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Just removed a virus via system restore.


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Okay, I just removed a very malicious virus after about three hours of work. luckily I found a way to restore my PC. However Im sure its still lurking there some where, waiting to strike a second time. Does anyone know of a free AV I can run once, to get rid of malicious files? Im not asking for the best thing on the market, just free, and does the job somewhat correctly.

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I think it depends upon the situation, I had a Vista box I worked on for a friend and it just completely defeated me (that and BlackSOD), regardless of what I could do. That situation involved a reinstall.

Ive had other times where I have done "surgery" with Linux live CD disks on Windows boxes, and once getting it to a state of where I can get Malwarebytes and Hijackthis to run, I've had some success.

But in the end, if you have to be sure, wipe the drive and reinstall.....

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Ya i'm actually fixing a friends computer now. Had a nasty virus, that and god knows what else. I asked if there was anything important they wanted (pics,doc etc.) Said no so i looked into removing it and i couldn't really get anywhere. Thussss a nice clean reinstall of Xp, it never fails. One thing that i couldn't wrap my mind around is that of course once your done installing you usual have to install drivers...so got the correct NIC driver and restart. Computer still doesn't recognize it. After many hours of frustration i figured out that if its a computer where the power supply has a green light (hp pacilion a1228x) then a simple restart will not do. You must completely unplug the psu. After that,everything is a go! On to the 24726792562852 updates! sorry for the long post, just wondering if anyone has every had that issue.

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First try system restore, then do a scan. When I was consulting, we used malwarebytes heavily. For the really bad ones, combofix. If you can't even boot into windows, use the ultimate boot cd for windows to scan it.

If all else fails, backup, reformat, and reinstall.

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