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Weird message upon startup (totally confused)

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Weird message upon startup (totally confused)


    I'm not sure what I installed for this to happen, but every time I turn my Windows 8, Sony Vaio laptop on, I get a dialog box that pops up in Russian. Using Google Goggles on my Android smartphone, I was able to roughly translate it to "A mistake some files were not created. Close all programs, restart Windows and re-install"
    I'm guessing I must have installed some form of malware at some point, but I have absolutely zero clue as to how to get rid of it this message, or the components that have caused it. Can anyone shed some light on this?


    Here is the message that shows up, in all of its Russian glory.
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  2. #2


    I'm sorry but this Russian translator is best I can do. Hopefully someone knowing Russian will jump in soon.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Thanks for your help, but I'm not sure as to how it can help me =/
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  4. #4


    Some of the keyboards have both English & Russian characters.

    You might be able to type the message into notepad from the keyboards and paste into google followed by translate.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    This may be a virus.
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    I've run a full scan through Windows Defender of my computer's hard drive, and both of my external hard drives, and have been met with zero results. Should I look into another spyware program to try and root out the problem?
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    This is the second part of the Russian message that comes up when I start my computer. I'm going to try and see what I can derive from it.
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    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    Task Manager


    What does your Task Manager say whilst that window is open?

    Try this:
    1. Take a screenshot of the Processes tab
    2. Close the mystery window
    3. Take another screenshot of the Processes tab

    See if you can determine which process has stopped and then search for info about it.
    It make take several tries (and screenshots) depending on how many processes your PC is running (i.e. the list may be too big to fit on the screen).

    Also, post the "before" and "after" screenshots here, so that people can check them out.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You can tell by where WinRAR is etracting that to - It is PROBABLY unwanted. That looks like a Self-Extracting Archive. Whatever you do do NOT allow that program to finish the process, you may be in some dire trouble if you do.

    You see that it is extracting to your Temp folder, and wanting to add something to SVCHOST.

    Is there any way you can copy the characters out and post them straight into the message so I can translate them? If we had the actual characters we could see what it is.

    This is starting to smell familiar, and it is bringing up something very unpleasant into my hind brain. that WINRAR window reminds me of something bad that happened. It's probably in your TASKS - Look in there for any progam launching from withing your temp folder. Disable it but do not delete it, try to copy the actual letters.

    Also check all of your startup items, use CCLEANER to check that, under "Tools/Startup" - See if there is ANY program launching from your temp folder. If there is, DISABLE it.
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    I managed to fix the problem. I downloaded Malwarebytes and ran a full scan on my C drive, which found the "svhost.exe" located in my temp files, and it nuked it. Rebooted the computer to have it fully delete it, and the Russian message has disappeared, along with my CPU's performance drastically increasing. I can't really say much else about it, but I will most definitely be sure to keep a tab on what I'm downloading from here on out.
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