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My computer wont download any antivirus programs. Ive already

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My computer won't download any antivirus programs. I've already tried the main ones. The download starts, then stops towards the end & won't finish. I'm pretty sure there's some sort of virus on it, but have no idea what to do to get rid of it. I've done clean up and tune up, increased the memory, but the antivirus is the problem. Help!
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Jerry Hannell replied 7 years ago.
hi sir,

what are you trying to download sir?
what program? can you tell me the url ?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I've tried windows one care, where the cleanup and tuneup worked, but not the antivirus. Then I tried AVG, which started to download, then stopped, and the same thing happened with other 4 antivirus programs I tried to download. Other downloads are working fine, just the antivirus ones won't work.
Expert:  Brandon M. replied 7 years ago.



Depending on what kind of infection you have would determine the steps. We're going to start with combofix, as it hunts down and clears out most infections to date. Please follow tehse instructions carefully!


Please download combofix from here and save it to your desktop.


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Download ComboFix Prompt

Click on the Save button, and when it asks you where to save it, make sure you save it directly to your Windows Desktop. An image showing this is below.

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Downloading ComboFix to the Desktop

When you have the Save as screen configured to save ComboFix.exe to the Desktop, click on the Save button. ComboFix will now start downloading to your computer. If you are on a dialup, this may take a few minutes. When ComboFix has finished downloading you will now see an icon on your desktop similar to the one below.

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ComboFix Icon

We are almost ready to start ComboFix, but before we do so, we need to take some preventative measures so that there are no conflicts with other programs when running ComboFix. At this point you should do the following:

  • Close all open Windows including this one.
  • Close or disable all running Antivirus, Antispyware, and Firewall programs as they may interfere with the proper running of ComboFix. Instructions on disabling these type of programs can be found in this topic.

Once these two steps have been completed, double-click on the ComboFix icon found on your desktop. Please note, that once you start ComboFix you should not click anywhere on the ComboFix window as it can cause the program to stall. In fact, when ComboFix is running, do not touch your computer at all. The scan could take a while, so please be patient.

Once you double-click on the icon, you may see a screen similar to the one below.


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Windows Open File Security Warning

Windows is issuing this prompt because ComboFix does not have a digital signature. This is perfectly normal and safe and you can click on the Run button to continue. If you are using Windows Vista, and receive UAC prompt asking if you would like to continue running the program, you should press the Continue button.

You will now see the first ComboFix screen as shown below.

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ComboFix is Preparing to Run

ComboFix is now preparing to run and when it has finished you will see a screen showing the authorized locations to download Combofix. This screen, press the OK button and you will now see the Disclaimer screen shown below.

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ComboFix Disclaimer

If you do not agree to the disclaimer, then click on the No button to exit the program. Otherwise, to continue you should press the Yes button to continue. If you decided to continue, then ComboFix will create a System Restore point so that if any problems occur while using the program you can restore back to your previous configuration. When ComboFix has finished creating the restore point, it will then backup your Windows Registry as shown in the image below.

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ComboFix is backing up the Windows Registry

Once the Windows Registry has finished being backed up, ComboFix will attempt to detect if you have the Windows Recovery Console installed. If you already have it installed, you can skip to this section and continue reading. Otherwise you will see the following message as shown below:

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ComboFix Recovery Console

At the above message box, please click on the Yes button in order for ComboFix to continue. Please follow the steps and instructions given by ComboFix in order to finish the installation of the Recovery Console. Once it has finished installing, you will be presented with the screen shown below.

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ComboFix Recovery Console Finished


You should now press the Yes button to continue. If at any time during the Recovery Console installation you receive a message stating that it failed to install, please allow ComboFix to continue with the scan of your computer. When it is done, and a log has been created, you can then perform the manual install of the Recovery Console using the steps found in the Manually installing the Windows Recovery Console section.

ComboFix will now disconnect your computer from the Internet, so do not be surprised or concerned if you receive any warnings stating that you are no longer on the Internet. When ComboFix has finished it will automatically restore your Internet connection.

ComboFix will now start scanning your computer for known infections. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.

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ComboFix is scanning the computer for infections

While the program is scanning your computer, it will change your clock format, so do not be concerned when you see this happen. When ComboFix is finished it will restore your clock settings to their previous settings. You will also see the text in the ComboFix window being updated as it goes through the various stages of its scan. An example of this can be seen below.

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Stages of the ComboFix AutoScan

At the time of this writing there are a total of 50 stages as shown in the image below, so please be patient. The amount of stages will go up as time goes on, so if the amount of stages is different when you run it, please do not be concerned.

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41st Stage of the ComboFix AutoScan

When ComboFix has finished running, you will see a screen stating that it is preparing the log report as shown below.

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ComboFix is preparing the log report

This can take a while, so please be patient. If you see your Windows desktop disappear, do not worry. This is normal and ComboFix will restore your desktop before it is finished. Eventually you will see a new screen that states the program is almost finished and telling you the programs log file, or report, will be located at C:\ComboFix.txt. This can be seen in the image below.

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ComboFix is almost done!

When ComboFix has finished, it will automatically close the program and change your clock back to its original format. It will then display the log file automatically for you as shown below.

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ComboFix Log File

You should now post this log as a reply to the topic where you were asked to run combofix. Your helper will now analyze this log and let you know what they would like you to do nex

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
ComboFix 09-08-09.04 - Janet 08/10/2009 13:19.1.1 - FAT32x86
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.254.144 [GMT -4:00]
Running from: c:\documents and settings\Janet\Desktop\ComboFix.exe

(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((   Other Deletions   )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))


(((((((((((((((((((((((((   Files Created from 2009-07-10 to 2009-08-10 )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

2009-08-10 14:14 . 2009-08-10 14:14     --------     d-----w-     c:\windows\LastGood
2009-08-10 13:49 . 2009-08-10 13:49     --------     d-sh--w-     c:\documents and settings\Janet\IECompatCache
2009-08-09 22:40 . 2009-08-09 22:40     --------     d-sh--w-     c:\documents and settings\Janet\PrivacIE
2009-08-09 22:39 . 2009-08-09 22:39     --------     d-----w-     c:\documents and settings\Janet\Application Data\4200Series
2009-08-09 21:17 . 2009-08-09 21:17     --------     d-----w-     c:\documents and settings\Roger\Application Data\AVG8
2009-08-09 20:58 . 2009-08-09 20:58     580565     ----a-w-     C:\
2009-08-09 20:57 . 2009-08-09 20:58     9867052     ----a-w-     C:\
2009-08-09 20:57 . 2009-08-09 20:57     54225     ----a-w-     C:\
2009-08-03 20:12 . 2006-05-23 22:04     110592     ----a-w-     c:\documents and settings\Roger\Application Data\U3\temp\cleanup.exe
2009-08-03 20:04 . 2009-08-03 20:04     --------     d-----w-     c:\documents and settings\Roger\Application Data\U3
2009-08-03 14:56 . 2009-08-03 14:56     --------     d-sh--w-     c:\documents and settings\Roger\IECompatCache
2009-08-03 14:54 . 2009-08-03 14:54     --------     d-sh--w-     c:\documents and settings\Roger\PrivacIE
2009-08-03 14:25 . 2009-08-03 14:25     --------     d-----w-     c:\windows\system32\scripting
2009-08-03 14:25 . 2009-08-03 14:25     --------     d-----w-     c:\windows\l2schemas
2009-08-03 14:25 . 2009-08-03 14:25     --------     d-----w-     c:\windows\system32\en
2009-08-03 13:54 . 2009-08-03 13:54     --------     d-sh--w-     c:\documents and settings\NetworkService\IETldCache
2009-08-03 13:53 . 2009-08-03 13:53     --------     d-sh--w-     c:\documents and settings\Roger\IETldCache
2009-08-03 13:47 . 2009-07-03 17:09     594432     ------w-     c:\windows\system32\dllcache\msfeeds.dll
2009-08-03 13:47 . 2009-07-03 17:09     55296     ------w-     c:\windows\system32\dllcache\msfeedsbs.dll
2009-08-03 13:47 . 2009-07-03 17:09     12800     ------w-     c:\windows\system32\dllcache\xpshims.dll
2009-08-03 13:47 . 2009-07-03 17:09     246272     ------w-     c:\windows\system32\dllcache\ieproxy.dll
2009-08-03 13:46 . 2009-07-03 17:09     1985536     ------w-     c:\windows\system32\dllcache\iertutil.dll
2009-08-03 13:46 . 2009-07-19 22:48     11067392     ------w-     c:\windows\system32\dllcache\ieframe.dll
2009-08-03 13:46 . 2009-08-03 13:46     --------     d-----w-     c:\windows\ie8updates
2009-08-03 13:46 . 2009-07-01 07:08     101376     ------w-     c:\windows\system32\dllcache\iecompat.dll
2009-08-03 13:44 . 2009-08-03 13:44     --------     d--h--w-     c:\windows\ie8
2009-08-02 20:11 . 2001-08-17 17:48     12160     ----a-w-     c:\windows\system32\drivers\mouhid.sys
2009-08-02 20:11 . 2001-08-17 17:48     12160     ----a-w-     c:\windows\system32\dllcache\mouhid.sys
2009-08-02 17:35 . 2009-08-02 17:35     --------     d-----w-     c:\program files\CCleaner

((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((   Find3M Report   ))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
2009-08-09 22:39 . 2009-08-09 22:38     17920     ----a-w-     c:\documents and settings\Janet\Local Settings\Application Data\GDIPFONTCACHEV1.DAT
2009-08-03 14:31 . 2005-02-17 13:37     76487     ----a-w-     c:\windows\PCHEALTH\HELPCTR\OfflineCache\index.dat
2009-07-03 17:09 . 2004-01-08 19:23     915456     ----a-w-     c:\windows\system32\wininet.dll
2009-06-16 14:36 . 2001-08-23 16:00     81920     ----a-w-     c:\windows\system32\fontsub.dll
2009-06-16 14:36 . 2001-08-23 16:00     119808     ----a-w-     c:\windows\system32\t2embed.dll
2009-06-03 19:09 . 2001-08-23 16:00     1291264     ----a-w-     c:\windows\system32\quartz.dll

(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((   Reg Loading Points   ))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
*Note* empty entries & legit default entries are not shown

"SunJavaUpdateSched"="c:\program files\Java\jre1.5.0_10\bin\jusched.exe" [2006-11-09 49263]
"lxbmmon.exe"="c:\program files\Lexmark 4200 Series\lxbmmon.exe" [2007-01-30 230320]
"Lexmark 4200 Series Fax Server"="c:\program files\Lexmark 4200 Series\fm3032.exe" [2007-01-30 160688]

c:\documents and settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
Microsoft Office.lnk - c:\program files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE [2000-1-21 65588]
Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk - c:\program files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe [2005-9-23 29696]

"c:\\Program Files\\Messenger\\msmsgs.exe"=
"%windir%\\Network Diagnostic\\xpnetdiag.exe"=

R2 lxbm_device;lxbm_device;c:\windows\system32\lxbmcoms.exe -service --> c:\windows\system32\lxbmcoms.exe -service [?]
R3 Mach2;Mach2 Pulseing Service;c:\windows\system32\drivers\Mach2.sys [2/24/2005 8:34 PM 99168]

--- Other Services/Drivers In Memory ---

*NewlyCreated* - SYSMONLOG

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\active setup\installed components\>{60B49E34-C7CC-11D0-8953-00A0C90347FF}]
"c:\windows\system32\rundll32.exe" "c:\windows\system32\iedkcs32.dll",BrandIEActiveSetup SIGNUP
Contents of the 'Scheduled Tasks' folder

2009-08-10 c:\windows\Tasks\User_Feed_Synchronization-{805F2046-CDF7-4670-81AC-34DCB82BF27D}.job
- c:\windows\system32\msfeedssync.exe [2009-03-08 08:31]
------- Supplementary Scan -------
mSearch Bar = hxxp://*


catchme 0.3.1398 W2K/XP/Vista - rootkit/stealth malware detector by Gmer,
Rootkit scan 2009-08-10 13:24
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 FAT NTAPI

scanning hidden processes ...

scanning hidden autostart entries ...

scanning hidden files ...

scan completed successfully
hidden files: 0

--------------------- LOCKED REGISTRY KEYS ---------------------

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-220523388-1343024091-2133730867-1004\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Approved\{D8C7A23C-85B9-F2A7-61B2-CDAA72CD6820}*]
@Allowed: (Read) (RestrictedCode)
@Allowed: (Read) (RestrictedCode)

@Allowed: (Read) (RestrictedCode)
@Allowed: (Read) (RestrictedCode)
Completion time: 2009-08-10 13:25
ComboFix-quarantined-files.txt 2009-08-10 17:25

Pre-Run: 12,489,588,736 bytes free
Post-Run: 12,741,033,984 bytes free

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
c:\cmdcons\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptOut
C:\ = "Microsoft Windows"

131     --- E O F ---     2009-08-04 07:01
Expert:  Brandon M. replied 7 years ago.

Thanks for the log information. Are you able to goto and download the 90 day trial? If you're seccessfully able to download McAfee antivirus, it will clean the rest of your infections.


Let me know,


Customer: replied 7 years ago.
tried to- got 98% done, then stopped. pop-up box said IE cannot download DMSetup.exe from
Expert:  Brandon M. replied 7 years ago.

Interesting that it let you download combofix. Your PC is definitely infected. I can continue to troubleshoot it with you but I want to ask this first. It is usually hard to get rid of a virus and other trojans especially when they won't let you download anything. The easiest way would be to format and reinstall Windows XP. If you have nothing important on this PC, I would recommend doing this as it would be the least headache causing way. Otherwise, we can continue.


Let me know,


Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I can try the reinstall. Thanks!
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I can't find the accept button. Where should it be?
Expert:  Brandon M. replied 7 years ago.

Okay. Let me know if you need any help in doing so, I will be glad to assist. You should be able to accept now.