Bushwacked by QENABMCHMOF.exe
I'm hating it right now. Yesterday afternoon while puttering around on the blogs a hacker or web site slipped a virus or malware on to the hard drive of my Alienware computer. I saw it happening just a second too late and my response after that proved to be a mistake.
I had three windows open in Firefox and was switching back and forth between them. I switched back to one and noticed a small window towards the bottom of the screen that was showing something being downloaded or an operation in progress. The top of the window said, "Downloading fuck..you..." (Yes, it said that). I immediately clicked on the Cancel button but it looked like it was too late.
I immediately went into panic mode and closed all three windows, then fumbled with my ZoneAlarms firewall and shut off all internet activity. Then I did a virus scan. The scan showed no infections. I thought maybe it was a non- issue, unlocked the internet and tried to open Firefox again but it told me Firefox was already open. I've had that happen before so I rebooted the computer.
Once it was back up the firewall started popping up warnings about a couple programs trying to access the internet or gaining access to privileged resources. I denied the programs the first couple times then decided I better figure out what those programs are, assuming I could.
I typed the name of the first one, a Jusched.exe, into Google and it came back as being something associated with Java updates. I figured it must be ok so let it do it's thing. Not sure if I should have done that now. The second was QENABMCHMOF.exe. I typed that into Google and got no results. I typed it into Yahoo. Again, no results. That should have been the flag.
But, nope, I figured if it was something bad there would have been info on it. Wrong answer, as new viruses come out every day. A short time after I allowed it to do it's thing all hell broke loose on the computer. A screen pops up saying there's 1200 viruses on my computer and it's finding more. I tell it to stop but it keeps popping up. It's not my anti- virus program. It's a virus or malware.
To make a long story a little shorter, Connie tried to play her games and it wouldn't allow the games to open. Then I started getting messages that a bunch of programs couldn't be found. Things didn't look good.
I finally rebooted and rescanned the hard drive with still no infections found. I managed to get most things up and running, or so it seems, but I can't access the internet with either Explorer, Firefox or Zonealarms. ZoneAlarms the big one since if it could get updated I might be able to catch the virus. Now I can't. Oddly enough, I can still get online and play Aces High. Not sure what's with that.
I went to reformat the hard drive last night but remembered the CD drive didn't work so I couldn't read from my Windows XP disk. I'm stuck until I get another CD drive, unless anyone has any other ideas. Until then, I'm stuck doing my writing on the laptop.