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#1 LiamNZ

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 12:05 AM

Hey guys.

Well for a few weeks I've had an infection of spyware/malware that goes by the name of 'xGapSq61.exe'. What it does is open my Internet Explorer (I usually use FireFox) and it goes to a site for like a lottery, or an advertisement for something. I think it's 'xGapSq61.exe' because whenever that's around in my processes (alt+ctrl+del) I seem to have one of these pop-ups. Also as soon as I end the process it disappears.

I've deleted the file from system32 a few times and permanently deleted from my trash but it always come back?

How do I get rid of this?

Cheers for any help.

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 12:13 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 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.
  • 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.
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#3 LiamNZ

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 06:13 AM

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.23
Database version: 996
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

11:10:52 p.m. - Liam 28/07/2008
mbam-log-7-28-2008 (23-10-52).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 45533
Time elapsed: 6 minute(s), 26 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)


It didn't find anything, even though it scanned system32 which contains said 'Xgapsq61.exe', 'xGApSq61.exe.a_a', and 'xGApSq61.exe_'.

Even after I delete it it comes back with the same old browser hijacky thing where IE opens and goes to an advertising page.

Cheers for the help so far.

Edited to add:

I've checked this through VirusTotal and I found it's MD5 is '2866987716da7a2f868e4b64b421b453'

Scan results are: http://www.virustotal.com/analisis/5be435e...e4f94dc97d3ae3c

Edited by LiamNZ, 28 July 2008 - 06:20 AM.


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Posted 28 July 2008 - 10:03 AM

MBAM has a built-in FileAssassin feature for removing stubborn malware files.
  • Go to the "More Tools" tab and click on the "Run Tool" button
  • Browse to the location of the file(s) to remove using the drop down box next to "Look in:" at the top.
  • When you find the file(s), click "Open".
  • You will be prompted with a message warning: This file will be permanently deleted. Are you sure you want to continue?. Click Yes.
  • If removal did not require a reboot, you will receive a message indicating the file was deleted successfully, however, I recommend you reboot anyway.

Caution: Be careful what you delete. FileAssassin is a powerful program, designed to move highly persistent files. Using it incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system.


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Posted 28 July 2008 - 02:28 PM

Thanks, it's gone for now, let's hope it stays that way.

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 02:32 PM

You're welcome.

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.

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 11:15 PM

It's back again. :S

This time it got a cannot find server when it opened IE and tried to access:

http:///pagead/iclk?sa=l&ai=Bb42GJJmOSJ3RAYqOvwPK1KCuCNa-pEuK1-v7BsCNtwHwogQQARgBINTDkwI4AFDTg_65B2CrxLKF6CigAeTPzPgDsgETYWQueWllbGRtYW5hZ2VyLmNvbboBCTQ2OHg2MF9hc8gBAdoB_wFodHRwOi8vYWQueWllbGRtYW5hZ2VyLmNvbS9pZnJhbWUzPzRiQUFBTjJkQlFCOUpRMEFIRmtFQUFBQS5BRUFBUDhBLndELi53SUFCQVRGbWdjQS5NY0dBUGNMQXdEdWZBWUFBQUFBQUFBQUFBQUFBQUFBQUFBQUFQTElId3c4OTM0LjhzZ2ZERHozZmotdDJGOTJUeDZHUDYzWVgzWlBIb1kuTzk5UGpaZHVrajg3MzAtTmwyNlNQN2dlaGV0UnVKNC51QjZGNjFHNG5qOEFBQUFBQUFBQUFBQUFBQUFBQUFBQVhXU1NDNTk5MXdSS0NQTzAyY0dHb05mLWVCbW2oAwHIAwfoA6YD6AMfiAQBkAQBmAQA&num=1&adurl=http://www.cutbellyfat.com/4idiots/dietForIdiotsGend2.aspx&client=ca-pub-0632437717074698

Edited by LiamNZ, 28 July 2008 - 11:15 PM.


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Posted 29 July 2008 - 08:20 AM

Sometimes another piece of malware which has not been detetected protects other files (which have been detected) so they cannot be permanently deleted. Others are difficult to remove because of their morphing characteristics which allows the malware to regenerate itself. This infection will require further investigation and probably the use of more powerful tools than we recommend in this forum. Before that can be done you will need you to create and post a hijackthis log.

Please read the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log" and complete all the steps. There are instructions for downloading and running Deckard's System Scanner (DSS) which will create a hijackthis log for you, or automatically download and install the most current version of HijackThis if it's not already installed on your computer.

When you have done that, post your log in the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal forum, NOT here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts. A member of the Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer. If you post your log back in this thread, the response from the HJT Team will be delayed because your post will have to be moved. This means it will fall in line behind any others posted that same day.

Start a new topic, give it a relevant title and post your log along with a brief description of your problem, a summary of any anti-malware tools you have used and a summary of any steps that you have performed on your own. An expert will analyze your log and reply with instructions advising you what to fix. After doing this, we would appreciate if you post a link to your log back here so we know that your getting help from the HJT Team.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT "bump" your post or make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.
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