Help me computer is being Hijacked, McAfee doesn't appear to being working, something
I have the entire McAfee security suite on Windows XP professional. I believe my computer has been hijacked. It works just fine at boot up and until I connect to the internet. I use broadband connection USB.
Once I connect to the internet, McAfee uses up almost 80% of CPU power and the hardrive light is constantly blinking. It's so bad now, I have to just pull the plug because the computer won't even shut down.
The computer runs just fine as long as I stay off the internet, so I don't know what the problem is computer shops keep telling me they think mcAfee has serious security glitches and a virus has probably got in.
then I would see no other alternative, other than to re-install Windows XP Pro, as I just did about a week ago, when my own system became very unstable after installing several new apps. It gets to a point when there is that level of instability where re-installation is the only option. If you do it to a new partiton then you won't lose any data.
I did create a new partition and left the other Windows XP Pro versions (2) on my system, in case I need to access drivers etc for Windows setup from those volumes.
grin peter I will try to install the cleaner tool you recommended and see if this works. And yes, anti virus man, if that doesn't work I will have to look at the possibility of backing up all my files and doing a complete system re - install. However Peter, When a system in my office is infected I usually don't connect it to the internet directly to prevent further hacking, but save the file on a internet connected computer that isn't infected, I then transfer the file to the infected computer via portable storage device ( a USB flash drive for example). On the infected computer, this usually works the same as if I downloaded the file from the internet.
:)I used the malwarebytes Anti Malware, it found two Malware files on my PC. First I thought McAfee had become corrupted and I was going to have to uninstall and re install it. I'm sure glad Malbytes found the infection and removed it.
I was shocked though! I ran scans with both programs you recommended. Malware bytes found 2 malware, and Super Anti Spyware found 32 spyware files on my computer!
No wonder the computer was a mess! The spyware was literally spawning itself on my hard drive.
I think the reason McAfee wasn't protecting it from these threats is, the computer was given to me by a colleague as a gift with a lot of the programs I use already installed on it. Obviously there was some infection on the system when I got but it wasn't an obvious problem yet. Since I installed McAfee on the computer after I got it, the security center was unable to protect me from these threats. Being they were already in the system.
It took a tool like those you recommended to finally uproot the infection from the system once and for all.
The system is still a little slow, but I think a small tune up will get it back up to speed again.