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    what am I doing wrong

    I have had to shut down several times this morning because I freeze.
    After this last time I checked my resources which was at 84% with only what is below running


    Then I open IE and go here, and check my resources again and they are down to 74%

    Why is this happening? I am a multi tasker my nature, and just can't stand to have only one or 2 things running at the same time. Yet when I start doing work on here it gets bogged down....right before it froze the last time resources were down to 26%
    Louise

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    Momiam

    Please give us more information. What type of operating system..ie windows xp home or pro,,windows me,,windows 2000. Also,,is this just something that started happening recently? Have you added software or updated windows or installed any security updates lately?
    TOO MUCH GIDDYYUP,,, NOT ENOUGH WHOA!!!

    Trav

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    Hi Travlin_Man
    I have win ME, just did an entire system format and recovery the other day.
    Have a firewall, avtivirus, kazaalite, spybot, adaware, mail washer, and turbo lister.
    But i get the problems when kazaalite, mailwasher, and turbolister are not running anywhere in the system.
    when i reformatted the computer I did go and get all the possible updates, so I should be fine on that end.
    I just wonder if something is running that is not showing up in the close program dialog box that is not showing up.
    Louise

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    Mom,

    What is mpfagent, mpftray, and mcagent?

    I take it that those are associated with a McAfee firewall????

    IMHO....there is a much better firewall caled Sygate Personal Firewall. It's still free for home use so grab a copy here:

    http://download.com.com/3001-2092-10184369.html

    It's very easy to setup and install.

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    Something doesn't sound right does it??

    Could be lots of stuff,, including the updates??!!

    But lets start easy... Lets find out what or even if it is a program.

    Click the link below to find out about the system resource tool. Follow the instructions and see if you can identify a program or programs.. Do a clean boot then and start the offending program..

    system resource tool


    Also... Can you tell me what is running on your system at start up?
    TOO MUCH GIDDYYUP,,, NOT ENOUGH WHOA!!!

    Trav

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    Mom....if that isn't a McAfee firewall then you may have problems because mcagent is also the name of a trojan which you could have gotten from kazaa.

    So do you have a McAfee firewall?

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    Sorry Mom...looks like you have a virus.

    http://securityresponse.symantec.com...llw.pluto.html

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    I believe MCagent is the program that checks to see if she is running the latest virus definition file.. it should be there if she has mcaffee anti virus.

    But I agree with you UOD... Mcaffee's firewall stinks.. causes more problems than it's worth.
    TOO MUCH GIDDYYUP,,, NOT ENOUGH WHOA!!!

    Trav

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    Originally posted by Travlin_Man
    I believe MCagent is the program that checks to see if she is running the latest virus definition file.. it should be there if she has mcaffee anti virus.

    But I agree with you UOD... Mcaffee's firewall stinks.. causes more problems than it's worth.
    it's a virus. read the link...it's almost verbatim, word for word.

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    W32.HLLW.Pluto is a mass-mailing worm that uses the default email program or its own SMTP engine to send itself to all contacts in the Windows Address Book, Microsoft Outlook Address Book, and to email addresses that it retrieves from .htm files. It may spread through some file-sharing networks, such as eDonkey2000, Morpheus, Xolox, KaZaA, Shareaza, and LimeWire.

    When the worm arrives by email, the worm uses a MIME exploit that allows the worm to be executed when you read or preview the file. Information about his exploit and a patch are available at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec.../MS01-020.asp.

    This threat is written in the Borland Delphi programming language and is compressed with UPX.



    When W32.HLLW.Pluto runs, it does the following:

    It displays a fake message box. The text in this message is one of the following:

    * This File is Corrupted!
    * This Software need more virtual memory!
    * Error: Low System Performance!
    * Error: Can Not Find Config.INI!
    * This software need MSIO32.DLL!
    * Application attempted to read memory at 0xFFFFFFFFh!
    * The system cannot find the file specified.
    * Stack overflow.
    * Cannot allocate memory.
    * A fatal exception 06 has occurred at <A900>:<A0973BFD>.
    * Fatal Exception 0E has occurred at memory address in module Vxd IOS(04) + memory address.
    * A fatal exception 0E has occurred at 0028:C02A0201 in VXD IOS(04)+00001FC9


    It deletes Regedit.exe from the folder in which Windows is installed.

    It terminates some antivirus and firewall processes that are in a list carried by the worm. Here are some examples:

    * Agentw.exe
    * Ackwin32.exe
    * Claw95.exe
    * Avp32.exe
    * F-Stopw.exe
    * Zonealarm.exe
    * Vsmon.exe
    * Perswf.exe
    * Mpfagent.exe
    * Navw32.exe
    * Rescue.exe
    * Guard.exe


    It searches the registry to locate the download folders or shared folders that are used by some file-sharing networks, such as eDonkey2000, Morpheus, Xolox, KaZaA, Shareaza, and LimeWire. It then copies itself to those folders. Here are some file names that it may use:

    * CKY3 - Bam Margera World Industries Alien Workshop Crack
    * Norton AntiVirus 2002 Patch
    * Windows XP Key Generator
    * MSN Password Hacker and Stealer
    * Hacking Tool Collection Full Downloader
    * MoviezChannelsInstaler
    * Sudden Strike 2 Downloader
    * Neverwinter Nights ISO - Full Downloader
    * Soldier Of Fortune 2 Full Downloader


    The worm searches for the location of the Windows Address Book in the registry. It then uses its own SMTP engine or the default email program to send itself to all contacts in the Windows Address Book or the Microsoft Outlook Address Book, and to email addresses that it retrieves from .htm files. The email has the following characteristics:

    Subject: The subject is one of the following:

    * Greets!!
    * Get 8 FREE issues - no risk!!
    * Your News Alert!!
    * $150 FREE Bonus!!
    * Your Gift!
    * New bonus in your cash account!
    * Tools For Your Online Business!
    * Daily Email Reminder!
    * News
    * Free Shipping!
    * Its Easy!
    * Warning!
    * SCAM alert!!!
    * Sponsors needed!
    * New Reading
    * CALL FOR INFORMATION!
    * 25 merchants and rising!
    * Cows
    * My eBay ads!
    * Empty account!
    * Market Update Report!
    * Click on this!
    * Fantastic!
    * Wow!
    * Bad news!!
    * Lost & Found!
    * New Contests!
    * Today Only!!
    * Get a FREE gift!
    * Membership Confirmation
    * Report
    * Please Help...
    * Stats
    * I need help about script!!!
    * Interesting...
    * Introduction
    * Various!
    * Announcement!
    * History screen!
    * Correction of errors!
    * Just a reminder!
    * Payment notices!


    Message: The message is one of the following:

    * Check the attachment!
    * See the attachement!
    * Enjoy the attachement!
    * More details attached!
    * Hi

    Check the Attachement ..
    See u
    * Hi

    Check the Attachement ..
    * Attached one Gift for u..
    * WOW CHECK THIS!


    Attachment: The attachment file name is constructed from the following:

    * Screensaver
    * Screensaver4u
    * Screensaverforu
    * Freescreensaver
    * Love
    * Lovers
    * Lovescr
    * Loverscreensaver
    * Loversgang
    * Loveshore
    * Love4u
    * Enjoylove
    * Sharelove
    * Shareit
    * Checkfriends
    * Urfriend
    * Friendscircle
    * Friendship
    * Friends
    * Friendscr
    * Friends4u
    * Friendship4u
    * Friendshipbird
    * Friendshipforu
    * Friendsworld
    * Werfriends
    * Passion
    * Bull****scr
    * Shakeit
    * Shakescr
    * Shakinglove
    * Shakingfriendship
    * Passionup
    * Rishtha
    * Greetings
    * Lovegreetings
    * Friendsgreetings
    * Friendsearch
    * Lovefinder
    * Truefriends
    * Truelovers
    * F*cker


    followed by one of these extensions:

    * .doc
    * .mp3
    * .xls
    * .wav
    * .txt
    * .jpg
    * .gif
    * .dat
    * .bmp
    * .htm
    * .mpg
    * .mdb
    * .zip


    with one of these additional extensions:

    * .pif
    * .bat
    * .scr


    When the worm arrives by email, the worm uses a MIME exploit that allows the virus to be executed when you read or preview the file. Information about this exploit and a patch are available at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec.../MS01-020.asp.





    NOTE: These instructions are for all current and recent Symantec antivirus products, including the Symantec AntiVirus and Norton AntiVirus product lines.

    1. Update the virus definitions.
    2. Run a full system scan, and delete all files that are detected as W32.HLLW.Pluto.
    3. Restore Regedit.exe from a clean backup or reinstall it.

    For details on how to do this, read the following instructions.

    To update the virus definitions:
    All virus definitions receive full quality assurance testing by Symantec Security Response before being posted to our servers. There are two ways to obtain the most recent virus definitions:

    * Run LiveUpdate, which is the easiest way to obtain virus definitions. These virus definitions are posted to the LiveUpdate servers once each week (usually Wednesdays) unless there is a major virus outbreak. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by LiveUpdate, look at the Virus Definitions (LiveUpdate) line at the top of this write-up.
    * Download the definitions using the Intelligent Updater. Intelligent Updater virus definitions are posted on U.S. business days (Monday through Friday). They must be downloaded from the Symantec Security Response Web site and installed manually. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by the Intelligent Updater, look at the Virus Definitions (Intelligent Updater) line at the top of this write-up.

    Intelligent Updater virus definitions are available here. For detailed instructions on how to download and install the Intelligent Updater virus definitions from the Symantec Security Response Web site, click here.


    To scan for and delete the infected files:

    1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and make sure that it is configured to scan all files.
    o Norton AntiVirus consumer products: Read the document How to configure Norton AntiVirus to scan all files.
    o Symantec enterprise antivirus products: Read the document How to verify a Symantec Corporate antivirus product is set to scan All Files.
    2. Run a full system scan.
    3. If any files are detected as infected with W32.HLLW.Pluto, click Delete.


    To restore Regedit.exe:
    Please read your backup software instructions or Microsoft Windows installation instructions.


    Write-up by: Yana Liu

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    I hope that I'm wrong though...for her sake and for that of her computer.

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    Mom...do a scan here.

    http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

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    I think you might be wrong UOD,, but I am not sure either..

    quick test though.. It says that it deletes regedit.. Momiam,, click on start ,,then run,,type in regedit.. if it opens,,, just close it,,, if it doesn't then UOD may be right.
    TOO MUCH GIDDYYUP,,, NOT ENOUGH WHOA!!!

    Trav

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    Originally posted by Travlin_Man
    I think you might be wrong UOD,, but I am not sure either..

    quick test though.. It says that it deletes regedit.. Momiam,, click on start ,,then run,,type in regedit.. if it opens,,, just close it,,, if it doesn't then UOD may be right.
    It aint just one virus...

    here is mpftray
    http://securityresponse.symantec.com...irva.a@mm.html
    NOTE: Due to a decreased rate of submissions, Symantec Security Response has downgraded this threat from a Category 3 to a Category 2 as of February 28, 2003.

    W32.Lirva.A is a mass-mailing worm that also spreads by IRC, ICQ, KaZaA, and open network shares. This worm attempts to terminate antivirus and firewall products. It also emails the cached Windows 95/98/Me dial-up networking passwords to the virus writer.

    When Microsoft Outlook receives the worm, the worm takes advantage of a vulnerability that allows the attachment to auto-execute when you read or preview the email. Information on this vulnerability and a patch can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec.../MS01-020.asp.

    If the day of the month is the 7th, 11th, or 24th, the worm will launch your Web browser to www.avril-lavigne.com and display a graphic animation on the Windows desktop.

    Also Known As: W32/Avril-A [Sophos], W32/Lirva.b@MM [McAfee], WORM_LIRVA.A [Trend], Win32.Lirva.A [CA], I-Worm.Avron.c [KAV], Lirva [F-Secure]
    Type: Worm
    Infection Length: 32,766 bytes
    Systems Affected: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Me

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    I think mcagent,,mpftray are supposed to be there.. These viruses you are talking about all try to "Terminate" these processes... mcagent and mpftray are valid and not viruses..

    as far as her having a virus,,I don't know...
    TOO MUCH GIDDYYUP,,, NOT ENOUGH WHOA!!!

    Trav

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    http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/****...ojkillavq.html

    Travelinman....do a google search for those and each one comes up associated with a virus.

    Each one is associated with P2P apps (Kazaa).

    Each one is recent as well...

    We got her up and running fine a few days ago and now this pops up all of a sudden.

    Where in the hell is Norm?????

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    Don't get me wrong UOD,, I'm not saying she doesn't have a virus. The files that keep coming up and are associated with a virus are files or processes the virus are trying to stop or terminate. Thats why when you type in mcagent or mpftray in google it talks about viruses,, because they are trying to kill those processes,,, those processes are not the virus.

    Since those processes are running,, I am assuming that it is not these viruses you are giving links to.
    TOO MUCH GIDDYYUP,,, NOT ENOUGH WHOA!!!

    Trav

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    Originally posted by Travlin_Man
    Don't get me wrong UOD,, I'm not saying she doesn't have a virus. The files that keep coming up and are associated with a virus are files or processes the virus are trying to stop or terminate. Thats why when you type in mcagent or mpftray in google it talks about viruses,, because they are trying to kill those processes,,, those processes are not the virus.

    Since those processes are running,, I am assuming that it is not these viruses you are giving links to.
    The key word in those definitions is "attempts" to shut down those services. the other thing that caught my attention was that the worm would cause low system performance.....whiuch is in stark contrast to what she reported a few days ago. I believe Mom said that her husband is a big user of Kazaa.

    Like I said....I hope I am very wrong and I hope you are right cause I don't wish a virus on anyone.

    But if I'm right....first round is on you! lol


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    Travlin_Man,

    You owe me a beer. She's over in Security Forum with a virus....had it for 2 days...probably never got completely cleaned off or did a lot of damage.

    ...formerly the omnipotent UOD

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    LOL
    Break it up guys!
    I did not mean to spark a lil thing over here.
    The only change I made to the computer since my first post in this thread is taking mcafee out. now my close program box looks like this right after startup, but resources still at 82...was 93 when I first came on but then did the image of the close dialog box yada yada yada.



    I could be wrong, but do not think it is a virus, I did rescan the system with housecall and with AVG and both come up clean...have since I disabled system restore
    In fact I can't even find a folder or file in the computer that is C:\_Restore which is where the 3 virus things were the other day.
    Hope it is not in there somewhere under different names hiding!

    I am going to put in this other firewall one of you suggested though....feel naked without a firewall lol

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