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Random folders appearing, always with 10 randomnly named files - HELP please ? !


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#1 Gareth26

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 12:42 PM

Firstly I'd like to say Hello to all here on Bleeping Computer. Great website with a great attitude, nice to see.

 

Next, to business. About two weeks ago I had to wipe and re-install due to wininit.exe virus/corrupted files, also explorer had become corrupted too. It was a nightmare as no matter what I seemed to do the virus seemed to monitor what I did and then remove access to options/tools built in to Windows or deny me access to any other tools that I had to try to fight back. I ended up with just the ability to open task manager by using CTRL + ALT + DEL and selecting Task Manager, just then the virus decided it would stop my mouse too ! Two options, throw a hand-grenade at the computer (after two weeks trying this is exactly how I felt !) or wipe the drive and re-install. Luckily, for the computer, I'd used up my hand-grenades whilst fishing so I had to wipe and re-install. On the plus side I installed freshly onto my SSD, previously I had used the HDD - every cloud has a silver lining.

 

Over the last week, or so, I have been re-populating the system drive and one piece of software that I installed was WPS Office, which I fairly promptly removed. Since this brief affair I have had a few problems, chief of which was that my system drive appeared as a 'cloned' A: drive that was 'disconnected from the network' when My Computer was opened - I seem to have sorted this problem as it does not now appear in my computer (having said that - has it been hidden ??). Also I have had some problems opening various files and programs and often get the message ' unable to open due to internet/network settings' and, both on my system/boot drive and the spare HDD I get re-appearing randomnly named folders that always contain ten randomnly named files....most run along the US Church and College Campus grain and no matter if I delete them , shred them 35 times even after taking ownership they just keep on re-appearing !

 

After the last infection I have now become a paranoid wreck and to be sure I am not going totally crazy I have, this time, decided to come onto this site and ask for help. Last time I referred to some of the help you offered to others and also downloaded some cool tools from yourselves but, as you know, I failed. Could someone help. please ??

 

Gareth :unsure:

 

P.S. Also, having read about ZeroAccess last night, I think that that is the previous infection that I had. Reading other peoples experiences sounded exactly like the previous injfection. BUT, one person mentioned how they discovered that "desktop.ini" was where the ZeroAccess file was hiding. So I went and checked, remembering I had found qquite a lot of desktop.ini files previously (after choosing to show hidden system files) and I have found around 200 desktop.ini files. I managesd to shred about 130 of them but the rest remain, also I am unsure as to whether maybe just one of these desktop.ini files may need to be kept ?


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 01:11 PM

Your new topic is here.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/653258/machine-hangs-after-login-before-desktop-appears/

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.
The current wait time is 1 - 5 days and ALL logs are answered.
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To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic.
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