I am a Vista user who recently had two major 'Bagle' virus attacks that kept me shackled to my computer for DAYS on end.
Both times the viruses came from zip files I downloaded via a fileshare program. Generally I scan each download with
Avira, but one of them not even Avira could recognise.
The Bagle viruses are nasty critters indeed: they are hidden, force-close all virus and malaware protection programs, f**k up
your Windows Update and Defender, take all your internal memory and generally cause all sorts of havoc.
The first time (August 2009) this happened it was a flec006.exe virus. I tried everything short of voodoo - changing Virus protection programs (wouldn't open: xx
is not a valid 32.exe program), registry clean programmes (ineffective), disk clean, adaware, you name it.
To cut a long story short, after much wailing and gnashing of teeth I took Bleeping Computer's advice and ran C******x combined with a
disk repair from my Vista DVD installer disk. It worked.
The second time (Oct. 2009) this happened it was a Bagle/wintems.exe virus, not even C******x could fix the problem. Again I tried everything short of performing an
exorcism and was THIS close to reinstalling the whole OS. As a last resort I went to Bleeping Computer and found a tip for ESET
which solved the problem immediately. My Windows Update is still FUBAR but at least I'm relatively 'clean'.
The moral of this story is: don't download zipped files from fileshare programs - even if you have virus protection - it's like playing Russion roulette with bullets in all
the chambers but one.
hope this was helpful
Edited by monz, 11 October 2009 - 09:07 AM.