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Posted 15 December 2007 - 07:14 PM
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Posted 16 December 2007 - 02:50 AM
I have antispyware. I use it right after catrust.
Posted 16 December 2007 - 02:52 AM
can it also slow your computer down? I will try to reformat. But right now isn't a good time because of my finals, and essays and stuff. How can I clean it without reformatting right now? I also have webroot cleaner and it cleans my cache and stuff. I'm not sure if that means anything, but I thought it could help. I am ready to get read of this thing. ALSO are there virus's on ebay? I may have gotten it from there.
Did your scan provide a specific file name associated with this malware threat and where is it located (file path) at on your system?
The identified infection is a nasty rootkit. Rootkits are very dangerous because they use advanced techniques as a means of accessing a computer system that bypasses security mechanisms and steal sensitive information which they send back to the hacker. Many rootkits can hook into the Windows 32-bit kernel, and patch several APIs to hide new registry keys and files they install. Remote attackers use them as part of an exploit to to gain unauthorized access to a computer and take control of it without your knowledge.
If your computer was used for online banking, has credit card information or other sensitive data on it, you should immediately disconnect from the Internet until your system is cleaned. All passwords should be changed immediately to include those used for banking, email, eBay and forums. You should consider them to be compromised. They should be changed by using a different computer and not the infected one. If not, an attacker may get the new passwords and transaction information. Banking and credit card institutions should be notified of the possible security breach.
Although the rootkit has been identified and may be removed, your PC has likely been compromised and there is no way to be sure the computer can ever be trusted again. It is dangerous and incorrect to assume that because the rootkit has been removed the computer is now secure. Many experts in the security community believe that once infected with this type of malware, the best course of action is to reformat and reinstall the OS - "When should I re-format?".
Should you decide not to follow that advice, we will do our best to help clean the computer of any infections but we cannot guarantee it to be trustworthy or that the removal will be successful. Let me know how you wish to proceed.
Posted 16 December 2007 - 07:11 AM
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