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Dos.BootInfector what to do?

  1. Oct 10, 2003 #1


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    I found this file on my computer, called Dos.BootInfector, call me crazy but that sounds like a virus to me. I have got two updated virus scanners and they both don't recognize it as a virus.

    Should I delete it or just leave it sitting in the C:\System Volume Information folder for a while?
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  3. Oct 10, 2003 #2


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    hmm, nothing about it turns up on google.

    What version of windows do you have. What type of virus scanners are you using and what version? Are you doing a specific virus scan on the boot sector?

    If you do have a boot sector virus, they tend to be a little difficult to remove if your antivirus isn't functioning, or has been broken by the virus. Most likety there are multiple copies of the virus on your system, including the boot sector. If your using floppies and putting them on other systems your most likely spreading the virus. To remove, you first want to delete that file your talking about, then all its copies, and finally you want to go into pure dos and type "fdisk /mbr". This will clear the master boot record and be rebuilt by windows. The trouble is in removing the multi copies.

    Actually, it would be helpful if you attach the file on this thread so i can analyze it. I'm running linux, so im impervious to windows viruses.

    Finally, it might be a good idea to email symantec or mcafee, or some other antivirus company to find out about the virus, if you even have one.

    [edit] Here is a link to a software tool that you can use to try elimiate the virus - http://invircible.com/iv_tools.php#Ivinit [Broken]
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  4. Oct 12, 2003 #3


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    How exactly are you accessing that folder? In any case, a quick search of symantec turns up nothing, but you can email it to them and they'll check it out.
  5. Oct 12, 2003 #4


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    Do you know how difficult it is to send Symantic an email? :P

    They first take you through a 1-hour tour of their website so that
    1. you give up before they give you an email address
    2. you decide to call them and they earn $29 or so
    3. you might actually find the answer yourself
    4. you are so persistent that they think you deserve to contact them personally.

    Well, no. 4 applied to me and I was privilaged enough to email them, they replied with a document, which thus I could have found myself :P with a nice explanation:

  6. Oct 19, 2003 #5

    You can go to www.sarc.com which is Symantec's virus removal site. You can find out any information about any viurs and/or find out how to submit to SARC.

    Depending on what version of theprogram you can submit right thru the quarantine portion of the program.
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  8. Nov 8, 2005 #7


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    I don't like Symantec and i'm willing to get into an argument on that. :smile: I use Panda Antivirus. They have an http://www.pandasoftware/activescan" [Broken], which also collects suspicious files and gives you the option of sending them over to their labs for inspection. Last time i did this they replied very fast in the negative, which i thought was nice.
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