Time to reinstall XP w/repair?
Posted 19 August 2009 - 01:21 PM
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Posted 19 August 2009 - 03:31 PM
You are infected with a polymorphic file infector. This infection can and will infect all the machine's executable files .exe, .scr, .rar, .zip, .htm, .html. Because there are a number of bugs in its code, it may create executable files that are corrupted beyond repair resulting in an inoperative machine.
Malware experts say that a Complete Reformat and Reinstall is the only way to clean the infection. This includes All Drives that contain .exe, .scr, .rar, .zip, .htm, .html files.
- Backup all your documents and important items only.
- DO NOT backup any executable files (,exe .scr .html or .htm)
- Do Not back up compressed files (zip/cab/rar) files that may contain .exe, .pdf, .jpg, .doc or .scr files
- Reformat and Reinstall as outlined HERE
I suggest you do the following immediately:
- Call all of your banks, credit card companies, financial institutions and inform them that you may be a victim of identity theft and to put a watch on your accounts or change all your account numbers.
- From a clean computer, change *all* your online passwords -- for email, for banks, financial accounts, PayPal, eBay, online companies, any online forums or groups you belong to.
- DO NOT change passwords or do any transactions while using the infected computer because the attacker will get the new passwords and transaction information.
Posted 19 August 2009 - 09:47 PM
The only problem is that I deleted so many system files in the process that my computer is in a vegetable state. I can do stuff on it, but many of my basic functions are missing. I'm going to go ahead with the repair now, but when I enter into the boot stuff, after agreeing to the XP license, there's no R for repair option when listing my partitions...now what?
I've read on another site to do the following:
This could work, I just haven't tried it out yet. Is this the correct thing to do?
Edited by Bri K, 19 August 2009 - 09:50 PM.
Posted 19 August 2009 - 10:28 PM
Is there another technique I can use to get back stuff like the command prompt & task manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del), etc. besides doing the destructive re-installing windows?
Posted 20 August 2009 - 04:13 AM
Posted 20 August 2009 - 08:42 AM
Actually the Dr. Web Cure-It seemed to cure a lot of the files. The problem is that I didn't discover it until after I already had Avast delete lots of system files.
No scanner, including Dr. Web can properly fix Virut. It will just destroy the files making them useless, which you have done it seems. You need to format, a repair wont work.
Unfortunately I might just have to wipe clean & re-install Windows from scratch since I don't have the repair option whenever I try to re-install XP.
Posted 20 August 2009 - 11:49 AM
Posted 20 August 2009 - 12:56 PM
Yeah they don't show up in Avast's scan anymore & my computer is behaving properly whereas before I could barely get my computer to boot & I'd get all sorts of crazy behavior.
It doesn't cure the files properly, they may not show up on subsequent scans but I can assure you they are not clean nor are they fixed
I still haven't found an answer as to why my repair install isn't available. I'll have to wipe & start clean again anyways. I've backed up my files I want to keep (no .exes or .html files just to be sure) onto a external HD so I should be good to go.
Posted 25 August 2009 - 08:36 AM
Posted 25 August 2009 - 08:41 AM
yes....what you need to do is go to the manufacturer's website and download the drivers to a USB drive or CD or something...then install them on the repaired computer
Does this mean I need the driver for it?
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