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Sony's Rootkit called F4IRootkit


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Marshall212

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I recently was warned by Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta1 that I had a F4IRootkit(First 4 Internet) on my computer--To be honest I at the time never heard, must less knew what a rootkit was. At first I really didn't freak out cause there was no serious or irritating problems on my computer that I was aware of, of course at the time. Then over the period of one hour on the Internet about two days ago, I had nearly fifty warnings from mainly Norton Internet Security that various Trojans and viruses were attempting to enter my system---this got the ball rolling. I then read about the outrage online (my was quickly growing) about how Sony's audio CDs caused these F4IRootkits. I then started researching on how to solve my problem--I have gone as far as to talk to a GeekSquad guy who claimed not to know about a "rootkit" and that it was probably a worm causing the "holes" in my firewall, etc. I then found a command prompt on a technical website that was supposed to remove/disable this rootkit---cmd /k sc delete $sys$aries. I did try this in the "Run" application of the Start menu. I found little luck in this--apparently the request failed because the application wasn't installed. Needless to say at this point I felt like sueing Sony for all the trouble I've gone through to get this thing off my computer. Then later on that day, I attempted to play a computer game that required a CDROM to cool off. At this point I discover that my CDROM drives were effectively gone. My Desktop shortcut wouldn't work--something about a problem in the network--and when I openned the My Computer icon on the Desktop, the CD ROM drives (Drives D-computer CDs and Drive E-DVDs) were gone from the list of operations. I'am lost. I don't know what else to do about this problem. At this point I just want my CDROM drives working again, but to my understanding, the Sony rootkit is the problem concerning the CDROM drives. When I attempted to delete it, I think I triggered something shutting down my CDROM drives. HELP!!!!!!!! I need someone with more knowledge of computers than I do to help me out.
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Hi Marshall212...

Yep, the Sony RootKit is definitely nasty. As far as suing Sony, the state of Texas has filed suite against them for this very reason and I'd expect to see a class action get filed against them before too long.

As for your issue, there's not a lot we can do until you rid the machine of the RootKit infection. You can get rid of it with the help of the Malware Folks. Past in Malware from the link I've provided below and put "Sony RootKit infection" in the title of your topic...they are very interested in RootKit infections right now and that will attract their attention.

Do Not use RootKit removal tools without the supervision of someone who is experienced with them...they can cause a lot of problems if not used properly.

Please go to the Malware Forum and follow the instructions at the top....Especially the Start Here...then post a HiJackThis log in THAT Forum as I described above.

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Thanks, I think I wrote the post twice, Sorry. Thanks away. Marshall
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