xrisem wrote:1: During booting, i usually have these options (Recovery Console, debugger XXXXXXXX, and Windows XP Professional) in a fraction of section and windows xp will eventually load automatically. This was not the case before.
The recovery console was installed by combofix. It would be wise to leave the recovery console installed for future use.
It is possible give you more time to access the recovery console should there be a need to use it. To extend the Timeout value:
You should uninstall combofix.
- Go to Start > Run and enter MSConfig > click OK
- Click the boot.ini tab
- Change the timeout value to a value of your choice in seconds (image below shows 6 seconds)
- Click Apply > Close
The recovery console will however remain intact.Uninstall Combofix
Let me know if you have any problems removing combofix.
- Please go to Start -> Run
- Enter "ComboFix /uninstall" (without quotes). Note the space between "ComboFix" and "/uninstall", it needs to be there.
- Press OK (Or hit enter).
- Allow ComboFix to remove itself.
Flash_Disinfector by sUBs
xrisem wrote:2: How can I make sure that the virus is not transferred back to my machine when i plug in my external hard drive (I have used microsoft fix it to disable autorun but i don't know if this is sufficient)
Please download Flash_Disinfector and save it to your desktop.You can run Flash Disinfector with other flash drives and/or other removable drives. This may include your Mobile phone, Digital camera etc... Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well.Note:
- Double click to run it.
- You will be prompted to plug in your flash drive. Plug it in.
- Flash_Disinfector will start disinfecting your flash and hard drives. This takes a few seconds. Your desktop will disappear in the meantime.
- When done, a message box will appear. Click OK. Your desktop should now appear. If it doesn't, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
- Click on File > New Task (Run...). Type in explorer.exe and press Enter. Your desktop should now appear.
Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive plugged in when you ran it. Don't delete this folder...it will help protect your drives from future infection.
You can then scan the drives from your antivirus's context menu (right click scan) before copying back to your computer. Malwarebytes' Anti-malware also has the option to scan external drives with it's full scan.
xrisem wrote:3: I like to use p2p Vuze, but I suspect this exposes me to alot of malicious attack, hence I want to ask if there are ways you may recommend to use p2p safely.
We do not recommend the use of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) programs at all.
Although recognising P2P File sharing clients have their legitimate uses, they are often used for downloading copyrighted content & are a well known conduit for malware. viewtopic.php?p=491394#p491394