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Vista w/ self replicating virus


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#1 blader

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 12:24 PM

hey guys Im new (unfortunately lol) heres the thing... I use a Vista (its Home Premium)laptop and some one on Yahoo answers told me to download Combofix (from this site) w/ malwarebytes and super anti-spy to clean my PC of this damn self replicating virus...but I was looking over the forums and everyone seems to say ComboFix is a dangerous program so Im wondering.... how do I delete the virus/es from my PC (all they do is copy themselves to other folders so Im real low on memory with hardly anything on this pc) if there any free anti-virus that would fix it? I have tryed AVG and Avast but none have saved my laptop :thumbsup:

and no I don't nor have I ever used Limewire on this PC >_>

Im also not a total PC literate...I know some minor programing and L33T speak.. but really not much to take instructions via it.... in other words... simple English plz no comp terms unless its unavoidable >.<

heres what he told me (copy/paist style heh)

Use combofix from bleepingcomputer.com, then go download malwarebytes from softpedia.com or cnet.com and use it(rename the installer if it doesn't let you install it such as winlogon.exe), then clean the rest of the virus with superantispyware from softpedia.com or superantispyware.com.

Future Protection use this wizard to recommend security protection for your system:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/secwiz



I hope I get a response on hoe to avoid combofix fast I'm tired of deleting things to make room for new things :flowers:

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 04:09 PM

hello you were correct not to run CombFix on your own..
Let's try e running these first.

Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):

NOTE: Before saving MBAM please rename it to zztoy.exe....now save it to your desktop.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.

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MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.
  • Exit MBAM when done.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be asked to reboot your computer so MBAM can proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.



Next run ATF and SAS:
Note.. SAS doesn't open the registry hives for other user accounts on the system, so scans should be done from each user account.

Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".

From your regular user account..
Download Attribune's ATF Cleaner and then SUPERAntiSpyware , Free Home Version. Save both to desktop ..
DO NOT run yet.
Open SUPER from icon and install and Update it
Under Scanner Options make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):
Close browsers before scanning.
Scan for tracking cookies.
Terminate memory threats before quarantining
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Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program. DO NOT run yet.

Now reboot into Safe Mode: How to enter safe mode(XP)
Using the F8 Method
Restart your computer.
When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode
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Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
Click the Empty Selected button.

If you use Firefox or Opera browser click that browser at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program
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NOW Scan with SUPER
Open from the desktop icon or the program Files list
On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
Perform a Complete scan. After scan,Verify they are all checked.
Click OK on the summary screen to quarantine all found items.
If asked if you want to reboot, click "Yes" and reboot normally.

To retrieve the removal information after reboot, launch SUPERAntispyware again.
Click Preferences, then click the Statistics/Logs tab.
Under Scanner Logs, double-click SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log.
If there are several logs, click the current dated log and press View log.
A text file will open in your default text editor.
Please copy and paste the Scan Log results in your next reply.
Click Close to exit the program.


Please ask any needed questions,post logs and Let us know how the PC is running now.
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Posted 15 November 2009 - 11:30 PM

I think it worked.... though.... Im at 5gigs solid now..... ether it just stopped the replicating of the virus or I got a hella lot on my PC and didn't realize it (damn you SIMs/addons and ES: Oblivon/addons) -.-"

*sigh* thnx Im going to try and delete a few things (sims most likely) and see if it starts bk up again... if not yay me :D

good news though is... I had like 1 gig (more or less) on my PC and it deleted all those viruses so.... long as it didn't error any legit programs (programs that I installed.. not programs that got installed by other programs without my knowledge) Im happy heh ^_^"

Ill be bk in like a day or 2 to ell if this prob hs been fixed thnx again :thumbsup:

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 11:50 PM

OK cool, let me know And we'll mop up.
Since you didn't post the logs I cannot be sure of how dangerous your infections were.
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Posted 17 November 2009 - 10:54 PM

it worked... surprisingly...I deleted a few files that I installed (via CD.... not DL) got my PC got it up to 22.8 gigs.... and it hasn't gone down to 5gigs again even after leaving it on (and afk) for 2 days wooo XD Ill need to remember this next time I download something stupid :thumbsup:

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 12:01 AM

Ok, if all's running well ....
Now you should Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been backed up, renamed and saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "Ok". Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.
  • Click the "More Options" tab, then click the "Clean up" button under System Restore.
  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?"
  • Click Yes, then click Ok.
  • Click Yes again when prompted with "Are you sure you want to perform these actions?"
  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.
Vista Users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point and Disk Cleanup.
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