Spyware/Malware and Messenger

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Subject: Spyware/Malware and Messenger
Posted by:  mtairy (mtai…@discussions.microsoft.com)
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006

My computer has recently been infected by a malware virus that has been
affecting performance and trying to get me to buy some antivirus software.

My Spyware software detected "lots" of files which they advise have the
potential to capture keystrokes.  They were quarantined.

When trying to analyze the problem I also noticed in Norton logs the
following: C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" is preparing to access the
Internet.  I do not use messenger and am concerned that perhaps this is the
vehicle that such spyware uses.  Is this possible?  When I go to the
directory, there is no such .exe file.  Neither are ther uninstall
instructions or Messenger entry in Control Panel Add/delete.  Any help would
be greatly appreaciated.