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Identifying the infecting virus?

I work away from home, and it would appear that some time ago my daughter, using the home PC, allowed in a Virus or Trojan, despite the PC having Norton AntiVirus 2004 and the Firewall. My attempts to get rid of the virus each time I go home have been frustrated, there isn't much on the Symantec Web site to help in identifying the virus - hopefully somebody here will recognise the Symptoms:

The message upon trying to connect to any Web page is:

"Forbidden: You were denied access because: Access denied by Access Control List". The default for allowing a remote program to access the PC has been changed to "Permit", and can't be changed back to Block.

Intelligent updater (with the latest definitions being taken home with me) won't work, as the virus issue the false message that the subscription has expired (it runs until December 2005). The Virus checking panel for Norton Virus has "Check for viruses and Trojans" blocked out. The PC can't be booted in safe mode. Running the virus scan from using the Norton disk as a boot disk doesn't discover anything - trying to /dump the latest virus definitions for the CD to use upon booting up falls foul of the "subscription expired" interception.

The infection probably took place early January 2005. First thing I tried was taking home the 10 latest virus removal .exes from the Symantec Web site - whatever the infection is, it isn't one of those. Re-installing Norton didn't work, so I'm rather snookered.

I'm hoping that somebody reading this Post will immediately recognise the Virus/Trojan from the description. I can then get rid of it this time, when I return home in a fortnight (I have a laptop here).

Many thanks,


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"Access Denied By Access Control List"

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I also would suggest........

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Download and install the following programs, If they're not on your computer, yet:
- AdAware SE: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/
- Spybot 1.3: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/mirrors/index.html

Do a System-Scan with AdAware SE:
- Open AdAware SE
- First of all, check for updates.
To do this, click on 'Check for updates now', click the 'Connect'-button and, if there are new updates, click 'OK' and then 'Finish'.
- Now, do a system-scan by clicking the 'Start'-button.
- In the next screen, select 'Perform Full System scan' and click the 'Next'-button.
- Sit back and relax, while Adaware is performing the system-scan.
- When the scan is done, right-click in the list of items, that AdAware found, and select 'Select All', click the 'Next'-button and then 'the 'Finish'-button.
- Close AdAware SE.

Do a system-scan with Spybot 1.3:
- Open Spybot 1.3
- First, Check for updates
click the 'Search for updates'-button. If there are updates available, select them and click the 'Download updates'-button.
- Click 'Search and destroy' and then 'Check for problems'.
- Relax, while Spybot is performing it's scan.
- When Spybot is done, it will show a list of found items (or congratulate you with a clean computer). Click 'Fix selected problems' to delete the items.
- Close Spybot 1.3

Download Micosoft AntiSpyware

Please run a "Full System Scan" using Microsoft AntiSpyware and then post a new log. Please check off all three options to run during the scan:

Scan Memory Locations and running processes
Scan selected drives/folders (be sure to select all fixed/hard drives)
Deep Scan Folders

Please fix anything that shows up unless you recognize it and then reboot the computer.

Go for free online Virus scans here:


Be sure and put a check in the box by "Auto Clean" before you do the scan. If it finds anything that it cannot clean have it delete it or make a note of the file location so you can delete it yourself.

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