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Loss Of Control


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#1 tomkasper

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 11:53 PM

I had connected my USB device somewhere else and as soon as I connected it to my computer strange things were happening: I could not access the device's content via "My Computer" for a while so I got suspicious if I might have caught a virus or something. I tried to access the task manager, but something told me "Disabled by administrator". I tried to access the registry editor: same message. In both cases my computer automatically made a restart instead of getting me where I wanted to. After that I discovered that I cannot see hidden folders anymore as my computer was adjusted to before. I tried to change that, but the "tools" have been altered so I cannot enable "Show hidden folders" anymore. Then I've tried to access Windows' system restore in order to try to restore to an earlier point of time. It just resarted the computer again. Looks like have lost control over my computer and I cannot even see what caused it.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 08:47 AM

From what you describe, it appears to be a flash drive infection.

Flash drive infections usually involve malware that loads an autorun.inf file into the root folder of all drives (internal, external, removable). When the removable media is inserted, autorun looks for autorun.inf and automatically executes a malicious autorun.bat file which calls wscript.exe to run autorun.vbs on your computer. When a flash drive becomes infected, the Trojan will infect a system when the removable media is inserted if autorun has not been disabled.

Download Flash_Disinfector.exe by sUBs and save it to your desktop.
  • Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it and follow any prompts that may appear.
  • The utility may ask you to insert your flash drive and/or other removable drives. Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well.
  • Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.
  • Reboot your computer when done.
Note: Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive plugged in when you ran it. Don't delete this folder...it will help protect your drives from future infection.

Download RatsCheddar.zip and save it to your desktop. It is a Policy Controller program written by Rathat to remove certain restrictions on XP systems often disabled by malware.
  • Extract (unzip) the file to the desktop. (Click here for information on how to do this if not sure.)
  • Double-click on RatsCheddar.exe to launch the tool.
  • Select Enable for everything listed, then click Exit.
  • Restart your computer.
Warning: This program was developed for Windows XP ONLY. Do not run this program in any other Operating System.
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