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?