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    Earlier today I cleaned out some spyware from my computer. Before I removed it, task manager would not open when I pressed ctrl+alt+del or when I right clicked the taskbar and selected 'taskmanager'.

    When I use the command prompt to run regedit or taskmanager I get a pop up message saying that says "Another program is using this file". I copied a new regedit and named it 'regedit.com' which allowed me to acces the registry. I still can't access the task manager though.

    Ad-aware and Spybot report nothing.

    The attachment is what I got from hijackthis.

    Any help would be appreciated!
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  • #2
    Re: Task Manager wont open

    Do you have a retore point set?
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    • #3
      Re: Task Manager wont open

      O20 - AppInit_DLLs: pushow44.dll <-- Spyware.. Boot in to safe mode, remove w/ hijack this, search to find the file, and delete it.


      O4 - Global Startup: svchost.exe <-- spyware, it should only be running from System32, but you also have it running from a Startup folder. Likely that it is an infection of some sort and is the cause of you not being able to open task manager.

      Directions for cleaning from here:
      Please download http://swandog46.geekstogo.com/avenger.zip

      by Swandog46 to your Desktop.

      Start up Avenger.
      Check the 'Input script manually' option.
      Click the Magnifying Glass icon.
      In the box that opens, copy,then paste all the text in the quote box bellow.
      Quote:
      Files to delete:
      C:\WINDOWS\system32\vtstt.dll
      C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\svchost.exe

      Then click on 'Done'.
      Click the Traffic Light icon to start the program.
      Then press OK at the prompts to reboot your PC.

      After the reboot,
      After the restart, it creates a log file that should open with the results of Avenger’s actions. This log file will be located at C:\avenger.txt


      Please copy/paste the content of C:\avenger.txt into your reply along with a fresh HJT log
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      • #4
        Re: Task Manager wont open

        Thankyou Perry! That worked perfectly and I can now run regedit and taskmanager. :)

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        • #5
          Re: Task Manager wont open

          You should post up a current hijackthis file so people can check to make you got everything.

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          • #6
            Re: Task Manager wont open

            Originally posted by FriedFish
            You should post up a current hijackthis file so people can check to make you got everything.
            Good idea.
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            • #7
              Re: Task Manager wont open

              Man, AOL has A LOT of crap running!
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              • #8
                Re: Task Manager wont open

                Originally posted by perry
                Man, AOL has A LOT of crap running!
                Yep.

                I would fix/check those 2:

                O9 - Extra button: Fiddler - {CF819DA3-9882-4944-ADF5-6EF17ECF3C6E} - "C:\Program Files\Fiddler\Fiddler.exe" (file missing)
                O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Fiddler - {CF819DA3-9882-4944-ADF5-6EF17ECF3C6E} - "C:\Program Files\Fiddler\Fiddler.exe" (file missing)

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                • #9
                  Re: Task Manager wont open

                  This line doesn't look right, unless it was put there by your ISP.

                  O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{0A582850-FF52-4821-AAAD-75F74AED1F47}: NameServer = 205.188.146.145

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                  • #10
                    Re: Task Manager wont open

                    Originally posted by FriedFish
                    This line doesn't look right, unless it was put there by your ISP.

                    O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{0A582850-FF52-4821-AAAD-75F74AED1F47}: NameServer = 205.188.146.145
                    It belongs to AOL...
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                    • #11
                      Re: Task Manager wont open

                      Originally posted by Dick Blonov
                      Yep.

                      I would fix/check those 2:

                      O9 - Extra button: Fiddler - {CF819DA3-9882-4944-ADF5-6EF17ECF3C6E} - "C:\Program Files\Fiddler\Fiddler.exe" (file missing)
                      O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Fiddler - {CF819DA3-9882-4944-ADF5-6EF17ECF3C6E} - "C:\Program Files\Fiddler\Fiddler.exe" (file missing)
                      Done and done. Thanks for you help.

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