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Windows 7: debug file on my desktop? i may have a virus...please help

18 Nov 2010   #1

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 
debug file on my desktop? i may have a virus...please help

i may or may not have a virus on my laptop. i have dell studio 1750 i bought about a year ago, with mcafee antivirus. however, i just looked at my flags and one of them was my mcafee was turned off. wth? i never ever turn it off so i don't know how that happened, or how long it was off.

a while back, maybe a week or two ago, i noted a text looking file on my desktop called "debug". when i clicked on it, it would not open. so i deleted it when i saw it, as long as IE was closed it would delete.

tonight i think i made a big mistake. the icon was there again and this time i "open with" notepad. since that time, it opened up like four or five windows with wierd writing in the notepad. my dell dock disappeared from the top of my desktop. it recreated icons for about 50% of my desktop all looking like one note icons. at least i think they are, since the window says "one note 2007" with the wierd writing on it. plus, when i hit the start button, ALL the icons there are changed to the notepad/onenote icon.

as you can tell i'm no expert, but i have the feeling i may have just put a virus on my computer, although i m not sure. i just ran a macfee scan and found nothing, i ran another scanner and found nothing, and i'm in the process of scanning with the microsoft virus scan and removal tool, and so far nothing.

if anyone can offer some advice to me i would appreciate it.

thanks for stopping by.

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18 Nov 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Download and run malwarebytes. If all those scans say you are ok, go with that.
Make a full scan and update first.
Make sure that you follow that procedure with the AV scans also
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
If anything it sounds like malware rather than a traditional virus. It will be found by malwarbytes. If clean, you have to begin to trust at some point.
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18 Nov 2010   #3

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

thanks. let's see what happens.
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18 Nov 2010   #4

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mattjay View Post
i may or may not have a virus on my laptop. i have dell studio 1750 i bought about a year ago, with mcafee antivirus. however, i just looked at my flags and one of them was my mcafee was turned off. wth? i never ever turn it off so i don't know how that happened, or how long it was off.

a while back, maybe a week or two ago, i noted a text looking file on my desktop called "debug". when i clicked on it, it would not open. so i deleted it when i saw it, as long as IE was closed it would delete.

tonight i think i made a big mistake. the icon was there again and this time i "open with" notepad. since that time, it opened up like four or five windows with wierd writing in the notepad. my dell dock disappeared from the top of my desktop. it recreated icons for about 50% of my desktop all looking like one note icons. at least i think they are, since the window says "one note 2007" with the wierd writing on it. plus, when i hit the start button, ALL the icons there are changed to the notepad/onenote icon.

as you can tell i'm no expert, but i have the feeling i may have just put a virus on my computer, although i m not sure. i just ran a macfee scan and found nothing, i ran another scanner and found nothing, and i'm in the process of scanning with the microsoft virus scan and removal tool, and so far nothing.

if anyone can offer some advice to me i would appreciate it.

thanks for stopping by.
Have you run you anti virus?
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18 Nov 2010   #5

Windows Xp with Windows 7 theme = Win
 
 

That's weird. Someone may of already gotten access to your computer since your anti-virus was off. You should look into this ASAP. Make sure you switch your anti-virus back on though! You should've of opened that folder, I would suggest you run a full system scan to remove any threats!
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19 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mattjay View Post
i may or may not have a virus on my laptop. i have dell studio 1750 i bought about a year ago, with mcafee antivirus. however, i just looked at my flags and one of them was my mcafee was turned off. wth? i never ever turn it off so i don't know how that happened, or how long it was off.

a while back, maybe a week or two ago, i noted a text looking file on my desktop called "debug". when i clicked on it, it would not open. so i deleted it when i saw it, as long as IE was closed it would delete.

tonight i think i made a big mistake. the icon was there again and this time i "open with" notepad. since that time, it opened up like four or five windows with wierd writing in the notepad. my dell dock disappeared from the top of my desktop. it recreated icons for about 50% of my desktop all looking like one note icons. at least i think they are, since the window says "one note 2007" with the wierd writing on it. plus, when i hit the start button, ALL the icons there are changed to the notepad/onenote icon.

as you can tell i'm no expert, but i have the feeling i may have just put a virus on my computer, although i m not sure. i just ran a macfee scan and found nothing, i ran another scanner and found nothing, and i'm in the process of scanning with the microsoft virus scan and removal tool, and so far nothing.

if anyone can offer some advice to me i would appreciate it.

thanks for stopping by.
I not entirely sure of whether or not I can help with the "debug" file appearing on your desktop, as it's generic natire could mean it belong to any of 1000's of program files on your hard disk.

But as for you anti-virus being turned off, there are only two possibilities:
  1. You turned it off yourself some time ago to perform some task, and you forgot to turn it back on again when done.
  2. The McAfee Anti Virus on you computer was/is a trial edition, and you were not notified that it had expired. This is the most likely scenario, because I have yet to see any manufacturer install a full version anti-virus on their pre-built computers or laptops. This is why when I sell a laptop to a client, I ALWAYS remove pre-installed AV, and install a full version product of the customers choice. If they don't want the additional expense of changing a 60-day trial to 365 days, then I usually install Avast! Free or Microsoft Security Essentials.
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19 Nov 2010   #7

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

hello guys, thanks for the input.
here's the updates:
i ran malwarebytes, microsoft malware removal and detection, and trend micro scanner. as well as a full mcafee scan on my computer. nothing was detected.
on my desktop, the computer replaced all my program file shortcuts with the notepad looking icon. when i try to open a program, either on the desktop shortcut or my start menu, i get the "one note" window with a bunch of obscure wrtiing on a notepad looking file. i cannot open any program now.
all my IE shortcuts and word or excell shortcuts still look the same and function fine. this tells me the debug file could have been something wtih a program i was running and now attached itself to all my programs, but it's just a guess. i dont' know much !
i have carbonite and i'm now restoring all my files to see if it will put things how they were. it's my next best guess.

thinking back i think my friend shut down my anti virus while he was adjusting a printer setup on my computer. that was about two weeks ago. i have not noticed anything else weird though, so it's hard to say but if all four scanners are not picking up a threat, i think i probably don't have a virus and this is just some wierd windows debug program running??

anyway any and all thoughts are appreciated very much. as you can tell i'm no expert, but i run an online business from my laptop from home; so it's very important i have a well functioning machine.

thanks again for all your input and help. further thoughts needed....
mattjay
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19 Nov 2010   #8

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

ok i am trying that now. i was able to download one of my linkbuilding softwares from the company and get the desktop icon to work fixed, i was also able to go into x86 files and move the spinner software back to the desktop and it is functioning. another software will only run if i find it in the x86 files and run as administrator. when i try to move it to the desktop and run as administrator, it gives an error. so i guess i can keep working on it. i'll let you know what hitman tells me.
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19 Nov 2010   #9

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

hitman found a bunch of tracking cookies, and it found two program files for my one software which it marked malicious and quarantined. however everything remains the same. i managed to fix a few softwares on my desktop so that they would function, however all other applications in the start menu and the desktop open an obscure notepad file, including microsoft office, screenhunter, calculator, etc etc etc.
i'm wondering if i delete notepad program and resinstall it if this will fix the issue?
i tried restoring all my carbonite files and this did not fix it. i'm wondering if i use the back up disks i created when i first bought the computer if that will fix the problem/ although i don't know how to execute that...

any further ideas would be appreciated. it seems i do not have a virus, at least as far as i can tell with like 6 different scans. however now that all those softwares are installed, i cannot open any of them. as soon as i try, it gives me the D((( notepad file with crazy writing in it.

darn myself for opening the debug file
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19 Nov 2010   #10

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Are you by any chance running Google Talk? I heard some mention it was causing problems. I found this as well as several other posts mentioning this problem

BTW....I doubt re-installing notepad will do anything. It sounds like a program, maybe the one I mentioned, or something, is generating this log and dumping it on the desktop.

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The debug.log file is actually created by a misconfiguration in the Google Talk plugin.
To solve the issue First close your browser. Then Go to Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs. Find Google Talk Plugin in this list of programs. Right click on it and click on Repair. It will start the repair process. After the process is over restart your computer. The issue will be probably resolved and you will not see the debug.log file again. In case, the debug.log file still appears on your desktop, go ahead and uninstall the Google Talk Plugin from the Add or Remove Programs, by clicking on Uninstall instead of Repair, as explained above. After this you can re install Google Talk Plugin if you need it but you will never see the debug.log file again.
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