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#1 Zeroshin

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 08:39 AM

Just wondering if there is a program that can scan system files to see if they are modified or missing. I have a virus on my home computer that messed up a lot of my system files and even messed up the windows installer so I cannot install a virus scanner. The computer is currently offline at home, but I can get things through another computer. I have Norton 360 already installed but I can't get it to load properly without being in safemode...and it seems to pick up on viruses, clear them out, then when I scan again, find the same one(s).

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 09:05 AM

Hi :thumbsup:.

There's little point in worrying about system files...until you are sure that your suspected malware situation is not a system threat.

Are you running your system scans with System Restore enabled?

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Edited by hamluis, 07 May 2009 - 09:05 AM.


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Posted 07 May 2009 - 09:07 AM

I tried system restore, it tells me that it can no longer protect my computer and to restart it...I did that...but...I think the virus messed it up and now it will not load.

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 09:20 AM

That isn't what I asked...do you have System Restore enabled while trying to get rid of malware?

Disabling System Restore to remove viruses - http://antivirus.about.com/od/windowsbasic...stemrestore.htm

System Restore and malware removal - http://msmvps.com/blogs/spywaresucks/comments/66724.aspx

The point that I was hoping to bring out...is that SR reactivated your malware.

I suggest turning SR off, then running scans for malware...since SR isn't working properly now anyway.

Please try a couple of these free online scanners to see if anything has slipped by your protection:
(Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully)

http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp
http://housecall.trendmicro.com
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml
http://onlinescan.avast.com/
http://ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner Scan Only - no removal
<links compiled on 02/14/2008>

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 10:08 AM

System restore is pretty much disabled. The file is corrupted and I did turn it off. I know I have a virus, and I tried to install the AVG virus scanner but it only gets part-way through...just like all my others. I also tried to do a system restore to a point when I didn't have the virus from a program called Fix-It...and when my computer restarts nothing is changed. And my computer that is effected by the virus has no internet access.

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 11:52 AM

If you have no Internet access...and are unable to effectively scan your system and attempt to remove malware...it sounds to me that your best alternative is to delete that partition and do a clean install of XP.

No such thing as a "repair" seems possible...but I've been wrong before :thumbsup:.

Louis




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