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Antivirus 2008 - Rebuild?

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#1 oldprogmr


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Posted 05 January 2009 - 10:06 AM

I've got a PC that was infected awhile ago (son not very PC savvy) with xpa2008. I think he paid them to get rid of this once! A few days ago, an msav process TOOK OVER, plus it downed the wireless connection.

I've been working on it for a few days, and I've run some free utilities: malwarebyte, smitfraudfix, combofix... and manual instr. I've stopped processes xpa2008 and msav, now that I know what they are and a reboot no longer brings back msav virus splash screens.

BUT, something in there is still downing the wireless connection. It will work a few minutes and then kills the Networks Found list, plus the NetGear WPN111 util is killed moments after it splashes it's entry screen. I can reload it, but it happens again within minutes.

The PC stays online with a cable, but then I can't move it back out of my office. Plus, I wonder what ELSE will happen if I don't clean it up really good. (If I have to rebuild it, I can't find the OS CD.)

Anyone? (my combofix logs are greek to me, malwarebyte says it's clean, smitfraudfix too) I have McAfee (turned off now), but it finds nothing. I would pay for a good cleaner utility if I could trust one, but need YOUR recommendation so I can trust it.

Thanks SO MUCH!

Edited by Pandy, 05 January 2009 - 02:17 PM.
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Posted 05 January 2009 - 02:24 PM

Please note the message text in blue at the top of this forum.

You should not be using Combofix unless instructed to do so by a Malware Removal Expert who can interpret the logs. It is a powerful tool intended by its creator to be "used under the guidance and supervision of an expert", NOT for private use. Combofix was never meant to be used as a general purpose malware scanner like SuperAntispyware or Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. Please read Combofix's Disclaimer.

Further, ComboFix logs are not permitted outside the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal forum and then only when requested by a HJT Team member.

If none of the tools you have used thus far are working, that means either malware or another security program is probably interfering with the fix.

Some infections are difficult to remove completely because of their morphing characteristics which allows the malware to regenerate itself. Sometimes there is a hidden piece of malware which has not been detected that protects files (which have been detected) and registry keys so they cannot be permanently deleted. Disinfection will probably require the use of more powerful tools than we recommend in this forum. Before that can be done you will need you to create and post a DDS/HijackThis log for further investigation.

Please read the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log". If you cannot complete a step, then skip it and continue with the next. In Step 6 there are instructions for downloading and running DDS which will create a Pseudo HJT Report as part of its log.

When you have done that, post your log in the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal forum, NOT here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts. A member of the Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer. If you post your log back in this thread, the response from the HJT Team will be delayed because your post will have to be moved. This means it will fall in line behind any others posted that same day.

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