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I'm a PC tech that had a client bring me a computer with the virus on it. I have removed it fine, however (and i've seen this multiple times) the virus takes everything from the start menu and moves them to another folder and hides them. The client has a ton of files on his computer. Yesterday i started a search (looking for hidden files and folders) for Disk Defrag in hopes that the search would link me to the location where the rest of his program short cuts are. I came into work this morning only to find that the search was STILL going. It had ran all night.

My question is: Does anyone know offhand where the virus moves things to? I've found it before, somewhere under application data under all users, i've checked all the users and haven't hit gold yet.

Clients PC OS is windows XP SP3

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Hello and :welcome:

Download unhide.exe saving it to your desktop: http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/grinler/unhide.exe

Right click on unhide.exe and select Run as administrator (In case you have Vista or Win7)


This will unhide folders/files that were set to be hidden by the infection you had.

Let me know if that solved your problem.

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I've dealt with this virus before. I've got unhide, mbam, and combofix all ran on the machine. Hidden files are showing. The URL I posted earlier was where i found the files on every other machine, but not the one i'm having problems with now.

As far as i know MBAM will log any file it deletes in the log file, and it doesent have anything in the logs deleting near where my problem area is.

Any clues?

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Can't figure out how to edit my last post.

Here's another huge issue im having that returns almost nothing on google. I setup another pc search for the folder "smtmp" only had the pc looking for folders (not files) and had it searching for hidden and system files. Any idea's to why the search was looping? I let it run yesterday for a good 6 hours until i noticed it was just scanning the HD over and over.

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Seems there may still be something on that computer that is causing these issues, I suggest you follow the instructions below.

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