Sinister laugh - virus or not.

  alternator 18:15 12 Mar 2004
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Don't know if anyone has come across this on their computer. Somehow something has got onto my computer that generates a laugh sound and a slamming door sound. This happens at random times. I have up to date anti-virus and have swept for adware and spyware, I am at a loss to know where it came from, or what it is. It doesn't appear to do any harm.
For info my anti-virus is Trend Internet Security and is upto date, and sweeps regularly

  Indigo 1 18:19 12 Mar 2004

Sounds more like a ghost to me ;)

Maybe you should call the Excorcist ;) ;)

  Indigo 1 18:21 12 Mar 2004

Seriously though, there are some virus' that can jumpt to web pages when scanning then jump back afterwards. Disconnect from web before scanning.

  mole44 18:22 12 Mar 2004

go into search and look at any wav files or even look to see if sounds have been assigned to any actions you take,failing that put a clove of garlic on top of your pc,only kidding about the garlic.

  alternator 18:28 12 Mar 2004

Yes I normally scan when I am not doing anything else, as far as wav files there are too many to go through. Thanks for the ideas tho'

  powerless 18:34 12 Mar 2004

Whhat apps do you have running?

Close em all down!!

And open one up at a time, your bound to find which one is the cause.

  roy 18:42 12 Mar 2004

Does this happen when you are using Microsoft Messenger? If you use it at all.
There is a weird laugh in that program that a contact can activate on your pc.

Gave me quite a shock the first time my Grandson sent it to me.

  romanab 20:36 12 Mar 2004

Are you on AOL?

  alternator 21:40 12 Mar 2004

Yes I am on AOL (I wish I wasn't)
Don't use MS Messenger
As far as Apps running there doesn't have to be any running.
It only happens maybe 3-4 times in an evening between for example 6-11. It might happen within a couple of minutes and then not for an hour or so.

  griffon 56 23:52 12 Mar 2004

Get hold of a system cleaning app like Evidence Eliminator (EE) or Windows Clean (don't know whether that is right title or not), there are a number of them out there. I use EE and it gets rid of everything temporary, designated files and folders and all IE histories and so on. I believe it's a free download from EE's site, I got it from a cover disc. I don't know whether it's my imagination or what, but since I have been using it over a year or so the machine seems to defrag quicker and I don't get much unwanted interference from Spam and suchlike, perhaps because there is no history on my machine whenever I access the net. Anyway, if your noise is a temporary file or cookie, EE will get rid of it, it's worth a try, and it's free.

It's also worth looking at what apps start with the machine. Quite a while back I couldn't get rid of a couple of naughty icons, until I found that they were in the start-up list of msconfig in 98SE. I used EE to get rid of them and my desktop became maiden aunt viewable again. Good luck.

  The Spires 00:07 13 Mar 2004

You could try click here The Cleaner, there is a 30 day evaluation period. Or the free version of A Squared which is a Trojan/Malware scanner, you have to register to obtain an unlock key but it is free & only takes a few mins.

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