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Hi!

I've been infected with the ramnit.b (and/or .a) virus. I've tried using Ad-aware to remove it but as expected it keeps popping back up instantly. I haven't been able to install or run any online virus scanning software.

Im running an ASUS 1005HA, with Windows XP Sp.3

I guess a total reformatting is one way to go, but that would mean so much work putting everything back in place, so any help you can provide would be great!

Thanks!!

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Sorry about that, but we've spent many hours trying to remove it and it's always come down to a reformat.

I would also suggest you do this:

  • Use another, uninfected computer to change all your internet passwords, especially ones with financial implications such as banks, paypal, ebay, etc. You should also change the passwords for any other site you use.
  • Call your bank(s), credit card company or any other institution which may be affected and advise them that your login/password or credit card information may have been stolen and ask what steps to take with regard to your account.
  • Consider what other private information could possibly have been taken from your computer and take appropriate steps

reformatting the system partition and reinstalling Windows as this is the only 100% sure answer.

Here's a write-up

http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic154671.html

Courtesy Broni

Win32/Ramnit is a file infector with IRCBot functionality which infects .exe, and .HTML/HTM files, and opens a back door that compromises your computer. Using this backdoor, a remote attacker can access and instruct the infected computer to download and execute more malicious files. The infected .HTML or .HTM files may be detected as Virus:VBS/Ramnit.A. Win32/Ramnit.A!dll is a related file infector often seen with this infection. It too has IRCBot functionality which infects .exe, .dll and .HTML/HTM files and opens a back door that compromises your computer. This component is injected into the default web browser by Worm:Win32/Ramnit.A / B which is dropped by a Ramnit infected executable file.

-- Note: As with most malware infections, the threat name may be different depending on the anti-virus or anti-malware program which detected it. Each security vendor uses their own naming conventions to identify various types of malware.

Understanding virus names

Threat aliases for Win32/Ramnit.A / B

With this particular infection the safest solution and only sure way to remove it effectively is to reformat and reinstall the OS.

Why? The malware injects code in legitimate files similar to the Virut virus and in many cases the infected files (which could number in the thousands) cannot be disinfected properly by your anti-virus. When disinfection is attempted, the files often become corrupted and the system may become unstable or irreparable. The longer Ramnit.A remains on a computer, the more files it infects and corrupts so the degree of infection can vary.

Ramnit is commonly spread via a flash drive (usb, pen, thumb, jump) infection where it copies Worm:Win32/Ramnit.A with a random file name. The infection is often contracted by visiting remote, crack and keygen sites. These type of sites are infested with a sm

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Glad we could help. :)

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