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#1 dudeman6788

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 11:13 PM

There's some kind of virus that doesn't really seem to do much except change some things with Internet Explorer (which I don't use, but I fear for bigger problems.) I know that a source is a file named: kernel32.dll.vbs which I've tried to get rid of but is one of those things that always comes back when you refresh. Could someone help me if you know the deal with this virus and also how to totally get rid of it? (I heard that it's transferrable through flash drives and that may be how I got it. He had to put some file on my computer and then later I heard that he had the same virus...

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 10:08 AM

Reboot your computer in "Safe Mode" or "Safe Mode With Command Prompt" 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 With Command Prompt".

Go to Start > Run and type: cmd
  • press Ok.
  • At the command prompt, type in your primay drive location, usually C:
  • You may need to change the directory. If so type: cd \
  • Hit Enter.
  • Type: attrib -s -h -r -a autorun.inf
  • Hit Enter.
  • Type: dir
  • Hit Enter. This will allow you to see and confirm the Autorun files.
  • Type: del autorun.inf
  • Hit Enter.
  • Repeat the above commands for each drive on your computer & your usb drive.
Now search for and remove kernel32.dll.vbs if present.
  • At the command prompt, type in your primay drive location, usually C:
  • Hit Enter.
  • Type: attrib -s -h -r -a kernel32.dll.vbs
  • Hit Enter.
  • Type: dir /s kernel32.dll.vbs
  • Hit Enter.
  • If the file is present, type: del kernel32.dll.vbs
  • Hit Enter.
  • Repeat the above commands for each drive on your computer.
  • Exit the command prompt and reboot normally.
When done remove any Startup RUN values by downloading and using Autoruns.

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 the "Configuration and Preferences", 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.
  • Click the "Scanning Control" tab, and 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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Posted 18 December 2007 - 10:00 AM

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

Generated 12/18/2007 at 03:19 AM

Application Version : 3.9.1008

Core Rules Database Version : 3363
Trace Rules Database Version: 1362

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 04:09:11

Memory items scanned : 234
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 6585
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 103156
File threats detected : 0

It says there are no threats but kernel32.dll.vbs is still there. I'm not sure if there more to this virus than just the kernel32.dll.vbs. I searched for that file and it's in several locations:

- C:\
- C:\WINDOWS\system32

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 11:44 AM

kernel32.dll.vbs. I searched for that file and it's in several locations

Why not follow the instructions I provided to search each partition for kernel32.dll.vbs and autorun.inf and then delete them?

When done download and scan with Dr.Web CureIt. Follow the instructions here for performing a scan in "Safe Mode".
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 01:42 PM

Hey thanks for all the help. The kernel32.dll.vbs files seem to be gone and so do the symptoms. When I scanned with Dr.Web CureIt, it said I had another trojan that I was not aware of but I got rid of it. It got stuck at a file but I'm pretty sure there's nothing else wrong. I have avast and Search and Destroy but are there other tools that I can use to detect if something is not right on my computer?

Once again thanks for all your help!!

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 01:46 PM

If there are no more problems or signs of infection, you should Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "OK".
  • Click the "More Options" Tab.
  • Click "Clean Up" in the System Restore section to remove all previous restore points except the newly created one.
To protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection, be sure to read:
"Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe".
"How did I get infected?, With steps so it does not happen again!".
"Hardening Windows Security - Part 1" and "Hardening Windows Security - Part 2".
"IE Recommended Minimal Security Settings".

Also see BC's Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps and List of Virus & Malware Resources.
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