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I think i've narrowed my problem down to the Axel Davis Virus. Now what to do?

Post by Infinite on 15th July 2009, 2:34 am

Unfortunately, I couldnt use HJ on the PC i'm having problems with. Here's why:

I have the Gateway 3250S desktop PC running Windows XP Home Edition. So far, I've attempted to use the Gateway Recovery option at boot (F11), but during the last 5% of the recovery, there are a lot of windows files that are either corrupt, missing or cannot be moved. When the recovery process is completed, I am able to get to the XP Splash screen, and it freezes up. In safe mode with networking, I am able to see that there are a looooooot of files missing (Internet Explorer, for example, along with the Disk Defragment and other maintenance programs within XP). I was able to fix Internet Explorer by putting installing it from the ie.inf file and files i downloaded onto another PC. After running a chkdsk, the problem of freezing at the XP Splash screen. And now, I cant even get into safe mode, as it automatically reboots.

So i tried running the system recovery again, and I took notice of the files that that couldnt be moved or were corrupt. Among them I noticed AXEL.DAV. I've read about this virus on the net, and I've come to find out that this is a REALLY destructive piece of code. It looks like it's infected the recovery partition on a broad scale to FUBAR a lot of the required files to successfully launch the recovery.

Here is my question:

Can I remove the virus using a Anti-Virus rescue disk at boot up, in the hopes of being able to use the recovery partition to restore the system? Is there even a way to remove the malicious files from the recovery partition?

My last resort... LAST LAST LAST resort, is to use an xp pro disk to format everything and start from scratch, especially since I cant get a Gateway System Restore disk from Gateway.

Thank you in advance.

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Re: I think i've narrowed my problem down to the Axel Davis Viru

Post by Belahzur on 15th July 2009, 3:12 pm

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Re: I think i've narrowed my problem down to the Axel Davis Viru

Post by Infinite on 15th July 2009, 4:48 pm

How do I install hijack this on a machine that won't boot up?

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Re: I think i've narrowed my problem down to the Axel Davis Viru

Post by Origin on 15th July 2009, 5:02 pm

Hello you are going to have to do this in another computer if you can boot in the infected one:

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  2. Double click the rescuecd.exe file on your Desktop.
  3. Hit the "Burn CD" button and allow it to burn, it shouldn't take too long.
  4. Next, reboot your computer, keep the CD inside the draw.
  5. Your computer should boot from the CD and boot to the Avira rescue disc.
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Re: I think i've narrowed my problem down to the Axel Davis Viru

Post by Infinite on 16th July 2009, 3:06 am

^^^ I just completed this process, and did the same thing with bitdefender. No viruses found.

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Post by Infinite on 16th July 2009, 3:07 am

I tried the recovery partition, and still a bunch of axel.dav files are causing errors.

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Post by Origin on 16th July 2009, 5:24 pm

Are you able to boot in safe mode?


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Post by Infinite on 17th July 2009, 1:54 am

^^^^ nope. Cant do that anymore either.

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Post by Origin on 17th July 2009, 11:32 pm

If you can't boot in safe mode or normal mode at all I suggest formatting the computer, it would be the best thing to do.


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Post by Infinite on 18th July 2009, 1:27 am

^^ Thanks. I did that this morning, and I used some of the tools and suggestions that you gave in another thread to protect the PC.

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Post by Origin on 18th July 2009, 1:28 am

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Post by Infinite on 18th July 2009, 2:19 am

^^^ yeah i saw this information in another post and followed suit. Thanks.

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