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Posted 18-Aug-2012 at 12:00 AM (00:00) by Makbawehuh

A while back, I got a virus. I wish it had been something simple as the cold or the flu, but it was a rogue antivirus. And it was actually my computer that got it. I should probably be more careful to separate myself from my machines.

*coughs*

Anyways! Unlike the one my computer got last winter, which prompted my mother to reformat my machine without backing up ANY of my data first, this one was fairly easy to remove.

So, if you have this virus, here's the way to do it:

This virus will not allow you to run anything but iexplorer.exe. No, really. Nor will it allow you to restart in safe mode, and it automatically redirects any search attempts within IE to absolutely random stuff, the bastard.

First, you need to open IE and click this link, or do a search for a similar process killer.

http://trojan-killer.net/download/pkiller.exe

Bear in mind, it also shuts down your ability to get into Task manager, so you do need something else. You can't just shut it down that way.

If you prefer to use something else, run a search and then copy/paste the url into your browser, otherwise you will be redirected.

If you have to install or run any software prior to terminating the process (say, to install the terminating software!), you will need to change the name of the file to iexplorer.exe.

Once you have done this, you should be able to go to http://www.malwarebytes.org/ and download the free software. Run the scan, run the cleanup, and reboot immediately.

Otherwise, feel free to delete the program files if you wish to do a manual uninstall.

In that case, run your scan, note the directories, unhide your hidden files, and go to work. You will then need to proceed with a registry cleaner. My program of choice was ccleaner.

This ought to kill it pretty dead... It's been a month, and it hasn't resurrected itself on my machine.

Happy virus killing!
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