System Tools 2.12 removal

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  1. Hi all,

    I have come down this morning to a seriously infected laptop. System Tools 2.12 will not allow me to do anything in order to remove it:

    system tool reset prevented
    cant find any software to assist in removing
    looks like all executables are prevented from running.

    Help please?
  2. a bit more info perhaps?
    which version of windows or os?
    have you tried system restore?
    tried to install microsoft security essentials?
    started copying your stuff to a usb stick? (this we need to be scanned before you can use it, if you havent made a backup)
  3. msconfig.exe from the run command, to stop it starting on startup.

    Stop the services it's using in the "task manager"

    Delete all known associated files with it.

    Use Google for more info
  4. Have you tried starting it in safe mode then just restore it to a date before it was infected. That has worked for me a few times.
  5. it sorted yet?
  6. msr

    msr LE

  7. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    I too have picked up this 'system tools' malware tonight on my notebook and have spent the past couple of hours trying to get rid of it using the tools suggested by msr. I have tried Hitman, avast, superantivirus - all to no avail.

    As soon as something hits the notebook it is latching onto it and saying either the .exe is infected, please buy our software to get rid or dll etc is affected please buy.........

    If anyone has any suggestions then I would be grateful to hear them. I am unable to search using google chrome but at the moment IE is working if I delete the malware warning notice a couple of times.

    As I say - your help would be much appreciated.

  8. Download, install, update and then run malwarebytes antimalware - free.


    Click the blue button for the free version, and follow the instructions on the screen. Seemples.

    AND STOP DOWNLOADING FUCKING TOOLBARS AND SMILEYS, EVERYONE!!! That's where half this sort of shite comes from. I've been an IT Tech for the best part of 15 years, and the last year has been the worst for this.

    I blame the French.
  9. msr

    msr LE

    Even this one: Emsisoft Free Emergency Kit ?
  10. ^^^ Have used that one in the past myself, msr. It's pretty good in that it doesn't need to be installed, but picks up quite a few false positives. That said, it's sledgehammer methods will sort out a PC when it's goosed in extremis.
  11. msr

    msr LE

    That's quite a fair assessment :)

    I wonder how it fairs against System Tools? Perhaps you could let us know A-Y?

  12. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Thanks msr but not a lot of success i'm afraid.

    I have downloaded the kit but the virus keeps coming up with several messages including 'file start.exe is infected' 'AVGIDSMonitor.exe is infected' each time asking me to activate my antivirus software i.e. buy theirs.

    This one is System Tool version 2.20. (Fecking tool is the word!!)
  13. msr

    msr LE

    Have you tried starting in safe mode and seeing if that allows you to run eek?

    If not try this: Download Free Online Virus Scanner | BitDefender

    Then this:

    If none of the above work, then make sure you have a tested backup, erase the HDD (Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing) and reinstall :(
  14. msr

    msr LE

    I would try the 'Safe Mode with Networking' option after renaming start.exe iexplore.exe. Make sure you right click on it and select Run as Administrator

    This also seems to have worked: worked!!! Actually the malware is resides in c:\documents and settings\all users\application Data\[Folder name with weired name]\foldername.exe.

    I have deleted the folder using safemode...thats it..everything gone. Earlier I have tried Malwarebytes but it didnt helped...but the other way it done the magic.