...Media-Codec..? HELP! (in Off-topic)

Untouchable April 19 2009 11:11 PM EDT

okay so i went on AIM and my friend, who i dont think really was the one I.M.'ing me, said

"hey i just made a myspace cube for you, check it out"
he then sent me a link and i clicked and downloaded it.

now my computer pops things up saying "Fatal Error!" and telling me stuff about this "Media Codec" thing.

anyone know how i cna resolve this problem???

Zenai [Cult of the Valaraukar] April 19 2009 11:14 PM EDT

Restore to an earlier date if you can then run your antivirus and and Spyware/Maleware Blockers that you can. I suggest when you do this that you unhook from the internet physically(unplug your Ethernet Cable from your Comp)

Zenai [Cult of the Valaraukar] April 19 2009 11:15 PM EDT

should have been "and any"

Admin{CB1}Slayer333 [SHIELD] April 19 2009 11:25 PM EDT

Never click links.

Do a virus scan.

Untouchable April 20 2009 12:06 AM EDT

something has replaced my desktop background
theres writing saying what i wont be able to do like "Not being able to listen to Audio Files" ect.

theres a big button that says "Update Now"
it says that it will help restore my computer?

should i trust it?

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] April 20 2009 12:09 AM EDT

No don't trust it, do a restore if you can. A lot of trojans try to get you to click on ads and other files to download more trojans and pay for software that is fake.

Demigod April 20 2009 12:12 AM EDT

Listen to Titan. It's system restore time. Greatest Windows invention ever.

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] April 20 2009 12:17 AM EDT

Also, if you have an antivirus at all, do a scan and post the results.

Untouchable April 20 2009 12:24 AM EDT

seems as though Viruses are getting smarter these days.

-all previous restore points aren't available so i cant restore to an earlier time
-my scanner is scanning muchhhhh slower than it usually does, but i guess ill just have to be patient with that.
-disk defragmentation does not work anymore. It says "Disk Defragmenter could not start!"

if the scanner fails. i suppose ill have to take the dang thing to Fry's.

why must people create these annoying viruses....

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] April 20 2009 12:26 AM EDT

You could always open in safe mode, which I would assume you're not in right now.

Eliteofdelete [Battle Royale] April 20 2009 12:27 AM EDT

My recommendation would be to get avast, if you can, and run a scan.

Untouchable April 20 2009 12:29 AM EDT

how do you manually go into safe mode?

and ill try out that avast program :D

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] April 20 2009 12:30 AM EDT

Press F8 and go to safe mode.

Eliteofdelete [Battle Royale] April 20 2009 12:32 AM EDT

Yeah if you had avast before this happened it would have prevented the whole thing. Getting rid of viruses is a lot harder than preventing them. :( Hope you can fix it tho without a reformat.

Untouchable April 20 2009 12:38 AM EDT

The CB community proves to be sooo helpful.

thanks guys

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] April 20 2009 1:09 AM EDT


Marlfox [Cult of the Valaraukar] April 20 2009 6:50 AM EDT

Yeah, Avast has worked great for me.

Sickone April 20 2009 8:41 AM EDT

Free good antivirus :

The only codec pack you'll ever need:

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] April 20 2009 8:48 AM EDT

K-Lite is what i use, and Avast is the Anti Virus I use, =)

But yea, this Codec thing sounds like a virus I received a while ago, WinAntiVirus Pro 2008. All it was was a virus that caused pop-up ads constantly until i reformatted my HDD. Was not able to System restore, so you're lucky, =)

Brakke Bres [Ow man] April 20 2009 9:10 AM EDT

This also means your friends pc is infected with a bot. Probably not a virus.

The virus he/she got was trojan that downloaded the bot. The bot now controls his msn/aim and sends out these messages.

Congrats! Your pc is now a member of a botnet :)

Download spybot search and destroy to start searching for bots, which most virus scanners miss. Don't ask me why but they do.

Download also hijackthis! to see which current programs/processes are running. Google every single proces you see to see what it is. then delete the bot :) simple no?

AdminShade April 20 2009 10:59 AM EDT

Henk: reason is that most spy-ware (as you call it spy-bots) work differently from viruses and are not recognised as viruses :)

Guardian April 20 2009 10:15 PM EDT


use malwabytes , it removes virus trojan and any bad thing even the best programs CAN'T.

i had a bad infection it even turned off my AV , only it solved the problem its very quick and has only 2 mb.

And Try to use k-lite mega codec pack, its very complete solution for movies
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