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Uh-oh. I Might Be Infected.


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#1 Turnips

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 07:51 AM

okay..I was going to burn a CD, so I inserted a blank CD into the CD drive, okay, alright, then suddenly a speech bubble in the taskbar pops up and tells me about some sort of offer. I ignored it, but now I'm concerned. Could that have been adware? It happened right after putting in the CD. I scanned with Spybot and Ad-Aware, and didn't find anything, but just to be sure..

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 11:29 AM

Flash drive infections usually involve malware that loads an autorun.inf file into the root folder of all drives (internal, external, removable). When the removable media is inserted, autorun looks for autorun.inf and automatically executes a malicious autorun.bat file which calls wscript.exe to run autorun.vbs on your computer. When a flash drive becomes infected, the Trojan will infect a system when the removable media is inserted if autorun has not been disabled.

Reconfigure Windows XP to show hidden files, folders. Double-click on My Computer, go to Tools > Folder Options and click on the View tab. Under Hidden Files and Folders, check "Show hidden files and Folders", uncheck "Hide Protected operating system Files (recommended)", uncheck "Hide file extensions for known file types", and hit Apply > OK.

Open My Computer, right-click on your primary drive (DO NOT double-click), select "Explore", and search for any autorun.inf at the root. Repeat the search on all your drives (including your flash drive and any recent CDs you have used).

Let me know what you find.
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Posted 07 December 2007 - 08:03 PM

didn't see any. By "root", do you mean as in "C:" or "D:"(or whatever letter)?

Here's a screenshot.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c256/chikage3/explore.jpg

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 08:42 PM

Yes, (Root) Folder = Directory

The highest level in a directory hierarchy. For example, in MS-DOS, the root ( highest level directory) of the primary hard disk drive would C:\.
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Posted 07 December 2007 - 10:49 PM

Now insert that blank CD where you get a speech bubble about an offer and do the same thing. Then let us know what you see listed there.

Also can you tell us exactly what the bubble says and what the offer is?
Have you performed a scan on this CD with your anti-virus?
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Posted 09 December 2007 - 01:05 AM

can't find the CD...well, thanks for the help anyway. :thumbsup:

meanwhile, I did a scan with Housecall and it found MemWatcher(which Spybot, Ad-Aware, or AVG AntiSpyware can't detect). I'll be asking about it on the HiJack logs forum. :flowers:

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 10:24 AM

The HJT forums are very busy and it may be some time to get a reply. I think we can handle this issue from here.

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop. DO NOT use yet.
Please download and install 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 and unzip into the program's folder.)
  • Under "General and Startup", make sure "Start SUPERAntiSpyware when Windows starts" box is unchecked.
  • Under "Configuration and Preferences", click the Preferences button.
  • Click the Scanning Control tab.
  • Under Scanner Options make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):
    • Close browsers before scanning.
    • Scan for tracking cookies.
    • Terminate memory threats before quarantining.
  • Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program.
  • Do not run a scan just yet.
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".

Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
  • Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
  • If you use Firefox browser click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • If you use Opera browser click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".

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".
  • After the scan is complete, a Scan Summary box will appear with potentially harmful items that were detected. Click "OK".
  • Make sure everything has a checkmark next to it and click "Next".
  • A notification will appear that "Quarantine and Removal is Complete". Click "OK" and then click the "Finish" button to return to the main menu.
  • If asked if you want to reboot, click "Yes" and reboot normally.
  • To retrieve the removal information after reboot, launch SUPERAntispyware again.
    • Click Preferences, then click the Statistics/Logs tab.
    • Under Scanner Logs, double-click SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log.
    • If there are several logs, click the current dated log and press View log. A text file will open in your default text editor.
    • Please copy and paste the Scan Log results in your next reply.
  • Click Close to exit the program.

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