple example, if a drive is plugged to SATA interface 4 and it is the only disk, it will be displayed as Disk 0. If there is no related issue about
the disk order, I think we can safely ignore this."

Because the topic was closed I want to ask a new question here:
What happens if one of the 4 HDD drives or 5 has an OS installed on it? I ask because windows always write some bo... Read more

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I have three SATA hard drives :
Main system/boot drive , WD Caviar Black 1 TB, connected to the SATA 0 port
A backup drive, identical WD Caviar Black 1 TB, connected to the SATA 1 port
Another dirve, Hitachi 1 TB, connected to the SATA 2 port
When I installed Win 7, only the main drive was connected... and it remains the only drive with active/system/boot partitions.

QUESTION 1.
All three drives reporr correctly in the BIOS, and in the right order, but why is it that only one of the drive (the one on SATA port 1) has a "SATA:" prefix and the others have a "HDD:" prefix ?

QUESTION 2,
Why is it that the assignment of Disk #0, 1, 2 ( as seen in Disk Maanger or DiskPart) does not seem to have nay rhyme or reason?

I would have expected:

- the hardrive connected to SATA port O, to be assigned as Disk 0
- the hardrive connected to SATA port 1, to be assigned as Disk 1
- the hardrive connected to SATA port 2, to be assigned as Disk 2

- the hardrive connected to SATA port 2, is assigned as Disk 0
- the hardrive connected to SATA port 0, is assigned as Disk 1
- the hardrive connected to SATA port 1, is assigned as Disk 2

Just curious why that is.

I am assuming there is no way to chagne this. Its not something I would dream of reinstalling Windows 7 to correct ( even if it did correct it).

A:SATA port numbers vs assignemnt of Disk numbers/

Best advice, leave it alone. It may bother your (and others) sense of order but it won't affect how anything works, and no re-installing Windows won't change it.

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I have Windows XP, with Wordpad v5.1 and Notepad v5.1 as well. In Notepad, if I toggle off Word Wrap, I can then toggle on the Status Bar, and it shows me the line and column number in the status bar. It does not look like Wordpad has the ability to show line and column numbers. Does anyone know if there is a way to show that in Wordpad? Thanks.

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I was checking my program and software list and at the top of the list I noticed two (2) sets of numbers that I have never seen before. I checked the internet to see if I could find out what they were. It kept taking me to sites for spyware, adware,etc. I could not find out what they were or why they are on my system. I do not want to remove them until I know what they are. I have not noticed any problems with my system, but I do not know what might be going on behind the sceen. The numbers are listed as follows:
{684CB795-C157-4E15-93D4-E26015FEF1EA}

{F850707C-B6A0-4B56-8709-F89CF8F9AC6D}

ANY HELP?

A:Found Numbers Unknown Numbers In System

The first one > http://www.acresso.com/products/is/i...d-overview.htm

The second one > http://eraser.heidi.ie/

Both are legit and not malware.

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Hi,
I have some reference books I use and in all of them I have this problem:

The number written on the document pages doesn't match the number my pdf reader says, and for every document it has a different offset. That is, for example when I go to page 16, then on the page itself it's written that it's page 5 and not 16.

It's an annoying problem.
Is there any way to fix this by changing the pdf numbering or is there any workaround?

Thanks

A:pdf page numbers donÂ’t match document page numbers

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Hi, so far i have managed to make my program so that it prints out the odd numbers between two inputted numbers but i need it to print the sum of them?
This is what i have:

public static void main(String[] args) {
int int1, int2, sum = 0;
Scanner scan = new Scanner(System.in);
System.out.println("Please enter two integers: " );
int1 = scan.nextInt();
int2 = scan.nextInt();
for (sum = int1; sum <= int2; sum++){
if ( sum %2 != 0 ){
System.out.println("" + sum);
}
}
}
}

A:Java: Sum of all odd numbers between two numbers?

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Q: Curious

Is it possible to convert files copied in Wordpad to active HTML links?

A:Curious

http://www.htmlgoodies.com/primers/html/article.php/3478141
http://www.sover.net/~wysiwygx/Text.html any good?

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Q: curious

was wondering what else would be safe to uncheck for start up so it runs a little faster and also was wondering how to disable the new hardare detected after i reboot thanks

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:56:50 PM, on 9/3/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\igfxtray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\hkcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\ewido.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\DRIVERS\CDANTSRV.EXE
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\guard.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.mdg.ca
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = \blank.htm

A:curious

what are the specs on you pc? more RAM would help alot...

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Recently I just upgraded from 512 mb to 1.5 gigs or RAM. I have free RAM pro and it always shows that 20% of my RAM is being used, which leaves me with about 1100 mb of RAM free when I have no applications running. So I am curious as to what is using that 20% of RAM.

That would be process (services) started to support your machine. Things like video management, windows messenger, print drivers, and the list goes on depending on what you have installed.

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Q: Curious

Ok if this has been asked before please forgive me. I noticed in the background on the task manager that several svchost is going. How many of those are actually supposed to be there. My moms computer has 33 running.

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Can somone tell me if this log looks clean?

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:22:04 PM, on 4/12/2010
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.17037)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
C:\Windows\RtHDVCpl.exe
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avgnt.exe
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
C:\Windows\system32\SearchFilterHost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.yahoo.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.gateway.com/g/startpage.html?Ch=Retail&Br=EM&Loc=ENG_US&Sys=DTP&M=T3616
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.gateway.com/g/startpage.html?Ch=Retail&Br=EM&Loc=ENG_US&Sys=DTP&M=T3616
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://www.gat... Read more

A:Curious?

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I'm up to 132 this morning. It's been a week since I installed 32 bit after 64 bit SP2 install wouldn't boot. 32 bit SP2 went in last night and all is good.

A:Just curious

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How can an application render Windows or any hardware installed unusable or in a state such crappiness that it's not worth using anymore? Please don't think I'm attempting to try anything like this. *white hat*

A:Just curious...

There are literally hundreds of ways- the application couldmess with the registry, or modify system files, whtever.

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I am running IE7 - XPPRO - Core2 with 2 gigs Ram and experiencing extremely slow boot times. After reg cleans, defrags, disk cleaning, disable running processes, multi scans with MS Essentials, Panda, MWbytes it is still slow. I have been reading about add ons and have a large amount on this particular computer. 48 under "add-ons that run without permission", 12 that are "currently loaded in IE", 48 that "have been used by IE".

So, here is my question, if I disabled all add-ons would they automatically enable when required?

Thanks

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Hoping someone would help and review my hijack this log. just trying to make sure that I don't have any problems starting. Wife was online and now winmovie has appeared on desk top and as new hardware.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:44:21 AM, on 1/23/2006
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wltrysvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\pctspk.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\slserv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\sistray.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\khooker.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\RealPlay.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\3\CMPDPSRV.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wltray.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\winservn.exe
C:\Program Files\Save\Save.exe
C:\Program Files\Sony Handheld\HOTSYNC.EXE
C:\Program Files\InterVideo\Common\Bin\WinCinemaMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE

A:just curious

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I keep getting a pop up with monstu.exe in it so i typed it in google and came up with this site, saying its a virus or something, is this site safe for me to get rid of it. I am also getting something else on every web page popping up is res://ieframe.dll/dnserror.htm so i need to sort this out too.
I just want to know if this site is safe basically?

A:New & Curious

Welcome to BC debz33I just want to know if this site is safe basically?159,299 registered members think so.Please download OTMoveIt2 by OldTimer and save to your Desktop.Double-click on OTMoveIt2.exe to launch the program.Copy the file(s)/folder(s) paths listed below - highlight everything in the quote box and press CTRL+C or right-click and choose Copy.C:\Windows\system32\monstu.exe

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Q: Curious

Hello everyone!

I'm curious about Thunderbird. I use FireFox, and absolutely love it! But should I use Thunderbird? Will it work with my web based email from Comcast? What benefits does it provide?

Thanks

A:Curious

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Why is there a lock in my username but in in the other users ?

A:Just curious....

Have you blocked "sharing" on that folder?

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I have a Compaq Presario and my DH and children each have a Dell. DH's puter is on its own power bar and the children's is plugged into my power bar. DH's and my power bars are plugged into two completely separate outlets [assuming this make any difference, which I doubt].

Now, two days ago, the children were brushing their teeth and when I put them to bed, it started thundering faintly. By the time I was done their goodnights, the thunder was louder. I went into our room to tell DH it was thundering and to hurry up - he was in the shower. When I was walking out of the bedroom, the electricity cut out. Of course, I hadn't saved ANYTHING I was working on, , but no big deal.

Anywho, when I came back down, my puter had rebooted and was in the Welcome screen, but both DH's and the children's puter's shut off and stayed off. All 3 puter's were on at the time. So how come mine rebooted and theirs shut down? Not an issue, I'm just curious as to why.

A:Just curious

The difference is a BIOS setting. Yours is set to restart after a power failure. Their's is not.

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Q: Curious

Hello All, I have been checking out forums on here. I am curious about what Hijack this does and how it works? most of all what do you look for in the log afterwards? why do you run this program for anyway?Please enlighten me thanks,(Moderator edit: thread move to more appropriate forum. jgweed)

A:Curious

HijackThis examines certain key areas of the Registry and Hard Drive and lists their contents. These are areas which are used by both legitimate programmers and hijackers. It's up to you to decide what should be removed. Some items are perfectly fine. You should not remove them. Never remove everything. Doing that could leave you with missing items needed to run legitimate programs and add-ins. It does not target specific programs and URLs, only the methods used by hijackers to force you onto their sites. As a result, false positives are imminent, and unless you're sure about what you're doing, you always should consult with knowledgeable folks before deleting anything.

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what is the difference between a trojan and a virus?

thanks

A:Just Curious

Trojans are harder to remove than a virus.

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When you add a site to your "Favorites" for that day or a couple after the web site will have there own logo there and then it changes back the the "E" is there any way to keep the original logo ? I have win xp

pat

A:Just Curious

These are "cached" favicons. They get deleted when you clear the Internet Explorer temporary cache.

However if you can save one to a permanent folder you have created for them, say in My Documents, you can then select it through the "change icon" menu in the icon properties.

Look for these icons in the C:\Documents and Settings\%UserName%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files folder -- they should have .ico extensions and usually will be visible there. However I've found in XP SP2 this behavior is changed, possibly due to a security update, and the .ico files are not visible any longer.

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HI:

This is not a problem as far as function, etc., but I am curious ....

I am using XP Professional. When I open up my register for any hard drive and then open a folder, some of the file names within that folder have blue fonts and others have black fonts. The extension for the files do not seem to make any difference. For example, with files within the same folder having the .jpg extension, some of these file names show up with blue fonts, others are with black fonts so the extension is not the determining factor.

No big deal but I was wondering if anyone could explain the reason or significance of each type??

Thanks,
ve6tp

A:Just Curious

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after running windows xp installation, at first start up the, initial display which says "thank you for installing....." and also bring optional settings for windows before it gets to desktop.during this tym some music plays from the background,where is its location? wheres the file located?

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After a bit of playing with the BIOS, we rebooted and noticed that the startup RAM check was running very slow. Once it reached 525000K, it returned to 0 and started counting up again, and skipping the memory test produced identical results to those in the above paragraph. So, we cracked open the case and noticed a sizable caking of dust on one side of the RAM (single 512mb pc2700) and on the contacts on the motherboard.

We did our best to try to clean up the RAM and the contacts without any kind of contact cleaner, and also tried the RAM in a different slot (which may not work regardless of condition on account of the motherboard's setup) but there was no change in the results.

A friend of mine suggested an over-the-top install of XP, but this was before we discovered the RAM issue.

Anyone have any ideas? Think the ram is dead? Just needs a thorough cleaning?

Other pertinent information:
The problem started occurring when the computer was restarted after a purge of Norton's ... Read more

when dealing with constantly rebooting computers try the following steps

1 take out everything not needed to get into windows (no sound cards network cards modems.... everything all you need is ram (only one stick) video and processor
2 if you have hard drive utilites USE THEM alot of the time its a corrupt windows file that causes the reboot or a completely failing drive (in your bios/system setup MAKE SURE S.M.A.R.T is turned on as it will usually catch this probelm.

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Just curious why when I install Windows XP Home Edition, I don't have to activate Windows. Is it because the Windows disks are for Sony Vaio? Infact, ive never had to activate Windows.

Im very sure its not pirated or anything.

A:Just curious

I've never heard of an Xp Home install that didn't need to be activated. Perhaps Sony has some sort of special agreement with MS?

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Hey!
I heard about a virus from my mom, and I was just curious if its possilbe to get a virus that turns your computer into liquid ****. And by this I mean if you can get a virus so bad that your computer will not even turn on. If not, I'm wondering whats the worst that a virus will ever get. Even if you get the worst virus possible, I'm thinking that you will always just be able to pop in a system restore disc and format your computer. Is this not always the case?
Thanks!

A:Just Curious

Ive been repairing assembling pcs for over a decade. I have never ran
into a virus situation that has led to hardware damage. I suppose it
is possible. If there was a way to say corrupt you cmos chip, that
would render your mobo useless until you replaced the said chip. Im
sure others will chime in, interesting question.

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Q: curious

can my laptop be upgraded into higher graphics cards??

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I was just wondering about antivirus software. Is it just personal preference as to which one is best or is there really one that is better than any other? Like for instance, is Norton better than McAfee? Or vice versa? Is Panda better than either of them? Or are they all the same as to what they do? Thanx

marcg

A:Just curious....Anyone know?

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Not sure this is in the right place but it was done on XP. My freind's parents have created an account called 'logoff' on his PC which is admin and hes limited user. It's not cool since he can't install anything on his PC i.e. acrobat reader, flash player etc. ANyway thats not the point. The point is I was wondering how this 'logoff' feature works. Im really curious as i think its pretty amazing. Not sure if its a program? or some kinda script? But anyway his pc is set to logoff at 10pm. Any ideas? Apparently he managed to turn it off via control panel, whey! Thanks

A:Curious...

Not too sure about xp, but Vista comes with all kinds of ways you can set up user accounts. You said it was XP?

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How can I possibly get rid of Trojan Horse PSW.Generic.VXD in
C:\\windows\system32\commdl.dll. I have run AVG several times as well as spybot and adaware....Any and all suggestions are welcome....Thanks

A:Curious??

Try Tauscan or The Cleaner. Both of these programs will remove trojans.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/Tauscan_d2527.html

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Q: curious

anyone know what this is for...[ bwUnin-6.2.3.66 ]

A:curious

Will not sware to it , but if you have a HP, or Compaq, it could be part of BackWeb.

What is BackWeb?
HP partnered with BackWeb Technologies to develop the Updates from HP service. BackWeb is the provider of Polite® Communications technology, based in San Jose, California. If you want to learn more about BackWeb, please visit www.BackWeb.comClick to expand...
Can you right click on it,

then click Properties,

and Version tab,

and tell what it is or goes to?

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Hi guys, i want to ask some question cuz am little bit curious. On windows task manager i see that Byte sent from my computer is higher than byte received, this happens while am browsing or am idle. Could this be someone trying to hack and get my files.
Thanks

A:Just Curious

How long did you have the PC powered on? Over several hours, then I would say that bytes received should be higher than bytes sent if you're just surfing the internet. However, Windows is, as my friend say, a chatty OS. For one, there's a browser service (not IE or firefox) which tries to discover whats on the network. You could disable that service and see what happens. I was able to achieve a 'quiet' network with Linux - no router lights blinking when I'm not sending anything.

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I am fixing a Vista machine at the moment and I find it will not run a full Malwarebytes scan in a normal boot but will in safe mode.

Am just curious as to why?

A:Just curious

Any errors popping up? What version are you running? MBam was updated to V 1.70 ... You may need to close it out and then try to reconnect to their server again to get the latest update.

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hello guys, just wanna ask if this is normal. i have 2 explorer.exe running in my Task manager.

Attachment 42764

A:am just curious

I would close one of them....

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I just want to make sure that my log file is clean,thanks

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:07:55 PM, on 7/18/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\Program Files\Creative\SB Live! 24-bit\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe
C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\OmniPageSE\opware32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_01\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\itype.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\UdaterUI.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\McTray.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan Enterprise\Mcshield.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan Enterprise\VsTskMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\MsPMSPSv.exe

A:Just curious If Ok

Yep its fine

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Hey yall..I was just curious to know if there were any really good Ad blockers out there? I have McAfee but I don't think it's blocking the Ads so much as just pop-ups. I downloaded another anti-malware program recently and in the scans it keeps detecting Ads so I'm thinking maybe McAfee might not be cutting it fully. My computer is running pretty well since I downloaded the other program but I still want to eliminate those annoying ads. Let me know if you do. Thanks

~Mandy~

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MandyGurl said:

Hey yall..I was just curious to know if there were any really good Ad blockers out there? I have McAfee but I don't think it's blocking the Ads so much as just pop-ups. I downloaded another anti-malware program recently and in the scans it keeps detecting Ads so I'm thinking maybe McAfee might not be cutting it fully. My computer is running pretty well since I downloaded the other program but I still want to eliminate those annoying ads. Let me know if you do. Thanks
~Mandy~Click to expand...

Hi MandyGurl,

Welcome to TSG! Nice Pic and back at ya!

There are a couple of ways to do this that involve installing more software.

1) First, you can install a Hosts file from: http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
2) Next, you can install SpywareBlaster from: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
3) You can also install IE-SpyAD from: https://www.spywarewarrior.com/uiuc/resource.htm
4) If you are still only using IE, you can download Firefox from: http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

Firefox has a lot of extensions, and you can post another thread here for help and advice.

-- Tom

P.S. Nice Pic and back at ya! LoL

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Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.768.3
Locale ID: 1033

BCCode: 4a
BCP1: 000000007721167A
BCP2: 0000000000000002
BCP3: 0000000000000000
BCP4: FFFFF880096E3B60
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 768_1

Hello everyone!
O.K so my computer crashed and I'm not sure why. Its not the first time this has happened so it has sparked my interest. It does not happen often enough for it to be a problem but like I said "I'm just curious". If someone could let me know why this is happening I would really appreciate it.
Thanks

A:Nothing serious, I'm just curious.

You need to follow the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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Nothing really important here, but I'd like to know if anyone has any ideas or explanations. I have 2 PC's, a laptop with XP Pro and a desktop with XP Home. On the laptop, I have a Defender Pro Firewall (from Kaspersky), and on the desktop, Norton Internet Security. I continually receive pop up alerts from Defender Pro (sometimes as often as every two hours or so) about a "Helkern attack" which has been successfully averted, and from NIS (although not quite so frequently, only every couple of days) about a repulsed attack from a "Trojan Bla" worm. So far, both firewalls have been successful in preventing these attacks, but it seems sort of odd to me that neither of them has ever reported the other firewall's attacker, or for that matter, any other kind of attack, since I use the same telephone line and ISP for both computers. Anybody have any ideas as to why Helkern only tries to get into my laptop, and Trojan Bla restricts itself to my desktop? Or could it be that these are only figments of their respective programs that they flash once in a while to assure me that they are accomplishing their tasks? I know curiosity killed the cat, and I'm pretty sure I know why, but I'd still like to hear any thoughts on this. Thanks for taking the time to read this.....Jeff

A:Just curious

Hey RAHRules, read my post here: http://forums.techguy.org/t398026.html
You're not the only one who is curious , I've done scans with Housecall AND Panda, and apart from my Avast4 catching a trojan while Housecall was scanning (virus & spyware scan) I found no mention of any issues even the ones that Zonelabs found didn't show up. I also scanned with Adaware Se and SB S&D and Microsoft Antispyware.
Stranger than fiction some of this stuff isn't it..... Sometimes you wonder if these are just deliberate false positives to make the software look good.
DF

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How can a gay at a company to know from NT server what web site do employees visit during the day? thanks

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I was wondering how bad my Laptop is. Here is the most recent HJT scan.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:45:49 PM, on 7/9/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\NORTON~1\GHOSTS~2.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\KodakCCS.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\SymWSC.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\pctspk.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\hkcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Manager\ViewMgr.exe
D:\itunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Ghost 2003\GhostStartTrayApp.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
C:\Program Files\Opera7\opera.exe
C:\Program Files\Hijack This\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.start.earthlink.net/

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Q: Curious

Can someone please explain to me igzactly what "HIJACK THIS" is
its in 90% of the threads here, and the logs are completely over my head.
so if its possible, could someone with a bit of free time please explain :S

A:Curious

Hi,..HJT log contains all that is running on your system..good or bad..
Programs installed..D/loads..Anti virus and Sprware programs..toolbars..ect
It is snapshot of what is running at the time the log was run....

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I am just curious as to whether the drive wipe in CCleaner is any faster than clean all or the disk wipe in Partition Wizard?

Anyone tried this function if so can you post back with what you found it like

A:Just curious

Wiping a disk means writing zeros to every sector on the disk. By it's very nature this is going to be slow. The time required for such an operation is almost entirely dependent on disk performance so I wouldn't expect any significant time differences between programs that do this.

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Hi,
I have a problem with a toolabr on my Internet explorer. I dont know how it got there, im very careful, ive got a huge block list from ie-spyad. I run adaware regulary.
The other day it picked up a browser hijack, just after i noticed the tool bar, but it doesnt see anything now and its still there. ive inculded a screenshot, its called "16 great". damn anoying.
Thanks for any help!

p.s. ask if youd like to see a hijack this! log.

A:Curious IE bar.

That would probably help. Go ahead and post a log...

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Can i use a Intel Celeron operating system on a AMD 64 system? Thanks

A:Just curious

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Hello there...

I was just curious if anyone knows where the emoticons used in MSN messenger are stored. I've looked all over my PC and can't find them anywhere. I know yahoo has a folder for their emotes, but where does MSN keep their's stored? Does anyone know?

Thanks

A:Just curious...

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Can anyone suggest a good hard drive for me. I mean, ya I could search around, but this is sooo much easier. Also, no more then $200 would be good. A:Just curious 7200 RPM at least 2 Megs of on disk Cache (AKA Buffer). Seagate, Western Digital, IBM, Maxtor, Quantum are good Avoid Fujitsu and Samsung 80-Gig drives can be had for about$100 with shipping.
www.pricewatch.com
be sure you are getting a manufacturer's warranty
avoid house or reseller warranties.

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Q: Curious

Mod Edit: Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic423572.html ~ Hamluis.I am in the same boat, for the second time in a few months.I was convinvced the first time it was some kind of Malware issue but it turned out to be a hard drive problem. In Windows XP and older, it was always obvious when the hard drive was acting up, but on my Sandy Bridge system with a used re-formatted 500G wester digital green drive, after 2 months it just got slower and slower to the point almost every window would come up as not responding for a while as I try to get anything done. The funny part is that the CPU usage was never high, the drive did not get noisey, and if you were seriously patient, it would eventually do what you asked. But what would normally have taken seconds was more like 10 to 20 minutes. Some programs would error out, the the OS in Win 7 will just kep trying until it gets the data from the drive. Back when my first system did this, I replaced the green drive with a Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 and that computer has been super fast and responsive ever since. Now I buile a second Sandy Bridge machine for my wife. I used the newer Z68 motherboard and started day one with a brand new Seagate Barracuda 7200 ST3 with the new 32 meg cache and excellent ratings on the web. For about a month, this thing was blazing fast, no lag ever. Then within a cpl days it went from my wife saying it hung a few times to being unable to make it to the log in screen in under an hour. The ... Read more

A:Curious

don't have slow issues with win7 myself ,i only have a 320gig hdd ,been using win7 since before it officially came out, {not the same install } i have no need for a 1TB drive myself ,.but did you try running seatools on the drive to check it out http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=seatools-win&vgnextoid=552bd20cacdec010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD

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Q: Curious

How do you find out if a video card is defective? I think mine is. I updated bios and updated the software like manufacture said and it still doesn't work.

A:Curious

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I built my PC about 3 years ago.

The Mother Board is a Gigabyte G41M-ES2L Socket 775.
The CPU is an Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 2.2Ghz 1MB 800Mhz

Is there any reason with this combination that I can NOT run a 64 bit OS??

quick googling indicates that the CPU supports 64-bit (but really even my current old rig and most netbooks I've seen allow 64-bit).

Mobo allows 8 gigs max of RAM.

So yes, it should run a 64 bit OS just fine.

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whats better about 64-bit vista. like waht differnt than compared to 32-bit. I get the general picture and i know 64-bit is better for better computers but can someone plz explain to me a lil about the differences and what the two OSs actual do better or worse

A:Jus a lil curious...

It's not so much the operating system as it is the the processor. With 32-bit operating systems(O/Ss), the processor can only access 4GB of RAM (2^32). With a 64-bit O/S, the processor has access to much more (2^64). Keep in mind, the limit applies to ALL RAM. This includes the video RAM, the RAM set aside for hardware devices, and the swap file (which is virtual RAM). The remaining RAM is what the O/S will report as available RAM. For example, I have 4GB RAM installed on my system. However, I have 32-bit Vista installed. My RAM is reported as 3327.

Courtney

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...what kind of video card does the Toshiba Satellite A10-C8M? I never heard about any special N-Vidia cards. I hope I don't have some crummy onboard video hardware. I actually never found out...I've looked online and on the toshiba web page, but I don't see anything. It appears they've actually diswoned the model in exchange for an overpriced model with identical specs.

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Ok. I have a WET54G version 3.1 Linsys wireless bridge. I want it to work on the xbox-360 is there a setting or anything I can get it to work?

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I'm waiting to see if the new users of Windows 9 still get themselves into trouble as they did with all the other Windows OS's.

Hopefully, {some} have learned through time, to be vigilant about security.

A:Curious...

Jacee.
It sure won't be me.
If Nine doesn't have some bang for the buck I will skip that OS like I did with 8-8.1.

I can get into trouble without messing with a new OS.

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Do you think Microsoft people also come here to get solutions to their problem ? I was just curious to know

Steve

A:Just curious

Good question. How much do you want to bet that the techs at the local computer repair shop use these Windows forums for the problems they can't figure out?

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A friend bought some DVD-Rs ... problem is she needed CD-Rs. Is it possible to burn MP3s on a DVD-R or only movies ... thanks!

A:Just curious

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Has anyone had trouble with their computer after installing a NVIDIA Gforce video card? Or had trouble finding digitally signed drivers for it?

A:Just curious

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hey guys..

how do i know the specs of my computer?
aside from the CPU, memory and hard disk capacity....

i mean those specs that are asked in the TS user profile??

(for future reference if problem may occur)

A:Just curious..

If it is a store bought computer like a DELL, HP or Sony. Give the model number, and serial number or Service Tag number.

If the computer was made from scratch, open the case and look at the motherboard. There should be a model number located between the PCI slots, near the center of the motherboard

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Did anyone notice the lead item on 9down? And who is this Bit_Demon fellow?

It's amazing how fast stuff spreads. From here to around the world in 24 hours. Wow.

A:Just curious...

I saw his name on another torrent site also !

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Has anyone had any experience with Rain 2.0? Tried a search on TSG, and only saw one reference to it. Thinking I might have a heat problem causing some slowdown and hanging. Might be wrong, but doesn't hurt to check.
Thanks!!

A:Just curious.

It's a medium range processor coolant. I know this cause my cheap *** school has them in the laptops.

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I right clicked one of my programs, clicked properties and it says that it was last accessed Today, June 20, 2005, 3:14:16 PM .

Now, with other programs it says the exact time that I opened this part, but a couple of programs seem to have the time I mentioned.

BTW I didn't open the program at that time, so I don't know why it would say that.

Any ideas?....

A:Just Curious

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Hey there,

I've just ran a scan, I haven't got any suspicions of malware in particular but I just thought I'd post up my log to see if there was anything wrong at all, just to be safe. Sorry if that sounds stupid, I'm just curious to know if everything is alright.

A:Just curious

I just disabled windows firewall and installed zone alarm which is much better.. so I'm posting an updated log.

Here it is:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:39:22 AM, on 15/10/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5296.0000)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\mscorsvw.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Stardock\ObjectDock\ObjectDock.exe
C:\HJT\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/... Read more

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24 megs of ram
Windows 95
133mghrz cerleron processer
14.4 data fax Boca cirrus VS modem (exact words from modems in device manager)
What I want to do Is install an internal 56k modem, and am not sure if I can use any modem for the upgrade or does it have to be a certain kind that will work with the pc?

any help would be great
thanks
Bob

A:Just curious

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Q: curious

Hello all, and thank you for your time.
I am only curious as to what results can be expected by hooking up my desktop (WinXP,w/o wifi or internet) to my laptop (WinXP,w/wifi and internet) via a USB cable wherein I hope to use my desktop for internet access ?

A:curious

You'll have internet access.

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I was just curious if anything else could still be wrong - i've been getting rid of viruses this week about 7 of them so far.... so i'm gonna post my log and see if it gets any hits..

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:49:08 AM, on 7/14/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Security\Panda Antivirus + Firewall 2008\pavsrv51.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Security\Panda Antivirus + Firewall 2008\AVENGINE.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Security\Panda Antivirus + Firewall 2008\TPSrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\DigitalPersona\Bin\DPWinLct.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device

Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\IOGEAR\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllhost.exe
C:\Program Files\DigitalPersona\Bin\DpHost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Security\Panda Antivirus + Firewall 2008\PsCtrls.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Security\Panda Antivirus + Firewall 2008\PavFnSvr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Panda Software\PavShld\pavprsrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe

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Hi guys, I have a Toshiba Sattelite screen.

I'm wondering if I could put it in my current computer. (Compaq Presario CQ62-210US)

A:Curious..

If the screens are of the same size, then chances are it will work fine once you know how to go about changing screens.

But depending on the age of the laptop(s), the internal connectors could be different. Also, the inverter may be a different type for each screen. Just try and find out for yourself.

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Hi, I was just wondering if someone could take a look at my HijackThis log to ensure that nothing "bad" is running on my computer. I don't believe I am having any issues that I am aware of. I just wanted to make sure everything is okay.

Also, I would like to know where I should go to read about using and managing AVG 8.5 free, and what it finds, etc. In addition, I have noticed some entries containing "HP" which I don't know what they are. I used to have an HP printer, but I uninstalled it and no longer use it or its software on this computer. I have and use a Canon printer currently.
HijackThis Log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:30:43 PM, on 9/17/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16791)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\WLTRYSVC.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device

Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exe

A:just curious

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I have Windows XP obviously...I think my computer is 2006, it's an old computer I got for cheap on Amazon. It's tended to boot up slow pretty much since I got it, and I know that the more new programs I add, the slower it runs. It's annoying sometimes, but I pretty much know how to do something about it [i.e. defrag, cut down on programs, etc.] That's not what I'm wondering about.

I have an IBM Thinkpad T43 and when it would boot up when I first got it, it went through start-up just fine. It did not pause on a "choose user" screen. I'm not sure if that's the best way to put it, but you know the screen where you have to click on "winuser" or whatever your name is? I ended up having a lot of problems with my computer...my mouse wouldn't work...after I downloaded some Windows Updates to Internet Explorer 8. Apparently that doesn't work so well with my computer.

I got all that fixed, but I've noticed that ever since then, when I start my computer, it DOES come up with the "choose user" screen. There's only one user...me. I don't think it really means something's wrong, but does anyone know why it did that? Or was it just from removing some of the IE8 stuff? Or...what?
Edit: Also...this might be related to a different virus problem I'm having right now, but just posting this, it turned into a page of zeros. Er...that's bad, isn't it...

A:I'm just curious as to why this is...

One possible answer to suddenly having to use the logon screen...is if you recently had installed MS.NET on your system. One of the basic security features of installing that application resulted in user logon screens becoming an invoked feature, rather than an option.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/827072To answer your current question re malware, I will move this to the Am I Infected forum, where someone capable can address your questions/situation.Louis

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Personally, I don't like touchpads, trackballs, etc, but a regular "old" mouse.  How about you?

A:Just curious, that's all...

Being in IT I get to support them all, to include the leftys that swap the mouse buttons.  Personal preference is a gaming mouse with at least 5700 dpi, both at work and at home.  The high dpi makes it easy to move from screen to screen and I don't have to move the mouse physically as far to get the on screen movement.  A standard mouse seems to stop at the screen edge and require actual effort to get to the other screen.  My order of preference would be:

1.  High DPI Mouse
3.  Standard Mouse
4.  Trackball
5.  Touchscreen
6.  Pointer stick

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Hello and thanks for taking the time to read this.
Today 'Windows Update' informed me of a recommended update outstanding: KB 2966583 which it claimed was 2.5MB, and as I had just put the pc on I thought I would install the update before I did anything else.
I only had Task Manager open so I downloaded the update and thought "since nothing else is open I will just check and see if it was really 2.5MB."
It was done and 'successfully installed' within minutes so I checked the 'bytes received' in Task Manager and it was only showing three hundred and odds thousand bytes so I waited a few minutes in case the Task Manager was still to 'catch up'. No, it did not increase so I opened Network and Sharing Centre and clicked on the active connection ( a Wi Fi connection ) and it was roughly showing the same ie three hundred and odd thousand bytes.
After searching for information online it seems this update, 'Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2966583)'
may have been an update of previous update bearing the same number.
Can anyone tell me why I appear not to have received 2.5MB when Microsoft claim it was a 2.5MB update? ( ie is the claimed 2.5MB just a maximum possible depending on previous updates ?)

Call me pernickety if you wish but thanks for reading anyway.

A:Just curious.

Task Manager doesn't show data transfers for downloads only network utilization for a given time, are you referring to Resource Monitor?

If you want to see if the update downloaded and installed, go to your Windows Update History.

Also, I'll move this thread to Windows 7 instead of General Security since its not a security question.

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Q: Curious

Hey Guys,

Something really strange happened with my phone the other day. I got a text with a link to download ‘World Cup Score Tracker’ from a mate of mine. I installed it but when I asked my mate about it a few days later, he had no recollection or idea that he’d sent anything. We had look at his logs and there’s was no message – but the message clearly came from him, I’m a little worried now any thoughts?

A:Curious

Sounds like one of those new botnet viruses. Your mate’s got a virus on his phone and now that you’ve installed the programme you’ve got it on yours as well. Try updating and running your antivirus software, I use a company called NetQin, I just read up about these new viruses a few days ago (http://blog.netqin.com/en/). Next time I suggest you not install any software you’re unfamiliar with.

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A year or two ago, my old computer got a virus. The virus changed the desktop background and seemingly wouldn't let any executables run. My question is: Had I come to this site, what would have probably been to course of action to remove the malware? I'm not looking for a perfect, extremely detailed response, for I know that that would probably take a considerable amount of time and may not even be possible. All I really want to know is 1. Could anything have been done? and 2. If so, what would the first step or two been?

The course of action depends on WHAT the virus is. There is no one size fits all removal process. It's tailored to a specific infection.

A lot also depends on WHERE one posts about malware issues. Malware Removal Logs forum asks for specific logs that are not allowed in other forums here at Bleeping Computer.

Am I Infected helpers have a different set of tools. If those tools do not get rid of the infection you would be directed to Malware Removal Logs and the prep guide. In addition to the tools in the prep guide you might be asked to run other ones.

As for could anything have been done the answer is YES-depending on the infection. Some are so nasty that the best course of action to take would be a clean reinstall of the operating system. Others can be exterminated through the clean up process.

The first step: Deciding whether to post in AII or Malware Removal Logs with a detailed post about your issues.

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Basically i think my machine's buggered...

And i wish to re-format

Anyways, Ive lost the disc to my machine XP Media Center Edtiion, Well its not lost just not at hand it, its in another country and need to fix the problem asap.

Would a normal XP say Pro disc work?

The machines XP Media Center sp3.. And would it matter it the other disc is an XP Pro Disc Legit of course with a different service pack, Can i wipe it and put on XP Pro?

A:Right XP Recovery???? HELP PLEASE CURIOUS

I think it would not matter to use that XP Pro disc if that is the only computer that uses it.

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I use FireFox as my default browser after having the stupid powerscan trojan that was downloaded from the stupid IE. So I'm curious... can you get spyware killers for FF, like spyblaster and yahoo-anti spy? I know FF is so good that it doesn't need them but...

A:Just Curious 'bout FF

You're right- it doesn't need them
If one existed, it would be in the form of an extension. I just did some rooting around, and did not find any worth noting.

The best advice I can give to you is to go and download AVG Free Edition in order to protect your computer from any future viruses.

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I have tried to clean everything up that was viewed but am still running a little slow. Could someone check this out for me?

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0
Scan saved at 10:25:51 AM, on 1/5/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Nhksrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cba\pds.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\SYMANT~1\NSCTOP.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ams_ii\hndlrsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\MsgSys.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cba\xfr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\DELLMMKB.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logitech\QCDriver\LVCOMS.EXE
C:\Program Files\Excite\PrvtMsgr\bin\x8IMPipe.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Netropa\OSD.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\wkcalrem.exe
C:\Program Files\QUICKENW\QWDLLS.EXE
C:\Program Files\Reality Fusion\Reality Fusion GameCam SE\Program\RFTRay.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe

A:curious 11 yr old son - HJT included

You are now longer using AOL - correct
And you are using quicken and not Money - correct

If so

fix these - Btw the log looks clean

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MoneyStartUp10.0] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Money\System\Activation.exe"
O4 - Global Startup: America Online 7.0 Tray Icon.lnk = C:\Program Files\America Online 7.0\aoltray.exe

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Here's my log after following the suggested steps.I'm just curious as to whether there's anything amiss.Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 9:07:57 AM, on 8/29/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5346.0005)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\New Boundary\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYSC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exeC:\WINDOWS\zHotkey.exeC:\Program Files\Digital Media Reader\readericon45G.exeC:\WINDOWS\RTHDCPL.EXEC:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_07\bin\jusched.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXEC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exeC:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy... Read more

A:Hello, No Emergency Just Curious

Welcome to the Bleeping Computer forum. We are currently studying your log and will have instructions for you shortly. Thank you for your patience.

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Ok..so im upgrading soon. So I decided to consult with some people before jumping in. I was thinking about upgrading RAM as priority. Because I have only 2gb.
I have 4 slots for upgrade. 2 slots are used, currently with 1gb per slot. Should I get 1 4gb RAM stick? Or get 2x2gb RAM stick? Does it matter? Also if I do upgrade, Do I have to buy window 7 x64? If I want all my ram to be recognized? Or can I upgrade my 32bit to 64bit?
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Second is video card.
My video card is getting a bit old, so I think it was about time to upgrade. (oddly it can handle crysis on low..) I am stuck between a few cards. Should I get the
GTX 460
ATI 5770
gtx 260 216 (too old for mainstream games?)
...

Anything around the 150-100 range. Money is tight, but pc gaming is fun, and its time to upgrade anyways...Feel free to reply with any input.
Oh and if I get one of those cards, can I use my 9600gt as a physx card? Or is it too old . And what are the benefits of physX card?

Quote: Originally Posted by johnnypakajp

Ok..so im upgrading soon. So I decided to consult with some people before jumping in. I was thinking about upgrading RAM as priority. Because I have only 2gb.
I have 4 slots for upgrade. 2 slots are used, currently with 1gb per slot. Should I get 1 4gb RAM stick? Or get 2x2gb RAM stick? Does it matter? Also if I do upgrade, Do I have to buy window 7 x64? If I want all my ram to be recognized? Or can I upgrade my 32bit to 64bit?

I think that CPU/motherboard combo supports dual channel, so the typical upgrade in your position would be to buy 2 more 1 gig sticks of RAM, for a total of 4.

No need to buy a single 4 gb stick. Most likely you could buy 2 x 2, for a total of 6. But don't just buy 1 more stick. Buy 2 or none.

Frankly, depending on what you do with your PC, you may see little or no difference in performance.

32 bit Windows can make use of about 3.2 gb of RAM---maybe a bit more, maybe a bit less. If you want to use all 4 GB, you have to upgrade to 64 bit.

If you have a 64 bit Windows disc, you can upgrade, but again, you might not notice any performance improvement from going to 64 bit or from going from 2 gb RAM to 4 gb. It just depends on how much RAM you use in your normal operations. Don't expect to be overwhelmed.

Your CPU is 2006 vintage. If I were you, I would bite a bullet, not upgrade RAM, and instead put the money toward a new motherboard, CPU, and RAM. I just upgraded ... Read more

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I was installing my internet one day, and i forgot to connect the usb cord into my modem and i tried to connect to the internet. That "no connection" thing in XP popped up and asked if i wanted to change my IP to make the connection work again, till i examined my modem if it was connected right and found my mistake. Now i have a new IP address and sumhow my internet is really slow.

Can sum1 tell me what an IP address is for? and does it really affect my speed in browsing the internet?

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Im not sure but curious if there's anything on my system. I just want to run & post a hijack file on here for someone to check to see if im good or not. just a system check, I run avg and malwarbytes & nothing comes up &i also defragment my computer but something keeps telling to post & see if my system is clean or not. thank you

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I have recently been killing hijackers on my computer i've got it clean i think but i noticed the file:

atrs.exe

I can't find anything on it anywhere! So it would be nice if anyone could shed some light on what its it

Thxs..

A:atrs.exe what is it? I'm curious

By the way the atrs.exe file is found in:

C:\Documents and Settings\Ian.BACKIAN\Application Data\atrs.exe

Ian.BackIan being the user cos my name is Ian.

Here's my HijackThis Log its in there too....So anyone?
Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 11:46:25 PM, on 6/22/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
D:\Sygate\Smc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\MYWEBS~1\bar\2.bin\mwsoemon.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger Plus! 2\MsgPlus.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Keyboard\type32.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Logitech\MOUSEW~1\SYSTEM\EM_EXEC.EXE
C:\Program Files\Telstra\Toolbar\bpumTray.exe
C:\Program Files\AVPersonal\AVSched32.EXE
C:\Program Files\AVPersonal\AVGNT.EXE
D:\UTILITIES\Random Background Service\randBackService.exe
C:\Program Files\AVPersonal\AVWUPSRV.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\shutdownNT.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
D:\NetChat\NetChat.exe

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Hi!

Heres my problem...this started a few days ago, but has become more persistant. What happens is my firewall keeps intercepting a 'port scan attack' from a specific IP adress. Is there any way i can completly block this IP adress from my computer?

Bkatz540

Sounds like you are protected . You cannot stop the attempt and your firewall is doing its job so what more could you want ?

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Hello my name is Tom and I'm posting this hijackthis log just to see if I'm infected. Sorry if this is wasting your time. Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 1:19:08 PM, on 10/20/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16544)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\CTSvcCDA.EXEC:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\gearsec.exeC:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL$INVENTORCONTENT\Binn\sqlservr.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\PnkBstrA.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\CTHELPER.EXEC:\WINDOWS\AGRSMMSG.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\jusched.exeC:\w... Read more A:Just Curious If I Am Infected With Anything Hello Tom,Nope, all is not well, and you aren't wasting my time. Go to start -> control panel -> Display properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop... -> Web tab, then uncheck and delete everything you find in there (except for "My current home page"),Also remove the checkmark from the the Lock Desktop Items box if it is checked.Apply.Apply and Exit Display properties.Please download SmitfraudFix (by S!Ri)Extract the content (a folder named SmitfraudFix) to your Desktop.Open the SmitfraudFix folder and double-click smitfraudfix.cmdSelect option #1 - Search by typing 1 and press "Enter"; a text file will appear, which lists infected files (if present).Please copy/paste the content of that report into your next reply.Thanks,tea 10 more replies Answer Match 36.12% Not sure if my laptop is infected or not, normally has worked very well and smoothly but has beenacting suspicious of late...sluggish, and freezing at times, particularly when javaapps start up while browsing on firefox .ran hijack and thought I"d post my log file here and see if anyone spots anything.thanks to anyone who takes the time to examine it and share their knowledge. Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 2:15:27 AM, on 02/09/2009Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16764)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Power Saver\TPwrMain.exeC:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\SmoothView\SmoothView.exeC:\Windows\vsnpstd3.exeC:\Windows\system32\wuauclt.exeC:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exeC:\Windows\System32\mobsync.exeC:\Users\Simon Washer\Desktop\pablo\photoshop\CSDATA\1000000800002i\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\My Lockbox\flockbox.exeC:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exeC:\Program Files\Skype\Plugin Manager\skypePM.exeC:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http:/... Read more A:Curious about my log file bumpity bump bump ===========Hello While we understand your frustration at having to wait, please note that Bleeping Computer deals with several hundred requests for assistance such as yours on a daily basis. As a result, our backlog is quite large as are other comparable sites that help others with malware issues. Although our HJT Team members work on hundreds of requests each day, they are all volunteers who work logs when they can and are able to do so. No one is paid by Bleeping Computer for their assistance to our members.Further, our malware removal staff is comprised of team members with various levels of skill and expertise to deal with thousands of malware variants, some more complex than others. Although we try to take DDS/HJT logs in order (starting with the oldest), it is often the skill level of the particular helper and sometimes the operating system that dictates which logs get selected first. Some infections are more complicated than others and require a higher skill level to remove. Without that skill level attempted removal could result in disastrous results. In other instances, the helper may not be familiar with the operating system that you are using, since they use another. In either case, neither of us want someone to assist you who is not familiar with your issue and attempt to fix it.We ask that once you have posted your log and are waiting, please DO NOT "bump" your thread or make further replies until it has been responded to by a member o... Read more 3 more replies Answer Match 36.12% I'm not sure if I have a virus or anything, but my pc is running a little more sluggish. Can anyone check this log and let me know if anything shouldn't be running?Thanks in advanceLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 2:16:46 PM, on 4/4/2008Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16609)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuSchd2.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exeC:\Windows\sttray.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LComMgr\Communications_Helper.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LComMgr\LVComSX.exeC:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\acrotray.exeC:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exeC:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security 2007\pccguide.exeC:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exeC:\Windows\System32\ctfmon.exeC:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exeC:\Program Files\RocketDock\RocketDock.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exeC:\Program Files\Digital Line Detect\DLG.exeC:\Program Files&... Read more A:Curious About My Hijack This Log HelloApologize for the delay in response we get overwhelmed at times but we are trying our best to keep up.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having would appreciate you letting us know If not please perform the following below so I can have a look at the current condition of your machine.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.Please download Deckard's System Scanner (DSS) and save to your Desktop.alternate download siteDSS will do the following:Create a new System Restore point in Windows XP and Vista.Clean your Temporary Files, Downloaded Program Files, Internet Cache Files, and empty the Recycle Bin on all drives.Check some important areas of your system and produce a report for an analyst to review.Automatically run HijackThis. It will also install and place a shortcut to HijackThis on your desktop if you do not already have it installed. So if HijackThis is not installed and DSS prompts you to download it, please answer yes.You must be logged onto an account with administrator privileges when using.Close all applications and windows.Double-click on dss.exe to run it and follow the prompts.If your anti-virus or firewall complains, please allow this script to run as it is not malicious.When the scan is complete, two text files will open in Notepad:main.txt <- this one will be maximizedextra.txt <- this one will be minimizedIf not, they both can be found in the C:\Deckard\System Scanner folder.Please copy (Ctrl+C) and paste (Ctrl+V) the c... Read more 2 more replies Answer Match 36.12% I searched Australia post on the internet yesterday and 12 hours later, coincidently, I receive email spam stating........ A:Curious Incident Hi James This is probably an email that contains a malicious attachment. Would you mind forwarding it to an email address I'll PM you so I can check it out and collect the payload? 5 more replies Answer Match 36.12% is it true that all malware experts would keep mum about what specific adware-busting tools will do? like SDFix and ComboFix. i've been "prescribed" these two fixes for numerous times due to my lousy protection for the computer. once, i did use both these tools on my own ( without supervision of experts ) to clear out trojans and malware, and it worked like a miracle. however, i do know that it's not recommended to do so, so i'd like to know what "bad" does it do if i'm not supervised? another thing is, if i do not use IE, do i still need to update it? it's still on v6, because i've been using firefox all along (is it okay to save passwords in firefox?). i'm afraid it'd still be exploited even if i don't use it at all. and also, is it okay for me to use Eset's Smart Security for all-rounded protection? i've done quite a bit of reading on computer security and realise that most of you guys recommend dedicated antivirus, malware, firewall protection. does it mean there's no all-in-one software that i can rely on? i do understand that for a firewall to be good, it has to be bi-directional. i wanted to include the hosts file protection also, but seems like it's pretty cumbersome and complicated, so i'd be leaving that out. last of all, what would be a good website for me to test my protection level? i've come across some before, but not sure whether they really test the system to its limits. assuming i have the suite of software below, would it be eno... Read more A:Curious About Certain Stuff.. Let me answer the first two of your questions. One of the reasons you should not use a tool like ComboFix unsupervised is that certain types of malware infection specifically target these tools. If you have an infection of this type, and you run the tool it can totally mess up your operating system to the point where a format and reinstall is the only option. IE6 is still supported by Microsoft, which means that they still provide security updates when required. As such, there is no need to update if you don't feel the need. 9 more replies Answer Match 36.12% Hi! Well I am posting my hijack Log to see if anyone can spot something that I may have missed. Symptoms: During Random Times. The CPU would peg at 100% typically with an exe. I have noticed that one of the applications would just peg at 100% slowing the system down so much, that you can barely move the mouse. I noticed that if you were to end that task (lets say its outlook), and some time passes, Another exe does the same thing (snmp lets say). I noticed this happening occasionally. This is a work PC so there isn't TO much on the sysmtem (I do have Spybot and AVG which does an auto scan every once in a while). It is very peculiar as I checked the typical HKEY-LOCAL-MACHINE run and run once folders for anything that looked suspicious. Maybe someone can share some insight. Here is my Log for your preview: (Thanks again for looking at it ) Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2 Scan saved at 7:46:04 AM, on 6/13/2008 Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600) MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414) Boot mode: Normal Running processes: C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\wltrysvc.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXE C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.... Read more More replies Answer Match 36.12% Hello, I was researching RAM for a build I am planning to buy this Black Friday (Can't wait ) and I noticed that I found some really cheap RAM and I don't know if this is a unreliable pos, or if this is a genuinely good find. I know that lower CAS latency, higher frequency, and if you want your computer to run cooler, a lower voltage will make for nice ram. This is the RAM I came across: Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB &#40;2 x 4GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 &#40;PC3 12800&#41; Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 For the most part (85%) of the reviews are 5 eggs, and it is$10 off with a promo code. Is there any reason I shouldn't buy these?

Also, I am going to be getting the Sabertooth Z77 motherboard and an i7 3770 and I was curious if anyone could tell me if this RAM is compatible with my planned setup.