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Thread: Worm or? w32.petch (alias wowexec.exe) not discovered by ZA

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    Default Worm or? w32.petch (alias wowexec.exe) not discovered by ZA

    Has anybody dealt with an attack by this worm/trojan? THe virus info tells me everything it does, but offers no soluitons for removal. Toshiba tech support suggested a complete reload on my PC. It appears to have inffected my boot sector but I am still able to get XP up and running. I found instances of "petch" in my registry using the find comand. Repeated scans by ZA failed to find anything!! Anybody suggest a virus program that will work with this virus?

    Operating System:Windows XP Home Edition
    Product Name:ZoneAlarm Antivirus
    Software Version:6.5

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    Dec 2005

    Default Re: Worm or? w32.petch (alias wowexec.exe) not discovered by ZA

    a standalone scanner/removal tool>

    a tool for checking boot sector>

    both from>


    If a reformat/reinstall is decide, then erase the drive with a special erasing cd first>

    when the lengthy erase is finished, pull the power out. I assume this is a laptop, so pull not just the power adaptor, but also remove the battery as well (while the laptop is still running). This has the same effect as pulling the power cord out of the desktop PC. The instant power "kill" will kill all memory and help wipe the Toshiba laptop. The eraser disk from the link should have a boot sector erase ability as well- use it. After this is all said and done, the laptop will be perfectly cleaned and will be ready for the reformat/reinstall of Windows.


    Message Edited by Oldsod on 11-30-2006 02:26 PM
    Best regards.

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