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How can I delete a hidden Autorun.inf file? (virus)

Posted on 2010-04-09
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Last Modified: 2013-12-04
Ive been battling a Conflicker infection. I've disabled Autoplay, system restore, etc and it would really help if I could delete these hidden autorun.inf files that are located on each mapped drive.

When I try the below, I get access denied:
del /a:rhs [driveletter]:autorun.inf

So is there a script I could build that would somehow give me ownership/permissions and delete the file?

Thanks in advance.
Question by:guitar_333
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by:Steve Knight
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Access denied is either going to be permissions or attributes.  what does attrib autorun.inf show?  what about cacls autorun.indie to check permanently
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by:Steve Knight
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Sorry keyboard trouble there! will look from pc in bit

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If you *know* that the autorun.inf file is the only issue, then you could boot from an Ubuntu LiveCD and delete the files that way, as they will not be 'in use'.

I would strongly suggest that after you do that you install an AV like Microsoft Security Essentials and perform a full scan. Or just do it from the Ubuntu LiveCD. Or, ideally, both.
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ID: 30217733
Use the attrib -h -r -s autorun.inf before running the del command.

Update and run TrojanRemover from http://www.simplysup.com 
Do the same with spybot right after.
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by:Ivano Viola
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Malwarebytes has a tool included called File Assassin. If you install Malwarebytes you can use this tool to try delete the file. The tool can be found under the More Tools tab in Malwarebytes. It's worth a try.

You can also run a scan while your at it.
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I think flash Disinfector may help. Run it and see if it places a hidden autorun.inf folder on mapped drives.
Works on removable devices so no harm to cleanse those

On any device like that(removable) run flash Disinfector
-Download to desktop
-Run it
-Follow prompts
-When asked, plug in removable usb device
-It will prompt when scan is finished
-Repeat for next removable device


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Tech_Stig earned 1000 total points
ID: 30218432
Bring up Windows Explorer and choose [Tools]->[Folder Options].
Click on the view tab and choose "Show hidden files and folders." Then uncheck "Hide protected operating system files." Apply and OK. You should then be able to see the file in whatever drive.

Next browse to the file, right-click and [Properties]. Click the security tab then [Advanced]. Click on the owner tab and set yourself as the owner. Then click apply and ok. and then OK on the properties window.

Now you should have access to delete the file.

When you're done, be sure to at least re-enable the  "Hide protected operating system files" in Windows Explorer folder options.

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ID: 30218529
Boot Ubuntu LiveCD and nuke the file. Neither permissions nor NTFS security will stand in your way.
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by:Steve Knight
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If this is on multiple drives/shares and not intended to be then it still comes down to before changing anything we need to know WHAT the current situation is, i.e.

attrib autorun.inf will return

ASH    c:\autorun.inf


cacls autorun.inf will return



Author Closing Comment

ID: 31712774
EXACTLY the answer I was looking for. I knew it was something as simple as this!!!!!

Thank you.
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by:Steve Knight
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So you did't want a SCRIPT then... like you asked for, just how to do it manually across each drive.....
Some feedback might be nice next time.


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