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Masive Virus attack has left server inaccessible

Posted on 2006-07-21
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Hello all,
  I recently was asked to look into why a Windows Server Standard Edition 2003 would not complete the logon process.  After a few questions about leading up to this situation is I was told that they were infected by at least 75 downloader and trojan type viruses.  I was able to load Norton AV 10. and clean most of them however I got stuck with the userinit.exe failed to load.  I followed several papers pertaining to this fix yet none of them work.  The server would still boot to safe mode however,  was unable to clear userinit.exe issue.  Ran highjackthis and removed several definite issues but after the re-boot still not loading in full mode.  also, now safe mode does not load hangs after login.  Resturant is in a pickle.  I am extremly close to giving up and doing a complete format and rebuild.  Any ideas?
Thanks,
Matt
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try performing a repair install straight off the disk, is replaces all your system files and gives you a clean install without data loss
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JAy Jay70,
Thanks for the info, I was already thinking that as well.  Going back tonight at 11:00 and will perfom this task.  Will post results.
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Ok All,
  It is now Saturday morning @ 11:00 I just woke up after 3 hours of sleep and after 7 straight hours of battling this Virus attack from you know were. I did  attempt to go with Jay Jay70's suggestion as I also thought of that however, the install could not even detect a previous version of windows installed.  My only choice was to do a complete format and re-instsall of both the 2003 Server OS and the resturant software.  Clients are happy and I was also able to keep there last 4 days of data that they were unable to print because of there issue.

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Claimtrust-Matt
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