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System Security and complete lockdown

Post by Andrew1022 on 7th July 2009, 4:18 pm

Hey gang. Long time reader, first time poster.

I've got the virus associated with the System Security 2009. But my problem is...I think I've had it longer than anyone...and nothing (and I do mean nothing) works. I can't start in safe mode. And Task Manager has been "disabled by Administrator." I found the # associated with the System Security .exe and searched for it, then promptly deleted it...but it didn't seem to change anything. I don't have any virus removers installed on the infected computer, but if I did I'm sure they wouldn't open anyway. When I was able to open the task manager (as soon as my computer rebooted) I noticed dozens of .exes running that I had never heard of. Things with numbers, numbers and letters, and just random letters. ANY tips or suggestions would be so greatly appreciated.

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Re: System Security and complete lockdown

Post by Belahzur on 7th July 2009, 4:26 pm

Hello.
Sorry to say, you are more than likely dealing with Virut.

Virut is capable of infecting all the machine's executable files (.exe) and screensaver files (.scr). However, the problem is that the virus has a number of bugs in its code, and as a result, it may misinfect a proportion of executable files and therefore, the files are corrupted beyond repair. As of now, security experts suggest that a format and clean install, or destructive recovery if you have an OEM recovery partition, is the best way to clean the infection and it is the best and safest way to return the machine to its normal working state.

Backup all your documents and important items (personal data, work documents, etc) only. DO NOT backup any executable files (softwares) and screensavers (*.scr). It attempts to infect any accessed .exe or .scr files by appending itself to the executable.

Also, avoid backing up compressed files (zip/cab/rar) files that have .exe or .scr files inside them. Virut can penetrate and infect .exe files inside compressed files too.

Recent variants also modify htm, html, asp and php files.

Do not back up to another machine, as it may become compromised. Burn to DVD/CD, or to an external drive which has nothing else on it, and which you can format should it happen to become infected from the backups.


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Re: System Security and complete lockdown

Post by Andrew1022 on 7th July 2009, 4:34 pm

Thanks for your response.

Is it possible for me to burn the best virus remover (whatever you recommend) onto a disc and run it on the infected computer?

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Re: System Security and complete lockdown

Post by Origin on 7th July 2009, 4:49 pm

I would just recommend formatting your computer because even though you do as you suggested it won't get rid of this specific virus.


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Re: System Security and complete lockdown

Post by Andrew1022 on 7th July 2009, 11:36 pm

Ok, reformatted. Down to bare bones. Will go from here. Thanks.

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