Conflicker Worm?!?? Plz Help

Hewlett-packard / Rc663aa-aba a1640n
April 26, 2009 at 10:24:56
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.866 GHz / 2046 MB
Hi, thank you for taking your time to read this.

First off, my command prompt will not work. Everytime I tried opening it through start>run>cmd, or %windows%\system32\cmd.exe, or just clicking on it, my screen refreshes for 2 seconds where the task bar disappears and reapears, and all explorer windows are closed afterwards.

I suspect it could be the Conflicker worm since my windows automatic updates wont turn on. I tried reinstalling service pack 2 and it seemed to be fixed for a while, but the problem came back the next day.

I've been using Mcafee for a few years now. Recently the scans seem to be picking up a file called KeepMainM.cab that i cant seem to remove. I've tried to remove it manually, with Malwarebytes, and Killbox but the problems with command prompt persists, so i'm not sure if its connected. Also, I cannot seem to open Mcafee.com with IE or Firefox.

For some reason my scans with scaning software seems to be quite slow. Malwarebytes, McAfee virus scan, and Microsoft Windows MSRT scans all ran for over 15 hours until they finished, and saying nothing was found when it was finished.

Also, I recently did something to set my PC back to factory configuration (not sure what its called, but windows reinstalled and hardrive was left intact), and the problem with Command Prompt occured afterwards. Not sure if that helps.

I really dont want to have to completely reformat my PC, and thanks for the help.


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#1
April 26, 2009 at 11:41:24
If you are 100% certain it's the Conficker (NOT conflicker) worm, then you may need to write zero to the hard drive using Killdisk utility. The fact that you used did something to set my PC back to factory configuration and then symptoms of the worm manifestation reappeared, you do not stand much of a chance to not completely reformat your hard drive. In other words, the worm may have infected not only the system partition but also the recovery partition that stored the factory configuration.

Before you wipe out the hard dtive with killdisk, contact HP to order recovery partition rebuild kit.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#2
April 26, 2009 at 11:58:11
By the way if you feel I am too rough by not making life easy for you, google for conficker worm removal or How to remove conficker worm and take your pick.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#3
April 26, 2009 at 14:01:38
See, thats the problem, I'm not 100% sure if it is the Conflicker worm. The only symptom that is coherrant with the worm is that my Automatic Updates wont work. Since there arn't any other sighs, i dont wanna do anything too hasty yet. Thanks for the advice tho.

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#4
April 26, 2009 at 14:49:06
You are correct. To see if there are other symtoms consistent with the conficker worm, open Autoplay on any removable data disk (right-click Properties > Autoplay tab). If you have Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer under General options (like THIS), you definitely have the worm. In this case, go HERE to order the kit or if you like, wait for someone else to prove me wrong (I really don't mind being corrected).

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