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Cannot Run Malwarebytes, SAS, HijackThis, Ad-Aware, McAfee, or Defender

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Hey all,

As of yesterday, I noticed that my Google.com search results were getting redirected to new pages without modifying the address in the address bar. Some of the titles of the sites appeared to be "SpywareSecurityProtection.com," "validClick," "4dayaweek.com," and "ForLess.com." If I directly type an address into the address bar, then this rerouting does not occur.

Logically, I started pulling up the anti-spyware/malware programs and HijackThis. HijackThis did not open and posted an error message saying, "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." I was running the 2.0.2 version of HijackThis so that I downloaded the newer version and I got the same response.

I have Spybot - Search & Destroy and tried running that next. It opened, I was able to update it, and the scan showed "Microsoft.Windows.RedirectedHosts." I fixed this file and rebooted, but I was still having the same issues.

I next tried running the On Demand Scan from McAfee and that will not even open and the On Access Scan is permanently disabled despite me trying to enable it.

I opened my copy of Malwarebytes and I am able to update it, but the scanner disappears and will not reopen after about 15 seconds. When I try opening the program again, I see "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." Despite this, Malwarebytes appears to be running in the background and shows up in my Taskbar.

Ad-Aware is having similar issues. The message I get when trying to open that program is "System error: 1810 has occurred. Description: Service is not online. Application terminates."

I downloaded Windows Defender and that application will not open. The error message I get is "Application failed to initialize: 0x800106ba. A problem caused this program's service to stop. To start the service, restart your computer or search Help and Support for how to start a service manually." Obviously, restarting did not help this problem.

The next program I downloaded and tried was SUPER Anti-Spyware. The error message I get for this one is "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

I tried running this programs in Safe Mode to no avail.

I was looking at some similar problems on the threads here and I came across exehelper in hopes of getting the anti-spyware/malware programs to run. I ran the program and rebooted, but that did not seem to help. Here is my log:

exeHelper by Raktor

Build 20100414

Run at 15:34:41 on 08/31/11

Now searching...

Checking for numerical processes...

Killed numerical process 2021518833:236094087

Checking for sysguard processes...

Checking for bad processes...

Checking for bad files...

Checking for bad registry entries...

Resetting filetype association for .exe

Resetting filetype association for .com

Resetting userinit and shell values...

Resetting policies...


As you can see, the 2021518833:236094087 process (uses a constant 480 K of memory) bothers me in my Task Manager, but I cannot get the program to stop running, nor am I able to find/delete it manually.

I am currently running the Virus Detection online from Symantec and I will report if it finds anything new.

In summary, Google.com searches reroute to other websites without changing the address in the address bar; Malwarebytes, HijackThis, SAS, Ad-Aware, McAfee, and Windows Defender all will not open or will not allow me to do a system scan; and Spybot - Search & Destroy runs the scanner but does not detect anything that fixes the problem.

Can anyone help me with what I should do next?




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