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Is my Notepad hiding Spyware?

mightyashesman

Is my Notepad hiding Spyware?
« on: July 11, 2004, 07:28:29 am »
Dr Tweak,

I seem to have got around my problems with downloader.agent.bf after downloading AVG 7.0 (maximum protection) replacing the AVG 6.0. I also downloaded much of what you have recommended on this site (Spy Sweeper, Ad-aware, Spybot, CWShredder, Sygate, CCleaner, Window Washer!!) and feel much more protected now...all of the above indicate to me that my problems with agent.BF and other trojans are gone.

However, in my system tray at the bottom of the screen, I have a number of icons such as explorer, outlook, etc. My concern is that the notepad icon no longer looks like notepad but looks like a .exe program.

I clicked on it this morning and I then seemed to have been visited by runwin32.exe as shortly after clicking on it, Sygate was asking whether I wanted to let it in...obviously I didn't and decided to delete this file in safe mode that was in my c://windows folder.

Has my notepad been taken over by spyware? If so, how do I get rid of this?

Regards

mightashesman.

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Re:Is my Notepad hiding Spyware?
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2004, 08:54:57 pm »
Your Notepad has been corrupted by a trojan. I have seen this before but I don't know of a fix.

 ???

j0ey

Re:Is my Notepad hiding Spyware?
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2004, 09:20:23 pm »
same here
while removing spyware I tried to save my Hijack this log file into notepad and got this message.

C:\windows\notepad.EXE is not a valid win32 Application

 ???

Azn_Tweaker

Re:Is my Notepad hiding Spyware?
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2004, 10:38:10 am »
Located in:
Windows 95: C:\WINDOWS
Windows 95/98/98SE/ME: C:\WINDOWS
Windows NT4/2000: C:\WINNT and C:\WINNT\System32
Windows XP: C:\WINDOWS and C:\WINDOWS\System32
Deleted by: CWS.Googlems.
Purpose: Notepad application executable, required to run it.
Symptoms: Error messages 'Cannot find file NOTEPAD.EXE' or 'NOTEPAD.EXE' is not a valid Win32 application'.

for xp download the file : http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/files/windows/notepad_xp.zip

How to install

Windows XP:
Download the copy for your Windows version and unzip it first into the folder C:\WINDOWS\System32\dllcache (overwriting any existing copy), then into the folder it needs to go for your Windows version.
To see what Windows version you have, right-click the 'My Computer' icon on the desktop and click 'Properties'.

source: http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/winfiles.html
« Last Edit: July 18, 2004, 10:41:05 am by Azn_Tweaker »

j0ey

Re:Is my Notepad hiding Spyware?
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2004, 06:24:56 pm »
anything for Win98?

Azn_Tweaker

Re:Is my Notepad hiding Spyware?
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2004, 11:32:32 pm »

j0ey

Re:Is my Notepad hiding Spyware?
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2004, 01:20:34 am »
no matter what I do seems like i cannot fix this Notepad issue :'(

Azn_Tweaker

Re:Is my Notepad hiding Spyware?
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2004, 10:43:25 am »
j0ey are u sure u did it right?

j0ey

Re:Is my Notepad hiding Spyware?
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2004, 04:11:48 pm »
not entirely. On other machines I can open the notepad zip file but on my home machine will prompt me with "not a valid win32 Application".

Azn_Tweaker

Re:Is my Notepad hiding Spyware?
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2004, 06:13:01 pm »
do u got Winzip or winrar?

j0ey

Re:Is my Notepad hiding Spyware?
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2004, 07:51:18 pm »
I am using 7zip3.13 I tried to install winzip but I was having problems with instaling

Azn_Tweaker

Re:Is my Notepad hiding Spyware?
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2004, 09:04:05 pm »
do u get an error Message when u install winzip? ???

j0ey

Re:Is my Notepad hiding Spyware?
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2004, 12:24:02 am »
I think it was the winzip self extractor 2.2
I was able to install it ok, but then when I tried to run it I was hit with an error.

Azn_Tweaker

Re:Is my Notepad hiding Spyware?
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2004, 07:50:58 am »
joey can u make an screenshot?

j0ey

Re:Is my Notepad hiding Spyware?
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2004, 06:11:09 pm »
I dont know how to attatch files here

 

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