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Not-a-virus: Onestep.c, Hooker.a, Reboot... Zonealarm

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#1 joshpf


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Posted 14 July 2008 - 04:30 AM

After installing the purchased ZoneAlarm Security Suite and running the Anti-virus and Anti-spyware, I found a few Not-a-virus: items.

I quaranitned them using the program.

The next few times I've restarted the computer in general use, the ZoneAlarm anti-virus would find the reboot file and restart the computer automatically.
I found that if I deactivate the anti-virus as soon as start-up it does not find the file, and subsequent scans of the computer have found only other files (hooker.a, mirc.)

The last couple of restarts seem to have fixed the rebooting -

However, last night my hotmail account was somehow used to send this advertisement:

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I have upgraded to service pack 3, put the zonealarm firewall up to high and checked the windows inbuilt firewall. All seem fine.

Any info would be very useful.
Especially anything to do with the reboot problem ZA is having - and if its likely to come back.

Latest ZA find:
not-a-virus:AdWare.Win.OneStep.c path// c:\Deckard\System Scanner\backup\Windows\temp\NN_2.tmp\upgrade.exe

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 06:41 AM

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
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  • 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.
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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