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Seems I'm losing normal control of various programs on this computer. I have had Foxfire and Thunderbird stop functioning with the screen going pale and 'not responding' on the header. I was in a picture folder recently and found a large quantity of strange unopenable files so not knowing what else to do I deleted them all. If I click on a zip file the computer goes wild opening many, many windows of IE and nothing I can do will stop these openings and I have opened Task Manager in an attempt to stop this but it is out of control, I must shut the computer down and reboot.

Maybe I'm going with the 'conspiracy theory' too much but I'm also seeing that Malwarebytes (Pro) is blocking an: IP-BLOCK and, and (Type: outgoing, Port: 137). I would expect these to be INCOMING blocks (which I also have) but these appear to be emanating from within my computer.

What can I do? Evidently these are being hidden within programs and Malwarebytes does not find them to be a problem. is known to be in China.... I have not added any software recently. These 'not responding' messages to my browser and email last until I feel that I may as well shut down the computer.

Help! What should I do?

Vista SP2

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Greetings :)

It does sound like you may be infected based on the symptoms you described. Please do the following to have your PC checked and cleaned by one of our expert helpers:

We don't work on malware removal in this part of the forums.

Please read and follow the directions here, skipping any steps you are unable to complete. Then create a NEW topic here.

One of the expert helpers there will give you one on one assistance when one becomes available.

Please note that it may take 48 hours or more for you to receive a response in the malware removal forum, as it is often busy at times. Please do not reply to your own post asking for help unless its been more than 48 hours since you originally posted, as this can make it appear as though you are being helped and take longer for you to get help.

If you are unable to do all or any of the steps in the link to the directions above, just post your problem into the forum I gave you a link to anyway and someone will be able to assist you.

If you prefer to be assisted via email you may contact support@malwarebytes.org and one of our support staff members will assist you directly.

If you are a reseller, affiliate, technician, corporate, business, educational, government or non-profit customer then please contact corporate-support@malwarebytes.org and include full contact details along with your Reference # when you do to ensure that you receive prompt assistance.

Thank you :)

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