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Removing the “System Tool” malware

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A friend of mine got scared witless when her PC screen suddenly filled up with large red letters claiming it had been infected by just about every known virus/malware in the universe. In addition, a window popped up in the foreground showing a long list of viruses, trojans and worms that had purportedly made their home on her hard drive. Very helpfully she was allowed to “buy” a program that would get rid of all of them. She was prevented from launching any other software and even the task manager which made things tough indeed.

Apparently, this is a “System tool” malware (it has the same name as the helpful program). Removal was fairly simple, simply boot into windows XP safe mode with networking then download and run Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware to get rid of it. Possibly any other anti malware program will do the job as well, but I am listing this one as I got the name off McAffee forums and it worked.

Hopefully this post will help someone who is stuck with the same issue.


Written by clueso

March 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm

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