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Old April 7 2010, 05:23 PM   #3
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Re: I need some help, my computer has been taken over

I recently cleared a malware program off my computer. I noticed whenever I changed the date, it would try to access the internet, and I thought that was odd.

None of my AV software detected any problems, but running Process Explorer, I could see a suspicious dll with random letters as its filename, that was running as a thread in explorer.exe. The dll was encrypted somehow, and refused to delete, even when the thread was terminated.

(Process explorer is portable software that you can unzip to a usb stick and run it from there without installation.)

I used a Live copy of Knoppix to boot my computer and access the hard drive that way. I deleted the suspicious dll as well as a couple of other files with the exact same date/time.

Computer no longer tries to access the internet when I change the system date.

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