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 Post subject: My latest and worst malware/virus incident
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:10 pm 
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Hello..

Havent been able to use my PC for about a day and a half (until now) as I got a new thing attacking it.

Just a heads up to all.

It's very similar to that one that closes everything down on your computer and starts with the "WARNING YOU HAVE BEEN INFECTED" stuff and it mimicks the way your OS looks etc..which I usually just get rid of with malwarebytes.

Well this one happened when I was browsing(on a warez site :nono: ) and suddenly all my browser windows shut down an error message appeared basically saying something like "Windows Hard Disk Recovery. Your HDD has a critical error. Data may be lost" at first I thought "oh sh*t" then when about 100 other windows started popping up with random ****.exe ***.pdf has been lost type warnings I realised it was a virus or malware. Opened up Malwarebytes and started scanning straight away.

As it was scanning I realised that my background had just vanished, then all my shortcuts were going one by one..then everything on my start menu, then my C drive..then the D drive. I let the scan finish and it wiped out all the malware which instantly closed down the hundreds of fake error windows..but it didnt return my background or any of the shortcuts..or any of the c and d drive stuff. But my C drive did still say you have 100gb left off 923gb so I was confident it was all still there, just hidden.

Rebooted in safe mode, scanned with spyware, virus scanner, malwarebytes again, eset's online scanner and got rid of more stuff. Still couldnt see all my files. Then came across these two threads on a forum

http://www.pcmech.com/forum/networking- ... olved.html

http://www.pcmech.com/forum/networking- ... tcuts.html

In which a guy says to download an exe file called "Unhide" which does just that, so you can see all your files again.

This has worked for me to an extent, though I think some shortcuts may still be missing..and my background didnt come back, i've had to re-select that as it was just grey.

Anyway..nightmare, so hopefully the above warnings and links might help anyone who gets it.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:53 pm 
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You must watch a lot of porn.

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Never happens then.

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 Post subject: Re: My latest and worst malware/virus incident
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You just wrote all that so you could brag about how big your hard drive is.

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 Post subject: Re: My latest and worst malware/virus incident
PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:34 am 
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Sounds like a nasty one. There's some info on manual clean up here if you're still getting problems and want to look in to it...

Spoiler:
Windows Recovery manual removal guide:

Delete Windows Recovery files:
%TempDir%\[random]
%TempDir%\[random].exe
%TempDir%\dfrg
%TempDir%\dfrgr
%Desktop%\Windows Recovery.lnk
%Programs%\Windows Recovery
%Programs%\Windows Recovery\Windows Recovery.lnk

Delete Windows Recovery registry entries:
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random]”
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random].exe”


But your best best is following standard procedure and running some virus scanners to see if there's any part of it left. Half the comments I saw recommended system recovery so make sure you have backups just in case it gets worse.

I recommend the NOD32 scanner, which requires Internet Explorer to run. Couldn't hurt to make sure it's gone.

http://go.eset.com/us/online-scanner/run

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Had this on my laptop. Got it from my gf checking her email from school (she's a teacher) managed to get rid of it thanks to reading this stuff here. The morons in the IT department at her school have had to shut the computer network down there for 8 weeks to fix it! Madness!


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Surrender Monkey wrote:
Had this on my laptop. Got it from my gf checking her email from school (she's a teacher) managed to get rid of it thanks to reading this stuff here. The morons in the IT department at her school have had to shut the computer network down there for 8 weeks to fix it! Madness!


Madness is right... 8 weeks? :ohmy: For a virus? :lol:

Even if it was hard to fix, which it's not if you know what to do, the IT guys could/should have been able to wipe the lot and reinstall it all overnight.

Reminds me a story my old Mum tells, of when she used to work for her local council as a social worker. The computers were old and slow and unreliable, and one day it slowed to a crawl again and stopped while she had unsaved work, so she called in her IT department. They turned up, messed with it for a while, and got nowhere. So, remembering what I'd taught her, she asked them "What about using CTRL+ALT+DEL?" Obviously this was to bring up the task manager to end the whichever tasks were stuck and slow - which even she knew about as a technophobe - but they just looked puzzled and asked her what that key combination did as they'd never heard of it!! Their official IT dept this. :lol:

I've even had phonecalls and emails from her colleagues asking me to help them... and you can see why. If the school gets stuck again, maybe your missus should do the same. :geek:

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