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Red "x"- "your Computer Is Infected!"


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#1 Jenbrn

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 08:45 PM

Hi to all-

3 days ago, I was closing some pesky pop-ups when suddenly my desktop went blue, a lot of garbled type was displayed behind my icons (I couldn't figure out all of the words but saw "infected, spyware", blah, blah. A red "X" as described above began appearing down in the taskbar at the lower right hand corner of the screen. I clicked on it to see where it pointed me so I could start working on its removal, and it directed me to a 'web page' setup that told me I was infected, blah, could get rid of it if I paid "X" amount and started a scan, good grief.

I downloaded spybot and ran a scan in safe mode (this was last week, and sorry I don't remember everything it found, etc) and immunized my system, then rebooted, scanned again, and it disappeared. It was gone for 3 days, the 'puter was working fine, no other problems.....continued to scan every day.

Today, the power went off. Came back on, and there the little scumsucker was again. Went into safe mode, rescanned, spybot found Virantix, Gooochi BHO, some task manager security issue, and that was it. While it was scanning, I noticed that it was scanning files named smitfraud and virtumonde, I don't know if these were part of their files or not....but rebooted, rescanned again, and yup- still there.

I have read a lot of topics on various websites but really don't have the time to research this for myself at the moment- we're all busy, but I'm in a crunch week, thus the post.

I'd appreciate any time and effort anyone could donate to my cause. I am not computer illiterate, but I'm not exactly savvy, either. Thank you in advance.....

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 09:32 PM

Hello, welcome to the forum.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
  • 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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Posted 14 September 2008 - 09:32 PM

After reading a few posts, I went ahead and downloaded MBAM, then ran a scan, it found 18 things (a lot associated with registry keys and the like). Any thoughts about what I should do from here? When the computer rebooted, the red "X" is gone, but I've been here before.....thanks!!!!

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 09:34 PM

Thanks, boopme....here it is....

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.28
Database version: 1153
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

9/14/2008 10:19:19 PM
mbam-log-2008-09-14 (22-19-19).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 53551
Time elapsed: 11 minute(s), 21 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 1
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 8
Registry Values Infected: 3
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 1
Files Infected: 5

Memory Processes Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\buritos.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Unloaded process successfully.

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\getsn32.msiesn (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\smwin32.mdr (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{38754e01-ac2e-482b-95fa-f1aee41823c4} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{e221c81b-e518-4f93-b0d2-14e52065417a} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Typelib\{252874d8-5b00-4b93-a282-4ca656598278} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Typelib\{e6be5e3a-23f3-4ec2-b9b7-bcd9a601f2a3} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\VnrBlock (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\WR (Malware.Trace) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\buritos (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\braviax (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General\wallpaper (Hijack.Desktop) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\Compaq_Owner\Application Data\Microsoft\dtsc (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\Compaq_Owner\Application Data\Microsoft\Dtsc\7776.exe (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Compaq_Owner\Application Data\Microsoft\dtsc\s (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\buritos.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\~.exe (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\buritos.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 09:56 PM

Ok good, If you haven't already,please reboot and complete the removal.

Run these next....

Download Attribune's ATF Cleaner and then SUPERAntiSpyware, Free Home Version. Save both to desktop ..
DO NOT run yet.
Open SUPER from icon and install and Update it
Under Scanner Options make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):
Close browsers before scanning.
Scan for tracking cookies.
Terminate memory threats before quarantining
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Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program. DO NOT run yet.

Now reboot into Safe Mode: How to enter safe mode(XP)
Using the F8 Method
Restart your computer.
When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode
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Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
Click the Empty Selected button.

If you use Firefox or Opers browser click that browser at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.


NOW Scan with SUPER
Open from the desktop icon or the program Files list
On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
Perform a Complete scan. After scan,Verify they are all checked.
Click OK on the summary screen to quarantine all found items.
If asked if you want to reboot, click "Yes" and reboot normally.

To retrieve the removal information after reboot, launch SUPERAntispyware again.
Click Preferences, then click the Statistics/Logs tab.
Under Scanner Logs, double-click SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log.
If there are several logs, click the current dated log and press View log.
A text file will open in your default text editor.
Please copy and paste the Scan Log results in your next reply.
Click Close to exit the program.

Please ask any needed questions,post log and Let us know how the PC is running now.
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Posted 15 September 2008 - 09:59 PM

OK, here is the log from today...

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 09/15/2008 at 10:56 PM

Application Version : 4.21.1004

Core Rules Database Version : 3568
Trace Rules Database Version: 1556

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 01:06:58

Memory items scanned : 359
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 4245
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 25657
File threats detected : 1

BearShare File Sharing Client
C:\PROGRAM FILES\BEARSHARE APPLICATIONS\BEARSHARE\BEARSHARE.EXE


Bear Share is a P2P network I use to download mp3's....I no longer need it....so it's deleted.

Looks pretty good so far, dontcha think? Thanks for all your help!! Anything else I need to do at this point?

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Posted 16 September 2008 - 08:13 PM

Well it's been about a day ,if there are no more symptoms of infection then...

Now 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"
  • Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.
  • Click the "More Options" Tab.
  • Click the "Clean up" button under System Restore.
  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?"
  • Click Yes, then click Ok.
  • Click Yes again when prompted with "Are you sure you want to perform these actions?"
  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.
Vista Users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point and Disk Cleanup.
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