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Posted: 9/9/2009 6:16:10 AM EST
So for the past few days my desktop has been almost unusable. About every 30 seconds a message pops up that someone is trying to access Outlook email, or trying to log on to skype though my computer. It deleted "spybot search and destroy" off of my machine and I can not reinstall it now. It will not let me access either of my two hard drives or any files that are saved there. Luckily I have most everything backed up though. And worst of all, when I turned it on this morning it had several .jpg's on my desktop that were titled "I am gay",. "I love gay porn" ect...lol. And the pics were not very pleasant Anyway, does anyone know how to identify this virus, or get it off of my system without a complete reformat?
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 6:27:44 AM EST
Try malwarebytes (sp) Then get linux.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 6:28:19 AM EST
More details-OS,ANTIVIRUS?,SPYWARE/MALWARE programs?,etc.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 6:31:57 AM EST
format
then buy a mac
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 6:32:10 AM EST
Originally Posted By NIGHTSTALKER_O6:
More details-OS,ANTIVIRUS?,SPYWARE/MALWARE programs?,etc.


XP pro, no Antivirus, have not noticed any names on anything that looks like spyware
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 6:32:45 AM EST
Originally Posted By xLucidx:
format
then buy a mac


this is the only way to be sure..
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 6:33:47 AM EST
Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:
Originally Posted By xLucidx:
format
then buy a mac


this is the only way to be sure..


He doesnt have $4000 for the same configuration
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 6:34:57 AM EST
If everything is backed up then why not reformat and reinstall your operating system.....it's what I'd do

In fact I do it about every 6 months anyway.
Keeps the pc running it's best.

Cheers
Taffy

JFYI stop surfing the gay porn...
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 6:36:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/9/2009 6:43:42 AM EST by NIGHTSTALKER_O6]
Doesn't XP Pro have a repair option when you put the disk in?Where did you back stuff up?

Check this out-http://www.ar15.com/forums/forum.html?b=1&f=124
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 6:42:04 AM EST
here's the basics.

Go to a Known-Good computer. (no virus)
Insert a USB card
Download malwarebytes, AVG anti-virus, CCleaner, and Adaware to the USB.

Go to the virus computer

REstart, and hit F8 on the bootup to enter safe mode

Instert the USB.

Install the software from the USB and run each

REboot the machine as normal.

TRG
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 6:44:51 AM EST
Originally Posted By TheRedGoat:
here's the basics.

Go to a Known-Good computer. (no virus)
Insert a USB card
Download malwarebytes, AVG anti-virus, CCleaner, and Adaware to the USB.

Go to the virus computer

REstart, and hit F8 on the bootup to enter safe mode

Instert the USB.

Install the software from the USB and run each

REboot the machine as normal.

TRG


What he said.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 6:56:56 AM EST
Thanks for the help guys. I am working on it.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 6:59:02 AM EST
Originally Posted By jmhat98:
Thanks for the help guys. I am working on it.


You really need to just isoloate the virus PC, disconnect it from the web, your network, etc. Keep it as a standalone until you have it fixed.

TRG
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 7:01:01 AM EST
Originally Posted By jmhat98:
So for the past few days my desktop has been almost unusable. About every 30 seconds a message pops up that someone is trying to access Outlook email, or trying to log on to skype though my computer. It deleted "spybot search and destroy" off of my machine and I can not reinstall it now. It will not let me access either of my two hard drives or any files that are saved there. Luckily I have most everything backed up though. And worst of all, when I turned it on this morning it had several .jpg's on my desktop that were titled "I am gay",. "I love gay porn" ect...lol. And the pics were not very pleasant Anyway, does anyone know how to identify this virus, or get it off of my system without a complete reformat?


I'd try combofix and sdfix.

There are some new viruses running around that are extremely difficult to defeat. Most of them are rootkits or they replace windows system dlls, making virus scanners completely worthless against them.

If you've got everything backed up, it might be easier to format your hard drive and copy all your backups back in.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 7:02:30 AM EST
Originally Posted By TheRedGoat:
here's the basics.

Go to a Known-Good computer. (no virus)
Insert a USB card
Download malwarebytes, AVG anti-virus, CCleaner, and Adaware to the USB.

Go to the virus computer

REstart, and hit F8 on the bootup to enter safe mode

Instert the USB.

Install the software from the USB and run each

REboot the machine as normal.

TRG


Add SDFix and Combofix.

I just finished defeating a bad virus this morning here at work. Combofix was the only tool that would work that the virus couldn't defeat.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 7:03:20 AM EST

Originally Posted By TheRedGoat:
here's the basics.

Go to a Known-Good computer. (no virus)
Insert a USB card
Download malwarebytes, AVG anti-virus, CCleaner, and Adaware to the USB.

Go to the virus computer

REstart, and hit F8 on the bootup to enter safe mode

Instert the USB.

Install the software from the USB and run each

REboot the machine as normal.

TRG

This is good advice.

Also makes sure you have a good antivirus program running 24/7 once you get your computer fixed.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 7:03:28 AM EST
Originally Posted By xLucidx:
format
then buy a mac


Great solution. Spend twice the money for the same hardware with an OS your software doesn't work on

Come back when you have a real suggestion.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 7:12:39 AM EST
go to download.com and install Avast! antivirus on your machine. this will cure and prevent. malwarebytes is also great. also, if you don't want a to get a virus don't click on stuff that you don't know what it is. if your not sure and you don't absolutely HAVE to know what's @ the link, DON'T CLICK IT!! also, avoid myspace like the plague.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 7:14:36 AM EST

Originally Posted By NIGHTSTALKER_O6:
Originally Posted By TheRedGoat:
here's the basics.

Go to a Known-Good computer. (no virus)
Insert a USB card
Download malwarebytes, AVG anti-virus, CCleaner, and Adaware to the USB.

Go to the virus computer

REstart, and hit F8 on the bootup to enter safe mode

Instert the USB.

Install the software from the USB and run each

REboot the machine as normal.

TRG


What he said.

QFT
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 7:16:53 AM EST
Originally Posted By isa268:

Originally Posted By NIGHTSTALKER_O6:
Originally Posted By TheRedGoat:
here's the basics.

Go to a Known-Good computer. (no virus)
Insert a USB card
Download malwarebytes, AVG anti-virus, CCleaner, and Adaware to the USB.

Go to the virus computer

REstart, and hit F8 on the bootup to enter safe mode

Instert the USB.

Install the software from the USB and run each

REboot the machine as normal.

TRG


What he said.

QFT




TRG
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 7:16:56 AM EST
Originally Posted By isa268:

Originally Posted By NIGHTSTALKER_O6:
Originally Posted By TheRedGoat:
here's the basics.

Go to a Known-Good computer. (no virus)
Insert a USB card
Download malwarebytes, AVG anti-virus, CCleaner, and Adaware to the USB.

Go to the virus computer

REstart, and hit F8 on the bootup to enter safe mode

Instert the USB.

Install the software from the USB and run each

REboot the machine as normal.

TRG


What he said.

QFT


Then stop looking at p0rn
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 7:21:06 AM EST
Originally Posted By chevyrulz:
go to download.com and install Avast! antivirus on your machine. this will cure and prevent. malwarebytes is also great. also, if you don't want a to get a virus don't click on stuff that you don't know what it is. if your not sure and you don't absolutely HAVE to know what's @ the link, DON'T CLICK IT!! also, avoid myspace like the plague.


Yeah, my wife is big on Myspace and Facebook. I make her use this computer and not the laptop because this one is much easier to reformat. I have had to do it before.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 7:37:26 AM EST
Originally Posted By TheRedGoat:
Originally Posted By isa268:

Originally Posted By NIGHTSTALKER_O6:
Originally Posted By TheRedGoat:
here's the basics.

Go to a Known-Good computer. (no virus)
Insert a USB card
Download malwarebytes, AVG anti-virus, CCleaner, and Adaware to the USB.

Go to the virus computer

REstart, and hit F8 on the bootup to enter safe mode

Instert the USB.

Install the software from the USB and run each

REboot the machine as normal.

TRG


What he said.

QFT


http://blog.newsok.com/staticblog/files/2009/01/sally-field.jpg

TRG


QFT?
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 7:51:51 AM EST

Originally Posted By xLucidx:
format
then buy a mac

Why would you pay so much money for an inferior product?

Get ubuntu linux. It is free and anybody with intermediate computer skills can install and use it.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 7:53:32 AM EST
Originally Posted By NIGHTSTALKER_O6:
Originally Posted By TheRedGoat:
here's the basics.

Go to a Known-Good computer. (no virus)
Insert a USB card
Download malwarebytes, AVG anti-virus, CCleaner, and Adaware to the USB.

Go to the virus computer

REstart, and hit F8 on the bootup to enter safe mode

Instert the USB.

Install the software from the USB and run each

REboot the machine as normal.

TRG


What he said.


good idea,, just did this, just in case..
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 9:57:56 AM EST
Always back up at least weekly and it's a good idea to keep a spare junk pc around. They can be used to test ,scan files and other drives, surf etc. and if they get jacked up oh well. The spare pc can also be used for testing your back ups if you have the same programs on both. When i first got a pc i thought i was saving some stuff only to find out i hadn't.


With the jpgs you mentioned i'm wondering if you use wireless or have any friends that might have installed something. When you say desktop do you mean as in not laptop or clicking icons? Making a desktop print screen and using it as a wallpaper then remove all the desktop icons has happened before. I have never had anything like this but what does it say when you try to access your drives and program files? Can you still log in as admin?




I've been hearing about nasties being transferred from usb and external drives for a while also.


Check out eset when you get it running again.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 1:52:49 PM EST
Originally Posted By Molotov357:

Originally Posted By xLucidx:
format
then buy a mac

Why would you pay so much money for an inferior product?

Get ubuntu linux. It is free and anybody with intermediate computer skills can install and use it.



Don't listen to this crap - XP works just fine. Unfortunately most people stupidly surf the web (or let other people use their PC) logged in as Administrator. If you had created User/Limited accounts for web work, wives, etc. then even if they tried really, really hard to install malware, it couldn't. Because of this Microsoft added "User Account Control" (UAC) to Vista.

So you see, it's all your fault. Suck it up.

Link Posted: 9/17/2009 9:15:19 AM EST
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