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using ComboFix to get rid of a virus

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#1 gib65


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Posted 05 June 2009 - 10:44 AM


I sent a PM to Net_Surfer about using ComboFix to remove a virus from my computer. He suggested I post it in the public forum. Here's the PM:

Hi Net_Surfer,

I stumbled across your post here about using ComboFix to get rid of viruses and other malware. Well, I actually didn't 'stumble'; I was directed by some helpful people at www.computerforums.org. You can check out my post that explains the problem I'm having here.

Anyway, I followed through your guide on how to use ComboFix up to the point where it generates a report. I have no idea what spa1 is or anything you refer to after that point. In any case, the virus is still there. I'm hoping you can help me a little further. I posted the report here. Can you gleen anything from it? Would you know what the next step is for me?

I appreciate any help you can give me, and thanks in advance.


Now since then, my antivirus has been saying that it detected FraudTool.Win32.WinPCDefender as riskware (which is new). It said it was found in C:\System Volume Information\_restore{9A04BC89-D1AD-4F14-A896-E01204C26CF7}\RP1587\A0183657.exe. I don't suppose it's finding ComboFix itself or something related to it, is it?

Anyway, any help I can get would be much appreciated.

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 01:37 PM

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C:\System Volume Information\_restore{9A04BC89-D1AD-4F14-A896-E01204C26CF7}\RP1587\A0183657.exe.

That is your System Restore folder, probably an infected restore point

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 02:01 PM

Hi gib65,

You need to check the reply to your PM that I send.

You will see that the link I gave you was not for this forum, it was for : HijackThis Logs and Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal Forum:


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Posted 05 June 2009 - 03:01 PM

OK, I posted it in the right forum this time. It is here

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 03:05 PM

Now that your log is properly posted, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a HJT Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic.
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