Is winjj.exe safe?

  doublefive 18:58 17 Jul 2005

winnjj.exe appeared on the system 10th July 05 and I blocked it in Zone Alarm not knowing its origin. It is persistently trying for access to the internet so much so that a pop up reports possible suspicious hacker activity. It turned up about the same time as the last Windows update and at the same time Mcafee detected a generic dialler and deleted it. I can't find anything on it at Microsoft and I wonder if anyone can enlighten me if it is safe or not. Spybot Search and destroy does not pick it up. I have XP professional with all SP updates, Zone Alarm firewall and a wired network from a Linksys Router. Assistance appreciated.

  961 19:05 17 Jul 2005

I think you need to run a hijackthis and post to Castle Cops or similar

So long as you have it blocked in ZA it should not cause trouble but it needs shifting and you need to see if there are other nasties hanging around

I'm not sure if AdAware gets rid

  dogbreath1 19:42 17 Jul 2005

961 is probably correct. It seems to be associated with the HomeSearch Virus which can be removed using click here
but it's always best to visit a specialised forum.

  VoG II 19:43 17 Jul 2005

I would run a scan with a² click here

  doublefive 08:25 18 Jul 2005

I also found later in one of the forums on a print of someone's log file with a different but similar problem, winjg.exe listed. The moderator did not consider it specifically to be one of the problem files but you never know. Out of interest I can locate winjj.exe doing a simple search of files and folders, could I just delete it or is that just too simple? I'll let you know how I get on with the antivirus scanners later in the day.

  961 08:49 18 Jul 2005

It may be too simple on the basis that many of these nasties create more than one file and the others just go on as normal. Another point is that it will be replicated in your system restore files to reappear again if you use that. However at this stage it's probably not a good idea to turn system restore off until things are properly sorted

Try running an on line virus check from a company other than your resident check

  doublefive 00:06 19 Jul 2005

Update. AboutBuster5.0 did not find winjj as a problem but did remove a suspect dat file. Spybot did not detect it neither did Adaware or a2, found loads of other unwanted bits, so all worthwhile advice. Winjj.exe seems to appear in loads of foreign language forums but no idea in what context. Bit of lateral thinking and to resolve it being a Microsoft related file I rolled back to 9th July using system restore and Winjj no longer present, ran all the above again and picked up a few nasties that were in system restore and quarantined them, re-did the Microsoft update and re-booted. Winjj no where to be found so it does not appear to be related to Microsoft and no other nasties found on system. Hopefully this thread will solve this problem for someone else as it seems to be malware of sorts. Thanks again for the advice.

  dogbreath1 11:19 20 Jul 2005

...can be posted click here for analysis.

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