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I try as hard as I can to try to keep my computer clean using freeware AVG, SS&D, Ad-Aware, and a copy of Webroot for 2/3 the price, though I don't really like the program. Lately I've been getting on my roommate's case about keeping his computer clean since we're both on the same LAN router. He insisted that it worked fine, but I knew it had some nasties on it that needed to be taken care of but his attitude toward the situation is that he doesn't care how slow his computer is running since he's so proud of the fact that all he uses it for is an e-mail machine. He finally broke down and bought Norton again even though I advised against it because of my experience with it. He also humored me and downloaded and ran SS&D and Ad-Aware. He said that he removed all of the spyware that was on it but his computer is still dog slow and he has 53 processes running on it all the damn time. I told him that his computer still needs further cleaning because it still has other malware on it of some sort but he doesn't want to bother with it. I told him I'd do him a favor and do it for him but he insisted he didn't want me to. This really pissed me off because he was treating me as if I were being intrusive when he obviously has no concept of spyware. I wouldn't care if it was his computer on its own, but it's on my damn network and I'm paying the bill for the internet access. Anyway, I still don't feel too safe being on the same LAN and I don't think that changing my workgroup or domain can really stop malware from breaking into my computer.
Anyway, I seem to be having some weird things going on lately, like when I fired up msconfig I saw an entry that was made with Chinese characters. I checked the location in the registry that it pointed to and there wasn't anything there. The final "subfolder" was Windows and the startup entry was . . . Windows:load though there was no "load" to be found in the registry.
I unchecked the entry and restarted my computer. When I looked at the startup group again, there was another entry made with Chinese characters, but this time they were different and they didn't point anywhere. I unchecked it and left my computer on. Later I looked at the group again and the second entry had disappeared. It was just gone, all on its own.
Besides that, AVG found a problem with the partition table so I went and set a disk scan at boot and that fixed it. A week later, I've got another problem with my partition table seemingly out of nowhere.
Do I have a fucking worm or something? How would I check for that stuff? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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HobbsTiger1 is just begging for trouble. One day one of your system files are going to be replaced with trojans and you won't even know it until it's way too late. Even worse, your explorer.exe could have a malware stub on it that nothing will find, which happened to Quasar.
The internet is an environment and you have to protect yourself before you enter it. You can get away without having any protection, but why take the risk? The odds are that you will eventually catch something and you'll have more hell trying to get rid of it or fix it than if you just took the necessary steps to begin with. It's not worth the trouble.