18,000 Trojans?

Hewlett-packard / G850
June 4, 2010 at 11:10:26
Specs: Windows Vista
Hi there,

I have had my laptop for about a year and have been running Zonealarm and the free version of Malwarebytes for a few months. My computer was getting very slow and i/e was closing windows on its own, etc, so I assumed I had a virus that wasn't being caught..

I downloaded Avira (free version) and to my surprise, it advised of about 18,000 items. Trojans, etc. Most were in the HP documentation items, all were quarantined, none were cleanable. I eventually deleted all the documentation files and left anything that looked like it was for the system, etc. My computer worked great for 3 days.

I installed an old CD with a digital camera program, and a few hours afterwards my Avira started to go nuts, picking up tons of Trojans in my system32 files. They have all been quarantined and now I have no access to my control panel, firewall, etc, and there are about 410 items in quaratine.

I was also not able to scan my pc with the scanner suggested in this forum upon registration.

I'm currently running scans in Malwarebytes and Superantispyware (full scans)... my concern is, can either program access the files in Avira's quarantine to "scan" and possibly remove them?

- Once scans are complete I can post results...

Is it possible that all the system 32 Trojans just appeared after the first complete scan? Or are false-positives?

What do I do now?


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June 4, 2010 at 15:09:20
If they're false positives your PC wouldn't be running smoothly or etc at the moment. I advise trying to scan with Hitman Pro 3.5 if possible. : http://download.cnet.com/Hitman-Pro...

In the future, I would try using Avast! or maybe even Kaspersky as your main anti-virus.

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June 5, 2010 at 10:59:27
I would suggest dumping Avira and trying Avast Free:

Allow avast to do a bootscan on reboot and move what it finds to the chest. If you delete anything that is not a problem, your OS may get damaged, that's why I say move it to the chest UNLESS you know a file is safe to delete.

Also, run Trojan Remover:
Run untill it is clean and then uninstall it as it is only a 30 day fully functional trial

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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