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"virus Alert!" Taking Over My Windows Time Bar


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#1 Sunbursttan

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 10:54 PM

Hello Everyone,

Thanks in advance for taking the time to help me with this computer virus.

I think I have a computer virus on my Windows XP.

Symptoms are as follows:

1. The text "VIRUS ALERT!" is in my Windows time bar. Also, the time is displayed in military.

2. Pop-ups with the text: "Windows Security Alert...Windows had detected an internet attack.."

3. Pop-ups with the text: "Spyware Alert. Security Warning! Worm.Win32.NetBooster detected on your machine..."

4. Internet Explorer opens automatically and directs me to an off-brand anti-virus program.

I run AVG Free Anti-Virus but it hasn't caught it. Also, I use Zone Alarms Free Firewall.

Please direct me where I can get some help!

Thanks,

Mike in Florida

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 11:36 PM

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.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you may be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. Regardless if prompted to restart the computer or not, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.
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Posted 31 July 2008 - 12:29 AM

Hi Budapest,

Thanks for the quick reply. I followed your steps carefully. I can't get past the "Scan In Progress". The MBAM scan starts out fast after I reboot the computer, and then it slows to turtle's speed after 5 minutes or so. I've only scanned 17,000 objects in 20 minutes. It seems my weird "virus alert pop-ups" are really slowing things down. Should I let the scan keep going?

Edited by Sunbursttan, 31 July 2008 - 12:31 AM.


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Posted 31 July 2008 - 12:32 AM

Depending on the size of your hard drive the scan can easily take longer than 20mins, so I would leave it for a bit longer to see how it goes.
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Posted 31 July 2008 - 04:21 AM

Here's the log file... Look's like things are running smoother after the scan. Anything else I should do?

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.24
Database version: 1008
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

5:11:07 AM 7/31/2008
mbam-log-7-31-2008 (05-11-07).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 56789
Time elapsed: 1 hour(s), 43 minute(s), 28 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 2
Registry Keys Infected: 14
Registry Values Infected: 3
Registry Data Items Infected: 16
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 13

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\eqvwamkl.dll (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\wnslvxtf.dll (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{61eca578-5766-4a94-881c-5775cc34b0b0} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{f0a426bc-cb51-4d2b-b720-f959540b0ab2} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{13b563e9-b008-4d3a-bbc0-fbb424634455} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{bf53502d-3bef-4273-9925-89d7526a5f87} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\webvideo (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{2a9805a1-fe72-4b17-98e7-958312ea56aa} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{951ccafd-23f9-4013-9a5d-96b970052291} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{ad730a0b-b21e-421b-abe3-1b6563d2cee7} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{aefff7d6-917c-4d8d-a780-7c2d69f1b01a} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{aefff7d6-917c-4d8d-a780-7c2d69f1b01a} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{8f431ad3-b601-4888-b76d-8cb736392b87} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VSPlugin (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\fdkowvbp.bgow (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\fdkowvbp.toolbar.1 (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad\eqvwamkl (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Delete on reboot.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{bf53502d-3bef-4273-9925-89d7526a5f87} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad\wnslvxtf (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page (Hijack.Homepage) -> Bad: (http://softwarereferral.com/jump.php?wmid=6010&mid=MjI6Ojg5&lid=2) Good: (http://www.google.com/) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProductId (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Bad: (VIRUS ALERT!) Good: (55277-OEM-0052777-60004) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\International\sTimeFormat (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Bad: (HH:mm: VIRUS ALERT!) Good: (h:mm:ss tt) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowControlPanel (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (0) Good: (1) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowRun (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (0) Good: (1) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowSearch (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (0) Good: (1) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowHelp (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (0) Good: (1) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowMyDocs (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (0) Good: (1) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowMyComputer (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (0) Good: (1) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoStartMenuMorePrograms (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\StartMenuLogOff (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoDrives (Hijack.Drives) -> Bad: (12) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoToolbarCustomize (Hijack.Explorer) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoSetFolders (Hijack.Explorer) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\DisableTaskMgr (Hijack.TaskManager) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\NoDispCPL (Hijack.DisplayProperties) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\eovp.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\RECYCLER\NPROTECT\00339610.dll (Trojan.Vundo) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\eqvwamkl.dll (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\fdkowvbp.dll (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\grswptdl.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\nfavxwdbsxb.dll (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\wnslvxtf.dll (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\Spyware&Malware Protection.url (Rogue.Link) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\Privacy Protector.url (Rogue.Link) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\Error Cleaner.url (Rogue.Link) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Favorites\Error Cleaner.url (Rogue.Link) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Favorites\Privacy Protector.url (Rogue.Link) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Favorites\Spyware&Malware Protection.url (Rogue.Link) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Edited by Sunbursttan, 31 July 2008 - 10:41 AM.


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Posted 31 July 2008 - 04:01 PM

The log indicates that you need to reboot the computer to finish removing some items. If you haven't already, reboot now and re-run the scan to ensure everything was removed.
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Posted 01 August 2008 - 02:40 PM

I re-booted and ran a Full Scan without any problems. Thank you so much for your help!

Is there anything elseI should do?

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 03:07 PM

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 18 August 2008 - 01:23 PM

I just want to thank you for the solution presented here, I've had the same problem and the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware worked like a charm ! Thanks again, and keep up the good work !

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 01:25 PM

Welcome to BC squall32

I'm glad your problem has been resolved. However, it's not a safe practice to be following specific instructions provided to someone else. Instructions given to others have been formulated to fix that particular members problems, NOT YOURS after careful evaluation of the malware involved. Although your problem may be similar, the solution could be different based on the kind of hardware, software, system requirements, etc. and the presence of other malware. Using someone else's fix instructions could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system. If you need assistance in the future, it's best that you tell us what specific issues YOU are having rather than point to someone else.

That's what this forum is for so feel free to start your own topic anytime and someone will assist you with your issues specifically.
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