Thursday, January 8, 2009

Leave My Computer Alone!

I left my computer alone for a few minutes last night and came back to find a mess. It's not like I've never left it alone before. I thought I could trust it!

My brother left a comment saying he had a similar problem recently. He downloaded a program called Malwarebytes, and that took care of his problem. So, I tried it. I downloaded the free version, installed, and attempted a scan. My computer shut down before the scan could complete.

Luckily, I had recently downloaded a program called WinUtilities from Giveaway of the Day. It has a tool to manage the startup files on your computer, so I looked through those and found something called prunnet.exe. That was the culprit, as well as some kind of advertising service that had installed itself. I couldn't just delete the file because it was running, but by disabling it in the startup files and then restarting my computer, I think I kept it from starting. Then I browsed to the file (in Windows/system32) and deleted it. I also selected all other files there that had been created at the same time, and by right-clicking them, I could scan just those files with Malwarebytes. It found the bad files and removed them. I also used Add/Remove Programs to uninstall the advertising 'service' that had placed itself on my computer.

Now, I'm crossing my fingers that it all worked. So far so good - no more annoying popups. Still, I'm irritated that people do these kinds of things. Don't they have better things to do with their lives? Thank you to the creators of Malwarebytes - I'm thankful you chose to use your powers for good. The rest of you - leave my computer alone!

4 comments:

Vic Grace said...

Thanks for the tip. I will make a note of that. So far so good on my computer. I go into quite a tail spin if anything goes wrong with my computer and everything I have ever learned seems to go out the door as well.

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Anonymous said...

:(

Barb said...

I'm gonna try what you have done & hope it works. I believe I may have keylogger problem from someone I used to know. I think it was planted in my computer/or put on my computer sometime when I was gone. I actually have audios of someone typing on it....GREAT...HUH????? Anyway, my passwords have been changed, different things have come up...one time my whole computer was locked & I had to take it to a guru to get it unlocked....but NOT GURU enough evidently cuz the problem is still there. Enough said...I hope it works. :'( :-E =-O