regedit and combofix won t run

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Posted on 3rd March 2009 by Mike in Atlanta Computer Repair

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See our previous article about TDSS, UAC files in the windows\system32\ and other directories if you are having problems running your virus scanner, etc. on a system that is suspected of infection.

Windows Virus & Spyware Removal using Linux

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Posted on 26th February 2009 by Mike in Atlanta Computer Repair

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We recently had a computer that kept producing pop-ups while we were using our custom virus scanners in Safe Mode w/Command Prompt. Generally, most viruses are disabled when you’re in safe mode w/command prompt but this one was infecting userinit.exe which is called upon by winlogon.exe every time you log on to a machine. Before we scan machines we have to disable whatever virus is being loaded so that we can scan in a “clean” environment, else you’ll scan for months and never find the specific virus that is plaguing you.

This particular machine required us to take the hard drive out and hook it up to a linux box. On the linux box we mounted the drive, and ran avast linux edition on it. It found the pesky virus and removed it. What was the culprit’s name you may ask? Seneka rootkit / trojan is it’s name…

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