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I noticed since the beginning of this year that the atypical "antispyware 2010" malware has gently, effectively and professionally developed into a "force to be reckoned with".

The usual annoyances for this type of nasty malware are for the taskbar to be turned off, executables not able to run, hidden folders and files, a compromised safe mode etc..

As the year progresses so too does the sophistication of the "antispyware 2010" type malware.

My latest infected PC exhibited no desktop, no start bar, menu or tasks. Nuttin' cept for the malware window. Ctrl-Alt-Del got the usual taskbar disabled msg..

Safe mode had also been "hobbled"

running the drive through MBAM on another machine found this kind of stuff:

E:\System Volume Information\_restore{46DE8921-1D39-44D2-A9E9-64119261F211}\RP820\A0060578.dll (Worm.KoobFace) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

E:\System Volume Information\_restore{46DE8921-1D39-44D2-A9E9-64119261F211}\RP820\A0060658.dll (Worm.KoobFace) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

E:\WINDOWS\bill103.exe (Worm.Koobface) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

E:\WINDOWS\cBjDNHbRs.dll (Rogue.Multiple.Gen) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

E:\WINDOWS\eitJEmGh.exe (Rogue.Multiple.Gen) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

On reinstalling the HD on the original machine still the same symptoms appeared - without the malware windows. I.e. nothing happened except for a desktop picture. nothing!

This is the only one of this year's malware cocktails that I couldn't remove without resorting to the total reformat and rebuild.

The danger of course is the introduction of the infected drive into the"good" checking computer. I'm guessing that in 30 days they're going to go after thehosr drives on the "good" checking hosts....


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