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Two days ago, I was trying to download software from

Cnet asked to install cnet toolbar and I thought that I wouldn't be able to download the software unless and until I installed the toolbar.

After installing the cnet toolbar I found that cnet has also installed Babylon toolbar on my Firefox and also its desktop application.

From that day my system is behaving weirdly.

  1. PC shuts down if i press 'Windows' key
  2. Sound mutes and unmutes itself every time i press 'cntrl' key..

Has anybody experienced anything like this?

Is it possible for third party to force hot keys?

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The correct address for that site is not You may have inadvertently accessed a site that capitalized on the mixup to push malware. I just tried to download something from the legitimate site, and it did not ask me about any toolbars. – jonsca Aug 10 '11 at 10:50
dude... my urlis incorrect..but i knw the real cnet site..i just didn't copy paste it.. :P – Confused Aug 10 '11 at 11:06
Yes, but the fact is, I downloaded something 5 minutes ago, and I wasn't prompted for any toolbar. Have you scanned for malware? – jonsca Aug 10 '11 at 11:07
I wrote up a brief answer and linked to the transcript of the chat – jonsca Aug 10 '11 at 11:52
Yes, Jonsca. i wanted u to write the answer..Thanks – Confused Aug 11 '11 at 7:36
up vote 5 down vote accepted

The solution is to beware of all of the options that the install programs have checked by default. In this case, the toolbars being installed by one of these options, and were likely creating this mischief on the system.

Addendum: the user is going to get in contact via email to cnet and let them know that one of their prepackaged toolbars may not be on the level.

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Transcript of chat: – jonsca Aug 10 '11 at 11:48
Btw..i scanned the pc with malware bytes, they were malwares but it problem still persists – Confused Aug 11 '11 at 7:41
@Sangram Hmm, well good that you found the malware. Those present might be hiding others so don't give up hope yet. This is a very comprehensive post about removing viruses and malware. – jonsca Aug 11 '11 at 7:46

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