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#1 Vosscharge

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 06:37 AM

Hi there. I have two questions.

I purchased a Dell Inspiron 1545 with Windows 7 on December 13th. I'm using Norton Internet Security (Trial right now) and Webroot Spysweeper/Antivirus (Also trial). I've noticed two problems however.

Occasionally my mouse will hourglass. This is only bugging me because I know randomly hourglassing like it does seems to be associated with malware or something else sinister. I ran a disc scan, defragmented, and a disk cleanup, and it will still randomly hourglass every minute to two minutes. It should be noted that when it does it doesn't seem to slow down my computer, nor does my computer usage increase, and the hourglass only remains for maybe half a second. Real "blink and you miss it" timing. Simply something that bugs me.

Secondly: I found a file in the C:\Users\Myusername\Appdata\Roaming folder today. wklnhst.dat. Haven't gotten a straight answer whether this file is alright or not so I figured I'd run it by the forums. Thank you for any and all help. If a Hijack This log is necessary just say so.

Also this morning I downloaded 0&0 Defrag, and noticed that there was a file called oodbs.lor in my System 32 folder. Dangerous?

Edited by Vosscharge, 04 January 2010 - 10:39 AM.


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#2 garmanma

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 11:27 AM

Welcome to BC

Let's see what we can find

First I would scan the suspicious file with one of these scanners
http://virusscan.jotti.org/en
http://www.virustotal.com/

Let's rum mbam

The process of cleaning your computer may require you to temporarily disable some security programs. If you are using SpyBot Search and Destroy, please refer to Note 2 at the bottom of this page.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free version and save it to your desktop.

NOTE: Before saving MBAM please rename it to zztoy.exe....now save it to your desktop.


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  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.
  • Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
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  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
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-- MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you're using other security programs that detect registry changes (like Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere with the fix or alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please disable such programs until disinfection is complete or permit them to allow the changes. To disable these programs, please view this topic: How To Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus, Firewall And Anti-malware Programs
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Posted 04 January 2010 - 02:45 PM

Thanks a ton for the reply and assistance (and the welcome). Here's the log

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.43
Database version: 3493
Windows 6.1.7600
Internet Explorer 8.0.7600.16385

1/4/2010 2:44:29 PM
mbam-log-2010-01-04 (14-44-29).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 101108
Time elapsed: 5 minute(s), 17 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 2
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoActiveDesktopChanges (Hijack.DisplayProperties) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowSearch (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (0) Good: (1) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Mouse still does the brief hourglassing and now O&O seems to have trouble connecting to the internet. But I'm pretty glad for this programs. The mouse problem so far just seems to be a minor inconvenience. I can't confirm this yet, but it seems like it chiefly occurs when firefox is open. I have adblock plus and NoScript running which may or may not have to do with it. I'm not 100% sure it doesn't hourglass when Firefox is closed (Seeing as it happens so quickly). Just a note.

Edited by Vosscharge, 04 January 2010 - 03:21 PM.


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Posted 04 January 2010 - 07:20 PM

Don't forget to submit those 2 files with the instruction at the top of my post


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Update mbam and run a FULL scan
Please post the results
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Please download TFC by Old Timer and save it to your desktop.
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  • Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process and let it run uninterrupted to completion.
  • Important! If TFC prompts you to reboot, please do so immediately. If not prompted, manually reboot the machine anyway to ensure a complete clean.
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SAS, may take a long time to scan
Please download and scan with SUPERAntiSpyware Free
  • Double-click SUPERAntiSypware.exe and use the default settings for installation.
  • An icon will be created on your desktop. Double-click that icon to launch the program.
  • If asked to update the program definitions, click "Yes". If not, update the definitions before scanning by selecting "Check for Updates". (If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here. Double-click on the hyperlink for Download Installer and save SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to your desktop. Then double-click on SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to install the definitions.)
  • In the Main Menu, click the Preferences... button.
  • Click the "General and Startup" tab, and under Start-up Options, make sure "Start SUPERAntiSpyware when Windows starts" box is unchecked.
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    • Scan for tracking cookies.
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  • Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program.
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Reboot your computer in "Safe Mode" using the F8 method. To do this, restart your computer and after hearing your computer beep once during startup (but before the Windows icon appears) press the F8 key repeatedly. A menu will appear with several options. Use the arrow keys to navigate and select the option to run Windows in "Safe Mode".

Scan with SUPERAntiSpyware as follows:
  • Launch the program and back on the main screen, under "Scan for Harmful Software" click Scan your computer.
  • On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
  • On the right, under "Complete Scan", choose Perform Complete Scan and click "Next".
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    • Click Preferences, then click the Statistics/Logs tab.
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#5 Vosscharge

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 04:28 AM

Thank you and sorry for my mistakex. Here's the full MBAM log

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.43
Database version: 3493
Windows 6.1.7600
Internet Explorer 8.0.7600.16385

1/5/2010 4:27:05 AM
mbam-log-2010-01-05 (04-27-05).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|D:\|)
Objects scanned: 209738
Time elapsed: 41 minute(s), 36 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 1
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoActiveDesktopChanges (Hijack.DisplayProperties) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)


I'll complete the rest of the steps asap. Did notice the Hijack.Displayproperties returned. This anything to be worried about Also: Virustotal and Jotti don't seem to accept the file.

Edited by Vosscharge, 05 January 2010 - 07:06 AM.


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Posted 05 January 2010 - 05:48 PM

This anything to be worried about Also:

Not yet

Sometimes jotti or virustotal can be overloaded. Try it one more time
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#7 Vosscharge

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 06:39 AM

Virustotal concluded the file was clean on all 41 scanners.

I have two user accounts. One administrator (Which I only use for altering programs that cannot be changed from my primary account) which I rarely go online with (As I understand not browsing with the administrator account reduces the risk of rootkits). I altered the settings and had downloaded the updates/changed the settings on the admin account before realizing I needed to do the same on my primary account as well, which is why there are two logs below. One is from the scanner without updates/settings, and the second is with the updates and settings changed in Super Anti Spyware

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 01/07/2010 at 05:49 AM

Application Version : 4.33.1000

Core Rules Database Version : 4446
Trace Rules Database Version: 0

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:17:50

Memory items scanned : 154
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 5831
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 38882
File threats detected : 4

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\Users\Ranchollini\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\ranchollini@atdmt[2].txt
C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\user@atdmt[2].txt
C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\user@atdmt[1].txt
C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\user@doubleclick[1].txt


Now here's the second:

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 01/07/2010 at 06:27 AM

Application Version : 4.33.1000

Core Rules Database Version : 4455
Trace Rules Database Version: 2277

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:31:23

Memory items scanned : 156
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 5830
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 92379
File threats detected : 1

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\Users\Ranchollini\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\ranchollini@atdmt[2].txt


Note none of these are from my administrator account. I also ran a scan with TFC (On my admin account). And followed every other instruction to the letter (With the exception of running a full MBAM scanner just prior to both of these. The most recent MBAM scan I ran was detailed in my last post.

Thank you so much for all of the help by the way.

Any comments? Warnings? Additional steps? I will run a SuperAntiSpyware scan on my admin account as well if you feel it is necessary.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 08:46 PM

I believe you are fine
oodbs.lor is OK where it's at
I would try renaming wklnhst.dat to wklnhstOLD.dat. and see if anything changes
If it runs OK for a couple of days, move it to Recycle Bin

Other than that, all I can suggest is to submit a DDS / HJT log in the proper forum if you want to pursue it further
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Posted 08 January 2010 - 11:43 AM

Awesome. Thank you so much for the help.




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