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Old 07-21-2012, 01:33 PM
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I will look into scanning the F:\ drive and my flash drives.

A little background may explain my thinking, right or wrong. I have been using MS Security Essentials as my anti-virus software. A few weeks ago I started to receive results that said no threats were detected, but that the scan had not recognized C:\RECYCLER\ and followed by a long string of numbers indicating a file name. I talked with a knowledgeable former co-worker (I'm retired now) and she took the initiative to determine to her satisfaction that Recycler is a dangerous virus. I read about the virus also. My former co-worker was the one who referred me to SysChat.

I tried to follow the 5 step process from Karl M of SysChat, but was unable to get past step 2. In step 2 I thought I deleted the ctfmon.exe file, although a file with that name is still in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. At that point, my contacts with you began. After getting as far as Step 2, I re-ran a Security Essentials scan and for the first time in several weeks received no warning about anything not being recognized. The only change I had made was the deletion of the ctfmon.exe file. Nothing made sense to me, so I wanted to pursue the issue until I felt confident that I was virus free.

Your most recent message was somewhat reassuring. My only indication now of a virus is the existence of the RECYCLER folders in both the C and external drives. If those are the Recycle bins, then maybe I don't have a virus.

One final note. I did clean out my Recycle bin a day or two ago. That may explain the large difference between the contents of my C and external drives.

I apologize if this was a false alarm, and I thank you for taking time to help and educate me. Vern

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Old 07-21-2012, 02:05 PM
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No problem. If you just carry out regular maintenance like defrag and disk checks and regular anti virus scanning it sounds like you'll be ok.

There is a legitimate process named ctfmon.exe Frequently asked questions about Ctfmon.exe There are viruses that like to try and pose as legitimate processes. Just another trick they use

Any other problems with your pc, go ahead and post. I'll be happy to help.

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