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Getting rid of a Rootkit Virus

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#1 Albanach


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Posted 09 December 2010 - 04:17 PM

My PC is running Windows XP Home Edition with SP 3. On that PC, I am also running Spybot, which is a freeware program to remove malware and tracking cookies from a PC. Recently, I experienced two problems on my PC :-

1) The PC was running very slowly even after I used CCleaner and TFC to remove all temporary files.

2) My ISP is AOL and they provide McAfee Internet Security Suite for firewall, spyware and virus protection. Several times each day I have noticed that some of the protection features of the McAfee ISS were disabled and I had to restore them to operation.

I contacted Spybot and they told me that my PC had probably been infected with a "rootkit virus". They suggested downloading, installing and running ComboFix.exe from BleepingComputer.com. After running ComboFix.exe and looking through the resultant log, the only suspected file I could find was displayed as :-

Rootkit scan 2010-12-01 17:08
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 NTFS

scanning hidden processes ...

scanning hidden autostart entries ...

scanning hidden files ...

C:\sccfg.sys 20 bytes scan completed successfully
hidden files: 1

Using Windows Explorer, I did a search on the file name "sccfg.sys", starting at the root folder of C:\ and scanning all sub-folders, including "hidden files". The search did not find sccfg.sys! Since ComboFix found it, I don't understand why Explorer couldn't.

Now, I have two questions. How do I locate sccfg.sys and should I just delete it when found?

Edited by hamluis, 09 December 2010 - 04:55 PM.
Moved from XP to Am I Infected ~ Hamluis.

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