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Windows 7: Troubling nailing elusive virus

13 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Troubling nailing elusive virus


I'm fairly confident that my Windows 7 machine has been compromised.

Here are some funny things my computer has been doing:

- My keyboard has been acting strange. Some keys don't work.
- If I sit here and do not touch anything, the start menu will pop up as if I had pressed the Windows key on my keyboard.
- My WoW account and email account were hacked
- I left my computer running to download a large game patch today and, when I came home from work, found that the Windows virtual keyboard had been enabled.
- If I set my Windows power settings to shut the computer off after a certain amount of time of no activity, it will not shut off. Same for the monitor setting.

It's a bit puzzling as I'm a fairly savvy user and I don't use this machine for anything but gaming. I have probably logged into Facebook and Hotmail a few times, but other than that I hardly do any browsing. My primary computer is my laptop.

Unfortunately, I can't find anything! Here are the steps I have taken:

- Ran Microsoft Security Essentials
- Ran Lavasoft Ad-Aware (found cookies, nothing else)
- Ran bidefender rescue (bootable anti-virus that boots from CD)

None of these have found anything. I also have a laptop, which runs OS X, but I do not feel this has been compromised. However, I'm currently running some AV software to be sure.

Does anyone have any ideas?

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13 Oct 2010   #2


Could be a rootkit?

Try a scan with TDSSKiller:

How to remove malware belonging to the family Rootkit.Win32.TDSS (aka Tidserv, TDSServ, Alureon)?

Followed by HitmanPro and Malwarebytes, update Malwarebytes before a scan.

Home - SurfRight

|MG| Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.46 Download

If still a prob post a Hijackthis log.
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13 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

TDSSKiller, HitmanPro and Malwarebytes have yielded nothing.

Is there a chance the Ease of Access Center could be opened via keyboard shortcuts? My keyboard does have some sticky keys (yay Mountain Dew) and could be the cause of my keyboard issues.

However, I still may be inclined to believe something bad has happened here. It seems too odd that my Hotmail and a gaming account were hacked this week as well. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck...

I'm downloading Hijackthis at the moment.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

13 Oct 2010   #4

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)

hi !

also download Emsisoft emegency kit, and run a scan: Emsisoft Free Emergency Kit

Emsisoft has higher detection-rate than MalwareBytesAntiMalware...
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13 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

HijackThis is apparently buggy.

It finds a list of items, but will not create the log file. Well, to be specific, it creates the file, but it is empty.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I cant run the Emergency Kit Scanner. Says there is an error and the program has to close.

Running command line scanner with /deep
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13 Oct 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

The more I play around the more I feel like this is all a huge coincidence.

A lot of the problems I'm having could be explained by a faulty keyboard.

For example, the keyboard I was using had soda spilled on it; so the keys stick. The one that sticks all the time is the Windows key. A key that can be used to popup the start menu randomly, and is also used in conjunction with the U key to open the Ease of Access Center. Also, when I came home I typed just the U key and the Ease of Access Center opened again, which leads me to believe the Windows key was stuck down.

But like I said, if it walks and talks like a duck... My gaming and Hotmail accounts were hacked this week and I've never had something like that happen to me before.
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