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#1 Grey Baron

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Posted 07 July 2005 - 03:34 PM

I have an infected W98SE computer, which may have had NGD Dialer or some other, possibly Swen or maybe boot sector infection. One of the symptoms of the infection was that just as the dialup connection was made, McAfee Personal firewall was turned off. If you were quick enough to spot it, it could be turned on again and the virus could not react further.
After hours of trawling and using various scanners, I found in the Windows Temp directory a filename which began with 6 or 7 random numbers, followed by "_mcinfo.exe". Deleting that had to be done at the DOS prompt but something still lives ! I can dial out if I have not opened an application such as Thunderbird but, if I open that first, the dial up tries about three times
but never gets through. I offer this post because i see that others have asked about "mcinfo.exe" itself, and would like to warn others that there is something nasty out there. I am just about to trash the hard drive with "Fdisk MBR" and start again.

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Posted 09 July 2005 - 10:34 AM

Have you tried Spybot 1.4 or Adaware 1.06 ?
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Posted 09 July 2005 - 05:19 PM

mcinfo.exe (McAfee Info) - Details

The mcinfo.exe process is required for McAfee virus scan to operate correctly, and so should not be stopped. If you stop this process you run the risk of having your computer infected by viruses and trojans.

Here are some tools you may want to try:

Freeware AntiSpyware and Security Programs

Software firewalls with freeware versions
Zone Alarm SE: http://www.zonealarm.com/
Sygate: http://www.sygate.com/

Antivirus programs - freeware (you can only use one resident anti-virus program on your computer. More than one will conflict)

AVG: http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_index.php

Avast Anti-virus freeware

Anti-malware freeware (You can run as many of these as you wish. Generally there is no conflict between these and you should always run several)

AdAware: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Microsoft Antispyware Beta:(Win 2k and XP only) http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
SpywareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):

AČ - Free from http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4281.html . Run it, click Search for Updates, then click Scan.

CWShredder from InterMute
CW Shredder removes some variants of spyware known as the Coolwebsearch Trojan. The Trojan takes advantage of a flaw in a key component of Windows -- Microsoft's version of the Java Virtual Machine -- to install itself via popups often found on porn and illegal software (a.k.a. "warez") sites. Run CWShredder after installing, and have it look for updates. Then click the "Fix" button, and the program will both scan and fix any problems it finds. If your system does not have this kind of spyware, it will give you the good news.
Cost: Free

Hijack This and a variety of other tools for malware and pestware or

Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans: (these can be run regardless of whatever else you are using. You must use Internet Explorer to run these.)

Panda Activescan (IE only)

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner
online trojan scans here -

How to submit a Hijack This log


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