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getting rid of

Caught this virus tonight - scanning is not finding it - the msconfig in the start button fix does not work as the window just flashes long enough for me to see that it is there - closes right away. I am currently running a scan right thru the mcaffee website as well as running spybot.

I am on a Dell Inspiron 8500 laptop running XP and my McAffee product is version7.2, build 7.2.147.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I have a business, with all of my info on this computer and I, of course, have not backed anything up for quite some time (insert head slap here)

thank you!
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RE: getting rid of

I can't find any listing for it at all. So I suggest the following:

If you can find it on your hard drive then email it to McAfee Avert Labs for inclusion in detections:

Send a file to Avert for analysis: (online submission)
Email file to:
The file must be no more than 3mb and must be zipped and password protected using the password infected or it will be refused.

Download Hijackthis and post its log on any of the following forums for expert help:

Do not post the log here, we can't help!


Post the logs at a specialist Forum:








WHAT THE TECH FORUM (Formerly Tom Coyote)

Be sure to read all the sticky announcements/instructions at the top of each malware forum!
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still trying

Thank you Peter - searching computer for the file. I did a search for the virus and found an entry from 2001 on this issue from a website called anetforums, that is where I got the info to go into msconfig, but as I said - it isn't working. That forum said that the file would be called: PIC1342(2)(1)(1)(2)(1)(1)(1).exe , so I am searching for that also. I did not find a file called tho.

I will keep looking and please let me know if you come up with something - thanks again!


RE: still trying

Don't worry if you can't find it. Do the Hijackthis thing.
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virus/infected file name

How do I know what the name of the virus or the infected file is? Maybe I am not searching for the correct thing.

RE: virus/infected file name

As I already said - don't worry about it. Just do the Hijackthis thing and post its log on one of those forums. They will do all the thinking for you.
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YAY! Someone to do the thinking for me!!!! Where have they been all my life? :^)null

RE: thanks

I doubt very much that your MSN account is infected. It would be only your machine.
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hijackthis not working

Hijackthis does not work - it just flashes on my screen. I have been able to anticipate where the buttons are and have been able to click both the scan only and the scan and make a log buttons, but then it disappears . . . I am not able to change the name of it either - as recommended in the FAQs

RE: hijackthis not working

From the FAQ section of Hijackthis download site:

Some variants of malware have been known to force HijackThis to exit as soon as you open the program. If this is happening on your PC you should try renaming HijackThis. For example change HijackThis.exe to Hijack.exe this should allow you to run HijackThis once again.

Are you signed in as an Administrator? You should be able to rename it.

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