Virus can't be removed

  Throbber 10:17 27 Sep 2005

My McAfee virus scanner [up to date] has detected a virus "The file C:\WINDOWS\system32\wininet.dll is infected by the W32/Alemod.e.dll virus and cannot be cleaned"

McAfee can't clean, quarantine or delete the infected file. Anyone know how to kill it?

  Throbber 10:40 27 Sep 2005

Same as above applies to trojan found which McAfee can't get rid of.
"The file C:\WINDOWS\system32\hp8F86.tmp is infected by the Puper.dll trojan and cannot be cleaned."
I deleted this file manually, but it reappeared on restart.
Anyone know how to kill it?

  MAJ 10:44 27 Sep 2005

Rename the infected wininet.dll to wininet.old and Windows should replace it with a new version. If it isn't replaced then copy a new wininet.dll file from C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386. If all is well you can then delete the wininet.old file (from Safe Mode, if necessary).

**Note** I have assumed you're using Windows XP, as you didn't say which OS you're using.

  MAJ 10:46 27 Sep 2005

To avoid confusion it's better if you start your own thread. Don't forget to state your Operating System.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:03 27 Sep 2005

1. to prevent virus returning on restart you need to scan and clean/delete with system restore switched off.

2. try scanning in safe mode thi may allow the file to be deleted.

  Throbber 11:03 27 Sep 2005

Thanks, MAJ, your fix seems to have sorted the virus. I'll take your advice and start another thread for the trojan {remembering this time to state my OS!]

  MAJ 11:09 27 Sep 2005

That was my mistake (still half asleep) I thought someone else was butting in on your thread.

As Fruit Bat /\0/\ has said, you now need to turn off system restore to delete any infected restore points, then re-scan to make sure the virus is gone, if the scan is clear, re-activate system restore to create a new clean restore point.

Once again, apologies.

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