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Ok I Know I Am Infected But At A Loss For What To Do

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#1 passerotto


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Posted 05 October 2006 - 07:48 AM

Hello all and hope you can be of some help.

I have a laptop with a critical virus problem and am really worried I have lost all my data as a result of a virus.

Yesterday my machine started acting strangely. randomly closing applications, browsers etc. thinking I had somehow stalled some system file, I thought to reboot. wen I did, it put me in a repeat cycle where all I would get is the do you want to start in safe mode etc., screens. this went on for two hours when i finally thought to reinstall Windows XP Home *I had been running the XP Professional but I have those disks back in the states, not here in Italy where I am working.

Got that up and running but could not see any of my old applications *MSOffice 2003( iTunes, Skype, Photoshop, everything gone.

Went to the office and reinstalled XP professional and still no sign of my missing files, photos, music or applications.

Also my system resources now tell me I have 55.8 gigs when this is a 30 gig laptop.

Thinking something was afoot, I tried to access all the standard antivirus sites *blocked*, Microsoft support *blocked* and then managed to download AVG which keeps blinking the same virus warnings over and over again and Kamisky which found 2 things and says it is clean, but all virus sites are still blocked and still no sign of my missing files.

Hoping you can help as I really have a lot of important work that I was midstream on and losing all the data will kill me.

Free dinner in Rome for anyone that can help!

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 08:26 AM

Hello passerotto

Your post is a bit confusing. If you did a reinstall of XP Home or XP Pro that explains why you are missing files and had to reinstall your programs. It doesn't explain why you are being blocked from anti-virus and Microsoft sites.

Since you downloaded AVG perform a full scan in "SAFE MODE".

Have you performed any anti-spyware scans? See if you are able to download any of the following programs and scan with them in "SAFE MODE"

AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5 in "SAFE MODE".
Be sure to print out the AVG Anti-Spyware Install-Scan Instructions.

Ad-Aware SE Personal 1.06. Setup & Configure as shown here.
Spybot S&D 1.4. Setup & Configure as shown here.
[DO NOT choose the option to install TeaTimer]
Note: If you encounter any error messages while downloading the updates, manually download them from here.
SUPERAntiSypware Free for Home Users

Then perform these online Virus scans:
[Watch the Address bar in IE. You may receive alerts that "This site might require the following ActiveX control...Click here to install...". Click on that alert and then Click Install ActiveX component.]
Trend Micro Housecall <- Use "Autoclean" and manually delete what it can't clean.
Panda ActiveScan <- Accept default settings. (does not remove adware/spyware but will autoclean for viruses & worms.)
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Posted 05 October 2006 - 10:05 AM

I reinstalled both *at seperate times( but the files were gone after the first installation (XP Home) and that includes everything outside the My Documents folders. Reinstalling the OS will remove also folders located directly on the C drive?

Will begin your siggestions now. Have AVG downloading...

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