Infection - System Shutdown

  zoobie 01:32 08 Feb 2008

Looks like I have a classic alass.exe or related worm that's throwing the 60 second system

shutdown warning restarting only to do the same thing over. However, after reading several

old threads about this worm dating back to 2004, no definitive answer was ever given on how

to get rid of it except by reformatting the whole disk or d/ling MS's Malicious Software


Long story short, I've d/l'ed Microsoft's latest (Jan 8th, 2008) Malicious Software Remover

Windows KB890830-V1.37.exe for XP but to no avail...even shutting down system store before


Incidently, my system restore cannot restore XPP before the virus was inserted.

Is there any FREE anti-virus software that will remedy this? I had AntiVir installed but it

stopped updating back in December.


PS - I have the URL of the website I visited when the worm was inserted...what should I do

with it? Obviously, I can't post it...

  rawprawn 08:33 08 Feb 2008

A good place to put this question is
click here they have the expertise to help.

  zoobie 21:08 08 Feb 2008

I don't know what virus it is but it may be new enough to fly under the radar.
Anyway, my results are as follows:

eset online scan = broken
stinger = found nothing
dr web cureit = 2 broken downloads corrupt program, unusable

may try a XPP repair again but this time with the system restore off
may have to reformat

btw, do you think its possible for a video to contain worms/viruses?
seems I was d/ling a video when the computer restarted...not a good sign


  zoobie 02:31 09 Feb 2008

superanitspyware = wasn't able to install
emsisoft = updated deep scan didn't find anything

I tried a XPP repair to no avail

looks like I'm going to reformat

at least I've some new anti-virus programs


  zoobie 03:02 09 Feb 2008

...but was it ever determined if a virus could be inserted into a video? That's what I was d/l'ing when my computer restarted


  zoobie 10:42 09 Feb 2008

oic...yes...this would explain a lot...

well, it's all moot now as I've reformatted this drive

just saw on tv where to be absolutely sure you're not infected, home users should wipe the HD clean every 6 months with a fresh OS install

I have a feeling this is only going to get worse...

Fortunately, I've forseen little Bobby isn't upstairs playing packman after all...and simply backed up all my stuff on another drive


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