Ryu Connor wrote:
If it was in the Windows directory, then the system is likely further compromised than just the one file. The Windows directory requires Admin priviledges or better to write into. If it had Admin to install then it had the power to own the box.
Thanks to the above bot-necro, I noticed your reply. And in fact, it's false in this case.
Time after time, for years now, I end up with wasted scans and blank results. I've tried Kaspersky (my recommended brand to paranoiacs, in fact), Malwarebytes (favourite as far as my own usage goes), Windows Defender (d'uh), CCleaner to manage and verify startup programs, and never anything happens. Even the "threat" noted in this forum post was idle until it tried to access the network, and Comodo stepped on its toes for that.
I haven't gotten an actual infection
since 2007, when I first started using Vista. I never scan for anything, but I do use a reputable firewall behind a basic router. It's just that every 6 months or so, I scan the PC for infections in a sudden surge of the "ohmygods", but my security boner is never satisfied because the results are always blank. If I could, I'd never scan ever, but unfortunately I can't fight that sort of common sense in me.
The computer still starts and stops as fast as ever, there are no startup programs that are malicious - except PunkBuster, screw that crap -, and it's a reliable overclocked machine, never failing and probably getting 1-2 reboots a week, otherwise kept on 24/7. And it wasn't any different with the Vista of yesteryear, which is the explanation of my constant fiery response to Vista trolls. I just didn't get the issue.
In closing, I guess I should thank Comodo Internet Security for being an awesome free product, and take this opportunity to shamelessly advertise it. It has a "just firewall" component that I use, with keylogging protection. You may, however, choose to install the antivirus component, enable sandboxing in a per-process fashion, and more. Just saying, for those of you who are more paranoid. The software's free
for personal use.