Remove A Virus or Trojan Horse (general)

September 18, 2006

The best way to remove a virus or trojan horse that cannot be repaired or deleted in Normal Mode (regular Windows) is by going into Safe mode with Networking, going to an online anti-virus website such as Trend Micro and doing a complete scan of your system. In safe mode, only necessary Windows processes are running, and trojans/virus/spyware generally are not, which makes it much easier to get rid of them.

You were correct to delete svcinit.exe, a trojan horse that logs your keystrokes. You should also delete all references to it in your startup files, including win.ini. You’ll probably need to edit the Registry as well as win.ini. DO NOT edit the registry unless you are experienced. To delete useless entries, use a program such as TweakNow RegCleaner, which will do this automatically.


Paypal Virus

September 18, 2006

If you see an email from “PayPal” claiming it needs your account information, delete it immediately. If you open the email for some reason, don’t click the link in it. Instead of launching a website, it launches an application that collects your personal information and sends the info back to the bad guys.

In general, never give out your personal or account information over email. A reputable service won’t ask for information this way. Shred paperwork containing your personal info if you want to protect yourself from identity theft.