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27-Mar-2012, 08:30 PM #1
Solved: Windows cannot access the specified device path or file problem....
Hey guys!

Everytime I download a .exe, this problem keeps coming up.
http://i.imgur.com/AGnAC.jpg

Things I have tried :
-Running in safe mode w/ and w/o networking, they both work, but I can't play any games or anything on them so I need a real fix
-Scanning with malwarebytes (both full and quick scan, both with and without safe mode), it did pick some things up but I cleaned them and it still didn't fix my problem
-I am administrator
-Creating a new account
-I don't know how to disable avast! completely, so I just disable all the shields and get rid of as many processes as I can. I also disable Comodo firewall.
-Resetting all the permissions, didn't work but deleted one of my accounts :O. The data is still there though
-I can't do system restore because this problem came up around august of last year. Only happened with one or two programs, but all of a sudden started happening with every .exe.
-I think it's a virus, i'm not sure. I know its not a "real" permissions issue because it works in safe mode.

I've been pulling my hair out for 2 weeks on this issue, PLEASE help!

here's a hijack this report:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 8:30:22 PM, on 3/27/2012
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\taskhost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastUI.exe
C:\Program Files\COMODO\COMODO Internet Security\cfp.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Display\nvtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Users\Kevin\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Kevin\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Kevin\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Kevin\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Kevin\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Kevin\Desktop\Games\Steam\Steam.exe
C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\Users\Kevin\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Kevin\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Kevin\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Windows\system32\SearchFilterHost.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe
C:\Windows\system32\DllHost.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - {872b5b88-9db5-4310-bdd0-ac189557e5f5} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: Canon Easy-WebPrint EX BHO - {3785D0AD-BFFF-47F6-BF5B-A587C162FED9} - C:\Program Files\Canon\Easy-WebPrint EX\ewpexbho.dll
O2 - BHO: Groove GFS Browser Helper - {72853161-30C5-4D22-B7F9-0BBC1D38A37E} - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveShellExtensions.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In SSV Helper - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: avast! WebRep - {8E5E2654-AD2D-48bf-AC2D-D17F00898D06} - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\aswWebRepIE.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Canon Easy-WebPrint EX - {759D9886-0C6F-4498-BAB6-4A5F47C6C72F} - C:\Program Files\Canon\Easy-WebPrint EX\ewpexhlp.dll
O3 - Toolbar: avast! WebRep - {8E5E2654-AD2D-48bf-AC2D-D17F00898D06} - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\aswWebRepIE.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [avast5] "C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\avastUI.exe" /nogui
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [COMODO Internet Security] "C:\Program Files\COMODO\COMODO Internet Security\cfp.exe" -h
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [GrooveMonitor] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe ARM] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Pando Media Booster] C:\Program Files\Pando Networks\Media Booster\PMB.exe
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /autoRun (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\RunOnce: [mctadmin] C:\Windows\System32\mctadmin.exe (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /autoRun (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\RunOnce: [mctadmin] C:\Windows\System32\mctadmin.exe (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O8 - Extra context menu item: Add to Google Photos Screensa&ver - res://C:\Windows\system32\GPhotos.scr/200
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O8 - Extra context menu item: Free YouTube Download - C:\Users\Kevin\AppData\Roaming\DVDVideoSoftIEHelpers\freeyoutubedownload.ht m
O8 - Extra context menu item: Free YouTube to MP3 Converter - C:\Users\Kevin\AppData\Roaming\DVDVideoSoftIEHelpers\freeyoutubetomp3conver ter.htm
O9 - Extra button: Send to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: S&end to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\REFIEBAR.DLL
O11 - Options group: [ACCELERATED_GRAPHICS] Accelerated graphics
O16 - DPF: {74DBCB52-F298-4110-951D-AD2FF67BC8AB} (NVIDIA Smart Scan) - http://www.nvidia.com/content/Driver...aSmartScan.cab
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://fpdownload2.macromedia.com/ge...sh/swflash.cab
O16 - DPF: {E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7} - http://platformdl.adobe.com/NOS/getPlusPlus/1.6/gp.cab
O18 - Protocol: grooveLocalGWS - {88FED34C-F0CA-4636-A375-3CB6248B04CD} - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveSystemServices.dll
O23 - Service: Adobe Acrobat Update Service (AdobeARMservice) - Adobe Systems Incorporated - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\armsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Agere Modem Call Progress Audio (AgereModemAudio) - LSI Corporation - C:\Program Files\LSI SoftModem\agrsmsvc.exe
O23 - Service: avast! Antivirus - AVAST Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
O23 - Service: COMODO Internet Security Helper Service (cmdAgent) - COMODO - C:\Program Files\COMODO\COMODO Internet Security\cmdagent.exe
O23 - Service: EPSON V3 Service4(01) (EPSON_PM_RPCV4_01) - SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION - C:\ProgramData\EPSON\EPW!3 SSRP\E_S30RP1.EXE
O23 - Service: Google Updater Service (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\1150\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: nProtect GameGuard Service (npggsvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\GameMon.des.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (nvsvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\Windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Update Service Daemon (nvUpdatusService) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NVIDIA Update Core\daemonu.exe
O23 - Service: PnkBstrA - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\PnkBstrA.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver Service (Stereo Service) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\nvSCPAPISvr.exe

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End of file - 7354 bytes
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27-Mar-2012, 08:58 PM #2
Try this fix: EXEFIX

Save the .reg file to the desktop. Double-click it to merge it to the registry. Note that you need to be an Administrator to apply this fix.

Restart the computer.

If the fix only opens as a text file, right-click it and select Open With > Choose Program... Then, select the Registry Editor.

If the Registry Editor is not in the list, browse to C:\WINDOWS and select regedit.
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27-Mar-2012, 09:04 PM #3
Darn...
This registry fix didn't work. Any other suggestions? Please help
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You did restart the computer?
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Yes.
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If still no luck, I'd suspect a virus. In that case, please click on Report and kindly ask to be moved to the Virus & Other Malware Removal forum. Be sure to provide the appropriate reports in that forum after reading THIS. From there, be patient. The malware removal experts are very busy! You should get an answer within the next 48 hours.

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27-Mar-2012, 09:20 PM #8
Alright thanks, I have asked for this thread to be moved. Hopefully this will work!
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27-Mar-2012, 09:25 PM #9
For some reason, the dds.scr file won't download. It opens a new tab that's untitled and just stays there. FIX: Nevermind, I just saved the link as... now to wait for the GMER scan to finish so I can run it.

Also, COMODO marks the dds.com file as a virus. Ironically, if I ignore this alert, it won't run and will just come up with the error that this thread was founded on... D:

EDIT: The GMER application also crashes during the scan.... quite the issue... what should I do?
EDIT: Just kidding, I tried running it again and it worked.

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27-Mar-2012, 09:34 PM #10
Try the scans in Safe Mode.
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28-Mar-2012, 02:47 AM #11
before moving this or any probabably unneccesary investigations
uninstall Comodo completely, then reboot & then try the downloads, if taht doesn't cure it then uninstall Avast & try
The amount of problems I have seen over the last year that were casued by Avast or Comodo is unbelievable
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28-Mar-2012, 04:55 PM #12
OMG THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!~!!!!!!!!!!
I completely uninstalled COMODO and it worked I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!! <3
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28-Mar-2012, 04:56 PM #13
Glad it worked!

I'd uninstall Avast as well with the Avast Uninstall Utility and replace it with the free Microsoft Security Essentials.
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28-Mar-2012, 07:59 PM #14
Thanks!
I'll do that if avast! causes any problems, but as of now hasn't done anything bad
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Glad it was a simple solution for you
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