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Old 04-04-11, 03:20 PM
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Uber Virus Help Needed - Windows Vista Antivirus 2011

So, while setting up my new desktop I lent the lappy to a friend and it came back with this virus called Vista Antivirus 2011. It:

1) Acts as an antivirus comeplete with pop-ups on the screen telling me to purchase their software to remove viruses on my computer
2) Doesn't allow me to run my virus programs to stop it
3) Blocks me from going online with both Explorer and Firefox

I have read a bunch about it online but can't seem to find a fix. Most sites recommend starting the computer in SAFE MODE however, for me, the virus actually follows me to SAFE MODE and, thus, locks up all of the above there too.

I also cannot go back to a previous save point for a system restore.

Any suggestions on how to get rid of this nasty bugger?
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Re: Uber Virus Help Needed - Windows Vista Antivirus 2011

This site had a set of instructions that didn't involve going into safe mode, did you try this:

http://www.fasterpccleanclean.com/re...nti-virus-2011

Basically it tells you to stop the process then delete a bunch of files, dlls and registry entries They also have their own program that does all that for you automatically, but they list the manual process, so you don't need to do that.

It was the first hit on a google search on vista antivirus 2011 removal.
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Re: Uber Virus Help Needed - Windows Vista Antivirus 2011

You want to mention the specific OS in a thread like this.

I have defeated the new wave of those type of programs recently on a friend's XP computer by booting ot the XP repair console, and manually killing services, and then backed his data up. Then a format and reload.

Later Win OS's don't have that console so you'll have to figure out what to do on those.

One way or another, you want to reformat and reinstall the OS. All you want to do now is back up and data you DIDN'T(but hsould have) backed up before lending it out to be 100% sure infected with a virus and malware by the lendee.

Back up data. Format and reload.
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Re: Uber Virus Help Needed - Windows Vista Antivirus 2011

Originally Posted by Dr Mabuse View Post
You want to mention the specific OS in a thread like this.

I have defeated the new wave of those type of programs recently on a friend's XP computer by booting ot the XP repair console, and manually killing services, and then backed his data up. Then a format and reload.

Later Win OS's don't have that console so you'll have to figure out what to do on those.

One way or another, you want to reformat and reinstall the OS. All you want to do now is back up and data you DIDN'T(but hsould have) backed up before lending it out to be 100% sure infected with a virus and malware by the lendee.

Back up data. Format and reload.
Don't you think he should just throw the laptop into a bonfire to make sure?
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Re: Uber Virus Help Needed - Windows Vista Antivirus 2011

bleepingcomputer.com has instructions for removing this. Two people at work got this and it's basically the same "anti-virus" virus that has been going around for a couple of years under different names.

I've used the method at bleepingcomputer.com a few times for the various iterations, and it has always worked. In my experience, you may or may not need to do the internet explorer fix detailed in their instructions, I've only had to do it about half the time.
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Re: Uber Virus Help Needed - Windows Vista Antivirus 2011

this is a pretty simple one to remove, if you have a 2nd computer
i typically just do a pslist from a seperate machine, pskill and kill the process causing the issue
then go to the infected machine and delete the file

have dealt with it on 20-30 machines, and never had any issues that required formatting and reloading..

formatting and reloading is a lazy way to deal with issues
which is ironic, since most of these can be fixed in minutes
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Re: Uber Virus Help Needed - Windows Vista Antivirus 2011

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Don't you think he should just throw the laptop into a bonfire to make sure?
Originally Posted by twikoff View Post
this is a pretty simple one to remove, if you have a 2nd computer
i typically just do a pslist from a seperate machine, pskill and kill the process causing the issue
then go to the infected machine and delete the file

have dealt with it on 20-30 machines, and never had any issues that required formatting and reloading..

formatting and reloading is a lazy way to deal with issues
which is ironic, since most of these can be fixed in minutes
1. Format.

2. Reload

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Re: Uber Virus Help Needed - Windows Vista Antivirus 2011

Originally Posted by twikoff View Post
formatting and reloading is a lazy way to deal with issues
which is ironic, since most of these can be fixed in minutes
indeed, although it's not really "lazy" when it's the solution that is guaranteed to take the longest amount of time.

That said, I have personally performed format/reloads for people when dealing with these types of problems, but I'll probably never do that again. I'm far more selective about dealing with other peoples' computer problems in general, anyway, but you're right... the real solution is usually a 5 minute fix.
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Re: Uber Virus Help Needed - Windows Vista Antivirus 2011

We see this virus all the time at work, and never once have I had to reformat and reload a machine to make it go away.
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Re: Uber Virus Help Needed - Windows Vista Antivirus 2011

It used to be called the smitfraud virus. i cleaned it a whole lot when i worked tech support. Read up on it. Not sure if smitfraud fix works on vista yet, it didn't when like 4 years ago.

http://www.removeadware.com.au/articles/smitfraud/
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Re: Uber Virus Help Needed - Windows Vista Antivirus 2011

On a flash drive, download the following tools.

1. RKill. Download the com, exe and the various named exe's.
2. Malware Bytes program and latest update

Run RKill and let it work. Then install malware bytes. Run malware bytes.

Eventhough I'm a fan of the brute force/nuclear options, with the right tools and processes, these are easy to remove.

60% of the time, it works everytime.

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