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Adam Barker Sep 20, 2007, 01:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Help! I think I have a virus on my laptop. Unknown music and even commericals will play at random on my computer without a popup or a program running or anything. It gets really annoying and a little scary.

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_MD_ Sep 20, 2007, 01:48pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Scan for viruses using AVG and scan for spyware using Spyware Doctor

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Adam Barker Sep 20, 2007, 03:24pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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The only thing that was found using Spyware Doctor was "Trojan.Adrotator" which is listed at an elevated risk. Nothing was found using AVG. Is there anyway to fix this "Trojan.Adrotator" for free? I'm not even sure if that's the problem, because it says it brings popups to your desktop.

phil Sep 20, 2007, 09:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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did you update avg? .. and that sounds exactly like your problem...

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trogan:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_horse_(computing)
In the context of computer software, a Trojan horse is a program that installs malicious software while under the guise of doing something else. Though not limited in their payload, Trojan horses are more notorious for installing backdoor programs which allow unauthorized non permissible remote access to the victim's machine by unwanted parties - normally with malicious intentions. Unlike a computer virus, a Trojan horse does not propagate by inserting its code into other computer files. The term is derived from the classical myth of the Trojan Horse. Like the mythical Trojan Horse, the malicious code is hidden in a computer program or other computer file which may appear to be useful, interesting, or at the very least harmless to an unsuspecting user. When this computer program or file is executed by the unsuspecting user, the malicious code is also executed resulting in the set up or installation of the malicious Trojan horse program. (See Social engineering.)

Often the term is shortened to simply Trojan.

There are two common types of Trojan horses. One is ordinary software that has been corrupted by a hacker. A hacker inserts malicious code into the program that executes while the program is used or modified. Examples include various implementations of weather alerting programs, computer clock setting software, and peer-to-peer file sharing utilities. The other type of Trojan is a standalone program that masquerades as something else, like a game or image file, in order to trick the user into executing the file or program.

Trojan horse programs cannot operate autonomously, in contrast to some other types of malware, like viruses or worms. Trojan horse programs depend on actions by the intended victims. As such, if Trojans replicate and distribute themselves, each new victim must run the Trojan.

In the field of computer architecture, 'Trojan Horse' can also refer to security loopholes that allow kernel code to access anything for which it is not authorized.

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pfft ..f**k that! (almost sounds like work)
Ecosse Sep 21, 2007, 06:16pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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From my sig take Spybot SD, Adaware SE and Spyware Blaster - install and update them all. Then run them.

Good luck getting rid of the critters.

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FordGT90Concept Sep 21, 2007, 06:30pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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The Trojan is definitely trouble but it doesn't sound consistant with the sound playing.

http://www.pctools.com/mrc/infections/id/Trojan.AdRotator/


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Adam Kolak Sep 21, 2007, 07:32pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Malware that plays music...LMAO...

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john albrich Sep 21, 2007, 09:10pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Adam K. said:
Malware that plays music...LMAO...

What if it's a "Sting" (sorry, couldn't resist) operation?

RIAA (in a moment of brilliant inspiration) creates a program that 'forces' your computer to download music from a traceable website, and then plays it on your computer. At the same time, it records all the personal data from your computer so they can take it to court with a bullet-proof prosecution. No time-consuming and expensive investigation required.

Voila! Instant felony criminal! Yet another example that every one who owns a computer is a dastardly evil music thief.

Adam Kolak Sep 21, 2007, 09:24pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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john albrich said:
Adam K. said:
Malware that plays music...LMAO...

What if it's a "Sting" (sorry, couldn't resist) operation?

RIAA (in a moment of brilliant inspiration) creates a program that 'forces' your computer to download music from a traceable website, and then plays it on your computer. At the same time, it records all the personal data from your computer so they can take it to court with a bullet-proof prosecution. No time-consuming and expensive investigation required.

Voila! Instant felony criminal! Yet another example that every one who owns a computer is a dastardly evil music thief.

f**k the RIAA.

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Reason   Sep 22, 2007, 01:25am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Unknown Music Plays Randomly on Laptop
Adam K. said:

f**k the RIAA.


Language please.

F * * k the RIAA.

There, much better.

edit for on-topic-ness:

Had any luck yet, Mr Barker?

2nd edit to clarify joke: I had spelled out the curse and put **s over the RIAA, ie, reversing Adam's comment.. I understand the curse censor, not sure why the rest of the joke was "fixed."

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Jazarrion ellsworth Jun 12, 2009, 02:14am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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okay i got the same problem, please dont tell me its a trojan my frend paid over
$1000 to get hers fixed :(

Jazarrion ellsworth Jun 12, 2009, 02:18am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Someone pleaz Help All The sound and Comercials, and Desktop pop upss im getting annoyed!...and is my computer ok?
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Ecosse Jun 12, 2009, 02:46am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Download, install, update and run:

AdAware AE 2009
Spybot Search & Destroy
SpywareBlaster

Also do a search for HouseCall by Trend Micro (online virus scanner)

I trust you have a virus scanner installed at the moment?

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angryhippy Jun 12, 2009, 03:29am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Is it like jingles or are they poping some serious tunage? Unlike the person who started this thread, please let us know what it was that's doing this.

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Courtney Tarrants Jun 24, 2009, 03:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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This has been happening on my sisters laptop, and Ive been going crazy trying to fix it. It started out as Windows Deluxe Antispyware, which was actually spyware that she ended up downloading, even though I told her not to mess with it... But now I went through everything trying to get rid of it, and to my knowledge it was gone until one day her laptop was open and some rap music (not popular radio types) started playing, along with weird commercials. We live in MI and it was defff. not commercials for anywhere near here.. So I tried to install McAfee but whenever I try to run a Scan a popup comes up and says it needs to close, It wont open Malewarebytes either, even after it says it was successfully installed... its like whatever it is is blocking the antispyware programs and disabling them before they can find it and destroy it. I really am at a loss for ideas, and am pretty tempted to tell her to just give up on it and get a new computer, because Im thinking that whatever this is would be more expensive to fix that a new laptop would be. I need help... :/

bossa ritchie Jun 24, 2009, 03:59pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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If it is Spyware/Virus and it is stopping you from running any software to stop it, Download Hirens Boot CD and run that from outside Windows.

angryhippy Jun 24, 2009, 06:08pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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When you got rid of it, did you delete the system restore files too?

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Meats_Of_Evil Jun 24, 2009, 06:44pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Did you scanned while on safe mode? Do thi sby pressing F8 then selecting Safe Mode before the windows logo screen.

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Courtney Tarrants Jun 24, 2009, 06:51pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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The only way I could get the Windows Deluxe junk to stop opening with everything was to delete it in the HKEY file things, which I read online... I really dont know much about computers but I can usually find & destroy spyware pretty well, but this is getting insane... If I google anyhting I cant click on the main link because a different site will pop up. Its kind of creeping me out.

Nicholas Lewandowski Jul 17, 2009, 02:49pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I don't usually post on forums but I read your posts earlier today when I had a similar problem. Last night I caught the Windows Deluxe Antispyware Adware -- I knew it was a scam but either it installed itself anyway or I made a mistake and clicked it by accident.

Anyway I ran a standard virus scan right away with SpyWare Doctor with Antivirus and deleted what I thought were the ads and trojans it installed. Rebooted my machine and it ran fine -- Firefox wasn't even redirecting to ad sites anymore. Thought I was in the clear.

But music started to play at random intervals, and I was getting weird memory pop-ups. Sometimes there was a strange clicking noise (like a mouse click) when I wasn't using the mouse.

Could not find ANYTHING useful about a "virus playing music" or sounds when I searched google, but eventually I came across a forum posts describing files called "rootkits." A rootkit installs itself on your system and accesses your administrator privileges. This way, it can control parts of your system (e.g., hide from your anti-virus software and disable new anti-virus software that might kill it). Rootkits are hard to find... most people suggest reformatting your entire hard drive to get rid of them, but I'm in Madrid, Spain right now and without all my files I'm screwed so I had to find another way. It took me several hours to figure out how.

It is, indeed, a pain to remove, but after a few trial-and-error steps I manged to clean up my machine.

Here's what I did:

Absolutely first, make sure you TURN OFF SYSTEM RESTORE. Otherwise the nasty little digital bloodsuckers will keep coming back to life. You can turn it back on when your machine is clean.

1) Downloaded Malware Bytes' Anti-Virus, a super and easy-to-use little tool that turned out to be way better than my Spyware Doctor even. Here's a link: http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php. Download, and try and install and run it. If you get away with it good for you, you might be able to save yourself some hassle. If not, don't worry, it just confirms that you're probably dealing with a rootkit. (Now that it sees Malwarebytes it knows it's days are numbered and it wants to keep it from opening).

2) If Malwarebytes doesn't open (which it probably won't, the icon'll just sit there after you double-click) you will need to try and go after the rootkit at the source and either cripple or kill it. There's a free tool for that here: http://www.sophos.com/products/free-tools/sophos-anti-rootkit.html. You'll have to fill out a registration but don't sweat it, it's still free and it's worth it.

3) Install and run Sophos Anti-Rootkit. The rootkit didn't block this when I tried it. Make sure you scan your whole hard drive! (The first time I tried it I did a quick scan and it just came up with a couple bogus registry key entries, which were good clues but not delete-able). When Sophos finishes running you should find any rootkits that were hiding on your hardrive. Mine were clustered in the System32 folder and were all files containing UAC or uac. This is the UAC rootkit. (google it for more info)

4) Clean those files and then reboot your machine when prompted.

5) When you reboot you should be able to install and run Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes will find the remaining straggler rootkit files and any other rootkit or virus-related unpleasantness

6) When the scan finishes delete all the infections. You will have to reboot to finish deleting all of the files.

7) Run Malware Bytes one more time to see if everything's gone. It should be. By this time, you should no longer be experiencing any of your symptoms if it worked.

8) Reactivate your system restore and you should be good to go! :_)

Figured I'd try and help since y'all provided me with evidence I wasn't crazy when I first started hearing clicks and musics coming from my machine!



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