I came across an interesting virus while fixing my neighbour's laptop last night. Basically, here's what it did:
<p>1. Replicate the desktop (Vista)</p>
<p>2. Spit out multiple error messages about the hard drive being corrupt.</p>
<p>3. Popped up a window that looked exactly like the MS "there is a fatal error, try and fix?" message.</p>
<p> 4. Allowed you to click fix, and it would then run a diagnostic tool. The results would basically tell you the h/d, memory...pretty much everything was corrupt.</p>
<p> 5. Disabled access to safe mode!</p>
<p> There were probably a few other symptoms, but that's the majority. I ended up taking out the h/d and connecting it to my pc so I could get the important user files off, then reinstalled the OS. That obviously worked fine, but I've never seen a virus like that one...it was pretty well done. The only thing that made me think it was a virus rather than a hardware failure was that it loaded with the desktop background intact, but then disabled it quickly in favour of a black screen (as opposed to getting a bsod for example). Has anyone else come across anything similar?</p>
Software/Hardware used: Windows Vista, Toshiba laptop
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