I think I am infected with the virut virus and probably other malware as well. I am somewhat of an advanced user and in so many years never had a problem finding and removing virus on my computer and on others until now. That aside, let me begin with my story.
OS: WIndows Vista Business SP1
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400
AV/malware scanner: Avast/malwarebytes/spybot/adware/windows defender
Problems: Unable to connect to certain sites (eg; microsoft.com-no updates, some antivirus websites, repeated found virus/malwares/problems after scanners fixing it)
I wasn't sure how I was infected with a virus(most likely something I downloaded) but I ran malwarebytes almost every week or so and that is how i found out that i was hit. I usually find for solutions online and most of them being on bleepingcomputer.com. So i immediately started running a full scan on my system with avast, malwarebytes, and ad-aware. All 3 scanners found the problems and successfully remove the problems found. I even did a bootscan with avast and it removes all found problem. However, everytime i rescan my system again, the same problem is found so i figured that the original problem hasn't been fixed.
I then downloaded combofix and running it and that is when it gives the error
!! ALERT !! It is NOT SAFE to continue!
The contents of the ComboFix package has been compromised.
Please download a fresh copy from:
Note: You may be infected with a file patching virus (Virut)
So i searched for solutions to fix virut and most of them says to reformat which i did. Now the first thing after i reinstall vista, is to install avast and malwarebytes and do a scan which is the first thin i always do after reinstalling any OS. Now, my first scan turns out good and my system was clean. However, vista stores the old windows file in windows.old. I needed a bunch of files from my old windows such as my firefox profiles, outlook .pst files, and probably some pictures/audio files that may be on my desktop. Now I think that is where to problem is because once i started copying those files into my fresh vista install, the problems occured again.
I know the best way is to do a fresh install again and not used any of the old files but the firefox profiles and outlook pst is very important to me. Please advice. THANKS and sorry for the long story.
p/s: i already have hijackthis, combofix and pretty much every tool on my system. the only thing i dont know how to use is hijackthis because i dont have experience with the systemfiles/logfiles which i dont understand how to read
Edited by garyt83, 07 September 2009 - 03:01 PM.