Posted 02 November 2009 - 11:42 PM
I'm a middle-aged retired electro-geek with an advanced degree in mathemtaics and many years spent working with electronics, as well as writing code to run it, and teaching computer science at a local university after I retired.
The word I hear more and more is "Vundo" (or "Recycler virus") whether it be from from the Internet, McAfee, or local IT pro's, and the reply is always dismal. The Internet info is limited in depth, McAfee wants $90 for a "hand job" cleaning of my machine, and the IT guy said he just surrenders immediately and re-installs everything (the most cost-effective solution).
I retired early to a disability and this is the first really good technical challenge I've seen in years.
I have a 4-disk system (2 IDE, 2 SATA) with the IDE disks each being a separate XP installation.
The biggest question I have right now is: can the virus actually install itself on a "data only" (non-bootable) disk drive?
I'd also like to know if a full-format from an infected system (IDE) disk applied to the other (IDE disk) will be clean.
I have a way to keep my system up and running by stopping "ctfmon.exe" and then deleting the "RECYCLER" directories right after start-up.
It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance if you'd read this far!