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A program called META stupid hole?

Posted on 2004-10-14
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Hello, today it have appeared on my pc a program called 'META supid Hole' on the list of running applications, followed by a lot of 'iexplore' applications (usually there's only one). That has happened when I tried to run the MS Windows Defragmenter program. I'm using Windows Me.
That can be a viruse? I have download 'Spybot - Search & Destroy' program to scan for any spyware, and it have found 190 problems but there isn't anything about that 'Meta S Hole', so I'm afraid to let the 'Spybot' to delete the problems find.
Can someone help with that?
Thank's in advance.
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Hi vosk,
> That has happened when I tried to run the MS Windows Defragmenter program

Are you sure if you donot run defragmenation , this program doesnot run ?

Close all iexplore process, kill that META supid hole process , and then try going to some websites and see if you have those many iexplore process and META supid hole. Looks to me if it is some kind of CSS (stylesheet) ..

BTW, since you have many spywares already being detected by spybot , you need to remve them.
Before that do these

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virus scanner:
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When you scan for virus,do all the below in both Normal mode and Safe mode.

a) Update your virus definitions in your Anti-virus and run it.

b) Download Stinger from here : http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/  and run it.

c) Use this Online virus scanner also : http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ 

Spyware:
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Please donot run spyware before running Anti-virus tools and making sure there is no virus in the machine.
Run spyware both in Normal and Safe mode to be sure that the system is free of spywares,adwares and Malwares.

PLEASE GET THE SPYWARE REMOVAL TOOLS FROM THE BELOW WEBSITE. THAT PAQ IS CREATED SO THAT ALL THE TOOLS ARE NOT GUMMED UP IN THIS THREAD.

Some of the experts here have helped in compiling all the important spyware tools and they are listed in this thread
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Browser_Issues/Q_20975384.html

My recommendation would be to start with Spybot ,Ad-ware ,CWshredder.After installing them, First Update them and then run

Once running all the above tools and others given in that thread, download and run Hijackthis.
Download Hijacthis from here http://www.softpedia.com/public/cat/10/17/10-17-69.shtml.
Get the log from Hijackthis and save the log and paste it here http://hijackthis.de/index.php?langselect=english to analyze it. The analyser site is used so that you donot gum up the thread with the entire log.

Remove the bad ones that the site reports. If it says unknown process, then use a search engine to check if those are bad ones. If bad remove them , if you still cannot find then post those files alone here.

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Fix all the problems shown by spybot.. Check if that would help solve this issue

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Technically , if you open a single IE window , you would have just one iexplore.exe process. If you hav many then obviously many will open. Now because you have spywares that might be.
After cleaning all the spywares if still there are many processes of iexplore, you might want to think about repairing or reinstalling IE

First do repair

Start > Run rundll32 setupwbv.dll,IE6Maintenance "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Setup\SETUP.EXE" /g

If that doesnot help , reinstall it

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Hello sunray, sorry for the delay.
I have run the Shredder (it found 6 infecteds), the Stinger and AdAware but them haven´t find anything. I tried to run another time the defragmenter and it works correctly, that Meta S hola doesn't have appeared anymore (for the moment).
Thank's for your time and for that helpful list.
jbosch(vosk)
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Glad you got it solved

SR
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