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Boot.Mebroot vs Trojan.Mebroot?

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#1 Shadowbright


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Posted 01 March 2009 - 05:49 PM

Hello! I just have some simple questions.

So, Symantec picked up a virus: Boot.Mebroot. I googled it and came up with links to Boot.Mebroot and Trojan.Mebroot. Is there a difference? I'm afraid I know little about viruses and less about the MBR. If I have Boot.Mebroot, do also have Trojan.Mebroot? Does Symantec just arbitrarily differentiate the two? Would restarting the computer be bad since mebroot alters the MBR?

Additionally, are the instructions for removal on Symantec's page the best way to get rid of it?

Only Symantec seems to be picking it up. I ran Dr. Web's Cureit and MBAM full scans and neither of them picked up on mebroot (though I did find some some unexpected viruses, haha).


Edit: I am on XP SP3. Thus far, I have not seen any strange behavior or received any error messages. I got the virus off a friend's flash drive (infected). I initially copied over files and received a (presumably infected) email attachment from her; those files and that email I have since deleted.

Edited by Shadowbright, 01 March 2009 - 06:12 PM.

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