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Virus W.32.Pinfi

by Norman / April 5, 2004 12:46 AM PDT

Hi
Have just been infected with the virus W.32.Pinfi
Norton Antivirus has not been able to open it or repair it
I cant delete it either

What should I do
Can any body help

Thanks

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Re:Virus W.32.Pinfi
by Cursorcowboy / April 5, 2004 2:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Virus W.32.Pinfi

Please note what they say can happen when a computer is "infected" and then these "five different tools" suggested for use. Use all five to eradicate any possible junk from your computer first and then we'll help you fix anything left over.

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Re:Re:Virus W.32.Pinfi
by Norman / April 5, 2004 4:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Re:Virus W.32.Pinfi

Thanks for the reply

I ran a full system scan with Norton A/V and this time was able to put it into quarintine and delete it from there

I do already have Spybot, Adaware and Spyhunter and have now run all three

Hopefully it's gone but I will still download and run the others you suggested

Thanks once again

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Re:Virus W.32.Pinfi
by Yew / April 5, 2004 4:50 AM PDT
In reply to: Virus W.32.Pinfi

Ignore Cursorcowboy's "advice" because it won't do you a bit of good in this situation. Many of us often wonder if Cursorcowboy isn't just a roving script that searches the MSKB for documents that might, at some point, contain a word or phrase in common with the original post and then posts a link to it. It's the only way you can explain telling someone to get spyware removal tools to clear up a virus without resorting to assuming they're a complete and total smegging idiot.

That aside, assuming Norton can't seem to clear things up, McAfee (I think it's McAfee) makes a handy little program called Stinger. It's a virus scanner that fits on a floppy basically, and only scans for the 30 or so most common viruses and worms instead of the thousands that a full virus scanner looks for (most of which are basically extinct). It would be a good idea to go to a "clean" computer (like maybe one at work) and download a copy of Stinger and put it on a floppy that you can keep in a safe place. Then you always have a backup in case your main scanner fails for whatever reason. There have been times where Stinger managed to clean a system that Norton or McAfee's regular virus scanners couldn't.

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Re:Re:Virus W.32.Pinfi
by Norman / April 5, 2004 7:37 AM PDT
In reply to: Re:Virus W.32.Pinfi

Thanks

Did wonder how spyware tools could clear a virus
but anyway I think Norton has removed it, when I do a full scan it displays "0 infected files"

Will have a look for Stinger

Thanks again

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Re:Re:Virus W.32.Pinfi
by dinowk / November 16, 2004 1:50 AM PST
In reply to: Re:Re:Virus W.32.Pinfi

Do not get so excited. I followed the instruction step-by-step and cleaned the virus many times. It comes back every month. I think that the virus is still residing in my computer.

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Re:Virus W.32.Pinfi
by ronclon / April 5, 2004 4:50 PM PDT
In reply to: Virus W.32.Pinfi

next time you get a virus that you have trouble with try going to the symantec website and you can look up the virus and how to get rid of it there. it is much more specific to your problem that way. glad you got rid of it.

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Re: Virus W.32.Pinfi
by billzhills / November 16, 2004 5:37 AM PST
In reply to: Virus W.32.Pinfi

Norman,

One Item that has not been mentioned....

System Restore in ME and Xp.

A virus that attaches itself to your system becomes part of the restore points which are protected by the O/S and may be why you cannot do anything with the virus. Also being part of the restore points each restore you do you are re-infecting yourself.

For that reason turn off system restore, reboot to safe mode (Safe Mode loads into memory just enough of the O/S to run. (simplifed).) and run your scans.

Bill
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