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Explorer Crashes after Antispyware Soft infection

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Recently infected with Antispyware Soft. It got past Vipre ver 4...

I used Vipre for initial clean up. Vipre found 2 items.

Followed up with rkill.com and MBAM, which found a few more (5?) registry keys, which were cleaned.

Now, after a reboot, opening/running any program crashes explorer.

It only crashes once, then is OK.

I say OK, as Explorer doesn't crash again, but I've noticed at least one application not working correclty.

This is the Belkin Nostromo Loadout Manger - Game controller software, which allows keypress, and macros, to be used.

I've uninstalled and re-installed it. (I need to re-test to confirm whether it's not working correctly now)

Explorer still crashes after re-installing Nostromo software.

I initially thought that rkill was getting launched, as I'd left it on the desktop.

Deleted rkill with no change.

System restore to a restore point several days prior to the infection didn't help.

I hadn't yet set up ERUNT to backup the registry regularly... :)

Vipre and MBAM are both not finding anything else.

I don't see anything obvious in start up (msconfig and vipre tools - startup).

Due to the way that Antispyware Soft was intercepting and shutting down applications, I suspect that this behavior is left-over from the infection...

Something that seems odd...

I've opened regedit a couple of times from the Run prompt, and each time it's been on a xxvietnamese.xxvietnmese registry key.

I'm at work and didn't write it down while at home. It seems odd that key would be highlighted.

I thought that it opened to the last/previous highlighted key, and I closed all expanded keys when I exited regedit.

Has this been seen before? Suggestions/ideas? I didn't find anything using the search function...

XP SP3 All (most) updates. I passed on the one that was causing blue screens (KB977165, I think)


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Hello dbb, :):)

Yes it seems there may be something left over.....

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