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IE Trojan Horse problem

By NDz ·
I came across a Win XP Pro machine infected with an Internet Explorer trojan horse. I will be running Norton System utilites to battle it, however should I bite the bullet and reformat the hard drive to be safe? Or are there other alternatives to make sure the trojan horse is fully gone?



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My advice

by house In reply to IE Trojan Horse problem

Try removing it remotely with If you install and run Norton, it may fail miserably with "access denied" type activity when you are trying to kill the "mother".

After it looks clean, pull the plug out of the back of the PC. Start it up, remove IE and reinstall it if you have any issues.

Also, check out Symantec's (norton) site for any removal tools and instructions regarding this virus.

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by Gryfon In reply to IE Trojan Horse problem

Has a trial version you can install and run. You DO have to manually install the updates, but I assume if you're on a tech site you know how to navigate the file system.

Once you've cleaned your system, install and use Firefox. Once you get used to it, IE will annoy you.

Good luck!

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by NDz In reply to

Thanks, I'll try all your suggestions.

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Check out some tools

by docbob In reply to IE Trojan Horse problem

Tech Republic has recently opened Virus Threat Center ( You may try researching it there, though I found no matches on the term "Internet Explorer Trojan Horse". Other sites have the same tools and you could also do a Google on it or some key file names that you are dealing with. I find that blowing all away is over kill to many times. It is like cutting off a toe to get rind of a hangnail. I am not saying that a reformat is a bad idea, but too many times it just is a bunch of problem.
If you do reformat and reinstall, look into getting the CDs from microsoft with the latest patches and the SP2. They are free with no shipping cost. It will bring system up to date before you hook up to network.

The Doc

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