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Computer Is In A Bad Way...


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#1 lithelune

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 10:25 PM

My computer is really messed up and I don't know what to do now! I accidentally let in a bad virus or something through limewire about a week ago. It was the sort that redirects searches and gave me lots of pop-ups. I downloaded thing like Nod32, Ad-Aware, Spybot, programs that I know to be good at dealing with this sort of thing. I thought I had the problem under control; my anti-virus programs removed most of the infected files but a few were unaccessable. But my computer has been going downhill for the past two days.

First, I logged on one morning to find my taskbar missing. I figured out how to get it back by messing with the Taskbar options in Control Panel, but I have to do this every time I log on. When it is working, none of my running programs show up. Each time my computer starts up, my screen only shows my background for about three minutes before any icons or anything else shows up. Then I get a message saying something like 'application 0X800106ba failed to innitialize'. When I try to run certain programs (including Taskbar Repair Tool) I get runtime and vb errors, or they show up in my Task Manager Processes but don't load on my screen. Yahoo doesn't work for me as a search engine: the address bar shows that my search has gone through but the front page stays the same. Java apparently isn't enabled although Internet Options says it is. Links won't open, neither will most files I try to save. I can't copy or paste, in Notepad or Word or Explorer or anywhere. I can't do a System Restore; I have even tried booting up in Safe Mode and that won't work. I'm at a loss.

I've considered conpletely reinstalling Windows XP, but there are some files on my harddrive that I really can't lose and I can't burn them onto a CD, move them onto a memory stick, nothing.

My Nod32 has started giving me a warning about Win32\rootkit\Podnuha.AIO trojan but it's unable to do anything with it. Please help me! I don't know what else to do.

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 10:28 PM

See if you can get this scan to run:

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. MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you're using other security programs that detect registry changes, they may alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please permit the program to allow the changes.
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#3 lithelune

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 10:38 PM

I was able to download the setup by typing the target into my address bar, but at the end of the installation I got this message:

Run-time error '372':
Failed to load control 'vbalGrid' from vbalsgrid.ocx. Your version of vbalsgrid.ocx may be outdated. Make sure you are using the version of the control that was provided with you application.

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 10:50 PM

Try this scan instead. If you cannot boot into Safe Mode run the scan in Normal Mode.

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 and 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 Dr.Web CureIt as follows:
  • Double-click on launch.exe to start the program.
  • Cancel any prompts to download the latest CureIt version and click Start.
  • At the prompt to "Start scan now", click Ok. Allow the setup.exe/driver to load if asked by any of your security programs.
  • The Express scan will automatically begin.
    (This is a short scan of files currently running in memory, boot sectors, and targeted folders).
  • If an infected object is found, you will be prompted to move anything that cannot be cured. Click Yes to All.
  • When complete, click Select All, then choose Cure > Move incurable.
    (This will move any detected files to the C:\Documents and Settings\userprofile\DoctorWeb\Quarantine folder if they can't be cured)
  • Now put a check next to Complete scan to scan all local disks and removable media.
  • In the top menu, click Settings > Change settings, and UNcheck "Heuristic analysis" under the "Scanning" tab, then click Ok.
  • Back at the main window, click the green arrow "Start Scanning" button on the right under the Dr.Web logo.
  • When the scan is complete, a message will be displayed at the bottom indicating if any viruses were found.
  • Click "Yes to all" if asked to cure or move the file(s) and select "Move incurable".
  • In the top menu, 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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Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:29 AM

I followed your instructions, and here is the scan report:

backup-20080904-190556-259.dll;C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\backups;Trojan.Sentinel.133;Deleted.;
backup-20080904-190704-542.dll;C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\backups;Trojan.Sentinel.133;Deleted.;
A0011223.dll;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{B37680B2-BA0A-4E5D-BF30-83E44C588624}\RP11;Trojan.Sentinel.133;Deleted.;
A0011226.dll;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{B37680B2-BA0A-4E5D-BF30-83E44C588624}\RP11;Trojan.Sentinel.133;Deleted.;
A0011227.dll;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{B37680B2-BA0A-4E5D-BF30-83E44C588624}\RP11;Trojan.Sentinel.133;Deleted.;
wyfdinjp.dat;C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS;Trojan.Sentinel;Deleted.;

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 04:48 PM

How's your computer behaving now? Any improvement?
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 02:15 PM

Budapest - thanks for posting the information about DrWeb-CureIt. I ran into this same problem today with a laptop and could not get Malwarebytes to run. The full scan of DrWeb did the trick. Thanks again!




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