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Virus imposing its will on me

by mzhinnc / October 4, 2006 9:47 PM PDT

Hello,
I am not a computer person, so I have had some trouble ridding my computer of a virus/worm that appeared the other day (personal computer....now stationed at work computer; no threat). Anyhow, can anyone tell me what this is and how to get it gone?

I run windows 98 SE (laugh all you want) on a Gateway system purchased in 1998. While on the internet the other day, it became obvious that other programs were trying to run that I was unaware of. A new icon titled "xoeksmfa.dll" appeared on my desktop and in my task tray, a new icon of a red circle with an "x" appeared. I have the corp. version of symantic and it will not get rid of this. My computer seemingly runs fine now, with the exception of a message that appears whenever restarted that says an illegal operation has been performed, please close all things and restart. However, I know that I must be seriously compromised, so I have unhooked my ethernet connection. Any suggestions to salvage this ancient PC?

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Call the IT staffer and let them deal with it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 4, 2006 10:15 PM PDT

Your corporate version of Symantec means you have some IT staff at your disposal. Let them fix it.

Do try the online scans of Housecall to see if that removes it but given the corporate version it's best your IT staff knows of the infection so they can take steps to keep it from spreading of figure out how it got into the business.

Bob

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Gateway Select 750-1999 :-)
by DarCLew2 / October 5, 2006 5:59 AM PDT

Have WINXP Home Edition in it!! Was a WIN98, WIN98SE, WINME but now a WINXP. Shame Gateway doesn't make them good anymore. But to that item you have, did you try to find it in the registry? Go to run type in regedit and OK. Top has Edit click on that, click on Find and type in xoeksmfa.dll everytime you hit enter or F3 key it will keep searching right click item and delete it until you see finished searching. Darrell L see if they are still there Off course it is Find on WIN98SE and you can find the same in the computer. Go to Edit at the top, select all and delete.

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