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Message indicating computer may be infected with a file patching virus (Virut) when using ComboFix

Hi Everyone;

         In an attempt to try to troubleshoot a problem with a Dell desktop running XP Pro SP2 which has missing desktop icons, I tried to execute ComboFix within Safe Mode.  Unfortunately, when I tried to execute ComboFix, I got the following message:  !!Alert!! It is not safe to continue.  The contents of the ComboFix package has been compromised.  Go to http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix for instructions.   Note: You may be infected with a file patching virus (Virut).

           Any help given to this question will be appreciated.

           Thank you

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Virut is very hard to come back from.  See my question here:


Best bet is to run an online scan with Kaspersky:


If it finds a large number of virut infected files, it is time for a format and re-install...

Sorry George, I just realised this is a supplementary question to your question at http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_24381419.html.
I didn't mean to duplicate my answer to you...

GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi There;

        Thank you so much for your prompt reply to this question.  Due to the large number of application errors, missing desktop icons and taskbar, and non-responsiveness found within both Safe and Normal Mode, I believe it is time to consider backing up the end user files, format the harddrive, and reload XP along with any necessary drivers and applications.  At this point, I am still working out the logistics of carrying out the end user data backup.  Due to the tricky nature of this situation, I will need to employ a third part utility to carry out this goal.  

         In closing, thanks again for your help.  I will be back in touch soon on the other related post currently open as soon as I fgure out which utility will work best for the end user data backup.


OK, and good luck!!!

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