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I got a new computer about 4 months ago and it's had some really weird problems. One of the most obvious things is that whenever the mouse is supposed to be in the top-left corner, it freezes to where it was a frame before. If I move it to the right or down one pixel, it ends up where it's supposed to be, one pixel from the corner. Safe mode does not have this problem.

Another thing, sometimes it randomly does things. I've seen it type randomly, move the mouse randomly, disable my wireless card (WNDA3100v2; possibly unrelated), switch windows, open random programs and shut down/sleep. When it shuts down it's a hard shutdown, but it may be due to something else.

It's been acting weird since the beginning but I haven't been too bothered with it until very recently. My computer is an iBuyPower custom that was sold by Walmart, but I don't remember which one it was exactly since it's out of my browsing history. The only programs, from what I remember, that were installed when I got it and before I did anything else were avast! Antivirus, Sandboxie, Google Chrome and the Netgear WNDA3100v2 drivers.

Today I woke up to find my computer not responding to either my keyboard or mouse; the monitor was on but black like it usually is when it's idle and the computer was running but the mouse's light wasn't turning on as if it was disconnected. I pressed the power button and it came up to the about:air page on Chrome that I left it on, but the JavaScript console was up and the number 4 was in it and neither my keyboard nor my mouse would do anything at all. After a few minutes it seemed that I could get the keyboard to type things into the console — but then the screen when black again and shut off. Boot asked me if I wanted to go into safe mode so I did so. Everything seemed fine in there. After a little while I ended up going into MSConfig and disabling the AMD External Events Utility, AMD FUEL Service and FLEXnet (some people on forums said FLEXnet can cause issues) from the Services, and rebooted.

After rebooting, things seem to be a little more normal. The top-left pixel thing seems to still persist, though, and it's probably way too early to truly tell if the problem is gone. I was hoping that someone might be able to shed some light on what's going on while I wait to see.

What I have:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 64 bit
  • Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 440 Processor (3 CPUs), ~3.0GHz
  • Memory: 4096MB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 1 TB
  • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 5450
  • Antivirus: avast! Antivirus
  • Antimalware: MalwareBytes (for a week last week to see what would happen, uninstalled today; it was doing more harm than good)

Thanks for any input.

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Sounds like you got ripped off. I'd suggest taking it back to Walmart as it seems like someone tampered with the computer and returned it. The symptoms indicate possible backdoor(a program installed to allow access from a remote computer) activity and someone is remotely controlling it. This isn't unheard of ether. Although I've never heard of Avast or Sandboxie being preinstalled, but it's possible.

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Ooh, this got responses faster than I thought it would.

Buttons: Sorry, to clarify: I didn't mean they were preinstalled, I meant I installed them first before I did anything else. I did it from a flash drive.

MountainTree16: I don't think Walmart has iBuyPower computers on display. It was a ship-to-store thing.

Ever since disabling those three things everything seems to be running fine. Usually it messes up at least a little bit by this point. Also, I HAVE noticed a few.. I'll just link this: [Another forum thread]. I installed Microsoft Network Monitor to see what I could dig up but I have no idea how to use it fully and ended up with nothing useful.

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You have at least 1 outgoing connection to a risky site.

PhishTank Report for that ip range.

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1261771 hxxp://secure.runescape.com.m-weblogin-rsforums.co... dkarl1212

1261770 hxxp://pyapal.com/ PhishReporter

1261769 hxxp://soassist.pt/ext/halifax.co.uk/online.htm cleanmx

1261767 hxxp://www.paypaltrl.com/ PhishReporter

1261766 hxxp://freemoney.nazuka.net/ mitphishing

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1261762 hxxp://paypal.com.cpjs.fr/verify/update/correlatio... PhishReporter

1261761 hxxp://paypal.hostwing.net/www.paypal.fr/fr.html PhishReporter

1261760 hxxp://deckonengineering.com/paypal/Verify/logo/lo...

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hmmm ...

a google of "bitcoin" turns up a lot of stuff that makes it look like a real scam-o-rama .

google : "bitcoin malware" ... how about that , the scamers are getting scammed with the user out the real money .

over all , it looks like a very risky deal ... especially since you may have been infected when you installed the program .

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Thanks for taking the time to investigate.

Bitcoin is an open-source P2P virtual currency system. Anyone can look at the source code at any time to see if there's anything malicious or exploitable so the chances of something sneaking into the code are very slim.

Ah, I see what you're talking about with that Google search. Bitcoin uses processing power (either CPU or GPU; it's up to the user to decide) to generate Bitcoins to trade. That processing power goes right into authentication of Bitcoin transactions, if you were wondering. Since Bitcoins have real-world value, being a currency and all, there are many instances where people try to use other's processing power to generate Bitcoins for them, as pointed out in results 1 and 3 of the Google search. The Bitcoin count is stored in a virtual wallet on the person's computer as a single file. The other Google search results are to discussions and articles discussing the existence of malware that steals that file from the infected computer's hard drive, effectively stealing the Bitcoins from them.

Although, looking back at what you said, I think you understood that last bit. I'm rather tired tonight and may have misinterpreted.

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