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#1 Jon27

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 12:41 PM

Hi,

I posted already in the wrong section, sorry. Last week my Windows Vista (Home Premiun OEM) suddenly decide it was fake, and ordered me to authenticate. However, the necessary ID numbers were missing and after long discussions with MIcrosoft I gathered that something weird was going on. I then noticed that system restore and chdsk were both disabled. I could not run a windows reinstall or format the disk with dban as neither could find the c drive. Norton anti-virus refused to scan and then after a few days refused to update and then began to say the computer was at risk. I was also reciving a strange Windows error "The number of secrets in that may be stored in a single system has been exceeded" every time I tried to introduce the serial number into windows. I tried all the scanners and anti malwares I could find but nothing worked. Finally I tried Combofix (I know it's supposed to be dangerous but I was desperate) and it found rootkits (the name was long string of seemingly random characters beginning ovg....) and deleted them. Immediately, the machine went back to normal, windows authenticated and norton started working again. Unfortunately a few hours later the same Windows message appeared and windows is invalid again etc. I have checked the drive with WD tools, my Windows is authentic and I'm getting fairly desperate to fix this as I use my computer for a lot of things and I can't really send files or check private data knowing that the machine is infected.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks

Jon.

Edited by Jon27, 21 April 2009 - 01:11 PM.


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#2 garmanma

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 09:33 PM

Do you have a bunch of encrypted files?

A Windows NT 4 and Windows 2000 error that occurs when more than 4096 files have been encrypted on the system. This is the full error message:

1381L ERROR_TOO_MANY_SECRETS The maximum number of secrets that can be stored in a single system was exceeded. The length and number of secrets is limited to satisfy the United States State Department export restrictions.

Yet another wonderful case of the ever-helpful US government restricting the rights of users world-wide. In order to circumvent this, you need to have the domestic high encryption patch for Windows, which allows you to have more than 4096 encrypted files on the system.

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#3 Jon27

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 05:11 AM

Hi, thanks for the answer. I don't know what encrypted files are or how to find them. If it just means putting a pasword on folders then I have never done that at all. Does that error refer to Windows Vista too?

Edited by Jon27, 23 April 2009 - 05:15 AM.


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Posted 23 April 2009 - 07:23 PM

Does that error refer to Windows Vista too?


I would assume so. That is the only that i could find to match the strange wording of that error message
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#5 Jon27

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 01:15 PM

MBAM found nothing at all.

I've just used Dban to nuke the entire drive as I was getting really fed up of it. So I've reinstalled everything now. I have my fingers crossed that the problem won't come back but I'm not too optimistic.

Thx for help.

Edited by Jon27, 24 April 2009 - 01:16 PM.


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Posted 24 April 2009 - 07:57 PM

Good Luck
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