Jump to content


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.

Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

How To Remove Spycrush (removal Instructions)


  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 Grinler

Grinler

    Bleep Bleep!


  • Admin
  • 40,187 posts
  • ONLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:USA
  • Local time:10:16 AM

Posted 08 February 2007 - 05:20 PM


How to remove SpyCrush (Removal Instructions)
What this program does: SpyCrush is a rogue anti-spyware created by the same developers as VirusBurst and SpyLocked. Originally a rogue anti-spyware product by the name of SpyCrush was released in February 2007. This program was a direct copy of the VirusBurst program which could be seen because the creators left references to the VirusBurst name throughout the End User License Agreement as well as other places. In early June 2007, a new rogue anti-spyware program of the same name was released, but this time it was a copy of the SpyLocked program as seen by the identical interface. SpyCrush uses aggressive advertising, popups, and misleading scan results as a scare tactic to have you purchase the full commercial version of the software. When loaded, the infection will also display fake security alerts from the Windows task bar. The text and image of these alerts are below:
System has detected a number of active spyware applications that may impact the performance of your computer. Click the icon to get rid of unwanted spyware by downloading an up-to-date anti-spyware solution.
SpyCrush image from February 2007
SpyCrush image from February 2007


SpyCrush image from June 2007
SpyCrush image from June 2007

SpyCrush Alert


Tools Needed for this fix:
Symptoms in a HijackThis Log:

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SpyCrush] C:\Program Files\SpyCrush\SpyCrush.exe /h

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SpyCrush 3.1] "C:\Program Files\SpyCrush 3.1\SpyCrush 3.1.exe" /h
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SpyCrush 3.2] "C:\Program Files\SpyCrush 3.2\SpyCrush 3.2.exe" /h
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SpyCrush 3.3] "C:\Program Files\SC\SpyCrush 3.3\SpyCrush 3.3.exe" /h


Add/Remove Programs control panel entry:

SpyCrush 3.1
SpyCrush 3.2
SpyCrush 3.3


Revision History

06/8/07 - Updated for new version of SpyCrush
06/9/07 - Updated to reflect version 3.2 of SpyCrush
06/20/07 - Updated to reflect version 3.3 of SpyCrush


Choose the removal method you would like to use:
SpyCrush Removal Instructions:
  1. Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that is open later in the fix.

  2. Download SmitfraudFix.exe from here and save it to your desktop:

    SmitFraudFix.exe

    Confirm that the file SmitfraudFix.exe now resides on your desktop, but do not double-click on the icon as of yet. We will use it in later steps. The icon will look like the one below:



  3. Next, please reboot your computer into Safe Mode by doing the following:

    1. Restart your computer

    2. After hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, press F8.

    3. Instead of Windows loading as normal, a menu should appear

    4. Select the first option, to run Windows in Safe Mode.

    5. When you are at the logon prompt, log in as the same user which you had done the previous steps.

  4. When your computer has started in safe mode and you see the desktop.

  5. Now, double-click on the SmitFraudfix icon that should be residing on your desktop.The icon will look like the one below:



  6. When the tool first starts you will see a credits screen. Simply press any key on your keyboard to get to the next screen.

  7. You will now see a menu as shown in the image below. Press the number 2 on your keyboard and the press the enter key to choose the option Clean (safe mode recommended).



  8. The program will start cleaning your computer and go through a series of cleanup processes. When it is done, it will automatically start the Disk Cleanup program as shown by the image below.





    This program will remove all Temp, Temporary Internet Files, and other files that may be leftover files from this infection. This process can take up to a few hours depending on your computer, so please be patient. When it is complete, it will close automatically and you will should continue with step 11.

  9. When Disk Cleanup is finished, you will be presented with an option asking Do you want to clean the registry ? (y/n). At this screen you should press the Y button on your keyboard and then press the enter key.
  10. When this last routine is finished, you will be presented with a red screen stating Computer will reboot now. Close all applications. You should now press the spacebar on your computer. A counter will appear stating that the computer will reboot in 15 seconds. Do not cancel this countdown and allow your computer to reboot.
  11. Once the computer has rebooted, you will be presented with a Notepad screen containing a log of all the files removed from your computer. Examine this log, and when you are done, close the Notepad screen.
Your computer should now be free of the SpyCrush infection. If you are still having problems with spyware after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic linked below:
Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log



Manual Removal Instructions for SpyCrush:

These steps may appear to be long and daunting. They are, though, quite easy to do and consist of so many steps only because I have written them in an extremely detailed manner.
  1. Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that is open later in the fix.

  2. Download FixSC.reg to your desktop by right clicking on the following link and then selecting Save Link As or Save File as, depending on your browser.

    FixSC.reg Download Link

    Confirm that the file FixSC.reg now resides on your desktop as we will need it later.

  3. Download SmitfraudFix.exe from here and save it to your desktop:

    SmitFraudFix.exe

    Confirm that the file SmitfraudFix.exe now resides on your desktop, but do not double-click on the icon as of yet. We will use it in later steps. The icon will look like the one below:



  4. Go to your desktop and double click on the FixSC.reg file that you downloaded earlier. When it asks if you would like to merge the information, press the Yes button and then the OK button.

  5. Click on the Start button and then select the Run option.

  6. In the Open: field type c:\windows\system32 and then press the OK button.

  7. When the folder appears, if it says These files are hidden, click on the Show the contents of this folder option.

  8. We now need to make it so you can see hidden files.
    1. Click on the Tools menu and select Folder Options.
    2. Click on the View tab.
    3. Under the Hidden files and folders category select Show hidden files and folders.
    4. Uncheck Hide protected operating system files.
    5. Press Apply and then OK.
    6. If you still can not see the file, then undo these changes and skip to step 11.

  9. Scroll through the list of files in this folder and look for ckimzeb.dll. Right-click on ckimzeb.dll and select rename. Rename the file to ckimzeb.dll.bad.

    Look for the file gsrnxgh.dll and rename the file to gsrnxgh.dll.bad

    Look for the file yesgnhr.dll and rename the file to yesgnhr.dll.bad

    Look for the file iauoi.dll and rename the file to iauoi.dll.bad

    Look for the file gbjkog.dll and rename the file to gbjkog.dll.bad

    Look for the file cdwvhbf.dll and rename the file to cdwvhbf.dll.bad

    Look for the file tczij.dll and rename the file to tczij.dll.bad

    Look for the file xikor.dll and rename the file to xikor.dll.bad

    Look for the file igpfced.dll and rename the file to igpfced.dll.bad

    Look for the file iwwvh.dll and rename the file to iwwvh.dll.bad

    Look for the file xedasn.dll and rename the file to xedasn.dll.bad

    Note: Please rename any of the above files that you may find. If you do not find any of these files, then you should post a note about it in the Am I Infected? forum.
  10. After you rename the file, you can close the System32 folder window.

  11. Next, please reboot your computer into Safe Mode by doing the following:

    1. Restart your computer

    2. After hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, press F8.

    3. Instead of Windows loading as normal, a menu should appear

    4. Select the first option, to run Windows in Safe Mode.

    5. When you are at the logon prompt, log in as the same user which you had done the previous steps.

  12. When your computer has started in safe mode and you see the desktop, click on the Start Menu button.

  13. Click on the Control Panel option.

  14. Double-click on the Add or Remove Programs icon.

  15. Find the entry for SpyCrush 3.1, SpyCrush 3.2, or SpyCrush 3.3 and double-click on it to uninstall the program. Follow the prompts to uninstall the program, but do not allow it to reboot the computer if it asks.

  16. When it has completed uninstalling you can close Add or Remove Programs and your Control Panel.

  17. Delete the following files and folders (Do not be concerned if this folder does not exist):

    C:\Windows\System32\ckimzeb.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\gsrnxgh.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\yesgnhr.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\iauoi.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\gbjkog.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\cdwvhbf.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\xikor.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\tczij.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\igpfced.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\iwwvh.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\xedasn.dll.bad
    C:\Program Files\SpyCrush 3.1\
    C:\Program Files\SpyCrush 3.2\
    C:\Program Files\SC\SpyCrush 3.3\

  18. Close all open Windows.

  19. Now, double-click on the SmitFraudfix icon that should be residing on your desktop.The icon will look like the one below:


  20. When the tool first starts you will see a credits screen. Simply press any key on your keyboard to get to the next screen.

  21. When the tool first starts you will see a credits screen. Simply press any key on your keyboard to get to the next screen.

  22. You will now see a menu as shown in the image below. Press the number 2 on your keyboard and the press the enter key to choose the option Clean (safe mode recommended).



  23. The program will start cleaning your computer and go through a series of cleanup processes. When it is done, it will automatically start the Disk Cleanup program as shown by the image below.





    This program will remove all Temp, Temporary Internet Files, and other files that may be leftover files from this infection. This process can take up to a few hours depending on your computer, so please be patient. When it is complete, it will close automatically and you will should continue with step 25.

  24. When Disk Cleanup is finished, you will be presented with an option asking Do you want to clean the registry ? (y/n). At this screen you should press the Y button on your keyboard and then press the enter key.
  25. When this last routine is finished, you will be presented with a red screen stating Computer will reboot now. Close all applications. You should now press the spacebar on your computer. A counter will appear stating that the computer will reboot in 15 seconds. Do not cancel this countdown and allow your computer to reboot.
  26. Once the computer has rebooted, you will be presented with a Notepad screen containing a log of all the files removed from your computer. Examine this log to see what files were found, and when you are done, close the Notepad screen.
  27. We next perform an online scan with Panda to find any possible inactive remnants from this infection: Panda Online

    1. Once you are on the Panda site click the Scan your PC button

    2. A new window will open...click the Check Now button

    3. Enter your Country

    4. Enter your State/Province

    5. Enter your e-mail address and click send

    6. Select either Home User or Company

    7. Click the big Scan Now button

    8. If it wants to install an ActiveX component allow it

    9. It will start downloading the files it requires for the scan (Note: It may take a few minutes)

    10. When download is complete, click on Local Disks to start the scan

  28. When the online scan has been completed, let it remove what it finds, and then you can close Internet Explorer.
Your computer should now be free of the SpyCrush infection. If you are still having problems with your computer after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic linked below:
Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log


This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.

BleepingComputer.com can not be held responsible for problems that may occur by using this information. If you would like help with any of these fixes, you can post a HijackThis log in our HijackThis Logs and Analysis forum.

If you have any questions about this self-help guide then please post those questions in our AntiVirus, Firewall and Privacy Products and Protection Methods forum and someone will help you.


BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 Grinler

Grinler

    Bleep Bleep!

  • Topic Starter

  • Admin
  • 40,187 posts
  • ONLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:USA
  • Local time:10:16 AM

Posted 08 June 2007 - 01:31 PM

Guide updated for new version and for new infector:

C:\Windows\System32\ckimzeb.dll

#3 Grinler

Grinler

    Bleep Bleep!

  • Topic Starter

  • Admin
  • 40,187 posts
  • ONLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:USA
  • Local time:10:16 AM

Posted 08 June 2007 - 10:31 PM

Updated for new infector: C:\Windows\System32\gsrnxgh.dll

#4 Grinler

Grinler

    Bleep Bleep!

  • Topic Starter

  • Admin
  • 40,187 posts
  • ONLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:USA
  • Local time:10:16 AM

Posted 09 June 2007 - 02:34 PM

Updated for new infector: C:\Windows\System32\yesgnhr.dll

#5 Grinler

Grinler

    Bleep Bleep!

  • Topic Starter

  • Admin
  • 40,187 posts
  • ONLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:USA
  • Local time:10:16 AM

Posted 11 June 2007 - 09:36 AM

Updated for the new infector:

C:\Windows\System32\iauoi.dll

#6 Grinler

Grinler

    Bleep Bleep!

  • Topic Starter

  • Admin
  • 40,187 posts
  • ONLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:USA
  • Local time:10:16 AM

Posted 13 June 2007 - 07:08 AM

Updated for infector:

C:\Windows\System32\gbjkog.dll

#7 Grinler

Grinler

    Bleep Bleep!

  • Topic Starter

  • Admin
  • 40,187 posts
  • ONLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:USA
  • Local time:10:16 AM

Posted 14 June 2007 - 01:36 PM

Updated for infector:

C:\Windows\System32\cdwvhbf.dll

#8 Grinler

Grinler

    Bleep Bleep!

  • Topic Starter

  • Admin
  • 40,187 posts
  • ONLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:USA
  • Local time:10:16 AM

Posted 15 June 2007 - 06:15 PM

Updated for the two new infectors:

C:\Windows\System32\xikor.dll
C:\Windows\System32\tczij.dll

#9 Grinler

Grinler

    Bleep Bleep!

  • Topic Starter

  • Admin
  • 40,187 posts
  • ONLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:USA
  • Local time:10:16 AM

Posted 20 June 2007 - 06:45 AM

Updated for new infector: C:\Windows\System32\igpfced.dll

#10 Grinler

Grinler

    Bleep Bleep!

  • Topic Starter

  • Admin
  • 40,187 posts
  • ONLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:USA
  • Local time:10:16 AM

Posted 22 June 2007 - 12:48 PM

Updated for the two new infectors:

C:\Windows\System32\iwwvh.dll
C:\Windows\System32\xedasn.dll




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users