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Posted 05 September 2009 - 02:44 PM
Posted 05 September 2009 - 04:46 PM
I unfortunately haven't made a hard backup on an external HDD or anything, though I went to Bestbuy and grabbed one today and I will transfer all my documents on to there.
McAfee Risk Assessment and Overview of W32/Virut
The virus has a number of bugs in its code, and as a result it may misinfect a proportion of executable files....some W32/Virut.h infections are corrupted beyond repair.
AVG Overview of W32/Virutcontracted and spread by visiting remote, crack and keygen sites. These type of sites are infested with a smörgåsbord of malware and an increasing source of system infection. However, the CA Security Advisor Research Blog says they have found MySpace user pages carrying the malicious Virut URL. Either way you can end up with a computer system so badly damaged that recovery is not possible and it cannot be repaired. When that happens there is nothing you can do besides reformatting and reinstalling the OS.
There are bugs in the viral code. When the virus produces infected files, it also creates non-functional files that also contain the virus...Due to the damaged caused to files by virut it's possible to find repaired but corrupted files. They became corrupted by the incorrect writing of the viral code during the process of infection. undetected, corrupted files (possibly still containing part of the viral code) can also be found. this is caused by incorrectly written and non-function viral code present in these files.
Keygen and Crack Sites Distribute VIRUX and FakeAV
...warez and crack web pages are being used by cybercriminals as download sites for malware related to VIRUT and VIRUX. Searches for serial numbers, cracks, and even antivirus products like Trend Micro yield malcodes that come in the form of executables or self-extracting files...quick links in these sites also lead to malicious files. Ads and banners are also infection vectors...
Posted 06 September 2009 - 01:22 AM
Posted 06 September 2009 - 12:01 PM
If you formatted it using the infected computer, you should format it again using a clean computer to ensure that the drive is sterile. When you connect the drive to the clean computer to format it, you should hold down the Shift key until Windows detects it to keep autorun.inf from executing if it is present. Then format the drive. After you have done this, you'll want to run the following utility on the drive using a clean computer.
What do I need to do to back up the files safely?
Yes, we can do it using those.
Also, I talked to my Dad, and he found my Windows reinstall CD and Dell driver discs, etc, that I had left there, so I'll have that as soon as the mail can get it (they will be mailed Tuesday since Mon. is Labor Day). I assume I can do a clean install from that?
You should inquire as to whether they have experience dealing with Virut infections. I've seen several cases where IT depts. or computer repair techs didn't completely eradicate the virus because they didn't know what they were dealing with.
I'm still in (grad) school so I think I can take it to the university IT and see what their suggestion is on Mon
Unfortunately, no. If we're dealing with Virut, we must assume all your programs have been infected.
Is there any way to save installed programs?
Posted 06 September 2009 - 01:04 PM
Edited by davidherman, 06 September 2009 - 01:12 PM.
Posted 06 September 2009 - 02:09 PM
I'll try to find a clean computer I can format my HDD on. Is there any danger of using a clean computer, provided that I hold down shift when plugging in the USB?
Posted 06 September 2009 - 02:25 PM
Posted 06 September 2009 - 02:41 PM
Posted 06 September 2009 - 03:05 PM
Edited by davidherman, 06 September 2009 - 03:09 PM.
Posted 06 September 2009 - 06:15 PM
Posted 06 September 2009 - 06:50 PM
Posted 09 September 2009 - 10:14 PM
Posted 09 September 2009 - 11:11 PM
There's not really a way to put a "how much" on riskiness so that's kind of a difficult question to answer. I wouldn't do it. Following all the precautions I gave you will help to minimize the risk, but there's really no way to eliminate the risk altogether. You're playing with fire here.
If for some reason I can't get Knoppix to burn, how risky is just transferring the files to the hard drive?
Posted 23 October 2009 - 06:32 PM
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