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Xp Sp2 - Browser Conspiracy And Os Freezes

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#1 gmvalen


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Posted 29 August 2008 - 08:55 PM

I'll try to be brief....

- WinXP Pro SP2 with NOD32 anti-virus.
- Music production machine with recording/audio software.
- 2-3 days ago it started randomly freezing. It was running like a champ before that.
- Today the browsers (both IE and Firefox) wouldn't connect to Microsoft Update (can't connect to it.)
- Google search links are now being redirected (again, both browsers.)
- I can go directly to my own web site, CNN, pretty much anywhere, BUT NOT to McAfee, BitDefender, Microsoft Update, etc. Basically, I can't browse to any places that I need to try to solve the problem.

I've done/run the following:

- NOD32 virus scan with latest updates - clean
- SpyBot - it found and removed a smitfraud variant of some kind. But still had the same problems.
- SuperAntiSpyware complete scan - nothing significant, tracking cookies, etc.
- Disabled several services and startup programs. But still had the same problems.
- Ad-Aware Free - clean
- Spybot again - clean
- McAfee Stinger - clean
- Ran Fixwareout. Report is below. But still had the same problems.
- Ran ComboFix - Prompted to reboot due to a reported Rootkit, so it wouldn't run.
- Ran Mcafee Rootkit Detective - it found seven hidden registry keys (listed below). I didn't remove them, for fear that they might be legit. Thought I'd check with you experts first.
- Tried to use system restore to restore to several different dates. Each time, I got a "your system cannot be restored" message after reboot.
- Ran HijackThis. Log is below. I see a couple of things that I'd delete, but again, I thought I'd check with the experts first.

Thanks in advance!

Fixwareout Report
Username "Administrator" - 08/29/2008 16:24:30 [Fixwareout edited 9/01/2007]

~~~~~ Prerun check

Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.
System was rebooted successfully.

~~~~~ Postrun check
HKLM\SOFTWARE\~\Winlogon\ "System"=""
~~~~~ Misc files.
~~~~~ Checking for older varients.

~~~~~ Current runs (hklm hkcu "run" Keys Only)
"IntelAudioStudio"="\"C:\\Program Files\\Intel Audio Studio\\IntelAudioStudio.exe\" BOOT"
"DigidesignMMERefresh"="C:\\Program Files\\Digidesign\\Drivers\\MMERefresh.exe"
"MSConfig"="C:\\WINDOWS\\PCHealth\\HelpCtr\\Binaries\\MSConfig.exe /auto"
"egui"="\"C:\\Program Files\\ESET\\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\\egui.exe\" /hide /waitservice"
"NvCplDaemon"="RUNDLL32.EXE C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup"

"SUPERAntiSpyware"="C:\\Program Files\\SUPERAntiSpyware\\SUPERAntiSpyware.exe"
Hosts file was reset, If you use a custom hosts file please replace it...
~~~~~ End report ~~~~~

Hidden Registry Keys Found by Mcafee Rootkit Detective
Object-Name: AppInit_DLLs
Object-Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

Object-Name: DeviceNotSelectedTimeout
Object-Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

Object-Name: GDIProcessHandleQuota
Object-Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

Object-Name: Spooler
Object-Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

Object-Name: swapdisk
Object-Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

Object-Name: TransmissionRetryTimeout
Object-Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

Object-Name: USERProcessHandleQuota
Object-Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

HijackThis Log
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:57:33 PM, on 8/29/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\egui.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMBgMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMIndexStoreSvr.exe
C:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\apcsystray.exe
C:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\mainserv.exe
C:\Program Files\Digidesign\Drivers\MMERefresh.exe
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\ekrn.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMIndexingService.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=74005
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_05\bin\ssv.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IntelAudioStudio] "C:\Program Files\Intel Audio Studio\IntelAudioStudio.exe" BOOT
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DigidesignMMERefresh] C:\Program Files\Digidesign\Drivers\MMERefresh.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MSConfig] C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries\MSConfig.exe /auto
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [egui] "C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\egui.exe" /hide /waitservice
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SigmatelSysTrayApp] sttray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RunDLL32.exe NvMCTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroFilterCheck] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [BgMonitor_{79662E04-7C6C-4d9f-84C7-88D8A56B10AA}] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMBgMonitor.exe"
O4 - Global Startup: APC UPS Status.lnk = ?
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_05\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_05\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O23 - Service: APC UPS Service - American Power Conversion Corporation - C:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\mainserv.exe
O23 - Service: Digidesign MME Refresh Service (DigiRefresh) - Digidesign, A Division of Avid Technology, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Digidesign\Drivers\MMERefresh.exe
O23 - Service: digiSPTIService - Digidesign, A Division of Avid Technology, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Digidesign\Pro Tools\digiSPTIService.exe
O23 - Service: Eset HTTP Server (EhttpSrv) - ESET - C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\EHttpSrv.exe
O23 - Service: Eset Service (ekrn) - ESET - C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\ekrn.exe
O23 - Service: LightScribeService Direct Disc Labeling Service (LightScribeService) - Hewlett-Packard Company - C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
O23 - Service: NMIndexingService - Nero AG - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMIndexingService.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe

End of file - 4640 bytes

Edited by gmvalen, 29 August 2008 - 11:24 PM.

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#2 Grinler


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Posted 15 September 2008 - 10:26 AM

Please visit the following link and use the instructions there to post a ComboFix log as a reply to this topic:


When following the instructions please install the Windows XP Recovery Console if you are using XP.

After running ComboFix, please post the ComboFix log as well as a brand new HijackThis as a reply to this topic.

#3 gmvalen

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 12:36 PM

Thanks Lawrence. My apologies, as I was able to solve the problem and forgot to update the posting. I downloaded and ran Malabytes malaware. It found and removed the infection, which took care of the rootkit that McAfee found, as well as the hidden registry keys. Interesting that no other scanners found the problem

Thanks again!

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 01:51 PM

Glad you were able to resolve it!

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