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Sorry about title of posting. It was relevant.

A very invasive program, became embedded on system.

I knew it was a rogue application.

Definitely not legitimate.
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The culprit titled itself, as " System security ver 5.49". Or something like that.

I am not the only one.

Lots of people have been inconvenienced.

It's a thorough menace. :wall:

Tried all the usual procedures. Reconfigure registry, plus a few other tactics.
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But no success.

It eventually takes over system. :shock:

Keeps on popping up, with an audible beep.

Where is my fly swat? :lol:
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I can usually format drive C:, with dos command of FORMAT C:

Have done this in the past.

Then i insert recovery disk, plus shut down.

Upon re-boot, i install system with recovery disk.

Not this time, because of rogue software.

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Could not do my usual " command line " format.

This rogue application interfered with that.

I was getting up a sweat. :censor: :cuss: :wall:

Had to reformat, with my system recovery disk.

Insert disk and power off.

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Power up lappy and enter, the " Boot menu sequence".

I did not select ' hard drive ' boot up.

The ' Lan' choice was ignored.

" FDD" for floppy drive also.
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I selected boot up from " CD/DVD". But i had ,external floppy drive connected.

This is because, just in case system files ,need to be initially transferred.

Upon powering up, my floppy diskette ,XP system files loaded first.

Some people possibly dont do this.

It is just, a procedure i am comfy with.

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Then my restore disk DVD/CD , was in operational mode.

I usully do a quick format, plus re-install if there are no glitches.

But this time i chose the, "Long cruise Format".

Yes, it's like going for a long distance drive.

That rogue application interfering, had me severely paranoid.

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On < Erase the hard disk>, i chose the longer option.

It had a message, that depending on size of drive, the process will take several hours. :shock: :lol: :lol:

I should have driven to Melbourne and back.

So i chose the long duty format.
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That is the one which, includes " Overwriting all sectors".

My hard drive is 93.1Gb.

So overall it took, 9 Hours and 11 Minutes to format my drive. :) :lol: :lol: :hyst: :beer: :shock: :hyst: :hyst:

In that time i consumed supper.
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Watched a bit of T.V.

Then i had a sleep for a while. :lol:

9 Hours 11 Minutes to format drive. SENSATIONAL! :lol: :hyst: :shock:

Then i powered off.
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Upon reboot the recovery disk, began install of XP system.

At least the install is a lot quicker.

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This is an example.

Yes, i chose the long distance format.
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Lapsed Time: 8 Hrs. 17 mins. Remaining Time:1 Hr. 25 mins. = 90%

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Lapsed Time: 8 Hrs. 48 mins. Remaining Time: 21 mins. 53secs. = 96%

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Lapsed time: 9 Hrs. 04 secs. Remaining time: 5Mins. 29 secs. = 99%

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As it completed the result was:

Lapsed Time : 9 Hrs. 11 Mins. = 100% :shock: :lol: :hyst:

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So in all that time period, my activities were:

1: Have a sleep

2: Partake of supper

3: Watched T.V.

4: Pursued my camera hobby.

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Hey Stone... Sorry to hear about the malware infection. I've had to deal with rouge security programs on 4 separate occasions in my office. I forget the name of the first one but it was similar to the other 3. The second and third one was called AntiVirus 360. The fourth one was called AntiVirus Pro 2009. All three were a form of a nasty and very obtrusive trojan called Vundo. It would pop up small balloons with a message saying the system was infected. Then it would pop up a phony Anti-Virus program. Then it would open porn webpages. Like I said, nasty and very obtrusive. For the first three, I had to do what you did... reformat and reinstall. I had tried all sorts of programs that promised to remove it but none of them worked.

For future reference... I was able to remove the last infection using the free version of a program called MalwareBytes Anti-Malware that I downloaded from http://www.malwarebytes.org/. The basic scan took about 10 minutes on an 80 gig hard drive with about 40 gig of files. Removal took less than a minute. Then I did a second scan just to make sure it was gone and it was. It worked great.
 

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Hey Stone... Sorry to hear about the malware infection. I've had to deal with rouge security programs on 4 separate occasions in my office. I forget the name of the first one but it was similar to the other 3. The second and third one was called AntiVirus 360. The fourth one was called AntiVirus Pro 2009. All three were a form of a nasty and very obtrusive trojan called Vundo. It would pop up small balloons with a message saying the system was infected. Then it would pop up a phony Anti-Virus program. Then it would open porn webpages. Like I said, nasty and very obtrusive. For the first three, I had to do what you did... reformat and reinstall. I had tried all sorts of programs that promised to remove it but none of them worked.

For future reference... I was able to remove the last infection using the free version of a program called MalwareBytes Anti-Malware that I downloaded from http://www.malwarebytes.org/. The basic scan took about 10 minutes on an 80 gig hard drive with about 40 gig of files. Removal took less than a minute. Then I did a second scan just to make sure it was gone and it was. It worked great.
Thanks for the link RobtRoma. :thumb:

Next time i get caught, shall do what you have performed. :)
 

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The quickest way to get rid of 90% of malware is to catch it early and do a System Restore.
 

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On my Qosmio X305, a full system scan indicates 248,639 files.

The " Norton anti-virus ", eliminated one tracking cookie.

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Currently have my older ,Toshiba PRO P100 at the computer tech.

Before i formatted the old Satellite, a virus stuffed my email system.

My server sent an email message.

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They said if i did not resolve issue, they would block my server access.

So my technician, is going to fix the virus dilemma on Satellite.

I requested him to notify my server, and explain to them he has resolved the issue.

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Never a dull moment.

Actually it was self induced.

I did not attend to much virus scanning.

So that pesky blight of a virus embedded itself.
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This time , i will keep right on top of things.

Yes, noticed a lot of warning symptoms.

The satellite P100 was shockingly slow.

Far too many spam messages.

Also adverts popped up excessively.

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Squishy said:
The quickest way to get rid of 90% of malware is to catch it early and do a System Restore.
Been there and done that! Not funny, for sure! :(
 
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