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#1 onichboy

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 07:51 AM

hi i'm new here at BC. i got interested of this site because i was looking up on the internet how to remove the virus "thecoolpics.net" my PC was also infected of the said virus and i read some of the forums on this site and i think some of you guys could help me solve my problem. I'm using Windows XP Professional. the problem is this, i open internet explorer and it always directs to "thecoolpics.net" and i think it also slows down my PC and sometimes it also affects while opening "my documents". If somebody knows how to remove it..please help me..thanks a lot! hoping to hear soon from anyone..God bless

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 07:57 AM

Hello onichboy and welcome to Bleeping Computer.

I believe that your problem is caused by the WORM_SOHANAD.AE infection.

Please have a look at this removal guide. If that doesn't work post back and we'll take it from there.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 12:17 PM

If you have problems with Trend Micro's online scan, you can substitute the Sysclean Package.

Download Sysclean Package & save it to your desktop.
  • Create a new folder on drive "C:\" and rename it Sysclean - (C:\Sysclean).
  • Place the sysclean.com inside that folder.
  • Then download the latest Virus Pattern Files - (Pattern files are usually named lptxxx.zip, where xxx is the pattern file number)
  • Extract (unzip) the lptxxx.zip pattern file into the Sysclean folder where you put sysclean.com. (Click here for information on how to extract a file if your not sure how to do this. DO NOT scan yet.
Reboot your computer in "SAFE MODE" using the F8 method. To do this, restart your computer and after hearing your computer beep once during startup (but before the Windows icon appears) press the F8 key repeatedly. A menu will appear with several options. Use the arrow keys to navigate and select the option to run Windows in "Safe Mode".

Note: Some anti-virus programs such as Avast will alert you to a virus attack when running sysclean so it's best to disable them before going to the next step.

Scan with Sysclean as follows:
  • Open the Sysclean folder and double-click on sysclean.com to start the scanning process.
  • Put a check mark on the "Automatically clean or delete infected files" option by clicking in the checkbox.
  • Click the Advanced >> button.
  • The scan options appear. Select the "Scan all local fixed drives".
  • Click the "Scan button" on the Trend Micro System Cleaner console.
  • It will take some time to complete. Be patient and let it clean whatever it finds.
  • Another MS-DOS window appears containing the log file generated in the System Cleaner folder.
  • To view the log, click the "View button" on the Trend Micro System Cleaner console. The Trend Micro Sysclean Package - Log window appears.
    • The Files Detected section shows the viruses that were detected by System Cleaner.
    • The Files Clean section shows the viruses that were cleaned.
    • The Clean Fail section shows the viruses that were not cleaned.
  • Exit when done, reboot normally and re-enable your anti-virus program.
Instructions with screenshots are here if you need them.

When using Sysclean its best to use the Administrator's account or an account with Administrative rights otherwise you will not have the rights to scan some locations. The scanning process may result in "Access Denied" messages for some files. This is normal because these files are protected by the system. This tool generates a log file (sysclean.log) in the same folder where the scan is completed.
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