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Windows 7: My computer is possessed!!! HELP!

20 Apr 2012   #31
lmw2184

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
-Does this happen even when the pc is not connected to internet?
-You said some people come by and use your pc. There is a possibility that someone might have installed a remote administration tool by which they can do many stuffs like opening apps, taking screenshots, opening cd tray etc. Can you trust those people?
- Check your task scheduler if there's any task listed corresponding to your problems.
My pc is always connected to the internet, so I wouldn't know. It seems to only happen when I'm not sitting on it though. I'm never just here typing and a program pops up on the screen.

HA! And yes I can trust my friends. I've known them for 28 years and checking email is about as tech savvy as they get. Even though I came off with a paranoid vibe about this whole mystery, I was sorta joking and just curious whats causing this to happen or if its ever happened to anyone else. Can't believe some of you guys even thought of that. What kind of friends do you guys have? How paranoid are YOU guys? lol


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20 Apr 2012   #32
lmw2184

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Uncheck everything in that list except Avira to see how running a Clean Boot helps.

You are the master of your computer, not random programs angling to run at Startup so they can gather marketing information on you. If you need one then you'll know it because some functionality you desire will be missing. Then you can enable it again in the Program preferences or in msconfig.

XP was a different situation where System functions were thrown into msconfig requiring Googling each until you became familiar with if it was absolutely needed. Gradually after SP3 critical System services disappeared from msconfig>Startup.

I would do the same in the msconfig>Services tab after Hiding All MS services.

Rather than just ignoring the step to turn off Scheduled tasks, why not ask back before I had to ask you again. It's ridiculous to ask for help and then ignore some of the top experts in the field.

Take a screenshot of your Scheduled Tasks window and we'll advise you. You can also google them to see what they're for. But why would you let anyone except yourself be in charge of what your computer is running and when?
I didnt ignore anything. I asked you what you wanted me to do. Cause when I looked there wasnt much there. Is this it?


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20 Apr 2012   #33
gregrocker

 

Yeah it's not the problem. So get a clean boot and let us know what happens - or doesn't!
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20 Apr 2012   #34
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Spooks

Sounds to me a lot like one of your infrequent visitors is yanking your chain. I would start (just my opinion) with Deacon Frost's suggestion. Every time you walk off from your rig do this to see if the problems go away.

Open network and sharing center. You will see --- Connections: Local Area connection--- that is a link --- left click on it ---- in the window that comes up you will see a "disaable button". Click disable and you have shut off a possibility of someone remotely connecting to your computer. Do this each time you walk away and see if the weird stuff stops. When you are ready to use your rig again just retrace these steps and click enable.
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20 Apr 2012   #35
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lmw2184 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
-Does this happen even when the pc is not connected to internet?
-You said some people come by and use your pc. There is a possibility that someone might have installed a remote administration tool by which they can do many stuffs like opening apps, taking screenshots, opening cd tray etc. Can you trust those people?
- Check your task scheduler if there's any task listed corresponding to your problems.
My pc is always connected to the internet, so I wouldn't know. It seems to only happen when I'm not sitting on it though. I'm never just here typing and a program pops up on the screen.

HA! And yes I can trust my friends. I've known them for 28 years and checking email is about as tech savvy as they get. Even though I came off with a paranoid vibe about this whole mystery, I was sorta joking and just curious whats causing this to happen or if its ever happened to anyone else. Can't believe some of you guys even thought of that. What kind of friends do you guys have? How paranoid are YOU guys? lol
When it comes to security, being paranoid is good.
It could be that someone might have did that as part of a practical joke
Put your system to 'offline mode' (not connected to net) and see if the issue surfaces during this period or not.
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20 Apr 2012   #36
lmw2184

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Alright. I followed all your advice. Ill wait a few days and see if it happens again.
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20 Apr 2012   #37
chungocthanh

windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Install and run a Full Scan with Malwarebytes?????
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25 Apr 2012   #38
lmw2184

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Nope. Still doing it guys. Noticed last night about 8-9 different applications were open on my desktop. Ive been shutting my modem off too.
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25 Apr 2012   #39
gregrocker

 

I'd want a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 with nothing more than the tools and methods given used to install and maintain Win7.

Resist adding a lot of crapware - nothing except your most important programs, using only the tools built into Win7 and recommended in tutorial.

Run a clean boot at all times.

Tech enthusiasts NEVER run the factory preinstall but always clean reinstall just the OS. Until you do this you don't even have a clean install.
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26 Apr 2012   #40
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lmw2184 View Post
Nope. Still doing it guys. Noticed last night about 8-9 different applications were open on my desktop. Ive been shutting my modem off too.
Did you run the Malwarebytes scan? What was the result?
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