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Have "ave.exe" worm, safe to backup files over network attached storage?

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#1 noahhalvorson


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Posted 17 March 2010 - 10:28 PM

Hi all,

I've been infected with what I think is the sndog worm, and I've got "XP Internet Security" obviously from P2P torrent sites. Somehow, Firefox works without problems, but AVG couldn't fix it when it first invaded my system and now neither Malwarebytes, Lavasoft Ad-Aware, nor AVG will run. It's in my prefetch folder as AVE.exe. If my dad (a network tech) can't pull it over our home network and destroy it from another PC, I'm prepared to just wipe my drive and start over from the beginning, but I have 50 gig of music and recordings (I'm a musician, and these are very important to me) as well as various documents that I would need to back up first. Is it safe to copy them to our network attached storage device without infecting my whole house? Copying to another drive would be a pain (I'm using a Gateway M6846 laptop running XP SP3) but if I have to do that to protect my network I guess I have no choice.

Thank you to anyone ahead of time for your help.


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#2 snemelk



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Posted 18 March 2010 - 11:14 AM

Hi noahhalvorson, and welcome to Bleeping Computer.

and now neither Malwarebytes, Lavasoft Ad-Aware, nor AVG will run.

As far as I know, MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware has been updated to deal with this infection... Use information from this post: link to run MBAM and perform a full system scan (with program updated) with it... Post the logfile here and let us know what problem remains...

Note: If your Firefox browser works, closing it and renaming the MABM' file to firefox.exe should do the trick...
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