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    This one is nasty and I am struggling to get rid of it. AVG Paid Version found it, but because the virus infects .exe files (mostly the MS ones) will not delete them.

    I found a cleaner through Sophos, but that did not clean it all up for me. Some of it remained in memory.

    So now I hae uninstalled AVG and installed Avast to take advantage of their boot time scan. This time I have been able to delete infected files (net.exe, calc.exe, mspaint.exe as well as some others). The scan is taking ages ... and I have the feeling that I will need to repair Windows once the scan has completed.

    Does anyone know of an easier way?

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    [quote name='johbot' post='788371' date='11-Aug-2009 14:48']This one is nasty and I am struggling to get rid of it. AVG Paid Version found it, but because the virus infects .exe files (mostly the MS ones) will not delete them.

    I found a cleaner through Sophos, but that did not clean it all up for me. Some of it remained in memory.

    So now I hae uninstalled AVG and installed Avast to take advantage of their boot time scan. This time I have been able to delete infected files (net.exe, calc.exe, mspaint.exe as well as some others). The scan is taking ages ... and I have the feeling that I will need to repair Windows once the scan has completed.

    Does anyone know of an easier way?[/quote]

    Update:

    With recovery disks, a Repair was not in the equation. So a full recovery was implemented.

    I'd still be interested in hearing from anyone who has a less painful answer.

    I took the machine home to finish, and now it is 8:05 pm. I'm off to have a glass of red.

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    [quote name='johbot' post='788371' date='11-Aug-2009 00:48']I found a cleaner through Sophos, but that did not clean it all up for me. Some of it remained in memory.[/quote]
    I guess by now you are either in the midst of or have completed the"full recovery?"

    I did want to mention that you said that some of the problem remained in memory?
    A reboot should have cleared out anything in memory. Memory is only retentive during the active session and doesn't carry over if you reboot.
    Hope the recovery did the trick for you.
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    [quote name='johbot' post='788390' date='11-Aug-2009 11:03']I'd still be interested in hearing from anyone who has a less painful answer.[/quote]
    Did you try running Malwarebytes Anti-malware from a USB Flash Drive (say)? I usually reach for this program in the rare instances of viruses I come across...
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    [quote name='johbot' post='788390' date='11-Aug-2009 06:03']Update:

    With recovery disks, a Repair was not in the equation. So a full recovery was implemented.

    I'd still be interested in hearing from anyone who has a less painful answer.

    I took the machine home to finish, and now it is 8:05 pm. I'm off to have a glass of red.[/quote]

    There are manual removal instructions here and a removal tool from bitdefender here.

    I don't know why you had such a hard time with this one. It's 3 years old and there is lots of information about it on the net.

    http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navc...Win32%2fPolipos
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='788484' date='12-Aug-2009 05:01']There are manual removal instructions here and a removal tool from bitdefender here.

    I don't know why you had such a hard time with this one. It's 3 years old and there is lots of information about it on the net.

    http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navc...Win32%2fPolipos[/quote]

    can be in the form of EXE, DLL,
    is the key here. Because it had infected some of the exe s that were necessary, I couldn't get things to work again. Notably the exe that was missing was the one that was needed to reinstall Office (whose name I now forget ... msiac perhaps?)

    I tried to use sfc /scannow as well, but that needed an installation disk for XP with SP3 which I didn't have. (There's a job for today).

    It was at that point that I decided that the recovery disks were a quicker option.

    Thanks for the ideas though.

    Johanna

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