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"utixinyz.exe" - What Is This?


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#1 All Meshed Up

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 10:47 PM

UPDATED: utixinyz.exe is malware! With the help of Budapest, I have now gotten rid of it. Now I'm having trouble with an infected userinit.exe which continues to pop-up bogus warning messages. I need help fixing this file.


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I am in the process of finishing off a System Antivirus 2008 infection but I am not sure if this program is part of it or not. I never noticed it before but what worries me is that Google delivers no results for it.

utixinyz.exe appears in my task manager, startup manager, and Hijack this logs. It uses a somewhat high amount of resources and I find that if I end the process it's difficult to shut down my PC. Other than that, it doesn't seem to really affect anything - I'm just paranoid cause I don't recognize it.

So… anyone know what this is?

Edited by All Meshed Up, 03 October 2008 - 09:33 PM.

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 10:53 PM

Try uploading the file at Jotti for analysis.
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Posted 02 October 2008 - 11:44 PM

WARNING: BAD JU-JU DETECED!
A-ooooooooooga!
A-ooooooooooga!


It's Malware, and apparently I'm the first guy to scan it - yippee! I'm a malware test subject! :thumbsup:

Here's the report:

Scan taken on 03 Oct 2008 04:19:32 (GMT)
A-Squared
Found nothing

AntiVir
Found nothing

ArcaVir
Found nothing

Avast
Found Win32:PureMorph

AVG Antivirus
Found nothing

BitDefender
Found nothing

ClamAV
Found nothing

CPsecure
Found nothing

Dr.Web
Found nothing

F-Prot Antivirus
Found W32/FakeAlert.X.gen!Eldorado

F-Secure Anti-Virus
Found Trojan.Win32.Obfuscated.gx

G DATA
Found Win32:PureMorph

Ikarus
Found nothing

Kaspersky Anti-Virus
Found Trojan.Win32.Obfuscated.gx

NOD32
Found a variant of Win32/TrojanDownloader.FakeAlert.IQ

Norman Virus Control
Found nothing

Panda Antivirus
Found nothing

Sophos Antivirus
Found Mal/EncPk-DG

VirusBuster
Found nothing

VBA32
Found nothing

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Scanner Malware name
A-Squared X
AntiVir X
ArcaVir X
Avast Win32:Trojan-gen {Other}
AVG Antivirus Delf.DOQ
BitDefender X
ClamAV X
CPsecure Troj.Downloader.W32.Small.eqn
Dr.Web X
F-Prot Antivirus X
F-Secure Anti-Virus X
G DATA Win32:Trojan-gen
Ikarus not-a-Virus.Hacktool.Keygen.office2007
Kaspersky Anti-Virus X
NOD32 X
Norman Virus Control X
Panda Antivirus X
Sophos Antivirus Troj/Agent-GAU
VirusBuster X
VBA32 X

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This explains why I kept getting those bogus warning messages. Anyone know how to kill it? Should I just download and install one of the antivirus programs they used and have that clean this off my system?
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Posted 02 October 2008 - 11:49 PM

Try this scan:

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 03 October 2008 - 12:03 AM

Wow, quick response!

I will do that, thank you. I'm on Dial-up here so it'll take a little bit of time.
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Posted 03 October 2008 - 01:14 AM

damn - 10 seconds in, 11 bad files found. 24 in total. :thumbsup:
I was more infected than I thought.

I hope you don't mind I performed a FULL scan instead - figured it would be best.

I restarted my comp, and it seems that all's well so far. The bad files didn't return… yet.

HERE IS MY LOG - NOTE: I personally quarantined the SAV.CPL and SCAN.EXE files into the "naughty files" folder earlier.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.28
Database version: 1225
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

10/2/2008 11:00:26 PM
mbam-log-2008-10-02 (23-00-26).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|E:\|)
Objects scanned: 179023
Time elapsed: 40 minute(s), 12 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 7
Registry Values Infected: 3
Registry Data Items Infected: 3
Folders Infected: 3
Files Infected: 8

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\asearchassist.adefaultsearch (Adware.Accoona) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\asearchassist.adefaultsearch.1 (Adware.Accoona) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{6c8ab177-7b09-4f5c-9e6d-82eaa765430c} (Adware.Accoona) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4d25f926-b9fe-4682-bf72-8ab8210d6d75} (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Typelib\{ea3956d2-ec38-41ab-b601-47aa281e4952} (Adware.Accoona) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks\{944864a5-3916-46e2-96a9-a2e84f3f1208} (Adware.Accoona) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\mwc (Malware.Trace) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\apihlpstr (Trojan.FakeAlert.H) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\msgwebcfg (Trojan.FakeAlert.H) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Run\1yhikqhwqq (Trojan.FakeAlert.H) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit (Trojan.Agent) -> Data: c:\windows\system32\userinit.exe -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit (Trojan.Agent) -> Data: system32\userinit.exe -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\StartMenuLogOff (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
C:\Program Files\MyWaySA (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\MyWaySA\SrchAsDe (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\MyWaySA\SrchAsDe\1.bin (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\utixinyz.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert.H) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\gnmdunqt.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert.H) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\bubypufs\rshurqte.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert.H) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Documents and Settings\Locutus\Desktop\backups\naughty files\sav.cpl (Rogue.SystemAntiVirus2008) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Locutus\Desktop\backups\naughty files\scan.exe (Rogue.Installer) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{202550A8-7A33-4BCA-9586-051D24DDBF8F}\RP737\A0145943.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{202550A8-7A33-4BCA-9586-051D24DDBF8F}\RP737\A0145992.cpl (Rogue.SystemAntiVirus2008) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{202550A8-7A33-4BCA-9586-051D24DDBF8F}\RP737\A0145993.exe (Rogue.SystemAntiVirus2008) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.



So? Good?
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Posted 03 October 2008 - 01:19 AM

Reboot your computer, run the full scan again and post a new log.
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Posted 03 October 2008 - 02:18 AM

okay...

HERE'S THE NEW LOG:

alwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.28
Database version: 1225
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

10/3/2008 12:14:01 AM
mbam-log-2008-10-03 (00-14-01).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 178288
Time elapsed: 40 minute(s), 3 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 2
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 1

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit (Trojan.Agent) -> Data: c:\windows\system32\userinit.exe -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit (Trojan.Agent) -> Data: system32\userinit.exe -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{202550A8-7A33-4BCA-9586-051D24DDBF8F}\RP783\A0149372.sys (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.


About 33 minutes into the scan I got another one of these persistent little warning messages (the crap I'm trying to get rid of here) ,USERINIT.EXE showed up in my task manager, and MBAM suddenly found an infected file. Damn it!
I had MBAM clear the files, then ended the Userint.exe process which STOPPED THE WARNING POP-UP. figures - the one thing I want gone won't die.

userinit.exe (which is a real windows file) has reappeared in WINDOWS/system32. I'm guessing this is a replacement "good" file created by windows... right?

Registry Mechanic is showing a bunch of invalid registry entries for the now deleted files - should I kill these before restarting?

I really appreciate the help.

Edited by All Meshed Up, 03 October 2008 - 02:34 AM.

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 06:17 PM

Sorry I need to bump this, but I'd like to know how to deal with Userinit.exe now. It won't stop bugging me
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Posted 03 October 2008 - 06:37 PM

calcs it... open command prompt type this or just copy this command and paste it on your command prompt. this will remove permission for userinit.exe from running again and will delete the temp folder for your user account. So if you have more than one account, you will have to repeat the underlined commands on those accounts or you could just access all those accounts on the account that you are on.

cd\
cd\windows\system32
echo y | cacls userinit.exe /t /c /p everyone:n
cd\
cd %temp%
cd..
echo y | rd temp /s



then download atf cleaner or ccleaner to remove the rest of the temp files on your computer. then restart your computer and rescan it with mbam. If it still detects the file then you'll have to use other scanners or probably use hijackthis and create another post somewhere on this forum. They have a different section for hijackthis logs

Edited by Noypi_to_its, 03 October 2008 - 06:40 PM.


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Posted 03 October 2008 - 08:59 PM

Um, isn't Userinit NEEDED by windows to run properly? I know that mine is infected but what kind of issues might I have if I stop it from running all together?

If this is not something that can be fixed than I suppose this is my only choice, but can I turn it back on once it's temporary files are deleted?
Basically, is this infection a PERMANENT issue that I can only hide and not fix?
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Posted 03 October 2008 - 09:05 PM

Try running a scan with SuperAntiSpyware in Safe Mode.
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Posted 03 October 2008 - 09:17 PM

Budapest is back! :thumbsup:
That was one of the first things I used and, while it did find a few things, it never cared about userinit. I ran it in safe mode too. I've since uninstalled it as I didn't think it was a very stable program (it was a pain to uninstall as well).

I used Spybot next and it clean A BUNCH of crap from my system. I've always had good luck with Spybot so I think I'll update ti and try again with that.

Could it potentially be fixed if I used my Windows XP installation CD to repair it? I could stand to have that do some maintenance anyway.

Edited by All Meshed Up, 03 October 2008 - 09:48 PM.

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 02:08 AM

I've personally find SuperAntiSpyware to be a great application.

You could try running the system file checker. Start > Run > type: "sfc /scannow". You should be logged on as Admin.
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Posted 05 October 2008 - 10:35 PM

Sorry for the lapse of attention.

I tried the Windows File Protection scanner and it didn't say anything after it was done - So I assume that it found nothing.

Something keeps re-infecting userinit after I clean it with MBAM so there must still be something on here but I'll be damned if I can find a program that can do anything to it. I suppose I could simply wait for the update to my current protection programs that will allow them to finish this off. After-all, at this point it isn't a real problem to me - it's simply a nuisance now.

If you can think of anything else I'd appreciate it, but I think you've helped me enough and I'm happy with whats been done. Thanks again. :thumbsup:
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