Virus/malware that keeps coming back despite being removed with Malwarebytes

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By lunsk
Feb 28, 2012
  1. lunsk

    lunsk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    I just installed SP2 a couple of months ago too

    Should I restart after installing SP1 and then install SP2? Or is it okay to install one right after another?
  2. lunsk

    lunsk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    Uh...it won't let me install sp1 saying it is already installed...
  3. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 46,179   +251

    Yeah, it looks like we have some serious issue with Windows installation.

    Do you have\can borrow Vista DVD?
  4. lunsk

    lunsk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    Yes, I have it right here

    It says vista home premium 32bit sp1 reinstallation dvd, I'm guessing this is it?
  5. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 46,179   +251

    No, that won't do.
    It'll erase all of your data.
    I was thinking about repair installation but you'd need full version Vista DVD to do that.

    How much of an important data do you have there.
    I'm leaning toward backing up your data and reinstalling Windows.
  6. lunsk

    lunsk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    I have about 250gb+ of stuff I can back to my external, but wouldn't I be moving the virus as well?

    And I have some programs where I don't have the disc for anymore, will I be essentially reformatting my computer?
  7. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 46,179   +251

    Yes.
    All those files would have to be scanned after fresh installation.
  8. lunsk

    lunsk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    All right...guess I'll get started on backing everything up

    Anything else I should do in the meantime?
  9. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 46,179   +251

    I can't think of anything.
    Too bad we couldn't fix it :(
  10. lunsk

    lunsk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    Well I was going to reformat eventually anyways, and at least I still have a chance to back everything up.

    I'm thankful that you spent all this time helping me, even if the outcome wasn't optimal.

    I'll inform you once everything has been backed up
  11. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 46,179   +251

    Sounds like a plan :)
    Good luck!
     
  12. lunsk

    lunsk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    I tried freeing up space on my harddrive from the infected computer, and I emptied the recycling bin even though it's corrupt. I now noticed that it didn't free up any space...did I just screw up?
  13. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 46,179   +251

    I'm not sure what you're trying to do.
    You're supposed to be reinstalling Windows.
  14. lunsk

    lunsk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    I'm still backing up

    I tried freeing up space from my external from my infected computer with the corrupted Recycling Bin*
  15. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 46,179   +251

    You're trying to free some space on your EXTERNAL drive?
  16. lunsk

    lunsk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    Yes i was freeing space on my external
  17. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 46,179   +251

    Well you can only fit as much as it'll take :)
  18. lunsk

    lunsk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    But I tried deleting some files and emptying the recycle bin and it didn't free up any space
  19. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 46,179   +251

    What do you want me to do?
    I can't make your drive bigger :)
  20. lunsk

    lunsk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    Oh no, I was just curious if some files were corrupted and just taking up space on my harddrive since I emptied from a corrupted recycling bin
  21. lunsk

    lunsk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    Allright, I finished backing everything up, what should I do to reinstall?
  22. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 46,179   +251

    You have reinstallation DVD.
    Put it in, restart computer, make sure it boots to that DVD and follow on-screen instructions.
  23. lunsk

    lunsk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    I'm trying to install, but it says I don't have enough room. Do I need to format the drives? Both my main drive and recovery?
  24. lunsk

    lunsk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    I finished reinstalling, but I formatted my recovery drive by accident.

    What should I do before getting all my files back, download MSE and scan my external?
  25. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 46,179   +251

    Since you have reinstallation DVD you'll be fine.

    Exactly.


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