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Fixing Win XP Pro after Trojan Attack

by labogart / July 11, 2005 2:01 PM PDT

I got attacked by a trojan virus in mid june and caught it before it messed up my computer completely. However, I can't run regedit to clean up some of the problems. Can some one give me some hints as to how to clean this up?

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suggest you 'repair' your O/S
by dawillie / July 11, 2005 4:02 PM PDT

boot from CD and at some point you will be asked to 'install' or 'repair'.

choose the latter and follow the prompts.


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Two things
by Yew / July 11, 2005 10:08 PM PDT

First, trojans and viruses are two entirely different things. May as well toss worms in there two. That, and the fact that all three are bad, is about all you need to know about them.

Except that the only absolutely sure way to be sure you're rid of a trojan is to format. Otherwise, you never know if it left some other little present on your system in some place that virus scanners can't search (like the system restore area), or maybe it altered your virus scanner to hide itself from detection. You can never know for sure until you format. This applies to whatever system you're dealing with as well... Windows, Mac, Unix workstation/server... There's never a way to be absolutely sure something's gone without formatting.

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I agree. Repair is "iffy."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 11, 2005 10:48 PM PDT

Microsoft's repair tools (repair install, SFC and other items) as well as 3rd party tools (you name it) may never put the OS back together proper. I can go on as to why, but must note that without the name of the trojan I can't comment if it's damage was light, dark or "toast."


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which is one of the reasons I suggested repair mode.
by dawillie / July 12, 2005 3:04 AM PDT

if we knew the exact path of the Trojan we may have been able to correct functionality using Move on Boot.

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I'll try repair mode
by labogart / July 12, 2005 10:56 AM PDT

first. I don't remember the name of the trojan, but it came out around June 10/11 and was a file attachment (.exe) from a trusted site. The e-mail address was hijacked.

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