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#1 dreison

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 05:53 AM

Hi

I feel a bit embarrassed posting as I have always been able to fix these annoying virus related problems through the help of Forums like this one without actually posting.


OS: WinXP SP3

Virus origin: USB hard drive

Symptoms: Folders converted into shortcuts, CMD won't run

So after much research it appears to be related to the autorun.inf virus but repeated attempts to delete these files using the safe mode command line editor, haven't solved the problem. I should add that I have infected 2 laptops, 2 external drives and a flash drive. So I'm starting to feel a bit confused and distressed, I would really appreciate any help.....

EDIT: Moved from XP forum to Am I Infected ~ Hamluis.

Edited by hamluis, 24 April 2010 - 09:03 AM.


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#2 certifiedgeek

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 10:23 AM

Hi,

Have you tried running MalwareBytes AntiMalware or SUPERAntispyware yet? If I'm not mistaken, the files that are involved by the autorun virus are autorun.inf, ntdelect.com and kavo.exe. Notice that it's ntdelect.com and not ntdetect.com

Are you saying that you have tried deleting those files in safe mode with no success? Have you tried the recovery console yet?

I found this link that might or might not be helpful, but I thought I would share it with you just in case. http://www.techgravy.net/2008/01/manual-de...orun-virus.html

#3 dreison

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 01:05 AM

:thumbsup: thanks certifiedgeek! this process lead me in the right direction.

Only two problems remain, clicking on "my computer" icon doesn't do anything and I am unable to restore my hidden folders to "unhidden" as the hide option box is selected and grey out, any more help would be great

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 09:24 AM

Glad to get you in the right direction! :thumbsup:

What antivirus program are you using? Did you ever run Malwarebytes or SUPERAntispyware? You should only have one antivirus program installed at one time, but if you would like to see a list of some that are available, look here at step 1 for a list.

My next steps would be to make sure you have an updated antivirus program installed, and then run a complete scan with it.

Then as a final check, run an online scanner such as BitDefender.




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