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Boot virus from nowhere.... Computer will not complete boot, recycles,


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mrmatt

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Ok, after reboot, it seems to be ok.

I ran Iobit and it found a number of things ( which the other programs did not get) which it cleaned out.

It almost seems as if I need to find every antivirus/malware /adware program out there to clean everything out - ? - your opinion on this?

Computer runs just fine though

Many Thanks!!

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Different applications by different developers will always find something as they perform their own research. Sometimes what is a threat for one, may not be to others. That is the reason for those findings.

I am glad all is well. Just a little housekeeping.

Reset and Re-enable your System Restore to remove bad files that have been backed up by Windows. The files in System Restore are protected to prevent any programmes changing them. This is the only way to clean these files: (You will lose all previous restore points which are likely to be infected.)

To reset your restore points, please note that you will need to log into your computer with an account which has full administrator access. You will know if the account has administrator access because you will be able to see the System Restore tab. If the tab is missing, you are logged in under a limited account.

(Windows XP)

1. Turn off System Restore.
On the Desktop, right-click My Computer.
Click Properties.
Click the System Restore tab.
Check Turn off System Restore.
Click Apply, and then click OK.

2. Reboot.

3. Turn ON System Restore.

On the Desktop, right-click My Computer.
Click Properties.
Click the System Restore tab.
UN-Check *Turn off System Restore*.
Click Apply, and then click OK..

Since the tools we used to scan the computer, as well as tools to delete files and folders, are no longer needed, they should be removed, as well as the folders created by these tools.

Follow these steps to uninstall Combofix.
  • Rename Combofix to Uninstall and click on it. That should remove the application and the quarantine folder
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Please download OTC by OldTimer.
  • Save it to your desktop.
  • Please double-click OTC.exe to run it. (Vista users, please right click on OTC.exe and select "Run as an Administrator")
  • This will delete the tools we used in the removal of malware, including this program.
  • If you are asked to reboot to complete the removal process then please do so
Upon restart, manually remove any remaining tools.
Create a Restore point:
  • Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore.
  • In the System Restore dialog box, click Create a restore point, and then click Next.
  • Type a description for your restore point, such as "After Cleanup", then click Create.

The following is a list of tools and utilities that I like to suggest to people.

  • Windows Updates - It is very important to make sure that both Internet Explorer and Windows are kept current with the latest critical security patches from Microsoft. To do this just start Internet Explorer and select Tools > Windows Update, and follow the online instructions from there.
  • Google Toolbar - Free google toolbar that allows you to use the powerful Google search engine from the bar, but also blocks pop up windows.
  • Trillian or Miranda-IM - These are Malware free Instant Messenger programs which allow you to connect to multiple IM services in one program! (AOL, Yahoo, ICQ, IRC, MSN)
  • ERUNT (Emergency Recovery Utility NT) allows you to keep a complete backup of your registry and restore it when needed. The standard registry backup options that come with Windows back up most of the registry but not all of it. ERUNT however creates a complete backup set, including the Security hive and user related sections. ERUNT is easy to use and since it creates a full backup, there are no options or choices other than to select the location of the backup files. The backup set includes a small executable that will launch the registry restore if needed.
To find out more information about how you got infected in the first place and some great guidelines to follow to prevent future infections you can read this article by Miekiemoes.

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Great! Thank you very, very much! Though you may not know it, my whole family greatly appreciates the time and effort you put into this. You were of discussion many nights in asking if you will be able to help us in saveing the computer, and were impressed with your constant attention and follow-through to the end.
Thank you from myself, my wife and kids.
Matt
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You are welcome. :)
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