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Weird Action After Running Combofix... Please Help

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#1 Quixotic1


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Posted 08 September 2008 - 02:27 AM


I need help.

Tonight, I read up on how to run Combofix. I followed the instructions. I disabled Symantec Endpoint and AwAware's Adwatch, though I left Zonealarm Free running, just to be safe... it apparently didn't help me.

As soon as combofix was ending, there was a request for access through the firewall for ipconfig.exe, I figured it was part of combofix, and I let it go. There had been a ping.exe request at the beginning, so I figured this was part of the finishing process.

Almost as soon as I gave it access, and combofix was ending, AdAware's AdWatch came back up, and caught psexesvc.exe - said it was a real bad malicious file... I stopped it, I thought... and then AdWatch's Registry watch caught nearly 200 accesses to the registry... I blocked each and every one.

When I was done, I looked over my Combofix log that had opened, and I didn't really see anything. I'm very well versed with computers, but not a security expert by any means.

However, when I tried to launch IE, it wouldn't... No program would launch... I forget now what the error was... but I was stuck. Nothing would open. I rebooted, and went into Vista's restore, and fortunately was able to restore the restore point created by combofix.

And this is where I am now. My current hijack this log seems fine. I can launch my programs. I'm running scans now, but so far nothing... I'm running Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware... I will run Ad-Aware, Symantec Endpoint AV, Spybot S&D, and a few online scanners, etc... but I don't expect to find anything. I hope...

Can someone please tell me if this was supposed to happen? Was psexesvc.exe supposed to run? Was ipconfig supposed to require access to internet at the end of Combofix? I have my logs, so I can upload them if anyone out there can help me. But I don't see any reference to this file in there.

Thanks so much,


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Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:34 AM

Please note the message text in blue at the top of this forum.

You should not be using Combofix unless instructed to do so by a Malware Removal Expert who can interpret the logs. It is a powerful tool intended by its creator to be "used under the guidance and supervision of an expert", NOT for private use. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. Please read Combofix's Disclaimer.

Please read the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log". If you cannot complete a step, then skip it and continue with the next. In Step 9 there are instructions for downloading the HijackThis Installer and creating a log. This is an automatic setup version which will install the program in the proper location.

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. Make sure you include a statement that you have used Combofix. 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.

If after 5 days you still have received no response, then post a link to your HJT log in the thread titled "Haven't Had A Reply In Five Days?".
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