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    Can I wipe out and reinstall windows without reformating? or is it a must? and can I safely save all my personal files without reinfection after reinstallation of windows?

    And if I must reformat and reinstall which page that you linked do you recommend I use to help me reformat?

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    Can I wipe out and reinstall windows without reformating?
    Have you taken the time to read about this infection? I have seen thousands of .exe files infected. It would do little good to reinstall Windows with infected files on the hard drive, the infection would just spread back to Windows.
    And if I must reformat and reinstall which page that you linked do you recommend I use to help me reformat?
    Have a look at all three, they are different ways of saying the same thing. I posted three to give you as much information as possible.

    Additional information:
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...earch&aq=f&oq=
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...XP&btnG=Search

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...earch&aq=f&oq=
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    So it is safe to save music and image files to disc and reintroduce them after reinstalling and reformating?

    For curiosity sakes. Since the Virut.BM file is in a program folder is it safe to delete it? I know this will not fix my problem, I'm just wondering what would happen. Also, why cant onecare remove Zbot.gen!R, Hiloti.gen!A or Virut.BM for that manner?

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    I am sorry, this infection is almost as new to me as it is to you. I am still learning about it and you would be much better off to read the information I provided, I am not a Virut expert. As far as one care, that would be a question for their tech support.

    I am in the process of collecting information about this file-infector, here is some of the newest information I have found.

    Virut: Unanswered Questions
    http://windowsir.blogspot.com/2009/0...questions.html

    http://www.microsoft.com/security/po...=Win32%2fVirut

    Take the following steps to help prevent infection on your system:

    Enable a firewall on your computer.
    Get the latest computer updates for all your installed software.
    Use up-to-date antivirus software.
    Use caution when opening attachments and accepting file transfers.
    Use caution when clicking on links to web pages.
    Avoid downloading pirated software.
    Protect yourself against social engineering attacks.

    Summary
    Win32/Virut is a family of file infecting viruses that target and infect .EXE and .SCR files accessed on infected systems. Win32/Virut also opens a backdoor by connecting to an IRC server, allowing a remote attacker to download and run files on the infected computer.
    Symptoms

    The following symptoms may be indicative of a Virus:Win32/Virut infection:
    Network traffic on TCP port 65520 with connection to IRC server proxima.ircgalaxy.pl, on channel &virtu
    Increase in file size of infected files
    Infected files fail during execution and have a recent modified date property

    I wish I knew more about the infection, but I just do not.

    Thank you
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