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VIRUS??? XP gets hunged? OMG...





guissmo
Alright, we all know for a fact that Windows is virus prone..

I just wonder what happened to my cousin's PC.

She just goes to the internet, surfs some Yahoo or something...
then after that, when she disconnects and tries to connect again,
something weird goes on with the "Connect To" item.

Everytime the cursor hovers on it,
the PC... er... does nothing... even if you move and move the mouse away, it just goes away...

We tried reformatting the said PC but the same thing happens.

Any suggestions on removing this virus?
IceCreamTruck
Lookup AVAST in google and that might get it

Lookup AVG and that might help too

Both of these are free virus removal programs, but it sounds like the virus has set itself up in the boot partition so it will run after reinstalling the OS.

Reformat the drive completely and remove all existing partitions and start from scratch, but also remember to disconnect the computer from the internet first so the virus doesn't get a chance to come back in over the internet before you get a chance to do anything about it.

Also, install Zone alarm free firewall before connection as it sounds like there is a computer close to her (same ISP) where someone else is allowing the virus to serve itself out from. Also could be a computer on the local network that is serving the virus. Is this the only computer she owns? or that is on the same internet connection because this virus sounds very close to her indeed.
guissmo
Yes. It's not connected to any LAN whatsoever... we're just neighbors and I'm not getting the virus (we're using the same ISP...)...

IceCreamTruck wrote:
Both of these are free virus removal programs, but it sounds like the virus has set itself up in the boot partition so it will run after reinstalling the OS.

Reformat the drive completely and remove all existing partitions and start from scratch, but also remember to disconnect the computer from the internet first so the virus doesn't get a chance to come back in over the internet before you get a chance to do anything about it.


How do I remove all existing partitions...?

By the way, after that, we can connect to the Net again... right?
manumiglani
You will have to completely format(delete) the drive on which you OS (XP) was installed. Also, boot scan you computer ( scanning while booting ) which avast or avg. They both are capable of scanning while booting.
Bones
guissmo wrote:
Alright, we all know for a fact that Windows is virus prone..

We tried reformatting the said PC but the same thing happens.

Any suggestions on removing this virus?


Windows is no more virus prone than any other OS, the problem is that almost %100 of viruses are designed to attack windows (whats the point of attacking Linux and Mac when over 80% of the world's computers run some form of Windows?)

Anyway, if the pc was formatted and reinstalled, and the problem came back as soon as the reinstall took place, then it isnt a virus. Formatting (erasing) a drive will delete all the viruses on it.

If you are asking how to delete partitions, then it doesn't sound like you did an actual format/clean install as partitioning is a part of that process (in XP) are you using an OEM disk?
Donutey
pop the XP cd into your computer, and boot off of it, when you choose a new install choose the "complete reformat option" which will write 000s all across the hard drive, a "quick reformat" might not neccesarily get the virus.
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