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Process abc123YImia.exe running -- virus or spyware?

Today, I noticed a new icon in the system tray -- a red donut with a black hole.  When I hovered over it, a balloon popped up saying, "Your computer is infected."  Double-clicking or right-click had no effect.  So, I checked the process list and found an unknown entry, abc123YImia.exe.  I ended the process, but the red donut was still in the system tray.  I ran HiJack This, Ewido, AdAware, SpyBot S&D, and McAfee VirusScan, but found nothing except a couple of tracking cookies (which were deleted).  After rebooting, the process and donut icon are gone.  So, my question is...

Is this a new virus or adware program?  (Google searches found nothing.)  Is something hiding on my system?
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Yes, I would say so.

I've seen cases where companies have found a way to do what you described. In this way, the user clicks and says "oh hsit... I'm infected," downloads the program from the company, and presto, it is gone. In most cases, it is not malicious, just an easy way to make money off of unsuspecting PC users.

Get a mac :)
If you ran all those programs and they found nothing then probably your system is clean. To be complete about it, you may want to do a scan with RootkitRevealer:


photoartguyAuthor Commented:
I'm not sure what it was, but I couldn't find a registry entry.  But, I did find the EXE file as well as 'abc123.pid' in the  C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temp  directory  and deleted them.  It hasn't come back, yet -- so, hopefully that takes care of it.

Thanks for your help!

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