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Old Sep 25, 2003, 12:47 AM
vangl76 vangl76 is offline
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what the heck is the virus w32.hllp.handy, why is half my computer files infected, and how do I get rid of it?
Old Sep 25, 2003, 12:59 AM
ElaineM ElaineM is offline
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It attaches itself to all of your shared files and gets propagated by you sharing your infected files. You probably got it through peer to peer file sharing. I do hope that you are running anti virus software. If so, update the virus definitions. Run a full system scan, and delete all files that are detected as W32.HLLP.Handy. Restore the infected files from a clean backup if necessary. If half of your files are actually infected, you might need to back up whatever you can and reformat. I'm going to move this to the Security forum now.
Old Sep 25, 2003, 05:06 AM
vangl76 vangl76 is offline
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i don't know much about viruses but can they infect writei-protected files??
Old Sep 25, 2003, 05:13 AM
vangl76 vangl76 is offline
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I meant if you have a file set to read-only. if not, is there anyway to keep a file from being infected?
Old Sep 25, 2003, 05:43 AM
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If it were that simple, most windows files are read only, there wouldn't be a problem would there?
Read only doesn't prevent use at the boot record level.

There is a way to protect files from being infected.

Get some antivirus software, keep it updated, and follow basic security procedures!

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