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Windows 7: Virus Attack?

23 May 2010   #1
Moochmaker

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Virus Attack?

I believe I may have downloaded a virus and it's stopping me from running any other programs, esp. antivirus software. What can I do? Is there a way to get around this or what?


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23 May 2010   #2
Moochmaker

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Really need help bad. Virus is blocking all my programs.
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23 May 2010   #3
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

The easiest way to clean up virus infection is to plug your infected disk to another clean computer and scan/clean it from there. It's never a good idea to install anti virus on a compromised system, because virus/malware today is anti virus/anti malware aware, which either will block it's installation attempt, or the AV/AM most of the time will miss it in the scan process...

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23 May 2010   #4
Moochmaker

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Ya, I kind of found out. Anyways, I think I found a solution on my own. The virus is know as Antispyware Soft, which poses as an antispyware program, but actually blocks all your programs and antivirus attempts. I found a couple sites that talked about ways to handle it. I'll post the links for everyone else.

Remove Antispyware Soft, removal instructions

Antispyware Soft - how to remove

How to remove Antivirus Soft (Uninstall instructions) | My Anti Spyware

Hope this will help someone in the future.
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23 May 2010   #5
IggyAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Moochmaker View Post
I believe I may have downloaded a virus and it's stopping me from running any other programs, esp. antivirus software. What can I do? Is there a way to get around this or what?
I'd be interested in what antivirus software you had prior to the infection.
It is always helpful to other in how your computer got infected.
By a download?
By saying yes to something?
Let us know.
Thanks
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23 May 2010   #6
Moochmaker

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I won't say what I was downloading, but it was definitely an unsafe site. I have a couple anti-virus programs, Free AVG and Malwarebytes. Neither are constantly checking the computer so it is possible for a virus to get through and take over. Any recommendations on better anti-virus software or should I just be more careful and stick with what I got?
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24 May 2010   #7
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

My parents computer caught one of those and I think they clicked on it being naive. It was a pain in the a$$ to get off their PC. This one was especially hideous. I had to download a process killer because even in safe mode my anti virus wouldn't launch not even malwarebytes. Once I killed the process that wasn't supposed be running I was able to launch both programs and I was able to get rid of the virus.
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24 May 2010   #8
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Moochmaker View Post
Any recommendations on better anti-virus software or should I just be more careful and stick with what I got?
Everyone has a different opinion on what is better or best. If you feel you need a change the best thing you can do is read reviews and tests and trial different programs.

What's the Best Anti-virus?
AV-Comparatives - Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software - Dynamic Test
AV-Test.Org Releases Real-World Malware Protection Report - Security Watch
MRG Archive Malware Research Group

There are also other layers of protection you can add, such as virtualisation. If you have the time and patience I suggest looking into learning about and using either Sandboxie, Returnil or Shadow Defender.
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24 May 2010   #9
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Moochmaker View Post
Really need help bad. Virus is blocking all my programs.
Well, I've had a lot of success with the AVG Rescue disk you can d/l for free. Make sure it's in when you boot the sys.

AVG Rescue CD Cleans Your Infected Windows PC

Give that a try. Hope it helps
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24 May 2010   #10
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Moochmaker View Post
Ya, I kind of found out. Anyways, I think I found a solution on my own. The virus is know as Antispyware Soft, which poses as an antispyware program, but actually blocks all your programs and antivirus attempts. I found a couple sites that talked about ways to handle it. I'll post the links for everyone else.
Hi, Moochmaker.

I think you'll find the instructions for removing rogues at Bleeping Computer the most effective. See Remove Antispyware Soft (Uninstall Guide)
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