Thread: I got a virus... and now this
December 14th, 2005, 07:37 PM #1
I got a virus... and now this
I acidentally used IE for about 30 seconds and in the process got 77 Viruses. Yea, you read those numbers right.
Anyway, I got them all removed, but I can't change my desktop still. IT's like a registry entry has been changed or something, everything is greyed out in the desktop background window.
Take a look.Abit AW9D-Max | E6300 | XP-120 | Panaflow 120mm | 2x 1GB G.Skill DDR2-800 | BFG 8800GT | Corsair 650w
December 14th, 2005, 07:55 PM #2
I use IE for hours every day and have never gotten a virus. What kind of sites are you visiting?
December 14th, 2005, 08:03 PM #3
Let's not talk about that. *wink*
Rather, I would like to get the problem fixed.
EDIT: As a note, I would like to put in my 2 cents that it really doesn't matter what the website is, anytime ANY website, simply by typing it into your address bar, can fully install a program into your start menu and registry, as well as add the uninstaller entry in your Add/Remove programs, then start that program, change your background, homepage and favorites, as well as pop up a bubble next to your clock that says "START SAVING BY CLICKING HERE!" I consider the broswer to be extremely flawed.
Last edited by joker_927; December 14th, 2005 at 08:10 PM.Abit AW9D-Max | E6300 | XP-120 | Panaflow 120mm | 2x 1GB G.Skill DDR2-800 | BFG 8800GT | Corsair 650w
December 14th, 2005, 08:04 PM #4
I use IE all the time. It's the only browser I use and with a good anti-virus program. I have don't see where you can blame IE for your virus infection? I agree with osprey4 - WHAT SITES ARE YOU VISITING?
December 14th, 2005, 08:06 PM #5
Run adaware or spybot S&D and see if you picked up some crap. Also, try using system restore back a day to where it worked. Also, have you updated your IE with the latest updates from MS?
December 14th, 2005, 08:11 PM #6
Does anyone understand my question?
I am not infected anymore, my background is just locked to what I have it set to, meaning everything in the menu is greyed out and can't be changed.
Does anyone know how to remedy this?Abit AW9D-Max | E6300 | XP-120 | Panaflow 120mm | 2x 1GB G.Skill DDR2-800 | BFG 8800GT | Corsair 650w
December 14th, 2005, 08:15 PM #7
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I'd say it has less to do with the site rather more likely a virus/trojan that was already there lurking and using IE triggered it. Make sure you turned off system restore and are doing your scans in safe mode.
are you sure the images are still there to be used? have you tried setting your background to a different iamge maybe one that isn't listed
December 14th, 2005, 08:17 PM #8
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December 14th, 2005, 08:22 PM #9
Adaware, Spybot, and CWShredder
As stated above..... It's obvious you still are infected ....
December 14th, 2005, 08:27 PM #10
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Yes, you are still infected. Run teh spyware scans and a virus scan again. Also, which anti-virus program are you running...sounds morelike that is the issue than IE. Getting hit like this is usally due to not keeping your system, firewall and anti-virus updated.
You can also go here and do a free virus scan as well:
It is sometimes a good idea to run a scan with a couple of different programs.
December 14th, 2005, 08:46 PM #11
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Use firefox it makes it more diffucult for sites to install diallers activex & all the other crap that IE isnt so good at stopping. regardless of your visiting site your browser shoudnt let anything install without asking you first, this is where IE isnt quite as good as firefox. its possible though of course you had a trojan already running & if you dont have a firewall or you allowed that trojan access to the network bypassing your firewall then browser wouldnt have mattered.
December 14th, 2005, 09:09 PM #12
Yes, if you're going to visit "those" sites, don't use IE. Use a third party browser.
December 14th, 2005, 09:11 PM #13
Yeah use firefox.
I use it. Its the best and you can get nice skins and themes for it. It's free, www.firefox.com (its about 5megs)
For the virus part, I think, one of the viruses may have damaged your video driver ort something like that. The best advise I can give is to either format your hdd or to try and download a new driver for your graphics card.
Last edited by Cyberdude; December 14th, 2005 at 09:15 PM.HaVe A nIcE dAy...
December 15th, 2005, 12:10 AM #14Originally Posted by Cyberdude
Joker, you running XP Home or PRO?If you don't volunteer don't bitch!
December 15th, 2005, 01:57 AM #15
And I have ran the following.
Im pretty sure im not infected anymore. Something in windows was disabled by a virus and removing that virus did not re-enable the setting.
December 15th, 2005, 02:30 AM #16
Restarted, the entry came back, and now it all works.
December 15th, 2005, 02:47 AM #17Originally Posted by joker_927
Click customize desktop and then click the tab "web" if there is anything selected under "web pages" unclick it and then click apply ok, or just apply.
I had something that happened to my girl friends computer once, but yeah if thats not it, i dont know then. SorryTheos Ek Mechanes
December 15th, 2005, 03:24 AM #18Originally Posted by joker_927
Way to go, what led you to delete this particular key?If you don't volunteer don't bitch!
December 15th, 2005, 03:34 AM #19
Well there are still many java, active x exploits out there for internet explorer. This isn't something new becoming infected using IE. There are preventative measures like stopping BHO's from loading in the browser or third party toolbars/addons. My internet explorer usually has most things set to prompt for an install etc. I dont use IE because of it, but I have IE locked down enough that I dont have anymore problems with it. Especially on my other machine I have Internet Explorer Enhanced Security that really locks down IE and you have to even add it to a trusted entry to download.
As for the problem, it sounds like it messed with the group security policies on windows xp. I'm still looking as to what it may have changed. Take a look in there for anything disabling setting your wallpaper.
Also make sure in your registery under this key if your comfortable going into your registery, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\
and make sure there is an expandable string value of "WallPaperDir" with the value set as "%SystemRoot%\Web\Wallpaper" quotes not included tho. That way it is still pointing to your wallpapers.
Even if the virus is removed, sometimes not all settings are restored or possibly spyware/malware did this. Either way the damage is done and not likely going to be restored unless you know what exactly what caused it. Maybe you could look at reformating and either lock down IE or use another web browser.
NVM took too long typing.* ¨ )
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December 15th, 2005, 04:42 AM #20
Jeordiewhite, Thanks for your very intelligent words.
As to what made me delete that key, I just got fed up and started deleting keys that had anything containing "wallpaper" and that was one of them.
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