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seems like I got a virus - VMwareService.exe

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#1 arketron


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Posted 20 March 2009 - 01:41 AM

I came back to my office today and noticed my computer was frozen.

I'm running Windows 2000 Server. I rebooted it. The noticed an alert come up indicating there is no disk in the DVD drawer (or something like that). It was titled, VMwareService.exe.

I tried to get rid of it, but it was persistent. After a few tries, it went away, then came back in 30 seconds. I then discovered that everything on my desktop was frozen, as if it was just a screen shot of what was there. I rebooted. The desktop was normal again but now the icons were all disappearing at the same time, then flashing back, and disappearing again. The alert was still appearing.

I rebooted. Now there were no icons... just the alert. I shut it down. It's off!!

Any one have any ideas what this is and what I should do? I need to get my websites running again.


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Posted 20 March 2009 - 08:18 AM


I've asked someone to move you to "Am I Infected" Section so that you can get Professional Help with your Problem, Mate

Just be patient?


#3 garmanma


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Posted 20 March 2009 - 10:48 PM

If need be you can download mbam to a thumb drive or burn to CD

The process of cleaning your computer may require you to temporarily disable some security programs. If you are using SpyBot Search and Destroy, please refer to Note 2 at the bottom of this page.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
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  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.
  • Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply and exit MBAM.
-- If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you may be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. Regardless if prompted to restart the computer or not, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.

Note 2:
-- MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you're using other security programs that detect registry changes (like Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere with the fix or alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please disable such programs until disinfection is complete or permit them to allow the changes. To disable these programs, please view this topic: How To Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus, Firewall And Anti-malware Programs


If mbam won't install

Some types of malware will disable MBAM and other security tools. If MBAM will not install, try renaming it. Right-click on the mbam-setup.exe file and change the .exe extension to .bat, .com, .pif, or .scr and then double-click on it to run.

If after installation, MBAM will not run, open the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder in Program Files, right-click on mbam.exe and change the .exe as noted above. Then double-click on it to run.
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#4 arketron

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 11:41 PM

Thanks so much for the advise. Unfortunately, it was so bad when I opened the computer, there was nothing there. I took it to a computer expert and her saved some of the files on a different partition, then wiped the drive. He said there were 22 instances of a worm in the computer. also someone was using it as a backdoor. Too bad fo me!
Thanks again. I copied your info and saved it for the next time I'm screwed.

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 07:02 AM

Sir I have same problem here I also have this virus and it infected my whole PC
First of all virus has made some files in my all drives I can't see those files but I'm sure there is cause when i right click on my any drives it shows these options
1 Open in safe mode
2 auto play
3 Explore...
Virus has disable my all options
Folder options
start up service
device manager
Whenever I restart PC it remove my Ethernet drivers
I have installed many anti virus but they are totally failed to catch
I have installed my windows 6 or 7 times but now i know that it is in my other hard drives
when i install window it works properly but when i open my other drives the virus activate itself and start to remove remove windows options
I have a software unlocker
it is used to unlock files which are in use
when i unlock my drive of window
vmware service.exe is using every file of my windows
I tried to unlock file but my Pc rebooted it self
Plzzz help me I can't Make partitions
I'm holding lot of my priceless data in my drives

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