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In Reply to: RE: Virus message posted by mark111 on May 24, 2010 at 16:19:10
Last Thursday, while visiting this site I had a virus alert that was eventually found to contain "Trojan horse Generic 17". this pernicious and vicious virus was able to turn off Windows Firewall and disabled all the *.exe files on my computer, including that for the AVG anti-virus, so I couldn;t use anything. The Internet connection did work and I think that was so it could go phishing.
This was very clever as it posed as "Anti-Spyware Soft" and of course in my panic when it asked "Do you want to stop this attack" I said yes and it started what I think was a phishing scan. I turned this off right away, but the trojan horse was deeply embedded.
My beloved ancient soundcard (Audiowerk 2, 1995) may have been ruined in all this as I may have shorted the outputs on the chassis when I reinstalled it- the little output transformers fried?
I thought the trojan horse was disabled/removed but apparently AVG could not remove it completely and it recurred. This all prompted me to take a new 750GB HD I'd bought as the recording files HD for my recording computer and loaded XP Professional and software. However, as the soundcard is not working and I lost the install key for my Wordperfect 12, I'm hobbling along on the previously infected HD, running scans twice a day and backing up to a portable HD.
Yesterday, I loaded and ran Super Anti Spyware that did find "Rogue Anti-Spyware Soft". I'll see if it actually cured. I'm limping along on the old hard drive until I get my new soundcard which is tomorrow- an M-Audio "Audiophile" 2496 -like the one I use in the recording computer. For a $100 soundcard, it's very, very good. I'm also receiving shortly Corel Office Suite X4, so I'll have my Wordperfect back. Then I'll reformat the infected 500GB and it can go into the recording computer. By the way, I am still unable to receive emails in the account that I use here, so anyone that's sent me anything- be patient!
This has been the worst virus disaster I've ever had- more than 3 days full time to recover. It's a reminder to pay serious attention to virus protection and to back up frequently!
As AVG did not block this attack means I'll be changing anti-virus software. Any recommendations for the best anti-virus, anti-mal and spyware programme gratefully received.
Is it the best i dont know,but the guys at shop use MSE Microsoft essentials,they said it gets stuff that sneeks through avg,
Trojans these days can put themselves beyond the reach of scanners. I use and like Avira Antivir (free version) and I also like and use Malwarebytes anti-malware.
But I have fought a Trojan that placed itself in areas that neither scanner could fix. They would detect it, attempt to fix it and then it would pop up under another name. This can get very ugly. And if you had something like this, it is probably still around.
My advice would be to go to the website aumha.org. There are other similar sites, but this is the one I have used. They give you preliminary steps to take. Then you start to interact with one of their volunteers. They will tell you exactly what software to get and they will have you do scans with programs like HijackThis, and then they will have you post the resulting logs. Depending what they see, they will have you get and use specialized tools. It can be a long iterative process- and these guys are volunteers. But in the end, you will have a clean system.
Unless you really know what you are doing, you can't fight the kind of thing you have on your own.
I have McAfee. It can be intrusive and annoying at times,but it seems to work well enough.
Good luck getting back to normal.
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