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December 27, 2004 3:00:17 PM

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I have the following files that install themselves in the root of the
following drives that I have.
arun.exe
autorun.inf
install.exe
setup32.exe
update32.exe
In addition I did a search and the same files install themselves in the
bullitproof and quicken directories i C:.
I will delete them and in a couple of hours they are all back.I have run
virus checks with Norton,Spysweeper,TrojanHunter and Spybot but nothing
shows up.This has been going on for about 3 weeks.Help.

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December 27, 2004 3:00:18 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

Max wrote:

> I have the following files that install themselves in the root of the
> following drives that I have.
> arun.exe
> autorun.inf
> install.exe
> setup32.exe
> update32.exe
> In addition I did a search and the same files install themselves in
> the bullitproof and quicken directories i C:.
> I will delete them and in a couple of hours they are all back.I have
> run virus checks with Norton,Spysweeper,TrojanHunter and Spybot but
> nothing shows up.This has been going on for about 3 weeks.Help.

You may have run scans, but some malware is still on your computer and
is still spawning cr*p. Go through the following removal steps. Make
sure all tools are updated and that you run all scans in Safe Mode.


1) Scan in Safe Mode with current version (not earlier than 2003)
antivirus using updated definitions.

2) Remove spyware with Spybot Search & Destroy and Ad-aware. These
programs are free, so use them both since they complement each other.
There is a new version of CWShredder from Intermute. I would not
install the other Intermute programs, however. Alternately, there are
CoolWebSearch malware removal steps at SilentRunners.

Be sure to update these programs before running, and it is a good idea
to do virus/spyware scans in Safe Mode. Make sure you are able to see
all hidden files and extensions (View tab in Folder Options).

HijackThis is an excellent tool to discover and disable hijackers, but
it requires expert skill. See below for HijackThis links. A combination
of HijackThis and About:Buster works well in removing the About:Blank
homepage hijacker. Again, this is an expert tool and novices should get
help with it.

3) If you are running Windows ME or XP, you should disable/enable System
Restore because malware will be in the Restore Points. With ME, you
must disable System Restore completely. With XP, you can delete all but
the most recent (presumably clean) System Restore point from the More
Options section of Disk Cleanup (Run>cleanmgr).

4) Make sure you've visited Windows Update and applied all security
patches. Do not install driver updates from Windows Update.

5) Run a firewall.

Links to help with malware:

Software/Methods:
http://www.safer-networking.org - Spybot Search & Destroy
http://www.lavasoftusa.com - Ad-aware
http://www.majorgeeks.com - good download site
http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshredder_downloa...
http://www.silentrunners.org/sr_cwsremoval.html. - SilentRunners

HijackThis:
http://www.aumha.org/a/hjttutor.htm - HijackThis tutorial by Jim
Eshelman
http://spywarewarrior.com/viewforum.php?f=5 - Spyware Warrior HijackThis
forum
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/
http://forums.tomcoyote.org/
http://www.spywareinfo.com/forums/

General:
http://forum.aumha.org/ - look under "Security" for various forums
http://rgharper.mvps.org/cleanit.htm
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
http://www.aumha.org/a/parasite.htm - The Parasite Fight
http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm

Malke
--
MS MVP - Windows Shell/User
Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic!"
Anonymous
December 27, 2004 4:19:59 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

You might want to start here:

http://tinyurl.com/4vf87

As suggested, turn off System Restore and run the free online
scan here:

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/housecall/start_corp.as...

Good luck

Nepatsfan

"Max" <rk330@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>I have the following files that install themselves in the root
>of the following drives that I have.
> arun.exe
> autorun.inf
> install.exe
> setup32.exe
> update32.exe
> In addition I did a search and the same files install
> themselves in the bullitproof and quicken directories i C:.
> I will delete them and in a couple of hours they are all back.I
> have run virus checks with Norton,Spysweeper,TrojanHunter and
> Spybot but nothing shows up.This has been going on for about 3
> weeks.Help.
>
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