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WindowsRecovery Scareware

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#1 fecklessgadfly


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Posted 22 April 2011 - 11:51 PM

Ok, I was wondering if anyone else has run into this one. I work at a school, so I'm pretty used to using the "rkill/mbam" combo to fix scareware. But I've been hit by a whopper.

It's called "WindowsRecovery" and it uses four puzzle pieces as it's logo.

My wife picked it up, and after running rkill it left me with a black background and empty "all programs" (I'm using XP/SP3).

When I clicked on C: the only thing there was the rkill log.

After changing folder options to "show hidden files" I can see the desktop icons again, and the C: drive files.

However, "All programs" is still empty.

I cannot get MBAM to run, and my regular Anti-virus sees nothing.

I attempted to run "rkill" again and was told "access denied" but by the "red x" you can tell it's the rouge anti-virus doing it.

Has anyone else run across this variant, or have any Ideas on how to beat it?

***addition*** it also tells me that my hard drive is corrupted.

Edited by fecklessgadfly, 22 April 2011 - 11:59 PM.

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#2 JazzySax


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Posted 24 April 2011 - 06:24 AM

I currently have the same problem and have just posted a duplicate request for help.

#3 acosmichippo


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Posted 11 May 2011 - 01:28 PM

details here:


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