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Windows 7: Viruses and Spyware

08 Sep 2011   #1
codyw

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1
 
 
Viruses and Spyware

Last night my laptop was sitting idle for a few hours. I had Word 2010 minimized but didn't have any documents opened in Word. When I went to shut down my PC, I closed out Word and a document from 2 days ago was opened but minimized. Is it possible for malware to open/minimize documents? No one else uses my computer and I didn't open any documents last night...


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08 Sep 2011   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Are there any other signs that your laptop is behaving oddly? What anti-malware software do you have installed?

You can always use ESET Online scanning to check to be sure.

Regards,
Golden
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08 Sep 2011   #3
codyw

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1
 
 

My virus protection is Kaspersky PURE. And I will try the ESET online scanner. I'm not really noticing any other kind odd behaviors...yet.
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08 Sep 2011   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

I also suggest you find that file that was opened and minimised, and upload it here for scanning (size dependant):

40MB file size limit:
Metascan Online | Free online file scanning with multiple antivirus engines

20MB file size limit:
VirusTotal - Free Online Virus, Malware and URL Scanner

25MB file size limit:
Jotti's malware scan

Have you received any .DOC files via USB or email recently? If so, scan those too if you can.

Regards,
Golden
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08 Sep 2011   #5
killer bee

windows7 Ultimate SP1 x32bit
 
 

Upload your document to "virustotal" it will can your file multiple online virus scanner at once.
VirusTotal - Free Online Virus, Malware and URL Scanner
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08 Sep 2011   #6
codyw

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1
 
 

I will upload it to some online scanners and see what I get...
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14 Sep 2011   #7
FranzB

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, Linux Mint Julia, in dual boot mode
 
 

A bit late with this post but i just read the thread.
One thing i would like to ask, viz. what do you call idle?
I am asking because there are reports on internet (google for it) about this mode with the warning that hackers can get access if a computer is on idle. You should go offline even then and not leave it connected for hours.
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15 Sep 2011   #8
codyw

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1
 
 

When I say idle, I am referring to leaving it alone while I am away from it but also connected to the internet.

System seems to be working well though...
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15 Sep 2011   #9
FranzB

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, Linux Mint Julia, in dual boot mode
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by codyw View Post
When I say idle, I am referring to leaving it alone while I am away from it but also connected to the internet.

System seems to be working well though...
If you suspect a virus but cannot find anything with the regular AV programs,
try Norton's Power Eraser as mentioned e.g. by theog under "Does anyone recognize these infections?", permalink #12. Be careful though with what you erase. It may come up with legitimate programs. And be sure to take the version
that can be used with Windows 7. I've downloaded it but never had to use it yet.
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