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Old 05-23-2008, 11:02 AM   #1
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Hey everyone,
I have a weird problem with a computer I'm working on, Ive never heard of it before. There are ants crawling on the screen. Not real live ants, but images of ants crawling around on the screen eating the desktop. I thought at first it might have been a screensaver, but no screensaver is turned on.

There is a picture of it just starting. It starts after not using the computer for around 5-10 min then keeps going until I click the mouse. Pressing a button on the keyboard or moving the mouse does not make it stop.

I have done the usual adaware spyware removal programs, as well as anti virus, and nothing has fixed it. I used vcleaner, and Spybot search and destroy. I don't really think it is spyware though, which is why I posted this here.

Any ideas on how to get rid of this? Anyone ever seen it before?
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This is almost definately a virus, though it is possible it is a program you installed yourself. Look over the First Steps at Removing Malware . If there are any steps you cannot complete do not worry, just make a note of it so that you can inform the user who will be assisting you.

Make sure you post whatever required logs they ask for in the HijackThis Log Help section, instead of back here.

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The bugs in and of themselves are not malicious, but they do come in with "Fake Alert" rogue application malware.


"Windir%\system32\blackster.scr" is the associated file, but where this is present, there's usually something else.

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This is exactly what I have...I'll have to start going threw the First Steps at Removing Malware. Did you ever get yours fixed fluffybunny88?
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I am working on getting it fixed right now actually. I have a thread going in the hijack this log help section here is the thread that I am posting on.

I'm not sure what exactly got rid of the ants, but they are not up anymore. Tetonbob mentioned that "Windir%\system32\blackster.scr" file so I guess that is the one. I would recommend that you post a set of your own logs because you probably have a lot more than just that one problem to fix.
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