Can't find Malicious Software
March 15, 2012 4:12pm CST
I've been trying to detect this nasty little evil virus for some time now. I know its malicious software impersonating as a process. I have 9 svchost.exe operating on my computer and these are famous for being malware. I've tried almost everything that I could find here on the internet and I still can't find which process is the villain. There seems to be no way to detect which processes is bad but by trial and error. I haven't found any scanner that can help me solve this problem. Question: Can anyone give me a hint as to what I should do besides reformatting the harddrive?
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15 Mar 12
Run a malware scan. There's no point randomly killing svchost processes. You could find a process information app online which would tell you what's running as svchost but you're much better off just doing a scan and killing it at source.
• United States
15 Mar 12
It's some type of malware I'm running my computer in Directory Services Restore Mode (windows domain controller only). This is the only way I can use my computer on the internet. I have "tried that"and some of the scanners did detect Trojans and Hijackers. I have found apps that claim to detect and find bad processes but they're "bull" just like those malware scanners most of them don't fix nothing.
16 Mar 12
Like I said, what makes you think it's a virus/malware? (A virus is malware, by the way - it's a sub-category.) The best malware scanner I've seen is from Malwarebytes and is free. It sounds like you've got a pile of junk on your computer, though, so you'll probably need to run a couple, a couple of AVs and a couple of rootkit checkers as well, just to clean up. As for the process info apps, I'm not talking about scanners. I mean simple process info apps that tell you what's running each process and the resources it's using so you can figure it out and fix it for yourself.
• Davao, Philippines
16 Mar 12
svchost.exe is a software the normally runs on EVERY computer. That program is really necessary for your computer. If you are looking for the virus, I think you should let an anti-virus do that for you. Are you sure, that what you're having there, is a virus? Are you sure it's not a worm? Can you tell me the "symptoms" your computer is having? Because from what I know, virus is a program that destroys files so when you open then, they're corrupted.