Thursday, December 2, 2010

Another Fake Antivirus - ThinkPoint

There is a new fake anti-virus out there.  It is not as 'tricky' as some of the older ones, as it can be defeated with out doing a lot of work. With the infection you cannot get onto the Internet and Alt/Control/Delete does not work.  I could not get any anti-virus program to load to fix it either.

I restarted the computer in 'safe mode' and was expecting that it had disabled safe mode, but it did not.  So I  loaded Malware Bytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) from a USB drive and scanned the hard drive.  It found only one infected file so I thought that it had missed the virus, but that was all there was.  The file is named 'hotfix.exe' and that is all there is to the virus infection.  Delete 'hotfix.exe' and you are good to go!

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