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#1 FatalError

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 08:00 PM

can anyone help me on my problem for it is so annoying, i wanted to remove the virus SOWAR.VBS but it wont leave my registry. anyone have an idea on how to remove it? pls help..

Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Edited by Animal, 23 June 2008 - 08:19 PM.


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Posted 23 June 2008 - 10:49 PM

Hello and welcome. Is this an XP pc?? Also what antivirus and spyware tools are installed ??

Before we start fixing anything you should print out these instructions or copy them to a NotePad file so they will be accessible. Some steps will require you to disconnect from the Internet or use Safe Mode and you will not have access to this page.

Please download DrWeb-CureIt & save it to your desktop. DO NOT perform a scan 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".

Scan with DrWeb-CureIt as follows:
  • Double-click on drweb-cureit.exe to start the program. An "Express Scan of your PC" notice will appear.
  • Under "Start the Express Scan Now", Click "OK" to start. This is a short scan that will scan the files currently running in memory and when something is found, click the Yes button when it asks you if you want to cure it.
  • Once the short scan has finished, Click Options > Change settings
  • Choose the "Scan tab" and UNcheck "Heuristic analysis"
  • Back at the main window, click "Custom Scan", then Select drives (a red dot will show which drives have been chosen).
  • Then click the "Start/Stop Scanning" button (green arrow on the right) and the scan will start.
  • When done, a message will be displayed at the bottom advising if any viruses were found.
  • Click "Yes to all" if it asks if you want to cure/move the file.
  • When the scan has finished, look if you can see the icon next to the files found. If so, click it, then click the next icon right below and select "Move incurable".
    (This will move it to the C:\Documents and Settings\userprofile\DoctorWeb\Quarantine folder if it can't be cured)
  • Next, in the Dr.Web CureIt menu on top, click file and choose save report list.
  • Save the DrWeb.csv report to your desktop.
  • Exit Dr.Web Cureit when done.
  • Important! Reboot your computer because it could be possible that files in use will be moved/deleted during reboot.
  • After reboot, post the contents of the log from Dr.Web in your next reply. (You can use Notepad to open the DrWeb.cvs report)

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#3 FatalError

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 12:40 AM

it is an XP sp2 PC and i only got sophos antivir installed on my pc..still the problem is there..ill give it a try on drweb-cureit..ill keep u posted..ty very much..

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 02:18 AM

about the worm SOWAR.VBS i manage to pull it out by using sophos antivir but there is this thing that pops out everytime i start windows..it looks for the file SYSRES.VBS ..below are dr. webcureit csv file which u requested..what does it mean?

el25qk.dll;C:\Documents and Settings\Dino\Local Settings\Temp;Trojan.PWS.Gamania.9247;Deleted.;
tru2.tmp;C:\Documents and Settings\Dino\Local Settings\Temp;Trojan.MulDrop.17073;Deleted.;
u5kef.dll;C:\Documents and Settings\Dino\Local Settings\Temp;Trojan.PWS.Gamania.9247;Deleted.;
data022\dapns.dll;D:\Surigao Files\arvin\game\youu\ROMS\DAP71.EXE\data022;Adware.Dap;;
data022;D:\Surigao Files\arvin\game\youu\ROMS\DAP71.EXE;Archive contains infected objects;;
DAP71.EXE;D:\Surigao Files\arvin\game\youu\ROMS;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
data022\dapns.dll;D:\System Volume Information\_restore{7A8A2BAC-E881-4507-A475-C3DD38F457B6}\RP13\A0002765.EXE\data022;Adware.Dap;;
data022;D:\System Volume Information\_restore{7A8A2BAC-E881-4507-A475-C3DD38F457B6}\RP13\A0002765.EXE;Archive contains infected objects;;
A0002765.EXE;D:\System Volume Information\_restore{7A8A2BAC-E881-4507-A475-C3DD38F457B6}\RP13;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;

ty very much...

Edited by FatalError, 25 June 2008 - 02:19 AM.


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Posted 25 June 2008 - 08:40 AM

Are you getting a "File not found" error message or something similar on startup? If so, it's not unusual to receive boot up errors after using tools to remove malware infection.

A "Cannot find...", "Could not run...", "Error loading... or "specific module could not be found" message is usually related to malware that was set to run at startup but has been deleted. Windows is trying to load this file but cannot locate it since the file was mostly likely removed during an anti-virus or anti-malware scan. However, an associated orphaned registry entry remains and is telling Windows to load the file when you boot up. Since the file no longer exists, Windows will display an error message.

The infection you had creates a registry startup that instructs Windows to load SysRes.vbs and drops a copy of itself along with an AutoRun.inf configuration file in all removable devices, the root of all fixed drives and the system folders. So lets do a bit more investigating and some more scans.

Please insert your flash drive before we begin. Hold down the Shift key when inserting the drive until Windows detects it to bypass the autorun feature and keep autorun.inf from executing automatically.

Please download Flash_Disinfector.exe by sUBs and save it to your desktop.
  • Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it and follow any prompts that may appear.
  • The utility may ask you to insert your flash drive and/or other removable drives. Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well. Hold down the Shift key when inserting the drive until Windows detects it to keep autorun.inf from executing if it is present.
  • Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.
  • Reboot your computer when done.
Note: Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive that is plugged in when you ran it. Don't delete this folder...it will help protect your drives from future infection.

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 Scan" 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.
Instructions with screenshots if needed.

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.

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop. alternate download link 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 26 June 2008 - 02:29 AM

still there is the message can not find SYSRES.VBS in my startup. I did what you instructed me still i got the message below are the info of the following scans of MalwareBytes & SuperAntiSpyare..

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.18
Database version: 893

2:04:42 PM 6/26/2008
mbam-log-6-26-2008 (14-04-42).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 37800
Time elapsed: 6 minute(s), 4 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)

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

Generated 06/26/2008 at 03:08 PM

Application Version : 4.15.1000

Core Rules Database Version : 3491
Trace Rules Database Version: 1482

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:41:27

Memory items scanned : 398
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 4401
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 29238
File threats detected : 1

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\Documents and Settings\Dino\Cookies\dino@ad.yieldmanager[1].txt


ty very much..looking forward for another solution on your team...

Edited by FatalError, 26 June 2008 - 02:30 AM.


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Posted 26 June 2008 - 07:21 AM

Download Autoruns, search for the related entry and then delete it.
  • Create a new folder on your hard drive called AutoRuns (C:\AutoRuns) and extract (unzip) the file there. (click here if you're not sure how to do this.)
  • Open the folder and double-click on autoruns.exe to launch it.
  • Please be patient as it scans and populates the entries.
  • When done scanning, it will say Ready at the bottom.
  • Scroll through the list and look for a startup entry related to the Sowar.vbs file in the error message.
  • Right-click on the entry and choose delete.
  • Reboot your computer and see if the startup error returns.

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 10:05 PM

finally i got it thanks for your help sir, i couldn't do it without your bright ideas.. im so happy for the problem is gone.. again thank you very much for the support.. God Bless!

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 05:58 AM

You're welcome.

Now 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".

• Avoid online gaming sites and peer-to-peer (P2P) or file sharing programs as they are a security risk which can make your system susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Many malicious worms and Trojans target and spread across P2P files sharing networks and gaming sites. In some instances the infection may cause so much damage to your system that recovery is not possible and the only option is to wipe your drive, reformat and reinstall the OS. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid gaming sites and not use any P2P applications. Read P2P Software User Advisories and Risks of File-Sharing Technology.
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Posted 07 July 2008 - 05:39 AM

I may also have the same problem.

These are the files that were added to my drives after I used a USB of my friend (arrgh! I hope he's reading this).

Autorun.inf
[autorun]
open=wscript.exe sowar.vbs
shell\Open\Command=wscript.exe sowar.vbs
shell\Open\Default=1
shell\AutoPlay\Command=wscript.exe sowar.vbs
shell\Explore\Command=wscript.exe sowar.vbs

Cool USEP Scandal.vbs

sowar
a VBScript Script File

Edit: Now, I can't open the Task Manager. And also the Show hidden files option keeps reverting to Do not show hidden files.

Edited by Lai_Lan, 07 July 2008 - 06:09 AM.


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Posted 07 July 2008 - 09:54 AM

Welcome to BC Lai_Lan

If you have an issue or problem you would like to discuss, please start your own topic. Doing that will help to avoid the confusion that often occurs when trying to help two or more members in the same thread with different problems. Even if your problem is similar to the original poster's problem, the solution could be different based on the kind of hardware, software, system requirements, etc. you are using and the presence of other malware. Further, posting for assistance in someone else's topic is not considered proper forum etiquette.

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 10:27 AM

Ok. Doing it now.




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