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Problems removing virus from Win 2000

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Drjones, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. I have a new client with a Windows 2000 PC they're using as a server.

    It's caught a nasty virus that turns all your folders & files into applications - .exe

    I've ran MalWareBytes, Microsofts Malicious Removal Tool, running ClamWin now...

    I ran the "New Folder Removal" tool which seemed to fix it - for about 30 min.

    The problem is that not only have none of the other tools found any infections but many tools I'm trying such as HitMan, ComboFix, etc. are not compatible with Win2K!!

    What do I do?

    My next step is going to be booting to a few different rescue CD's like BitDefender & Kaspersky. I was going to do that when I was on-site but all my bootable discs are DVDs, and of course this machine is so ancient it has a CD-ROM. :upeyes:

  2. TK-421


    Oct 12, 2012
    Pflugerville, TX
    Is Microsoft Security Essentials compatible with 2000?

  3. I believe so, yes.
  4. TK-421


    Oct 12, 2012
    Pflugerville, TX
    I'd give that a shot, I've had great success with Microsoft Security Essentials. It's pretty good at picking up the stuff that other programs don't detect.

  5. ....aaaand it's not compatible with Win2K..... :crying:
  6. 1337-G

    1337-G Armed

    Mar 8, 2006
    The High Desert
    Lol time to fire that client.
  7. TK-421


    Oct 12, 2012
    Pflugerville, TX
    Sounds like it's time to upgrade to a modern version of Windows. :tongueout:
  8. Ok, I'm not going to hold my breath, but I *think* I may have gotten it....if not, I'm going to backup all the data tomorrow, put it on a different CLEAN PC, and get them upgraded to a NAS.

    It's a real disaster over there; virtually all software is totally out of date, not a single computer running antivirus software...
  9. TK-421


    Oct 12, 2012
    Pflugerville, TX
    I have just the thing to make you feel better. :rofl:
  10. Combofix is the last resort option that works great at cleaning nasty infections that other tools cannot clean. Sadly they no longer support Windows 2000.
  11. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

    Jul 14, 2005
    With Amber Lamps
    Live CD's.

    Avira is the easiest to use and works very well.

    Dr. web is one of the best and combines different antivirus engines.

    I run F-Secure and Bitdefender in Linux on an external USB hard drive and F-Secure scans Windows well.

    I haven't used the Zilla! live CD but it might be worth trying.

    I Haven't used the Bitdefender Live CD in a long time but it looks like it might still be available.

    Direct download.

    Previous version.

    Many live CD scanners.

    [ame=""]Thank you for downloading Panda SafeCD from CNET[/ame]

    Direct download.

    Bitdefender internet scanner.

    Some tools that may run in Windows 2000.

  12. Wow, THANKS for all those links! Downloading much of that now....
  13. DoubleWide


    Sep 3, 2008
    It's called a restore. Also tell your client that they should stop using an OS that Microsoft stopped supporting about 2 years ago.
  14. srhoades


    Jul 14, 2000
  15. Man, what a mess. The "host" pc that infected the network wouldn't run the Kaspersky bootable rescue disk I brought. I tried BitDefender bootable rescue, and that kept giving me cryptic errors.

    Finally pulled the drive, scanned with Malwarebytes AND AVG, MBAM removed 6 bugs.

    Popped the drive back in.....and......still infected.

    I'm done with that, the machine is an old, home-built POS that's long overdue for replacement anyway and the client is fine with that.

    After those issues, I was discouraged & stopped the DrWeb scan on the server (bootable disk also). I'm going to see how to get the program to run off a workstation until we can get a new solution. That Win2k server is another big disaster waiting to happen.
  16. So the database program they use is in Visual FoxPro....can we just put the files onto a NAS & run from there, or does something actually have to get installed onto a server?

    I'm trying to get in touch with the man who set this up in the first place to get help.