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Should you Reformat/Reinstall Windows after a virus?

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by itg, Sep 21, 2004.

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  1. itg

    itg Thread Starter

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    Greetings all,

    Recently I had the unfortunate experience of Nortons finding a virus on the PC (I dont have Nortons running all the time). Nortons subsequently cleaned and deleted the file and there has not been as issue since.
    The virus was called Downloader.Trojan and Nortons found it in

    Local Settings\Temporary\Internet Files\Content.IE5\TKCB55WH\server[1].exe

    My question is wether this virus was actually invoked or just parked in the directory and could there have been damage to the OS and/or other files and wether it would be best to reformat and reload Windows XP?

    Regards
    Gary
     
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    Hi itg,

    You don't have to reinstall your system. You have just to empty your IE cache : open IE, select Tools, select Internet Options, a dialog box will be displayed, click the buttons Delete Files and Delete Cookies.
    Have a read of this threat to better protect your system :
    http://forums.techguy.org/t208517.html
     
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    Chicon,

    Thanks for the advice, I have deleted all the internet temp files and cache. Would that virus have done any damage though, what does it actually do?

    Thanks
    Gary
     
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    Here is the Symantec's definition of the virus found out on your system :
    I believe you have enough imagination to guess what kind of problems your system was exposed to.
     
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