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#1 thecrecarc

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 04:51 PM

A couple of days ago I was bombarded with spyware and trojans. I had avast and spybot s&d in the background. This infection surprised me, as I did not download or visit anything unusual. In the process, my desktop wallpaper got changed to an advertisement.

I did what I normally do in an infection, I ran avast, spybot, super anti-spyware, Trend Housecall, and F-Secure Online Virus Scanner. I also personally looked over my Hi-jack this log, although I am not an expert at that. After several scans of each, they ran clear. I assumed it was over. However, my desktop was still wrong. Although the advertisement disappeared, in its place is a blue background. When I entered display properties, the wallpaper selection is grayed out.

I looked online for solutions, from unchecking everything in the "web" tab(no-go), to going into regedit and finding HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System (I could only get as far as policies, I did not have the systems folder) to no avail. Any help from the experts?

Edited by thecrecarc, 07 May 2008 - 04:56 PM.


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Posted 07 May 2008 - 07:11 PM

Hi and welcome to BC. Is this an XP ,PC?
If Vista,please Run As Administrator

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)
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#3 thecrecarc

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 08:30 PM

Here is the requested log:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.12
Database version: 730

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 40061
Time elapsed: 1 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: 0
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:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

And yes, this is an XP pro PC

Edited by thecrecarc, 07 May 2008 - 08:33 PM.


#4 DaChew

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 11:44 PM

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

go down to line 142 on the right side

this is for windows xp
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#5 thecrecarc

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 03:53 PM

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

go down to line 142 on the right side

this is for windows xp

nope, no-go. This is bugging the hell out of me.

On a side note, I found out right clicking a picture and clicking "set as wallpaper" works, so I can change my wallpaper that way. However, not being able to do so via the display properties is both annoying and worrisome.

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 04:13 PM

this is when I usually run windows as a repair disk

most people don't have that option and i think it's probably the biggest failure of MS and computer manufactures regarding XP and earlier OS's

Vista seems to have some built in options for this
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