...Media-Codec..? HELP! (in Off-topic)
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???
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)
April 19 2009 11:15 PM EDT
should have been "and any"
Never click links.
Do a virus scan.
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?
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.
April 20 2009 12:12 AM EDT
Listen to Titan. It's system restore time. Greatest Windows invention ever.
Also, if you have an antivirus at all, do a scan and post the results.
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....
You could always open in safe mode, which I would assume you're not in right now.
My recommendation would be to get avast, if you can, and run a scan.
April 20 2009 12:29 AM EDT
how do you manually go into safe mode?
and ill try out that avast program :D
Press F8 and go to safe mode.
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.
April 20 2009 12:38 AM EDT
The CB community proves to be sooo helpful.
Yeah, Avast has worked great for me.
April 20 2009 8:41 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, =)
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?
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 :)
April 20 2009 10:15 PM EDT
THE BEST CHOICE:
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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