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Old 12-19-2007, 10:05 PM   #1
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crys Help! Virus!

Okay, so my computer informed me all of a sudden this evening that it has been infected with a worm win32.sober or something. And since I don't have anti-virus, I promptly went to download.com and downloaded the highest rated free anti-virus program available called Avast.

After the scan, I deleted most of the infected files except ones that it said were in the Windows folder and may be critical. Now there are 3 files from that C:/windows folder that I have quarantined.

a5wu37rd.exe FROM C:\windows\system32
ln_reco.exe FROM C:\windows\temp
uninstall.exe FROM C:\windows

Ideally I'd like to delete these files since they are infected.. but don't want to end up deleting some crucial system file. I'm not sure if that uninstall.exe is an actual windows uninstall file or a trojan parading as a system file.

Do you guys know if I can delete these files???
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Old 12-20-2007, 08:21 AM   #2
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They do not look familiar to me. Make a restore point, reboot in Safe Mode, and delete them.
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Old 12-20-2007, 02:50 PM   #3
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They don't look familiar to me at all.. perhaps google the filename and see what comes up?
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:55 PM   #4
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Yeah I tried googling but still not sure.

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Make a restore point
How do I do that?
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Old 12-20-2007, 07:06 PM   #5
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And now I lost my wallpaper. I think one of the files I deleted may have had something to do with it. Can't set anything as wallpaper now.
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Yeah I tried googling but still not sure.



How do I do that?
Start --- > Control Panel ---> Performance and Maintenance ---> System Restore.
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Start --- > Control Panel ---> Performance and Maintenance ---> System Restore.
Will that restore all the way to the beginning or can I set the date???

Cos I don't wanna lose everything I have ever saved on this comp!!
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Will that restore all the way to the beginning or can I set the date???

Cos I don't wanna lose everything I have ever saved on this comp!!
you can pick a date to where you want to restore your computer.
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Old 12-20-2007, 08:21 PM   #9
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Wow! What a great feature but I'm not sure what happened. I tried it... twice actually.. both times it said it could not restore to that date. Then I gave up and went to my desktop... and my wallpaper is back! I don't know if it restored anything or if it got rid of the virus or what... but the file that makes the wallpaper work is obviously back!!
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Old 12-20-2007, 08:27 PM   #10
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Thanks xavi! and liesje!

So is this supposed to work even after virus attacks?? (cos mine said "could not restore") And does that mean you can simply turn back time and pretend like the virus never attacked your system???
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I would not totally rely on a System Restore to fix a virus. Often virus attack the restore files. Also, System Restore only looks at files in certain locations (program files, config files, registry, etc). Many, many viruses and worms infect parts of your user profile, like the Local Settings\Temp or even your Desktop or My Documents. These areas are not affected by System Restore.

If it works, I would do it, but not assume the problem is gone. There is still some vulnerability that allowed the virus in the first place, and that will need to be addressed. I suggested the restore point so that if you deleted those files and something bad did happen, you would at least have a restore point that recovered those particular files.
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zoots - my suggestion is to eat spam and ramen for a week, and get the anti-virus program with the money you've saved. i recommend norton.
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