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Computer infected with virus

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#1 rns25


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Posted 13 March 2010 - 07:01 PM


I am looking at a friend's computer, and it seems that they are infected with malware. Rather than do what I did to my comp, I thought I would consult here for any suggestions.

A weird process I cannot quit is called "avast.setup."
There were also messages like "Critical Update Information!" and an "Avast" antivirus pop up message.

It does not allow installation or execution of Malwarebytes, and it redirects search engines.

The startup utility shows a random eight letter process called "vufimihe," executing from the windows folder.
Vundofix turns up nothing.

They are running XP home edition, SP3

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#2 jackbrennan


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Posted 13 March 2010 - 07:11 PM

Download Rkill.exe (Link below) and when you log into windows run Rkill.exe from a usb flash drive* and then try to install the antimalware package: Rkill terminates any unknown processes (malware) which in turn should give you enough control over your computer to install Mbam and other tools you are planning to use to remove the spyware!


*If you cannot open My computer, type: Windows Key + R to bring up the run box and then type the drive letter of your flash drive example E: and then Rkill.exe. Which would be E:\rkill.exe.

Edited by jackbrennan, 13 March 2010 - 07:14 PM.

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#3 rns25

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 07:17 PM

Thanks, I have RKill on my flash drive already, and I used it before, but I wasn't able to install Malwarebytes.

I tried it again though and it worked.

By the way, I also cannot uninstall a program called "Antivirus Pro." I know avast itself isn't harmful, but I don't think it's the actual program that's causing these "virus alert" popups.

Nevermind, I thought it had worked, but it didn't. It still won't let me launch or update Malwarebytes. It deletes it immediately.

Edited by rns25, 13 March 2010 - 07:20 PM.

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