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Windows 7: How can I be sure if I am still infected with "Win32/Small.CA" virus".


15 Nov 2012   #61
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Thanks for the update, and knowing when to turn off VPN!!


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15 Nov 2012   #62

Windows7 Pro x64
 
 

OK all 3 of my PCs successfully ran ESET with the resultant message of: "No threats found".

What next?

Am I clean? e.g. I'm now worried about my archives. I have two 1GB external hard drives. Should I run Eset again with them switched on?

Should I re-run any other scans to make sure I am clean? Is it time to change all my passwords?

J
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15 Nov 2012   #63

Windows7 Pro x64
 
 

P.S. May I re-install Google Chrome now?
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15 Nov 2012   #64
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Yes, you can do all of the above.
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15 Nov 2012   #65

Windows7 Pro x64
 
 

Great. Meanwhile what do I do about installing all the Microsoft patches?

J
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15 Nov 2012   #66

Windows7 Pro x64
 
 

On my Windows 7 PC, trustedInstaller.exe is taking about 25-50% of my CPU - how can I stop it?
I tried asking Windows to stop all automatic updates, but when I reboot the damned thing is back.

J


P.S. I tried running CMD and then "sfc /scannow"
but I got
> Beginning system scan. This process will take some time.
then
> Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation
then it stopped.


Should I try to repair Windows?
http://forum.thewindowsclub.com/wind...ndows-7-a.html

Okay I went into Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools and managed to stop it from starting when I rebooted. I might need to re-start it again at some point, but at least I got my CPU-time back. [Aside what the heck went wrong here - cant Microsoft build in a fix for TrustedInstaller taking too much resource and achieving NOTHING ?]
Okay, so now I'd run ESET on my Archives external disk.
(Btw, when I first start the external hard disk Windows wants to scan it - is that dangerous to let 'windows' do that?)
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15 Nov 2012   #67
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Wait ... you are confusing the heck out'a me!!

You can stop or delay any "Services" by typing Services.msc in the start search bar. Click on the icon. scroll down to the selected service, right click, choose "Properties", then set the service as to how you want it to work with your computer.

You have to be very careful here!! .... DO NOT set vital MS, Anti-virus, or other essential services to 'disabled'! Some are okay to set to "Manual" as they will open when needed.

This whole ordeal has nothing to do with my addressing the infection that you used to have and is now gone.
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16 Nov 2012   #68

Windows7 Pro x64
 
 

Hi

OK... so I have set the 'Windows Update' service to 'Startup type' of 'Manual'.
The status right now says 'Started'


Meanwhile my ESET scan of my backup/archive external hard disk found something nasty.

E:\ALEC09\Backup Set 2012-09-26 224116\Backup Files 2012-09-26 224116\Backup files 13.zip Win32/OpenCandy application deleted - quarantined

I have now deleted the whole of that backup "Backup Set 2012-09-26 224116" in case it has anything else nasty it.

Btw, did I mentionthat ESET also had (previously) put this file into quarantine:
C:\users\Alec\Downloads\MyPhoneExplorer_Setup_1_1.8.2.exe

Fwiw, I have now deleted everything in my Downloads directory too.
J
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16 Nov 2012   #69

Windows7 Pro x64
 
 

Immediately after rebooting, there is a suspiciously long pause during which time the MSE icon on the task bar (bottom right of screen) has gone bright red with white "X" on it, which I found worrying. After about 1-2 minutes of very little happening and the task manager also reporting very little processor use, the widgets on my desktop that I have (that report local weather and processor temperature) finally appear and simultaneously the red icon goes green.

So I just uninstalled MSE and immediately re-installed MSE without rebooting.

"Solve PC issues:" on the taskbar is now moaning about
A) Windows Defender needing to check for updates.
When I click to see what's going on it, sure enough Window Defender appears to be half way through a very slow download with a status of "Searching"
What is Windows Defender? Is it part of Windows Security Essentials?
Because if not surely I should only have one antivirus application running at a time.
B) Microsoft Security Essentials is also taking a very long time to install the latest virus and spyware definitions from Microsoft. It too says "Searching..." as it has done for about 10 minutes.

===> Update:
BLOODY H*** !
After about 15 minutes I went into task manager and saw that TrustedInstaller was back hogging 25% of the processor. So I stopped it. Put it back to Manual and re-started it. Immediately I stopped it, both Windows Defender and MSE started downloading their virus and spyware definitions. WTF?
However Windows Defender then said a problem cause this program's service to stop. I tried re-starting it but by clicking on the "Start Now" button provided, but not happend.
So after MSE finished downloading its definitions I got it to run a quick scan.

==> Update
Okay I have now rebooted and the MSE icon goes green straight away (success!) and fwiw, the desktop widgets come up immedately too. But bloody h*** that TrustedInstaller.exe is back hogging 25% of the CPU.

Do we think TrustedInstaller has become corrupted? How do I fix this?

J
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16 Nov 2012   #70
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Set Windows Defender to 'Disabled' in Services ... It is included in MSE.

You may be getting a notification, such as "Solve PC issues:1 message. This means that you have set Windows updates to Manual. Make sure that you've also told Windows Updates to Notify you, but let you choose when to download.

Reboot ... if everything is working as it should be, set a new/clean restore point, so that you don't roll back to a dirty one.
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