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Old 12-30-2010, 06:37 PM   #17 (permalink)
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My dads computer is having a similar problem.
I used SpyBot and it found some maulware, but it is unable to remove it.
I get this error
" Unexpected error in fixing problems ( Cannot create file "C : /WINDOWS/System 32/drivers/etc/hosts " access is denied .)
I went to the host file and tried to move it, but that didn't help anything.
I also tried three or four programs - AVG , Avira and a maulware remover, but all thee are not seeing the maulware that SpyBot sees.
One of the things I do is I remove the hard disk and attach it as an external USB hard disk. Then I hammer it with an antivirus program on my "clean" PC.

This does NOT solve all virus problems, but it allows you to attack the hard disk without the possibility that the virus will be interfering with what you are doing. The limitation to this is that the antivirus software on your "clean" PC can't see registry stuff that is loaded when the OS is loaded. It is the files that are on the disk only. The other benefit is that you can use different antivirus software to analyze the disk. In practice you don't want McAfee and Norton and ??? running on the same PC because they fight with each other.

Assuming your Dad's PC is XP, your malware may have installed a copy in the "C:\System Volume Information" folder. This will allow it to reinstall itself ad-infinitum.


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