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Pretty sure I'm infected

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#1 Matt.PCRookie


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Posted 28 February 2011 - 01:30 PM

To cut a long story short, for Christmas I got an external hard drive. Somewhat stupidly, I dumped almost everything (in folders etc) into a great big folder in there called "Stuff" then deleted the hard copy I had on my laptop.

Now whenever I plug in a peripheral it creates a folder called "Stuff" with another folder called "Music" inside ("Music" was inside my stuff folder on the external HD). It was empty but whenever I delete it the second folder supposedly contained a hidden 504 byte file. Deleting "Stuff" (and thus everything inside it) seemed to have done the trick on the memory sticks, so I loaded up my external HD and deleted the entire Music folder (it's all on audio CDs anyway) and disconnected it.

Now, whenever I put in a peripheral it still creates the folder but it doesn't let me delete it (I know it's stupid, but I run an admin account, and even then it won't let me delete the folder) so dragging that onto my desktop and deleting it from there worked. Now, whenever I load it up from restart or even just from standby the "Stuff" folder is on my desktop again.

Considering this must have been here undetected before Christmas and I have used paypal/credit card details countless times before that and have still not suffered fraud, I presume this virus isn't too bad. All it seems to do is slow down my computer but it's incredibly annoying and seems very resilient.

Norton, a couple of weeks back, detected 9 trojans and deleted them fine, Malwarebytes detected just cookies and Spybot detected (and fixed) 2 registry faults fine. That's still done nothing and despite running noscript, SpywareBlaster, WOT and Norton's toolbar it seems to still be here. No DOS attacks, only ever seems to run slowly (the whole computer, that is) and a few 2-3 second freezes on FireFox. Unsure if this spreads by memory stick but another computer in our house had Trojan.Vundo in a very mild variant (did not disable anything, no pop-ups etc) but Norton picked up unnamed trojans on my laptop (MWB picked up Vundo on the Desktop).

Sure this is a very harmless virus for me but it's just annoying, I've never had DOS, BSOD, pop-ups, Emails sent out, files deleted or anything of the sort but it is resilient and whenever I see "Stuff" back on my desktop it annoys and scares me in equal measure.

Running Vista 32bit on a 2.5 year old HPG7000 laptop. It's not just a Windows auto-restore is it?

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#2 boopme


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Posted 28 February 2011 - 03:28 PM

Now that your log is properly posted, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a Malware Removal Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the Malware Removal Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the Malware Removal Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the Malware Removal Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another MRL Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

MRL Topic http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic382139.html/page__p__2151244#entry2151244

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic.
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