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Ramnit Virus


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bobtie

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Hi,
I've read a previous topic in this forum regarding this virus and after many posts, the Ramnit virus problem wasn't resolved.

I have a PC running WindowsXP that has been infected - is there a process that works or do I save myself the effort and simply re-format the hard drive? (I've just picked up the PC from a computer repair store; they advised the latter).

Please note that the Ramnit virus will not allow access to the internet so I'm guessing any solution will involve downloading a program to my laptop; burning to a CD; then rebooting the PC from that CD. I have pre-empted this by following the instructions under "If you cannot Boot the computer" at http://forum.avast.c...p?topic=53253.0 and burnt the OTLPNet program to a CD and copied the Farbar Recovery Scan Tool to a flash drive.

The only anti-virus program on the PC is MS Security Essentials - and Ramnit obviously got passed it!

Looking forward to your response.

Regards,
Bob
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RKinner

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Ramnit is usually fatal and usually requires a complete reformat. I have seen a few case where it was removed by running several of the CD based scans such as the AVG Rescue CD
http://www.geekstogo...ystem-tutorial/
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the Avira Rescue system
http://www.avira.com...r-rescue-system
Instructions for the Avira:
http://www.howtogeek...ur-infected-pc/

I assume in the few cases where it was successfully removed that it was caught fairly early and had not spread too far. Sometimes even if the virus is removed the damage is so widespread that you still need to do a reinstall. A reformat would probably be quicker.

Ron
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bobtie

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Thanks Ron; thought that may be the answer.
Cheers,
Bob
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