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W32.Ramnit on Windows 7 PC


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#1 MartinOShea

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 04:16 AM

Hello

I've been reading here that if a PC is infected by the virus W32.Ramnit, the best thing to do is to reformat the hard disk of the PC. However, if repeated scans by AVG, Malawarebytes and so on show no sign of the virus, can I get away without doing this at all?

This problem started last week when I noticed by Norton Internet Security subscription appeared to have expired and later, I kept getting messages from NIS regarding W32.Ramnit despite it saying that it had fixed the infestation.

Or is there anything else I can do do kill this virus from hell?

Thanks

Martin O'Shea.

Edited by MartinOShea, 10 October 2010 - 04:28 AM.


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Posted 11 October 2010 - 07:48 PM

Hello

I've been reading here that if a PC is infected by the virus W32.Ramnit, the best thing to do is to reformat the hard disk of the PC. However, if repeated scans by AVG, Malawarebytes and so on show no sign of the virus, can I get away without doing this at all?

This problem started last week when I noticed by Norton Internet Security subscription appeared to have expired and later, I kept getting messages from NIS regarding W32.Ramnit despite it saying that it had fixed the infestation.

Or is there anything else I can do do kill this virus from hell?

Thanks

Martin O'Shea.


Hi, I had this exact problem a couple of days ago, you can read what happened here

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 11:29 PM

Yep it's a nuke and repave :thumbsup:
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Posted 12 October 2010 - 05:29 AM

Thanks boopme and safc32.

In the end I reset my PC to factory settings which reinstalled Windows from the recovery partition and I've reinstalled other programs and data.

Scans by Malawarebytes Anti-Malware, Microsoft Security Essentials and Norton Internet Security on all fixed and portable drives are reported as clear. So I am assuming that my PC is now alright.

But I know what I'd like to do to those who wrote this virus from hell!

Edited by MartinOShea, 12 October 2010 - 05:39 AM.


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Posted 12 October 2010 - 09:54 AM

That was the best thing to do.

Security vendors that claim to be able to remove file infectors cannot guarantee that all traces of it will be removed as they may not find all the remnants. If something goes awry during the malware removal process there is always a risk the computer may have become unstable or unbootable and you could have lost access to all your data.
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