Since you have decided to format and reinstall here is some useful information.
Your logs indicate you have registry cleaners installed.
Please be aware that bleepingcomputer staff do not
recommend the usage of registry cleaners / tools
due to the following facts:
- Registry tools can cause irreparable damage to your Operating System
- Registry tools can, as a result of the above, render your pc to be inoperable.
This is done, assuming that the major audience here at this board might be inexperienced users and thus a suggested safeguard from our side.
If you feel you have the need for a registry cleaner, then you are just as welcome to keep them. This is what we refer to an "optional fix
" and is up to the user, so just take this as a recommendation from my
More information about registry cleaners can be found at Miekiemoes Blog
Your log(s) show that you are using so called peer-to-peer
programs (in your case BitTorrent
). These programs allow file sharing between users as the name(s) suggest. In today's world cyber crime
has become an enormous problem. Different ways are used to infect personal computers to make use of their stored data or machine power for further propagation of malware files. A popular means is the use of file-sharing tools as a huge amount of prospective victims can be reached through them.
It is therefore possible to be infected by downloading infected files via peer-to-peer tools and so these tools must be used with extreme care. Some further reading on this subject, along with included links, are as follows: "File-Sharing, otherwise known as Peer To Peer
" and "Risks of File-Sharing Technology
It is also important to note that sharing entertainment files and proprietary software
infringes on copyright laws in many countries over the world and you are putting yourself at risk of of being indicted through organizations watching over the rights of the authors of such files (i.e. the RIAA
for music files, or the MPAA
for movie files in the USA) or the authors of the files themselves.
Naturally there are also legal ways to use these services, such as downloading Linux distributions or office suites such as "Open Office."Backup your files.
When you backup data you need to save any files that you want to keep as a clean install of the operating system will completely erase those files.
You can backup or save your files by burning them to CD, saving to a floppy disk, an external drive, flash or thumb drive. These might include word documents, .pdf files, music and pictures. Do not backup any programs or applications. If you use an external drive to save your data you will need to run FlashDisinfector prior to backing up.
Please download Flash_Disinfector.exe
by sUBs and save it to your desktop.
Note: As part of its routine, Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive that was plugged in when you ran it. Do not delete this folder...it will help protect your drives from future infection by keeping the autorun file from being installed on the root drive and running other malicious files.
- Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it and follow any prompts that may appear.
- The utility may ask you to insert your flash drive and/or other removable drives. Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well.
- Hold down the Shift key when inserting the drive until Windows detects it to keep autorun.inf from executing if it is present.
- Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.
- Reboot your computer when done.
Note that the files with the following extensions should not be backed up:
If you do not have the XP disk but rather an OEM installation on your system follow the directions of your computer manufacturer to clean install XP.
If you reinstall XP visit the Microsoft Update here
for the latest updates.
If you do not know how to perform a fresh install, use these websites and read for instructions on how to format and reinstall Windows:http://www.theeldergeek.com/clean_installa..._windows_xp.htmhttp://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean.asp
New viruses come out every minute, so it is essential that you keep your antivirus program updated and have the latest signatures to provide you with the best possible protection from malicious software. I notice you have two antivirus programs installed. AntiVir Desktop
and Microsoft Security EssentialsNote:
You should only have one antivirus installed at a time. Having more than one antivirus program installed at once is likely to cause conflicts and may well decrease your overall protection as well as impairing the performance of your PC.Install Spyware Blaster and update it regularly
If you wish, the commercial version provides automatic updating.Malware Byte's Anti Malware
is an excellent Anti-Spyware scanner. It's scan times are usually under ten minutes, and has excellent detection and removal rates. SuperAntiSpyware
is another good scanner with high detection and removal rates. Both programs are free for non commercial home use but provide
a resident and do not nag if you purchase the paid versions. I personally prefer and highly recommend the licensed version of MBAM.
Please read and follow How did I get infected?, With steps so it does not happen again! as well as How to prevent Malware by Miekiemoes
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.