My encounter with the nastiest virus ever

November 12, 2010 at 13:41:31
Specs: Windows XP, Intel P4
Ok, I have had virus issues but this one is the worst I had in a while. Here are the systems-

My pc became just too slow recently. When I saw slow, it means almost zero functionality, for e.g I click on the Internet Explorer & the hoourglass stays forever. I tried running kaspersky but it somehow was disabled. I tried booting it in safe mode & it didn;t work. I could see the safe mode option before windows startup but when I would press enter, the pc would
simply reboot...(but i think i have had this problem much before, don't remember for sure though) Also, windows task manager wasn't working, when I would press CAD (ctrl+alt+del) it owuld appear for a second & then instantly vanish.

I reinstalled windows again, thinking installing my kaspersky immediately after that this would fix everything. But the problems still persist. The only problem which i am not having now is the task manager. It acts pretty normal & stays. But here are the problems which I am having now-

1. No .exe file is allowed to run except a few like notepad & internet exporer. i can not run any setups whasoever
2. Can't change display settings
3. Still can't restart in safe mode (i see the safe mode option before windows startup but when I press enter, the pc simply reboots)
4. My legal kaspersky still does not work. I installed it as soon as I finished installing my new OS. I even updated it &as far as I remember, i was successfull in updating it 100%. Now when I click on kaspersky, nothing happens. Also, when I right click on a file, i see the option 'scan for viruses' disabled.
I am quite sure my antivirus has not expired as some hours back when I installed it, it shwoed me 222 days left. Even if for some reason it has lsot its validity or expired, I should be prompted to buy a new licence.
5. When I click on my c: hard drive it doesn't open. I have to open it by right clicking & opening it with internet explorer.

Most of the viruses that I know of don't allow 'show hidden files' but surprisingly enough, I can select that option & see hidden files. Just thought this would help.

Thankyou in advance!

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November 12, 2010 at 13:57:30
"I reinstalled windows again"

Did you format the drive and do a clean install or simply an "over-the-top" repair install?

I doubt a repair install will help since you have not been able to run any antivirus or anti-malware to even identify the nasty let alone isolate and eliminate it.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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November 12, 2010 at 15:00:27
You need to boot off a rescue CD & run a virus scan free of the Windows environment. Kaspersky has such a disk.

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November 12, 2010 at 16:30:43
You need to study up on and start using as many best practices as you can to avoid this in the future.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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November 13, 2010 at 00:07:27
If you are going to reinstall Windows, don't just format the partition. XP's format utility seems to leave things behind. Better off deleting the partition, then create a new one.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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November 13, 2010 at 11:59:04
I didn't format it as I don't want to lose data. I reinstalled it rather than repairing it. I know there isn't much difference maybe.
I did manage to run virus scan a few times soon after I reinstalled windows.
I think the virus most frequently detected was 'sality/W443.Sality'.
Sorry, I should have mentioned it in my first post.

mick, i wil try that.

Jef, I know.

Sci-guy, i am aviding complete uninstall as I don't want to lose data

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