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McAfee detects suspicious script.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mookmook, Sep 8, 2004.

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  1. mookmook

    mookmook Thread Starter

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    When I open up XP's Control Panel>User Accounts>Change the way users log on or off, McAfee's alert window pops up and says that the file mshta.exe contains suspicious scripting activity and has been stopped. Why? Thanks.
     
  2. djrock

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    Hi mookmook this is more about mshta.exe

    mshta - mshta.exe - Process Information
    Process File: mshta or mshta.exe
    Process Name: Microsoft HTML Application Host
    Description: Application that is used to run HTA files in Windows. The application is loaded as soon as an .HTA application needs to run and then terminates when the application completes.
    Company: Microsoft Corp.
    System Process: No
    Security Risk ( Virus/Trojan/Worm/Adware/Spyware ): No
    Common Errors: N/A

    This is from http://www.liutilities.com/products/wintaskspro/processlibrary/mshta/

    Have you done a full virus scan?

    djrock
     
  3. MFDnNC

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    To begin with, MSHTA.exe is an interpreter for the Microsoft Scripting Host, which allows scripts to run in Windows. It is a part of the operating system and should never be removed; it is not a virus or a trojan horse, but it can be used by viruses to cause damage to your software and data. If your firewall or antivirus software is warning you that MSHTA.exe is trying to connect to the Internet, there could be a problem.

    The first thing you should do in this instance is update your virus definitions in your antivirus program (you DO have an antivirus program, right?) and scan all of the files on your hard drive. If no viruses or trojans are found, then you may be running spyware or adware that is trying to send information to a website. To check for spyware on your system, download Ad-Aware from Lavasoft USA, a free program that detects and notifies you of such programs.

    If you're still seeing error messages that show that MSHTA.exe is at fault, it's possible that some of the files on your computer may be out of date. Try running Windows Update from the Start Menu, which should update any parts of your operating system that need to be brought current. If that doesn't work, Microsoft has a solution in the form of the Internet Explorer Repair Tool.

    http://www.thejemreport.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=81&mode=thread
     
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