Today, I was looking forward to spending a good number of hours working on Behold. My computer has been running well almost since I bought it several years ago, but this morning it was either a fake genealogy website or an email link (I’m not sure which), that ended up wasting my day.
Fortunately (or should I say unfortunately), we have a fair deal of experience with viruses and trojans in my household, with about one a year causing havoc on one of our computers.
But this morning my computer caught a Trojan. It may have be Alureon, which Microsoft Security Essentials reported and then removed at 10:58 a.m. or it may have been FakeSysdef which MSE reported at 11:27 which I thought was removed but I see now is marked as “Allowed”. I knew something still was wrong when my IE browser windows closed on their own and error windows popped up followed by one of the FakeSysdef fake scan windows.
To make a long day short, here were the general steps I used to clean up.
- Install Malwarebytes
- Run the scan (3 hours). Six items found. 2 were the FakeSysDef trojan.
- Use Malwarebytes to remove them … but that didn’t completely work. Files at the top level of the c: drive were there from that time that needed to be removed as well.
- Reboot and find not everything was working. Missing desktop wallpaper, not all items from the start menu were there, and the system was still very slow.
- Decided to do a System Restore back to this morning. But System Restore said there was a disk problem, and it needed to do a CHKDSK to fix it first.
- CHKDSK deleted a corrupt attribute record (128,”).
- System Restore worked this time.
Actually, I took about 20 steps, because some of the things I tried along the way didn’t work, as I sometimes used Safe mode and sometimes a complete startup (5 minutes).
I was never really worried about eventually getting the system working again and I did about 10 hours later. But it’s frustrating. Who are these people who need to invent viruses and trojans?
Spending an hour on this blog entry I found necessary, but it wasn’t good time spent on Behold either.