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#1 limbot


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Posted 12 May 2011 - 07:36 AM

I searched the forum and did not get a return on this subject. So I will post: I have WinXP Pro on an HP Pavilion Desktop. HD setup, C: is HP Pavilion and D: is HP_Backup. When I did a system repair I ended up with an axel.dev files, at least one in every folder. My research returned over 2 mil hits identifying it as a virus with no clear action to be taken (except fdisk, without saving any files). I tried deleting them, they return. I ran Malwarebytes and Superantispyware in safe mode didn't come up with anything. The funny thing is the PC seems to be "normal" but this particular PC has always had a "mind of its own" ha ha. :hysterical: The origination date on the axel.dev file is back in 2006. Any ideas my friends?

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Edited by hamluis, 12 May 2011 - 08:17 AM.
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Posted 12 May 2011 - 08:17 AM

Where did you find links suggesting that these files are malware-related? Post link, if possible.

Axel seems to be a download manager, written in linux.

Your post says "axel-dev" while your title says "axel.dav"...which is it?

Worth a look, http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic374767.html , informational purposes only. Do not follow the suggestions made to that member.

I'm moving this to the Am I Infected forum.


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Posted 12 May 2011 - 12:17 PM

I have found thousands of references to axel.dav most related to HP and Compaq Presario computers going back as far as 2004. Many of these complaints seem to surface after a user performs a restore/repair. I checked the HP forum and only found one discussion thread but the OP advised he got his information from other discussion boards. I could not find a reference to axel.dav at any of the major security vendors which would be highly unusual if this were in fact a wide spread virus. There were a few discussions at anti-virus forums but no definitive answer as to what that file actually was.

It could be possible that these files may have been created by the HP repair (if that is what you used) especially since you indicate the date is 2006.

I also found references of startups created in MSConfig and various specialized tool logs such as these:
O4 - S-1-5-18 Startup: AXEL.DAV (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - .DEFAULT Startup: AXEL.DAV (User 'Default user')
O4 - .DEFAULT User Startup: AXEL.DAV (User 'Default user')
O4 - Startup: AXEL.DAV
O4 - Global Startup: AXEL.DAV

I honestly don't know what it is.
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