[Not curable] win32.Ramnit!A - infected and ruined everything, please help.

By rafeed · 8 replies
Aug 18, 2013
  1. well a month or so ago ramnit infected my computer. what do I do ?

    programs I have: bitdefender (paid) (not installed yet)
    malware bytes free
    eset free
    any other free programs you experts recommend


    I could format my pc (I have a special backup folder with media files)

    but I have some questions:

    1. will my 500gb usb2 flash drive (which has a OS on it) get infected if I try to transfer a 50+gb file (it has a origin game install file in it aswell) ?
    2. would it be better/easier ?

    • I will only consider this if :
    1. disinfection is not possible/efficient
    2. disinfection fails
  2. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,258   +383

    I'm afraid I have very bad news.

    You're infected with Ramnit file infector virus. It's not curable.

    Win32/Ramnit.A is a file infector with IRCBot functionality which infects .exe, and .HTML/HTM files, and opens a back door that compromises your computer. Using this backdoor, a remote attacker can access and instruct the infected computer to download and execute more malicious files. The infected .HTML or .HTM files may be detected as Virus:VBS/Ramnit.A. Win32/Ramnit.A!dll is a related file infector often seen with this infection. It too has IRCBot functionality which infects .exe, .dll and .HTML/HTM files and opens a back door that compromises your computer. This component is injected into the default web browser by Worm:Win32/Ramnit.A which is dropped by a Ramnit infected executable file.

    -- Note: As with most malware infections, the threat name may be different depending on the anti-virus or anti-malware program which detected it. Each security vendor uses their own naming conventions to identify various types of malware.
    With this particular infection the safest solution and only sure way to remove it effectively is to reformat and reinstall the OS.

    Why? The malware injects code in legitimate files similar to the Virut virus and in many cases the infected files (which could number in the thousands) cannot be disinfected properly by your anti-virus. When disinfection is attempted, the files often become corrupted and the system may become unstable or irreparable. The longer Ramnit.A remains on a computer, the more files it infects and corrupts so the degree of infection can vary.

    Ramnit is commonly spread via a flash drive (usb, pen, thumb, jump) infection where it copies Worm:Win32/Ramnit.A with a random file name. The infection is often contracted by visiting remote, crack and keygen sites. These type of sites are infested with a smörgåsbord of malware and a major source of system infection.

    In my opinion, Ramnit.A is not effectively disinfectable, so your best option is to perform a full reformat as there is no guarantee this infection can be completely removed. In most instances it may have caused so much damage to your system files that it cannot be completely cleaned or repaired. Further, your machine has likely been compromised by the backdoor Trojan and there is no way to be sure the computer can ever be trusted again. It is dangerous and incorrect to assume the computer is secure even if your anti-virus reports that the malware appears to have been removed.

    Many experts in the security community believe that once infected with this type of malware, the best course of action is to wipe the drive clean, reformat and reinstall the OS. Please read:
    Backdoors and What They Mean to You

    This is what Jesper M. Johansson at Microsoft TechNet has to say: Help: I Got Hacked. Now What Do I Do?.

    Important Note:: If your computer was used for online banking, has credit card information or other sensitive data on it, you should disconnect from the Internet until your system is cleaned. All passwords should be changed immediately to to include those used for banking, email, eBay, paypal and any online activities which require a username and password. You should consider them to be compromised. You should change each password using a clean computer and not the infected one. If not, an attacker may get the new passwords and transaction information. Banking and credit card institutions should be notified of the possible security breach. Failure to notify your financial institution and local law enforcement can result in refusal to reimburse funds lost due to fraud or similar criminal activity.
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  3. rafeed

    rafeed TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What about my flash drive? I have used with my infected pc to transfer media things
  4. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,258   +383

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  5. rafeed

    rafeed TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So I cam't backup ANY data? what if I used my nexus 7 tablet to transfer some media files (not dll html or exe).

    or maybe I could transfer the files , format pc, install panda/bitdefender usb thing, then transfer it to my fresh, formatted and clean pc.
  6. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,258   +383

    You can back up some data but you have to scan them with your AV program before putting them back on fresh Windows installation.
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  7. rafeed

    rafeed TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for all your help!

    so first I protect my laptop with trend micro such and such antivirus and malwarebytes free,panda usb vaccine and mbam usb immunizer.

    with the laptop scan my ext hdd

    then I vaccinate/immunize my ext. hdd.

    then I transfer my data to the ext hdd.

    I again scan my hdd with my laptop.

    if data is intact, I format my pc.

    I protect my fresh pc with trend micro such and such A/V and malwarebytes free.

    I transfer my clean data to my newly clean pc.
  8. rafeed

    rafeed TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Double post.
  9. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,258   +383

    Transfer whatever you want to external drive now.

    Format hard drive, reinstall Windows.
    Install some AV program, make sure firewall is on, install all Windows updates.

    When done immunize YOUR COMPUTER.
    Now you're safe to plug external drive in and scan it with your AV program.
    Remove all threats and transfer healthy data back to your computer.
    rafeed likes this.

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