I have the herss.exe virus

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Thread Starter
Mar 24, 2001
I have just spent the last day and a half getting to the bottom of thios herss virus. Here is what I have


1. It ONLY activates when I click on a drive other than my C Drive. It did it on my E Drive which is an extension of

my C Drive it also Activated on my D Driove which is a drive in my computer case AND it activated on an EXTERNAL

drive..... what do I mean activated? I observed in my startup folder in msconfig that ONLY ..... and this is from

about 10 different installs of windows..... AFTER I clicked on my E Drive or my D Drive or my G Drive that herss.exe

shows up in the startup folder...... never when I click on my C Drive though.

Here's something interesting though..... when I right click on my D or E or G drives and click EXPLORE..... not sure

why.... but when I click on exlore drive it doesn't activate the herss.exe virus.

If I forget and click on a drive INSTEAD of exploring it and getting to my folders I have the virus AGAIN.

here's something else I noticed....notice in the screen shot it says "Run The Program using the program provided on

the device...... never used to see that.... SOMEHOW there MUST be a hidden .dll or program on my E or D or G drive

that is hiding this VIRUS and not sure why but it only activates upon clicking on the drive.....

how can I discover WHERE this program is..... the folders don't SAY there is anything hidden..... is it

I have FORMATTED my C drive my E Drive and my D Drive..... and STILL this thing is on there.....

is there a place in the registry that stores programs like this to acitvate at a certain time or a certain activity

that causes it to activate and I can delete it from there?

I have tried anti virus software....NO LUCK.....

SOMEHOW there is a program SOMWHERE that I need to delete .... how and where is the question...

for now I can work around this problem but one wrong click and I have herss.exe eatting up all my resources.... it

runs the CPU at 100% and causes most tasks to run slower and my keyboard to run slow....

If I am right in guessing.....if I can discover where they hid this program and delete it from there I will be good

to go...

I have win XP, SP2, have had the same copy of XP for like 7 years and never had this problem before.

please help..... and thanks in advance....

Is that "Run The Program" the culprit? and if so where is it so I can remove it..... I also wonder how it got in there and STAYS there even after I format..... hmmmmm


Thread Starter
Mar 24, 2001
Not sure if it will show up here or not. It may be lying dormant waiting for me to click on a drive to activate or install it.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 2:16:55 PM, on 1/10/2011
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\WINWORD.EXE
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = file:///D:/My%20Home%20page.mht
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: Groove GFS Browser Helper - {72853161-30C5-4D22-B7F9-0BBC1D38A37E} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\GRA8E1~1.DLL
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [GrooveMonitor] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe ARM] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: Send to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: S&end to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O16 - DPF: {E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7} - http://platformdl.adobe.com/NOS/getPlusPlus/1.6/gp.cab
O18 - Protocol: grooveLocalGWS - {88FED34C-F0CA-4636-A375-3CB6248B04CD} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\GR99D3~1.DLL
O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Browseui preloader - {438755C2-A8BA-11D1-B96B-00A0C90312E1} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\browseui.dll
O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Component Categories cache daemon - {8C7461EF-2B13-11d2-BE35-3078302C2030} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\browseui.dll

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