DALE ARRIGO asked on January 6, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.
SAL.xls.exe Virus and Resulting Damage
» I have been infected with sal.xls.exe virus and have removed it with AVG - latest version. My hard disk and removable disks have a Recycle.bin and System Volume Information folder on them that is hidden and unaccessable. I have stopped system restore and tried to delete folders. I can remove the Recycle.bin folder but not the system volume information folder. The Recycle.bin reappears. How do I remove them?
The exe file runs programs, it is thus one of the most useful types of files, but this also makes it potentially harmful. It can be used as a carrier for viruses or other malicious programs. If one clicks on a malicious exe file, over the next several hours or days the computer might become unstable. Often the user does not relate the problem back to the cause and attributes it to other factors, such as the need to defragment or replace a disk.
In case of a virus infection, personal information or password keystrokes might be handed over to an unknown website without knowledge of the user, or the machine might delete its own files and crash altogether; the system is slowing down and if left on the disk they accumulate trash and blow away your disk space. The infected files grow in size. Any of these scenarios and more can be set in motion by simply clicking on a 'bad' exe file.
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N WALKER replied on January 13, 2013
- DEBBIE SHAMPINE replied on January 6, 2013: » I don't think it's possible to remove those system folders, but you can delete their contents: empty the desktop Recycle Bin, and disable System Restore. Viruses in those folders can't reappear on their own. You'd have to intentionally restore an infected file from the Recycle Bin or restore your computer to a previous time when a virus was present.
- DALE ARRIGO replied on January 7, 2013: » In Windows 7 I have emptied the desktop Recycle Bin, and disable System Restore on my c:, d: and e: drives. I have also done the same on my portable hard drive but the problem still persists.
I have now formatted the portable drive and the System Volume Information Folder still exists on the drive. When I click on it it creates a second folder called Recycle.bin. The same happens in all the other drives. There appearers to be something that controls it that is hidden. If I can find this I may be able to fix the problem.
- JOHN MADIGAN replied on January 8, 2013: » the virus is a worm and will collect information from your computer and transmit it as well as it may cause fundamental errors like monitors stop working, processes stop running. You should turn off system restore, delete the file cftmon.exe, and delete the recycle bin and system volume folder on each drive.
- DEBBIE SHAMPINE replied on January 8, 2013: » Those folders are a normal part of Windows 7. They don't indicate that a virus is present. If you delete them, Windows 7 automatically re-creates them.
If you think that your computer has a virus that none of your virus checkers and malware checkers can find, I recommend that you contact the Microsoft Consumer Security Support Center for no-charge virus and security-related support.
- RONALD SCHLIS replied on January 9, 2013: » Sounds like Malware/Spyware/Adware and not really a virus to me.
First thing to try is to run Safe Mode with Command Prompt if you can and run your programs via the command line because many of those will hook into explorer. I see you didnt mention Hit Malware, I highly recommend that one.
here is a program for you to scan the computer for registry errors and fix related viruses. Download DLL Suite and run it, click its "Fix EXE Virus" menu and then click the Scan button, it will automatically analyze the error and remove dinotify.exe virus infection for you.
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