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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Orkut has been BANNED?? Can't see hidden files??..Read On

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A virus which has been recently named w32.USBWorm has been doing rounds in the netizen community preventing anyone's pc in which it has infected from accessing orkut, youtube and a lotta other sites. Well, the virus programmers are getting nasty, well we can't let'em win tht easily, can we??.. SO here are a few steps that I found while looking for a solution.

I did them in my friend's pc which was infected and got it removed, so I do believe it will work for you too. Any more comments would be appreciated in the cbox below.

These are the steps you should perform inorder to remove the orkut has been banned virus

  1. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL, get task manager and go to the processes tab.
  2. Look for svchost.exe under the image name. There will be many but look for the ones which have your username under the username field.
  3. Press DEL to kill these files. It will give you a warning, Press Yes.
  4. Repeat for more svchost.exe files with your username and repeat. Do not kill svchost.exe with system, local service or network service!
  5. Now open My Computer
  6. In the address bar, type C:\heap41a and press enter. It is a hidden folder, and is not visible by default.
  7. Delete all the files found in this folder.
  8. Now go to Start> Run and type Regedit
  9. Go to the menu Edit> Find
  10. Type "heap41a" here and press enter. You will see something like this "[winlogon] C:\heap41a\svchost.exe C:\heap(some number)\std.txt". 
  11. Select that and Press DEL. It will ask "Are you sure you wanna delete this value", click Yes
  12. Continue pressing F3 after seeing a search result and remove all shown entries with above mentioned format.
  13. Now close the registry editor.
Restart your pc and voila! the virus is gone.

Now, some of you others would also be getting problems like not being able to see hidden files even when you have enabled hidden files to be shown in the folder options. These steps are to remove the above said problem.

1 .Go to Start --> Run, then type Regedit

2.Navigate to the registry folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\

3.Find a key called CheckedValue.

4.Double Click CheckedValue key and modify it to 1. This is to show all the hidden files.

Now you should be able to view all hidden files.

All these solutions maybe temporary of the virus has not been fully removed from your system. For this use a good antivirus/antispyware scanner like AVG full version and Ad-Aware se 2007 pro to get all loose traits of this virus and others. You can download many of them for free here in Livewares' Antivirus section.

And always be careful before opening a pen drive or cd and scan with a good antivirus, preferrably AVG, before any action. Ask for more problems and unresolved pc knick knacks in our Comment Box found below.

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