Desktop.ini is a hidden file which belongs to a Windows system file that stores information about customized folders. However, users should know malware can hide itself by wearing a safe file name mask. Thus, it is important to note where this file is located. Recently many users who get viruses such as TR/ATRAPS.Gen2, Win64:ZAcces-E [Rtk] as well as Trojan.0access will encounter this issue. It will keep showing the Trojan is in desktop.ini and some GAC hidden files in the assembly folder. But users will feel difficult to get access to this location and remove the virus. Once downloaded, the trojan will make chaos to the infected system. Antivirus will keep showing you the trojan is located in C:\Windows\assembly\GAC_32 or C:\Windows\assembly\GAC_34. However, any removal operations are just vain. The virus embeds in the root of the system. It will disable all your security programs, open the backdoor to invite the remote server, and then try to attack the weak administrator passwords and steal your personal information. It runs high risks for the compromised system and even its network environment. To sum up, the virus violates your privacy and compromises your security that needs to be removed from your machine immediately upon detection.
1. Reboot your computer to safe mode with networking. As your computer restarts but before Windows launches, tap “F8” key constantly.
2. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
3. Open Registry entries. Find out the malicious files and entries and then delete all.
Attention: Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
a. Press the “Start” button and then choose the option “Run”. In the “Open” field, type “regedit” and click the “OK” button.
b. All malicious files and registry entries that should be deleted:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\random
If you failed to remove this Trojan with the instructions above or need any assistant, you are welcome to contact YooCare experts to resolve all the problems completely.
Published by Sarah Poehler, last updated on August 17, 2012 5:05 pm | How to Guides