Solved Hit by virut virus now WinXP wants activation

August 26, 2011 at 10:49:03
Specs: Windows XP, 1.8GHz/640MB
I was attacked by the VIRUT virus. After "cleaning" out the intruder with the rmvirut program, installed and ran several scans with AVGFree, the Windows Action notice appeared, with the blue star displaying on the task bar near the PC time.

I can not run regedit from my user profile, which has admin rights. I can though from the administrator profile. While in the administrator profile I can not access any file in my standard profile. The folder reports that it is empty.


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August 26, 2011 at 13:30:57
I'd do a clean install from OEM disks and learn and use as many best practices as you can to avoid this in the future.

You being on the admin account allowed this sort of deal. Always use a limited user account.

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August 26, 2011 at 13:39:45
Your system is still infected.

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August 27, 2011 at 04:59:29
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PeterDamane, I agree, you're still infected. My guess (and it's only a guess) is that you have a worm/trojan. Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Malware Bytes (Google for location) seems to be the preferred remover, but I've run into a few it couldn't handle. Superantispyware seems able to handle all comers. (Info only. I’m not paid for recommendation. WARNING! FYI, a full scan on mine takes over an hour.) can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed. Dunno about Windows 7 or later.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update any cleaner prior to running. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
Disable 'restore' after cleaning and run it again (to remove any nasties living there, restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back should you later ‘restore’.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try. Know you tried a 'cleaner', but these don't contain different nasties.
Ed in Texas

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September 24, 2011 at 03:43:40
Thanks ED fro Texas. I followed your suggestion and got positive results. However, my OS still requires activation, which I can not do as MS claim that they no longer activate XP, but rather I should purchase Windows 7!

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