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Hey all,

I am runnign Windows XP. Today, I downloaded Flashget so I could download a flash game from addictinggames.com to play. Shortly after this, I could not open programs.

I can only open Internet Explorer by clicking the icon on desktop. None of the icons in the bar at the bottom of my desktop work, and I can not open any programs from the Start menu.

It is probably a virus, but it is hard for me to get rid of it, since I can not open Add/Remove programs once I get into Control Panel. I have searched for and deleted Flashget and anything with those words in it. I scanned my computer for the SirCam virus (that program worked for some reason), but did not find it. When I download most spyware removal tools, I can not open them (like all other programs).

When I click to open a program, I get the status bar next to my cursor as if to say it is loading (the sand in the glass tube), but then it goes away and nothing happens. This is driving me crazy. I have been trying to fix this for hours now. I tried rebooting in safe mode, but still could not open programs. I rebooted in safe mode with the command prompter once, but the next time I tried I could not get in (the computer loaded all the drivers and then sat there in dos doing nothing).

Someone please help!!!!
 

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Hi James, welcome to TSF

Where did you download FlashGet from? There are a few sites that SiteAdvisor says contain spyware links....
http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/flashget.com
http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/amazesoft.com

These download sites are safe....
http://www.filehippo.com/download_flashget/
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Download-Managers/FlashGet.shtml


FlashGet is not specifically for downloading Flash games. It is just a download manager to speed things up, and works with all downloadable files.

The symptoms you describe could be an XP problem, but if you think you might be infected, follow the instructions here and then post a HJT log in a new thread here for the security analysts to look at.
 
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