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Security Master AV Virus - Windows HOSTS File and other questions

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#1 jax1221


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Posted 27 July 2010 - 07:46 PM

My laptop got the Security Master AV Virus. I did the virus removal steps outlined on Bleeping Computer. Everything went smoothly until Step 18, which is deleting the Windows HOSTS File. I was able to download the hostsperm.bat file, however I'm not sure which HOSTS file to delete. In the designated folder (under the Drivers folder), I don't have a file named simply HOSTS. I have files named lmhosts.sam, networks, protocol, and services. I wasn't sure if the lmhosts.sam file was the one I should delete so I haven't yet. I tried to download the file that corresponds to Vista in Step 19 but I kept getting a message saying I didn't have administrator access. I saved the file instead to the desktop and then copied and pasted and that seemed to work. However, I did not delete any other host file and I'm not sure if this is a problem.

I still think the virus is on my laptop, though I don't have the constant popups anymore. I believe this because when I open Windows Security Center, it says "Security Master AV is on but is reporting its status to Windows Security Center in a format that is no longer supported." I'm not sure if this is because I did not finish the steps or what. My current antivirus (Avira) is also not completely working. AntiVir Guard's status says "Service Stopped" and there is no start link. So I know my computer is not fully being protected. I don't know if I need to uninstall and reinstall the antivirus protection or if this is just because the Security Master AV virus is still on my computer.

There are a few other differences I've noticed in my computer and again, I'm not sure if this is from the virus or what. They seems simple but they are notices that I have never seen before. A popup that says "Windows has blocked some startup programs" keeps appearing. Also I have discovered that the My Computer shortcut on my desktop no longer works. It says "The item SM75a1_302.exe that this shortcut refers to has been changed or moved, so this shortcut will no longer work properly." I wonder if this SM75a1_302.exe file is from the virus.

Any help on these issues would be much appreciated! Thanks!

Edited by Budapest, 27 July 2010 - 08:18 PM.
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#2 Rich5000


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Posted 28 August 2010 - 07:10 PM

Hello jax1221, I too have the same questions. I only saw hosts.ics or imhosts.sam. but if i uncheck hide system folders then i can see a file simply named hosts as a system file. Maybe somebody could clarify this is the correct file to be deleting?

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