Mass Virus Attack, 11000+

August 30, 2010 at 16:42:20
Specs: Windows XP
I'v been subject to a mass virus attack for about 4 days now. The first day there where about 1500 trojans and a bunch of adware/malware stuff. I got rid of all those with Malwarebytes' Anti Malware, SUPERantispyware and free AVG. Scanning with all three and deleting all the viruses seemed to work but there where still a few trojans popping up. Now my AVG is telling me i have 8450 VBS generic viruses and counting. What is going on and how do i stop it?

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August 30, 2010 at 19:09:18
Might be time for a clean install from OEM sources. I suspect that many other issues are at work. You may have usb flash's infected or even CD's or local or wan network issues.

On thing for sure is you need to start with known clean and keep it clean by using as many best practices as you can to prevent this in the future.

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August 31, 2010 at 02:48:24
I have this exact same problem, literally, please help!

First day: trojans
second day 5000 and counting vbs viruses....

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August 31, 2010 at 04:38:44
Turning off system restore and scanning seems to have worked, still some adware left though. What do you mean by Know Clean, and what are OEM sources?

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August 31, 2010 at 10:33:02
I think the idea is that you start with a completely fresh install, which means it's clean, and then use decent security to keep it that way. OEM just refers to the way you reinstall your operating System, whether by recovery disks or by using an XP disk with your CD key.

If you're fairly certain you've got rid of everything anyway, it's worth turning System Restore back on - it won't have any nasties in there unless your system is still infected, but it does help get you back to a clean state if necessary.

Trojans can be the nastiest, so it's worth doing as many different scans as you can find, just to be sure - TrojanRemover is free to try & does a good job, & running Malwarebytes again should remove the last bits of spyware.

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September 16, 2010 at 11:17:58
I had the same in my wife's computer. Scanned with ESET online and then with AVG showed 8k and 14k infections. Problem is that I set the blood AVG not to do anything but the scanning, but I did it during the scanning. So, it ignored the settings and deleted all the files. Now, lots of them were saved web pages, old documents and even photoshop docs. Erased also exe files so that many programs stopped working. I could not do restore because it deleted the system restore files as well! I tried to restore from the vault, but the vault is limited to 1k files. So the rest is gone. Deleting executable files is one thing but deleting documents is a completely different issue. Now I am running Recuva, and it looks fine, but lots of the deleted files have been overwritten when I restored the system restore files. Apart from making a fresh installation, some lost documents which took lots of time to be done will not be recovered. Any suggestions? Does anyone know if docs can get infected too? What a mess...

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