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Windows 7: I Think I May Have A Worm or Virus

04 Jun 2010   #11
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Thanks for the astute advice, as always.


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04 Jun 2010   #12
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Corrine, that is excellent help to the OP.
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04 Jun 2010   #13
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Thank you, Gentlemen.

The hidden object could very well be legitimate. However, an online scan certainly can't hurt. Another option would be a rootkit scan, such as this from Sophos: Anti-Rootkit | Free Rootkit Removal | Rootkit Detection - Sophos
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04 Jun 2010   #14
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Avira Premium Security Suite has a rootkit scan
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04 Jun 2010   #15
Anpippin

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Avira Premium Security Suite has a rootkit scan
How do I use the rootkit scan on Avira?
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04 Jun 2010   #16
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Since you performed a complete system scan with Avira Premium Security Suite, that would have included a rootkit scan.

Not all hidden files are malicious. The reason I suggested scanning with a different vendor is because each has different scanning engines and detection and it appears you are still having problems.
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04 Jun 2010   #17
antharr

Windows 7 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
Quote:
1 Hidden objects were found
You may want to try an online scan.

Go here to run an on-line scan from ESET.
  • Note: It is easiest if you use Internet explorer for this scan. (If you use an alternate browser, it will be necessary to download the ESET Smart Installer)
  • Turn off the real time scanner of any existing antivirus program while performing the online scan
  • Tick the box next to YES, I accept the Terms of Use.
  • Click Start
  • When asked, allow the activex control to install
  • Click Start
  • Make sure that the option Scan Archives option is ticked.
  • Click on Advanced Settings, ensure the options Scan for potentially unwanted applications, Scan for potentially unsafe applications, and Enable Anti-Stealth Technology are ticked.
  • Click Scan
or

Go here and run an on-line scan with the F-Secure scanner .
  • Use IE (Internet Explorer), accept the license terms, and allow the Active-X controls to load.
  • Click Full System Scan and allow the components to download and the scan to complete.
  • If malware is found during the scan, check Submit samples to F-Secure and Automatic cleaning.
Eset Online Scanner is a solid online virus scan. I also recommend this to folks that don't have an anti-virus or when an infection has rendered their current protection useless. Good advice.
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04 Jun 2010   #18
Anpippin

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
Quote:
1 Hidden objects were found
You may want to try an online scan.


Go here to run an on-line scan from ESET.
  • Note: It is easiest if you use Internet explorer for this scan. (If you use an alternate browser, it will be necessary to download the ESET Smart Installer)
  • Turn off the real time scanner of any existing antivirus program while performing the online scan
  • Tick the box next to YES, I accept the Terms of Use.
  • Click Start
  • When asked, allow the activex control to install
  • Click Start
  • Make sure that the option Scan Archives option is ticked.
  • Click on Advanced Settings, ensure the options Scan for potentially unwanted applications, Scan for potentially unsafe applications, and Enable Anti-Stealth Technology are ticked.
  • Click Scan
or

Go here and run an on-line scan with the F-Secure scanner .
  • Use IE (Internet Explorer), accept the license terms, and allow the Active-X controls to load.
  • Click Full System Scan and allow the components to download and the scan to complete.
  • If malware is found during the scan, check Submit samples to F-Secure and Automatic cleaning.
ESET Online Scanner is slow, it's been running for 9 hours and 58 minutes now.
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04 Jun 2010   #19
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Let's hope it comes out clean. If you decide to run a scan with any other programs, I recommend a shutdown/restart between scans.
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04 Jun 2010   #20
Anpippin

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
Let's hope it comes out clean. If you decide to run a scan with any other programs, I recommend a shutdown/restart between scans.
It finished after 10 hours and 43 minutes with no threats found.
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