Another one for the spyware files: I kept getting a host of random spyware filenames like tempx, efbpdny, lxaauuc, etc in the registry and msconfig. Booting to safe mode and running Norton Antivirus, AdAware, Spybot, and HijackThis to remove the spyware didn’t work — the files kept coming back.

Tempx.exe seemed to be a consist filename so I did some Google research with disappointing results. All I found were postings saying that tempx.exe is installed by the TEMPEX.A TROJAN but no one showed how to delete it!

What finally worked was running the free scanners from http://housecall.trendmicro.com.

Boot to safe mode and run the scan for viruses, the cwshredder, and spyware.

That cleared up tempx.exe along with all the other random spyware files.

Nice job from Trendmicro!