Thursday, March 4, 2010

“Hi, this is your photo ?” - Remove This MSN/Windows Live Messenger Virus

Internet is a place which is flooded with security problems and viruses and you need to stay alert of any suspicious links or messages in the inbox or instant messenger.

There has been a virus which is spreading through MSN / Live messenger which shows you a link in the IM window with a text which says

“Hi,this is your photo? – Some link here.

Do not click on the link on this message, this takes you to a url which infects your computer with this virus. It downloads a virus file called Picture_2525.exe and installs it.

If you have accidentally clicked this link, below is the method to remove this virus manually.

How To Fix The Problem?:
I recommend that you always use a good antivirus tool, free or paid, with real-time protection which can save you from such viruses.

If this virus has already infected your computer, follow following procedure:

1. Open Windows Task Manager (press Ctrl+Shift+Esc simultaneously), go to the Processes tab and right click at the processes below and select End Process:


2. Then simultanously press Win+R to bring up the Run window and type the following command.

sc delete svlostServices

3. Delete the files listed below in Windows\System32 folder.


4. Again simultanously press WIN+R to bring up Run window and type the two commands below. Type once, hit enter and then continue to the second one.

reg delete "hkcu\software\microsoft\internet explorer\main" /v default_page_url /f
reg delete "hkcu\software\microsoft\internet explorer\main" /v "Start Page" /f

The virus has been completely removed from your computer. However, I’d still advice you to change your MSN password just to be on the safe side.


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