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WhoCares2021

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So, I just downloaded a file, and scanned it for viruses like always. I use norton on this partition, and it came back that the file was infected with root.mebroot. However, the action taken was "left alone". Some googling revealed it's norton's name for a particular rootkit, but not much on how to get rid of it, etc. The file itself is in .rar format. So, I have a two part question: because norton took no action can I assume it's safe, and, if not, is it safe to unzip it if I don't run the infected file?

Edited by WhoCares2021, 23 July 2008 - 10:30 PM.

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So, new issue. The location of the file is master boot record, which leads me to believe I may already be infected. I looked up the manual way of deleting the problem, which involves using the recovery console in XP and typing fixmbr. However, I get an error message that says something about how my partitions are non-standard, and writing a new master boot record could render my hard drive unreadable. Obviously that's not something I want to risk, so I didn't go through with it. Is there any other way to get rid of this thing?
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One last thing I should mention, I suppose. I used partition magic to create a second partition to install windows vista on. I'm not sure if that's why windows is saying my partitions are non-standard or not.
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