HD on and off virus?

May 21, 2009 at 07:25:27
Specs: Windows XP
The other day I was visiting a website that apparently was disguised as a legitimate one. No matter where you click it would prompt to install Flash. Well turns out it wasn't flash at all. It was a virus that installs to look like a antivirus program. My avast didn't recognize it oddly. But a quick scan using Ikarus found it and deleted it. A little while later my slave drive sounded like it was kicking off and then back on. Some of my icons that point to files on that drive were becoming blank.

I tried uninstalling Ikarus but it turned out to be a big pain to get rid of. I had to restart in safe mode to get it off. There was a guardianx file associated with the program that seemed to run when the slave kicked on and off. Once I got rid of Ikarus the problem "seemed" to stop. I havent seen an issue since then.

Has anyone else had problems like this? My concern is that the HD might be breathing its last breath, and maybe I only thought it was a virus causing it.

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May 21, 2009 at 07:33:37
Please make sure your slave drive is connect and working when following these steps. Can you please post your AVZ log:

1) To create the logfile, download AVZ by clicking HERE. Please save this file to your desktop or "My Documents" folder.

2) Next, unpack the file to a new folder using the Compressed (zipped) folders wizard built into Windows XP/Vista, or a zip utility of your choice.

3) Once you have unpacked the contents of the zip archive, please launch the file AVZ.exe by double clicking on it or right clicking and selecting Open.
Note: If you are running Windows vista launch AVZ.exe by right clicking and selecting Run as Administrator

You should now see the main window of the AVZ utility. Please navigate to File->Custom Scripts. Copy the script below by using the keyboard shortcut CTRL+C or the corresponding option via right click.


Paste the script into the execution window by using CTRL+V keyboard shortcut, or the "paste" option via the right click menu. Click on Run to run the script, the PC will reboot. After the reboot the LOG subfolder is created in the folder with AVZ, with a file called virusinfo_syscure.zip inside. Upload that file to rapidshare.com and paste the link here.

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