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VGuru Virus?


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#1 ballis13

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 03:02 AM

Hello, All.

I am new to the posting for help thing...I'm generally pretty good at finding the questions other people have asked that answer my own. I am stumped this time. I clicked on a link that caused my work computer to reboot windows. Ever since then, it sounds like its about to explode when it is running and a "VGuru" image pops up before Windows starts to boot. Safe mode wont fix it, it apparently starts before Windows somehow. Ive run several different programs to try to disinfect (Avira, AVG, Malwarebytes, SUPERantispyware, ComboFix, Autoruns in safemode, WinPatrol), but NOTHING will get rid of it. Im running Windows XP professional.

Please help. This could get me fired. Thanks

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 11:56 AM

Have you tried using System Restore or System Restore from a command prompt in Safe Mode to return to a previous state before your problems began?
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Posted 29 September 2009 - 06:38 PM

Thank you for your reply. Any help is much appreciated.

There is no System Restore installed on the system. Why? I have no idea. I think it was ComboFix that tried to install that capability when I ran it, but the installation gave an error message and did not take. But anyway, there wouldnt be a restore point to go back to if that wasnt installed prior, I would think. Also, I installed and ran Avast as well with no luck.

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 08:19 PM

Did any of the security scans you ran actually find any malware? If not, you may not be dealing with an infection.

Can you create a screenshot, upload it to an image site such as Photobucket, Glowfoto, TinyPic or ImageShack and provide a link to the url address back here?

To capture a screenshot, refer to:
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Posted 29 September 2009 - 09:41 PM

There were several trojans detected and deleted by the various cleaners. One that kept coming up (or back) was "braviax.exe". I'm not sure if that's the one that's causing the problem, but it seemed to be the most troublesome to get rid of. Avira found it the first time I ran it. It quarantined it, but apparently could not delete it. Avira was uninstalled and several other cleaners were run. Then, Winpatrol found and listed it in startup programs. It claimed to be able to disable it, but I dont think so permanently.

I'm not sure if I can capture a screen shot or not. The "VGuru" logo only pops up for a second and only at startup. It pops up before the Windows XP screen and before I even have the option to startup in safe mode. Not sure if I can capture a screen shot before Windows is actually running, but I'll try.

After startup, the computer sounds like its getting ready to take off. I dont know if its a fan or something else, but its moving fast and making a lot of noise. The speed changes up and down. And programs respond sluggishly. I'm certain something has infiltrated the system. Nothing like this would have ever been installed purposely. These machines are strictly for data acquisition purposes and adding software is supposed to be an administrator only priveledge.

I searched for Vguru and it comes up with stuff in relation to overclocking. Ive never had a computer that was overclocked so I'm not sure what they sound like or why someone would want to overclock random computers, but take that for what its worth.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 05:58 AM

I did a search too and did not find much. You probably need a more comprehensive look at your system, especially since braviax.exe was found at some point. Before that can be done you will need you to create and post a DDS/HijackThis log for further investigation.

Please read the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log". If you cannot complete a step, then skip it and continue with the next. In Step 6 there are instructions for downloading and running DDS which will create a Pseudo HJT Report as part of its log.

When you have done that, post your log in the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal forum, NOT here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts. A member of the Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer. If you post your log back in this thread, the response from the HJT Team will be delayed because your post will have to be moved. This means it will fall in line behind any others posted that same day.

Start a new topic, give it a relevant title and post your log along with a brief description of your problem, a summary of any anti-malware tools you have used and a summary of any steps that you have performed on your own. An expert will analyze your log and reply with instructions advising you what to fix. After doing this, we would appreciate if you post a link to your log back here so we know that your getting help from the HJT Team.

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 "bump" your post or 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.
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Posted 30 September 2009 - 06:16 AM

OK. Thanks for your help.




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