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Vundo Removal/Have I Spread It?


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#1 MandalaGirl

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 12:09 PM

Firstly, hello!

I think I know how I got the problem, by downloading from a link sent on a forum I frequent, ignoring (unfortunatly and stupidly) the warnings of the Vundo trojan, I thought I would be lucky and avoid it... But I don't think I did. However I'm unsure of how long this awful creation had been on my computer. I ran my 3 virus/spybot/trojan scanners, to be specific Windows Life OneCare, Malware's Spybot Search and Destroy, and the VundoFix.exe. I believe I managed to tear the beast from my computer with Malware's program, but I'm worried that it may not be gone fully, though VundoFix told me everything was fine (it ended after I had removed the infected files with Spybot). I'm worried also for my friends, whom I chat with through skype, as I sent one a font zip from a site I'm very sure was clean, and a .doc file. What I want to know moreso, is if I may have sent my friends this icky trojan through either of those files, the .doc I have myself, and it seems to be fine when I read it...

For those not willing to read the lengthy text above

1 I read up on the Vundo trojan
2 I ran the suggested files (Windows Live OneCare, Malware's Spybot Search and Destroy, VundoFix.exe) to get rid of said trojan
3 I'm unsure of my computer's cleanliness from the trojan
4 I worry about my friends from my own neglect of my computer.

What can I do other than tell them to scan their computers like good boys and girls, if I have passed this on, unwillingly? Please end my anxiety... ^^;;

By the by, I run Windows XP Service Pack 2, if I recall properly. The only strange behavior I've expirienced as of late is Skype lagging at times, but this was going on a few days before hand. No strange error messages either.

Edited by MandalaGirl, 18 May 2009 - 01:08 PM.


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Posted 18 May 2009 - 02:42 PM

Your friends are probably relatively safe since the file that you sent them was clean. It is always to their benefit to have them run scanners though, they probably have a little something on their machine, we all have at some point :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 12:56 AM

Thank you ^^ I figured that it probably didn't latch onto those files because they had nothing important to them..

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 06:49 AM

If you would like to, you can direct them to this topic and have them follow the following directions on their own machines (you may do so too if you feel the need)

Install Vundofix from http://www.atribune.org/ccount/click.php?id=4
  • Double-click VundoFix.exe to run it.
  • When VundoFix opens, click the Scan for Vundo button.
  • Once it's done scanning, click the Remove Vundo button.
  • You will receive a prompt asking if you want to remove the files, click YES
  • Once you click yes, your desktop will go blank as it starts removing Vundo.
  • When completed, it will prompt that it will reboot your computer, click OK.
Note: It is possible that VundoFix encountered a file it could not remove.
In this case, VundoFix will attempt run on reboot, simply follow the above instructions starting from "Click
the Scan for Vundo button." when VundoFix appears at reboot.



Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
  • 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 or 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.
Note: 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. MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you're using other security programs that detect registry changes, they may alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please permit the program to allow the changes.

Please include the following in your reply:
MBAM log

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 10:57 AM

Vundofix is an effective tool against older vundo infections. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is more effective on the new variants that have appeared in the past year. The extent of the damage and ease of disinfection will vary depending on what other malicious files may have been downloaded to your sytem. There are no shortcuts or guarantees when it comes to malware removal. Sometimes it takes several efforts with different or the same tools to do the job. Even then, with some types of malware infections, the task can be arduous.
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Posted 19 May 2009 - 03:33 PM

Vundofix is an effective tool against older vundo infections. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is more effective on the new variants that have appeared in the past year.


Is it still safe for me to recommend using both vundofix and MBAM?, because combined, they will get the majority of the vundo (along with SAS).

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 06:56 AM

Trying to use VundoFix is a waste of time for these newer vundo variants. Although MBAM and SAS are much more effective at detecting the malicious files, in many cases a hidden driver prevents complete disinfection and more powerful tools are required than we use in this forum.
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Posted 20 May 2009 - 02:43 PM

Ok, thanks for clarifying that for me :thumbsup:
I guess I'll stop using the Vundofix recommendation.




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