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Kerplow
08-09-2010, 12:20 AM
So I seem to have contracted some sort of computer virus today. I did a system restore and that seemed to fix it for a couple hours but now its haywire again. I've run free AVG in safe mode and still no dice. System restore no longer works. It seems like any exe I try to run says its infected and cannot be run. The stupid windows security alert thing tells me I have a bunch of malware and trojans but refuses to do anything about it unless I buy the license. :rolleyes:

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

NSR500
08-09-2010, 12:41 AM
Mount your computer with a Linux live disk and move your files to an external hdd. Then format and reimage your machine.
That's the best way to ensure you have a 100% secure PC afterwards.

NSR500
08-09-2010, 12:42 AM
BTW... Stop going to VHMG porn sites and you won't get viruses.

Kerplow
08-09-2010, 1:04 AM
That's the worst part! I was on your cowboy love site that you swore was safe! :p actually it was some stupid pop up to play frogger that I should knew better than to click.

Okay, I have no idea wtf mounting to a linux live cd entails. I tried to get an external hard drive today but frys was closed by the time I got there.

Can I not just back up the files I want to the ehd and the reformat the hd and reload windows?

I'm down to try the linux thing if A: the software doesn't cost an arm of a leg, and B: someone can splain to me how to work it without a bs in puter science.

NSR500
08-09-2010, 1:16 AM
Linux is free...

You can just backup to the external HDD with Windows, but I advise against it. Sometimes the virus is set to infect drives that attach to the computer. If you plug the drive in while running your infected OS, you can infect the external HDD too. Then when you reimage your machine and plug the external HDD back, it'll re-infect the machine.
Just download Ubuntu, burn it to disk, boot it up in your machine, and plug in the external HDD. It'll pretty much be straightforward in the way it operates. Linux is no longer that complicated.

BTW... No refunds on the Cowboy Love site.

Ricky-Ray
08-09-2010, 1:36 AM
Sounds like you've been infected with some type of Malware. On a different computer go to www.malwarebytes.org and download malwarebytes and save it to something like a CD or usb drive. Boot up the infected computer into safe mode and then install malwarebytes. Run a scan and remove any malware it detects. Hopefully that will fix it.

JDay
08-09-2010, 2:51 AM
So I seem to have contracted some sort of computer virus today. I did a system restore and that seemed to fix it for a couple hours but now its haywire again. I've run free AVG in safe mode and still no dice. System restore no longer works. It seems like any exe I try to run says its infected and cannot be run. The stupid windows security alert thing tells me I have a bunch of malware and trojans but refuses to do anything about it unless I buy the license. :rolleyes:

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

That's because it's not the right one (might even be the virus). In any case you probably should backup your important documents and reinstall.

You want this one. http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

JDay
08-09-2010, 2:52 AM
Get an Ubuntu Live CD, boot it, copy your files to the external when you get it and then boot the Windows DVD and do a format/reinstall.

http://www.ubuntu.com

Kerplow
08-09-2010, 8:14 AM
Thanks for the input guys, gonna go get an external HD after work get her done.

Corbin Dallas
08-09-2010, 8:22 AM
You don't need to wipe your PC, you need to clean it.

Malware bytes is a great one to download and run as a bootable CD.

Another good one is Avira rescue CD - Download here (http://www.free-av.com/en/tools/12/avira_antivir_rescue_system.html)

Burn to CD then boot from it. Follow the on screen instructions and it will find a good amount of viruses for you without actually booting your system.

Gallows
08-09-2010, 9:57 AM
I had this same problem. Actually I think you got the same virus I did. All I did was open up AVG and ran an update. Fixed the problem right then.

Kerplow
08-09-2010, 10:21 AM
Thanks for the input guys, gonna go get an external HD after work get her done.

NSR500
08-09-2010, 11:36 PM
You don't need to wipe your PC, you need to clean it.

Malware bytes is a great one to download and run as a bootable CD.

Another good one is Avira rescue CD - Download here (http://www.free-av.com/en/tools/12/avira_antivir_rescue_system.html)

Burn to CD then boot from it. Follow the on screen instructions and it will find a good amount of viruses for you without actually booting your system.

This approach will work. The issue I have with it is "Trust". There is no guarantee the system is no longer compromised which is why I just re-image a machine.

Kerplow
08-10-2010, 1:50 PM
so i had my roommate DL Ubuntu but i only have dvd-r cds. my puter has a dvd drive, will that work?

also, i assume i need to access the boot menu and run the Ubuntu cd before the OS has a chance to load?

cpt_majestic
08-10-2010, 2:18 PM
This approach will work. The issue I have with it is "Trust". There is no guarantee the system is no longer compromised which is why I just re-image a machine.

Yep I couldn't agree more. I deal with these all the time, and the time you spend trying to clean it up you could just back up the data and reformat the drive and then reinstall applications. This way you know for a fact the problem is fixed.

Virus creators (scumbags) are getting more cleaver by the day. I had an audio virus on a machine the other day, the first one I've ever seen. As you're using the machine low volume ads were playing in the background, porn, rental cars, real estate, you name it. I ended up formatting it and it was back up in operation within hours. The female user was very happy.

lewdogg21
08-10-2010, 3:03 PM
I had somethign very similar this past weekend (when torrenting doh).

It was a malware that claimed to be legit anti virus software yet it nuked my avg from starting and I coudn't kill it via ctrl+atl+delete task mananger.

Can't remember the name but it took me an hour after figuring out what it was to kill it.

Rhythm of Life
08-10-2010, 4:05 PM
Go to Spywarehammer.com They will get you going.

Kerplow
08-10-2010, 11:52 PM
So I've downloaded ubuntu to a cd and attempted to boot it without success. I setup the cd drive as my primary boot device and I get a black scren that say: 1. FD 1.44MB System type -(00) starting caldera dr-dos. EMM386 3.27
Nothing happens after that.

Any ideas?

NaughtyMonkey
08-11-2010, 12:20 AM
Its a bad burn of the .iso file.

Where did you download it from?

Also what program did you use to burn it?

Kerplow
08-11-2010, 12:43 AM
DL is from the ubuntu site. My roommate burned it with nero. Burned as bootable disc. He says there's also an option for data disc. Guess I'm gonna try that.

Kerplow
08-11-2010, 1:32 AM
No dice. It tells me boot disc failure with the data burn cd. Bullocks!

JDay
08-11-2010, 2:24 AM
No dice. It tells me boot disc failure with the data burn cd. Bullocks!

Ubuntu? You probably burned the file to the disc, you have to use an ISO burning program to extract the tracks onto the CD, a ISO is a disc image.

This will do the job.

http://www.freeisoburner.com/

badandy
08-11-2010, 2:24 AM
Sounds like you've been infected with some type of Malware. On a different computer go to www.malwarebytes.org and download malwarebytes and save it to something like a CD or usb drive. Boot up the infected computer into safe mode and then install malwarebytes. Run a scan and remove any malware it detects. Hopefully that will fix it.

Quickest and easiest way to clean.... Download malwarebytes, boot in safe mode and install, run as an administrator, update and do a quick scan. Clean, reboot, and run again as administrator but do a full scan... You will be clean. Lose AVG, it is no good, download AVAST free version, register and keep updated. AVAST will also do a boot time scam that AVG will NOT do, which easily cleans these junk virus'es.

I have done this many times for friends, it is near bulletproof... no pun. I run AVAST and have never needed anything else... but more porn.

Cali-Shooter
08-11-2010, 9:22 PM
Install Spybot - Search and Destroy and Ad-Aware. Update both programs, and run them at the same time. It sounds like you have a Windows PC, so also download the Microsoft Security Essentials, another free anti-virus program.

Links:

Spybot - S&D

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/

Ad-Aware

http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php

Microsoft SE

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

Note: if your computer seizes up and refuses to run any of these programs (or any programs at all), restart your computer in Safe Mode and run your installed anti-virus programs.

Kerplow
08-13-2010, 1:00 AM
fixed it. thanks people.

NSR500
08-13-2010, 1:04 AM
What did you do to fix it? Rub VHMG cat oil on it?

Cali-Shooter
08-13-2010, 1:21 AM
What did you do to fix it? Rub VHMG cat oil on it?

ROFL Nsr :D!

Kerplow
08-13-2010, 1:49 AM
What did you do to fix it? Rub VHMG cat oil on it?

naw, my VHMG cat hasn't been producing ever since i let you borrow her. poor kitty. :(

after my roommate finally figured out how to properly burn the ubuntu cd i backed up my files to a EHD and wiped the HD and reloaded windows. ubuntu was cake to operate once i had the properly burned cd. thanks again guys, my 1337 pr0n cache is safe again. :D:p

NSR500
08-13-2010, 2:14 AM
If you think Ubuntu was cake you should consider dual booting with that OS. It is definitely more secure than Windows and you'd end up learning a new OS. Could be a valuable skill in the future if your VHMG brothel doesn't pay off.

Kerplow
08-14-2010, 10:41 PM
CURSES!!! it seems some of my pr0n, er, i mean, files seem to be MIA after the jolly ol' file transfer.:confused:

lewdogg21
08-15-2010, 8:02 AM
Quickest and easiest way to clean.... Download malwarebytes, boot in safe mode and install, run as an administrator, update and do a quick scan. Clean, reboot, and run again as administrator but do a full scan... You will be clean. Lose AVG, it is no good, download AVAST free version, register and keep updated. AVAST will also do a boot time scam that AVG will NOT do, which easily cleans these junk virus'es.

I have done this many times for friends, it is near bulletproof... no pun. I run AVAST and have never needed anything else... but more porn.


My virus came back this weekend (didn't turn on my pc during the week so I'm dumping AVG since it didn't keep on top of it nor remove the root file and going with your idea. AVG failed me hard.

NSR500
08-16-2010, 2:02 AM
CURSES!!! it seems some of my pr0n, er, i mean, files seem to be MIA after the jolly ol' file transfer.:confused:

Sucks for you!

I bet that VHMG Amputee pr0n is hard to get. :p