problem with password boxes

Posted on 2006-04-30
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
I have a strange problem which I suspect might be a virus or hacking attempt but SAV and antispyware do not detect it

Whenever I explore C:\Documents and settings  I get a series of pop up boxes asking for my passwords on various user names.
These are standard windows password pop up boxes for things like access to my web spaces and msn passports - as time goes on I get more and more pop up boxes for each user name - so now when I go into explore this area I can get anything up to 40 or more pop up boxes - of course I cancel each one and they stop eventually but it is becoming really annoying.  I do have screen shots of a couple if anyone wants to give me their email addy but they are pretty standard boxes like the ones that come up when I want to open a website in Front Page.

I have no idea where to look to cure this problem - any ideas would be appreciated
Question by:gbswales
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi gbswales,

    looks very much like malware and download the program - its hihgly regarded here - see how you go

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    Assisted Solution

    Greetings, gbswales !

    1. If you have Windows Messenger Service, disable it.  The Messenger is the source of popups and virus.

    2. Run Use Ewido in Safe Mode.

    Disable System Restore, as mailware can hide in the System Restore files.  Delete Temp files and Temporary Internet Files.

    3. If still no joy, download HijackThis

    Run the program and you will find many entries. Most are OK. Post the log at, click Analyze, Save, and post a link to the save analysis here.

    Best wishes!
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    Expert Comment

    Try to use sygate kind of a firewall. And block unnecessary programs.

    BR Dushan

    Author Comment

    sorry War1 - i meant to accept both answers but it only allowed me to accept one - the programme at looks like a good product and I may well register it.  I aleady had windows messeging turned off but this did lead me to another idea of turning off the system restore feature. (the only time I ever tried a system restore it failed , so not much point in keeping it on.)

    I think the problem has gone now but if it happens again I will try and follow the hijackthis route

    thanks to all
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