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Windows 7: Something is wrong - can anyone help?

05 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Something is wrong - can anyone help?

My computer has been increasingly behaving weird the past 2 months.

1) Firefox keeps opening new windows at inconvenient times that I have never clicked on, never searched for and it's not a pop-up (all pop-ups are blocked)

2) Sometimes my computer won't shut down (I have a laptop). I know it's bad to unplug, so I'd leave it for the night and the next morning it would still stay "Logging off". Then I have no choice but to unplug and reboot. (This doesn't happen much anymore...)

3) Sometimes my Windows 7 theme would flicker to a different outdated windows theme (almost looks like win98!?) and go back to Windows 7 within 1-7 seconds or stay in the old theme until I shut down or restart.

All of this is so unpredictable. I have no idea what to expect or when. I have been suspecting a virus and have run different anti-virus and anti-spyware software (AVG, Norton, McCaffee, Panda, Ad-Aware), but they don't get much. They have removed some trojans and the logging off problem have gone away (until I try to log off tonight, probably), but they don't get much more than cookies anyway.

I've also tried the system restore, but I don't get points further back than 7 days and on trying to create a point, it didn't work. (I don't know how, I guess. I did read the tutorial, but it didn't help me with the correct words or whatever to create the point)

What's going on? Have I done something wrong? Can it be fixed? Is this some kind of crazy virus that no anti-virus software can detect? Should I take my computer to a technician?

I'd appreciate any advice!

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05 Nov 2010   #2

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit,Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit,Windows XP sp3 home
 
 

hi.......to rule out malware d/l and run
mbam
hitman pro

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Sometimes my Windows 7 theme would flicker to a different outdated windows theme (almost looks like win98!?) and go back to Windows 7 within 1-7 seconds or stay in the old theme until I shut down or restart.
it could be a display driver issue too but first give mbam/hmp a spin
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05 Nov 2010   #3

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LuiseMS View Post
My computer has been increasingly behaving weird the past 2 months.

1) Firefox keeps opening new windows at inconvenient times that I have never clicked on, never searched for and it's not a pop-up (all pop-ups are blocked)

What version of firefox? what URL's pop up?


2) Sometimes my computer won't shut down (I have a laptop). I know it's bad to unplug, so I'd leave it for the night and the next morning it would still stay "Logging off". Then I have no choice but to unplug and reboot. (This doesn't happen much anymore...)

What OS? when logging off (in win 7) it will show you what needs to be closed before it can shut down. What are they?


3) Sometimes my Windows 7 theme would flicker to a different outdated windows theme (almost looks like win98!?) and go back to Windows 7 within 1-7 seconds or stay in the old theme until I shut down or restart.

Video driver, or power problem.

All of this is so unpredictable. I have no idea what to expect or when. I have been suspecting a virus and have run different anti-virus and anti-spyware software (AVG, Norton, McCaffee, Panda, Ad-Aware), but they don't get much. They have removed some trojans and the logging off problem have gone away (until I try to log off tonight, probably), but they don't get much more than cookies anyway.

I hope you havent installed all these on your computer. This in itself may be the cause of the shutdown problem, and the video.


I've also tried the system restore, but I don't get points further back than 7 days and on trying to create a point, it didn't work. (I don't know how, I guess. I did read the tutorial, but it didn't help me with the correct words or whatever to create the point)

If your last first restore point is from 7 days ago it probably isnt going to to much good (I suspect the problem has been going on longer though you dont say)


What's going on? Have I done something wrong? Can it be fixed? Is this some kind of crazy virus that no anti-virus software can detect? Should I take my computer to a technician?

Dont spend good money on getting it fixed. we can help you and it is free.


I'd appreciate any advice!

Ok lets get some info. Do you have a win 7 dvd to do a repair install? or is it the "restore" dvd?

Can we get the rest of your system specs like video card, etc?


Thanks

Ken J
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16 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks - I'll see if I can answer your questions:

1) Version 3.6.12
The URL's that open are different each time and I've never recognised any of them.

2) Win 7 Home Premium (no version is specified on my Computer Properties)

3) I have installed the anti-virus software separately each time. Currently I only have Avast and Ad-aware. Should I uninstall Ad-aware as well to only keep Avast? I used only AVG up to the point when I started having trouble.

Unfortunately I do not have my Windows 7 disc with me. I just moved to a different country and I accidently left it behind. I will be able to get it in a few months' time when I visit or if you think it is critical I can get someone to mail it to me.

System Specs:
- Display Adapters: Mobile Intel(R) 45 Express Chipset Family (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1) version 8.15.10.1749
- Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor version 6.1.7600.16385
- Processor: Intel Core2 Duo CPU P8400 @ 2.26 GHz version 6.1.7600.16385
- Sound, Video and Game controllers: Realtek High Definition Audio version 6.0.1.5624
- Network Adapters:
a) Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network) version 6.1.7600.16385
b) Bluetooth Device (RFCOMM Protocol TDI) version 6.1.7600.16385
c) Intel(R) 82567LF Gigabit Network Connection version 10.0.2.2
d) Intel(R) WiFi Link 5100 AGN version 12.4.1.4

Is this what you need? Please let me know if there is anything else.

Thanks so much for your help, Ken.

Regards.
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17 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Firefox popups

Just as I finished my post another popup happened and I checked my history, copying the urls. It's kind of freaky - very long urls which tells me they can't be normal. This one was actually more frightening than before, because it looks just like a Windows screen and it says that you have virusses on your computer and to scan now, but it's clearly a threat itself.

Only one popup was shown, but the history showed that several were visited at the same time.

Here are the urls:

[REMOVED BY ADMIN]



I am also attaching the screenshots of what the screen actually looks like when the theme changes. Screenshot1 is normal and Screenshot2 is during/after the brief flicker.




Oh, and I am finding out more about my system specs. I'm a bit new, so wasn't sure what to search for. I am updating my system specs on my profile as I find them. Hope that'll help!


Attached Thumbnails
Something is wrong - can anyone help?-screenshot1.jpg   Something is wrong - can anyone help?-screenshot2.jpg  
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17 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Oops!! Didn't realise the urls would be live! And it also changed to links, not showing the full url. Sorry! Hope this isn't a problem?! Please delete it if it is!

Also, I guess you can ignore the Google and Loading. The urls look a bit different - I'll attach a text file with them and change the http so it won't be live. Maybe that will be of more help.


Attached Files
File Type: txt Firefox Popups.txt (9.5 KB, 14 views)
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17 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Well, you can first start scanning in safe mod - download/update/scan (thathagat's suggestion/s in above post)
Or/and Avast has an option to scan on boot too
Some corrupted system files may be fixed with this:
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Ok, I'm going to sleep now, its 7:20 around here (AM). There are plenty of smart guys around here, you'll get good help.
cheers
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17 Nov 2010   #8

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

If you are going to run thathagat's suggestions, it is best not to run them in safe mode. It is also best to run Hitman Pro first. If you can't get it to run, use Hitman Pro in Force Breach Mode .
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17 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Hi, LuiseMS.

I reported your post with the live links so a Moderator can either edit the URLs to make them unclickable or remove them from your post. The links lead to pages that try to install programs that steal private information, use your computer to attack others, or damage your system. In other words, your computer is severely infected. Since it is likely password-stealing trojans are already installed on your computer, your best recourse would be a reinstall.

In the event you wish to attempt a cleanup, follow the instructions at BleepingComputer: How to remove Google Redirects or the TDSS, TDL3, or Alureon rootkit using TDSSKiller.
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17 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Hi Corrine

Thank you for reporting the links - as soon as I realised they were live I wanted to delete it, but didn't know how!

Thanks for identifying what they are and providing a sollution. I'm going to check that out right now.
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