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Old 05-16-2008, 02:52 AM   #1
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really weird situation: have windows explorer stuck as desktop

well i am a retard and somehow ended up with the pvnsmfor virus/trojan, which is basically hell. After about five hours getting that **** off my computer and running multiple full virus scans, I think I have everything back except for one stupid thing.

this is my desktop now



like half my icons got deleted but that isnt a big deal. How the **** would you guys suggest getting rid of the explorer thats up? Can I kill it as a process with ctrl+alt+dlt?
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Old 05-16-2008, 03:29 AM   #2
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Re: really weird situation: have windows explorer stuck as desktop

i don't suppose it's actually your desktop background, is it?

Otherwise you can kill it with ctrl-alt-delete (or ctrl-shift-esc).

Kill the explorer process.

if it doesn't automatically restart, you can do file--Run-->explorer from inside task manager
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Old 05-16-2008, 03:31 AM   #3
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Re: really weird situation: have windows explorer stuck as desktop

HAHAHA I GOT IT! VICTORY IS MINE!

FKERS WHO DID THIS DIAMFGF.
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Old 05-16-2008, 03:33 AM   #4
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Re: really weird situation: have windows explorer stuck as desktop

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i don't suppose it's actually your desktop background, is it?

Otherwise you can kill it with ctrl-alt-delete (or ctrl-shift-esc).

Kill the explorer process.

if it doesn't automatically restart, you can do file--Run-->explorer from inside task manager
i killed explorer but that also took away my toolbar and such, and when i tried to bring it back the explorer came back.

what i did was go to customize desktop under background in appearance/themes in control panel and just clicked "ok" without changing anything

dont know why that worked but it did, hopefully nothing changes when i reboot
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Old 05-16-2008, 01:46 PM   #5
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Re: really weird situation: have windows explorer stuck as desktop

The explorer window couldn't be your desktop background. Backgrounds are image files, not executables. You likely had a picture of the explorer window, right?

edit: pvnsmfor is frequently downloaded by the zlob trojan, so make sure you've gotten rid of all the nasties before going back to regular use.
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:57 PM   #6
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Re: really weird situation: have windows explorer stuck as desktop

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The explorer window couldn't be your desktop background. Backgrounds are image files, not executables. You likely had a picture of the explorer window, right?

edit: pvnsmfor is frequently downloaded by the zlob trojan, so make sure you've gotten rid of all the nasties before going back to regular use.
No it wasnt a picture, i could navigate through it and everything. Its just like it was so big that it took up the whole screen and I couldnt close it. Technically yes it wasnt my background, but its what i saw behind anything I tried to run.

I spent like five hours today running all sorts of virus scans, anti spyware, and going through the registty and I think Ive finally fixed it, but then again I thought that last night.

Something called Trojan.Pandex shows up everytime I run Spyware Doctor though. Im not sure whats going on. The McAfee scan and Ad-Aware scans came up clean.
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Old 05-16-2008, 11:42 PM   #7
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Re: really weird situation: have windows explorer stuck as desktop

Try scanning with SuperAntispyware Free version.

Update the program then boot into safe mode then do the scans.

Did you ever system restore, or did it corrupt your restore points?
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Old 05-17-2008, 12:04 AM   #8
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Re: really weird situation: have windows explorer stuck as desktop

sounds like it basically hacked active desktop. that is pretty weird.
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Old 05-17-2008, 12:26 AM   #9
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Re: really weird situation: have windows explorer stuck as desktop

oh and btw OP,

you should really not use IE (if that's what you're using.) Firefox, Opera and Safari are all much better alternatives.
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Old 05-17-2008, 12:35 AM   #10
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Re: really weird situation: have windows explorer stuck as desktop

I generally use firefox, some flash games i play though only run on IE

The whole **** just happened again. Red background, bunch of popups about spyware and ****. Right now im running multiple scans.

Ill try to use superantispyware in safe mode after this.
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Old 05-17-2008, 12:36 AM   #11
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Re: really weird situation: have windows explorer stuck as desktop

im not sure exactly how do to system restore, I turned it off when trying to get rid of this crap and while going through the registry a while ago
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Old 05-17-2008, 12:38 AM   #12
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Re: really weird situation: have windows explorer stuck as desktop

bummer. Turning off sys restore deletes all the restore points.

for future reference on XP it's done by

start > all programs > accessories > system tools > system restore
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Old 05-17-2008, 12:40 AM   #13
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Re: really weird situation: have windows explorer stuck as desktop

alright im d/ling the superantispyware right now
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Old 05-17-2008, 12:53 AM   #14
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Re: really weird situation: have windows explorer stuck as desktop

you may consider downloading Hijackthis and post logs in some forums where people look through the logs and find out what is wrong.

I think you can find the DL file on softpedia maybe. And maybe majorgeeks for the forums.

Might have to google a bit.
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Old 05-17-2008, 01:08 AM   #15
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Re: really weird situation: have windows explorer stuck as desktop

ugh this sucks

I ran the super scanner and it looked like it got rid of a bunch of ****. This wasnt in safe mode though.

I think im gonna reboot into safe mode and run every single ****ing type of scan ive got.
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