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#1 oblomov1

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 06:31 AM

My o/s is Windows XP and my internet connection is broadband but the computer is not switched on all the time. Zone Alarm ran an automatic spyware scan and alerted me of two temp files attributed to KGB Keylogger. I couldn't find/see these two temp files but was unsure what Zone Alarm had done with them in dealing with the problem. My anti virus program is ESET NOD32 and that hadn't picked anything up. The only two people who use the computer are myself and my wife and she's not very computer literate. I asked her as tactfully as possible about the alert and possible rammifications and she got very numpty with me for casting possible nastrtiums on her integrity

I looked up KGB on the net and initially the information seemed to say that it could only be manually installed and a search of my program files and registry for relevant files did not reveal any reference to the malicious program, but then I didn't know if registry entries could be disguised.

I ran my Paretologic anti spyware which showed nothing and also Spy Bot for good measure which also showed nothing, which has left me puzzled as to why Zone alarm identified two temp files associated to a specific spyware prog?

It just so happened that my Zone Alarm Spyware subscription had expired and I had not renewed because I already run Paretologic and Spybot (admiteddly not often enough). Someone suggested that the Zone Alarm alert might be an attempt to 'put the frightners' on me to gee up my subscription renewal?

I've had no alerts since, but the whole episode has made me rather uneasy because of the implications of a keylogger prog. on the sytem. I'm still unsure if this type of prog can be installed on a computer and operated remotely.

Any advice would be welcome. :thumbsup:

thanks

Eric

Edited by oblomov1, 25 April 2008 - 06:35 AM.


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Posted 25 April 2008 - 07:54 AM

KGB keylogger is a valid program available for download at many popular sites. These types of programs have legitimate uses in contexts where an authorized user or administrator has knowingly installed it. Is it possible that another member of your family installed, then uninstalled it?

Someone suggested that the Zone Alarm alert might be an attempt to 'put the frightners' on me to gee up my subscription renewal?

I doubt that to be the case, but its certainly possible the detection was a "false positive" especially since your not finding anything malicious on your system.
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Posted 25 April 2008 - 03:07 PM

Thanks for that info QM7. Sod's law would have it that moments after posting my question AntiSpywareMaster suddenly appeared and started running, and I've just spent the rest of the day getting rid of it plus other problems it caused. :trumpet: Couldn't find any registry entries to get rid of :thumbsup: but by deleting the exe. and folder from Prog files seems to have stopped it. No idea where it came from. :flowers:

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 09:43 PM

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
alternate download link 1
alternate download link 2
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on Download_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 Acan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • 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:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to restart your computer. (see Note below)
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply and exit MBAM.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts. Click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.
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Posted 26 April 2008 - 04:43 PM

Again thanks for that, result below.

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 34472
Time elapsed: 4 minute(s), 51 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 4

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:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\17PHolmes572.exe (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\oblomov\Local Settings\Temp\winvsnet.exe (Rogue.AntiSpyMaster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\oblomov\Local Settings\Temp\snapsnet.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.del (Heuristics.Reserved.Word.Exploit) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 05:22 PM

How is your computer running now? Any more reports/signs of infection?
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 03:57 PM

It's running fine now thanks, no problems although I've not been on it much in the last few days. :thumbsup:

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 07:27 AM

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.
Vista Users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point and Disk Cleanup.

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!".
"Best Practices - Internet Safety for 2008".
"Hardening Windows Security - Part 1 & Part 2".
"IE Recommended Minimal Security Settings".
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