Root Virus?

By mfessaru
Feb 28, 2010
  1. I have a computer which has a new message: after logging on, the WIndows Security Center screen comes up, and then something called "XP Internet Security 2010" starts doing a scan, and reports finding a lot of malicious software.

    However, it won't allow me to wipe them -- just keeps sending me back to a registration board. So, I suspect that this is a virus. Also, the malware and super spybot (from "8 steps") don't seem to open.

    I noticed this maybe the next time that I turned on the computer, after a day when I downloaded updates from Microsoft.

    A friend says that this is a root virus, and the only way to get rid of it is to take out the hard-drive and put it on a Unix machine.

    Any other ideas/comments??
  2. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,792   +343

    Please download ComboFix from Here or Here to your Desktop.

    **Note: In the event you already have Combofix, this is a new version that I need you to download. It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop**
    1. Please, never rename Combofix unless instructed.
    2. Close any open browsers.
    3. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.
      • Very Important! Temporarily disable your anti-virus, script blocking and any anti-malware real-time protection before performing a scan. They can interfere with ComboFix or remove some of its embedded files which may cause "unpredictable results".
      • Click on this link to see a list of programs that should be disabled. The list is not all inclusive. If yours is not listed and you don't know how to disable it, please ask.
      NOTE1. If Combofix asks you to install Recovery Console, please allow it.
      NOTE 2. If Combofix asks you to update the program, always do so.
      • Close any open browsers.
      • WARNING: Combofix will disconnect your machine from the Internet as soon as it starts
      • Please do not attempt to re-connect your machine back to the Internet until Combofix has completely finished.
      • If there is no internet connection after running Combofix, then restart your computer to restore back your connection.
    4. Double click on combofix.exe & follow the prompts.
    5. When finished, it will produce a report for you.
    6. Please post the "C:\ComboFix.txt" along with a new HijackThis log for further review.
    **Note: Do not mouseclick combofix's window while it's running. That may cause it to stall**

    Make sure, you re-enable your security programs, when you're done with Combofix.

    DO NOT make any other changes to your computer (like installing programs, using other cleaning tools, etc.), until it's officially declared clean!!!
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