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Can anyone tell me how to remove Virus (HANTANA. A)? Please !!?

by glynmun / March 19, 2004 12:49 AM PST

I recently downloaded AVG free, and it highlighted 2 viruses which Norton has never found. I run windows Me.

The virus is called hantana.A. It is located within my C:\_RESTORE\TEMP\ folder and is called A0004964.CPY.

When I right click and click delete, I am not allowed to delete it as "The source file is in use". How do I permanently erase this nuisance? A dopey friend of mine was "allowed" to erase his windows sys.ini file with no problems....screwing up his computer until I gave him a copy of the file.


Thanks in advance for your help, and thatnks for the mailwasher tip Marianna!

G.

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Re:Can anyone tell me how to remove Virus (HANTANA. A)? Please !!?

hi,

Temporary disable System Restore of Windows.

To disable Windows XP System Restore:

1. Click Start.
2. Right-click on the My Computer icon, and then click Properties.
3. Click the "System Restore" tab.
4. Check "Turn off system restore" or "Turn off system restore on all drives". Click on Apply, etc.

To disable Windows Me System Restore:

1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
2. Double-click the System icon. The System Properties dialog box appears.

NOTE: If the System icon is not visible, click "View all Control Panel options" to display it.

3. Click the Performancetab, and then click ?File System?.
4. Click the Troubleshooting tab, and then check Disable System Restore.

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Re:Can anyone tell me how to remove Virus (HANTANA. A)? Please !!?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 19, 2004 12:54 AM PST

glynmun,

It sounds like you're using Windows XP or Me. With those particular operating systems, they have a "System Restore" program. Temporarily disable System Restore using the instructions below, restart the computer into "Safe Mode", then do a full system scan using AVG. That should delete any infected files:

To disable Windows XP System Restore:

1. Click Start.
2. Right-click on the ?My Computer? icon, and then click Properties.
3. Click the "System Restore" tab.
4. Check "Turn off system restore" or "Turn off system restore on all drives". Click on Apply, etc.

To disable Windows Me System Restore:

1. Click Start, point to ?Settings?, and then click ?Control Panel?.
2. Double-click the ?System? icon. The System Properties dialog box appears.

NOTE: If the System icon is not visible, click "View all Control Panel options" to display it.

3. Click the ?Performance? tab, and then click ?File System?.
4. Click the ?Troubleshooting? tab, and then check ?Disable System Restore?.
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How To Start In "Safe Mode"

Restart the computer, pressing the F8 key once per second, till it loads a selection screen. Use the up and down arrows to select "Safe Mode", press enter, and the computer will load into a safe mode. It looks like a normal screen but with Safe Mode in each of the four corners. When you?re done, restart the machine and it will boot normally.

When you're finished cleaning the virus, re-enable System Restore by reversing the proceedures above.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Glyn, You're Welcome - Bob Profitt has mentioned a while back

a "surgical trick" Happy

"I use another method which doesn't empty the system restore points.

Using a Windows ME boot diskette, I can boot to a command line and type ONE command to clean off the infected file...

A:\>DEL C:\_Restore\Temp\filename.xxx

Replace the filename part to match where and what you want to remove.

A surgical strike version of the cleanup.

Bob"

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