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Infected with "Critical hard drive" error


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#1 chgocubs99

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 12:07 PM

Hello,

I apologize if this topic has been covered.

I am infected with a "Critical hard drive error" virus.

When my computer loads, it brings up a string of 15 or so error windows. It also brings up a pop up window which is saying it is scanning my computer, and then subsequently finds a myriad of different "problems" and asks me to click to activate the full version.

Networking works, however within a couple of minutes of activity a blue screen pops up and I am rebooted.

I cannot see any of my icons in the start menu, and I have tried to do a system restore through the F8 button and through the desktop without success. When I try to use F8 and then Repair my computer, it brings me to a login screen where I am forced to log in as "other user".

When I load with safe mode, the error windows do not pop up, nor does the fake scan run, however all my icons are still missing from my Start Menu and many are missing from the "My computer" tab (which doesn't exist either, accessing indirectly through some start icons that are still there).

I attempted to run system restore through the windows help and support that pops up in Safe mode, but it tells me it is already running.

I am posting this from my laptop, though it appears I can network in Safe Mode without issue.

Any advice on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help.

Chris

EDIT: System restore has popped up in safe mode. I am restoring to an earlier point at this time.

Edited by chgocubs99, 26 September 2011 - 12:18 PM.


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Posted 26 September 2011 - 11:52 PM

Hello,

Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<== starting at step 6. If you cannot complete a step, skip it and continue.

Once the proper logs are created, then post them in a reply to this topic by using the Add Reply button.

If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the post and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the reply and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.

Please note that I am not a member of the Malware Removal Team and will not be assisting you in removing the infection. I'm simply helping you to post the information they need in order to assist you.

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 05:38 AM

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We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.

If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine.

If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.

Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process. Please also continue to work with me until I give you the all clear. Even if your computer appears to act better, you may still be infected.

Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.

Once we start working together, please reply back within 3 days or this thread may be closed so we can help others who are waiting.

We need to create an OTL report,
  • Please download OTL from this link.
  • Save it to your desktop.
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  • Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.
  • Under the Custom Scan box paste this in:

    netsvcs
    msconfig
    %SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.*
    %systemroot%\system32\Spool\prtprocs\w32x86\*.dll
    %systemroot%\*. /mp /s
    %systemroot%\system32\*.sys /90
    %systemroot%\system32\*.dll /lockedfiles
    %systemroot%\Tasks\*.job /lockedfiles
    %systemroot%\system32\drivers\*.sys /lockedfiles
    %systemroot%\system32\*.exe /lockedfiles
    %systemroot%\System32\config\*.sav
    %PROGRAMFILES%\*
    %USERPROFILE%\..|smtmp;true;true;true /FP
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
    hklm\software\clients\startmenuinternet|command /rs
    hklm\software\clients\startmenuinternet|command /64 /rs
    CREATERESTOREPOINT
  • Click the Quick Scan button.
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  • Please copy and paste both logs in your reply.

We also need a new log from the GMER anti-rootkit scanner. Please first disable any CD emulation programs using the steps found in this topic:

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 05:49 AM

Due to the lack of feedback, this topic is now closed.In the event you still have problems, please send me or any Moderator a Private Message and ask them to reopen this topic within the next 5 days. Please include a link to your topic in the Private Message. Thank you.


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