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#1 cecil_armond


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Posted 09 October 2008 - 01:13 AM

Hi guys. First time posting...

About two days ago I was lurking around several websites and eventually hit a "shady" site. I use the term because it was poorly designed and had an ominous feeling of "We're not in Kansas anymore." Almost immediately I received errors on my SpySweeper and quickly exited out of the site. When my next scheduled scan came up, I was greeted with a sea of red; Mal/EncPK-DG, Mal/Generic-A, magiccontrol, trojan-backdoor-5sec, virtumonde, absolute keylogger, mindset interactive - favoriteman, golden palace casino, inet delivery, safesurf, logih adware, and softcashier rogue apllications. SpySweeper cleaned them out, or so I thought...

I woke up this morning (Wednesday) to see the same old "friends" I had contracted earlier. I had dealt with things like this before and went to severtedal forum sites in hopes of finding a "quick" fix, in the terms of several programs to scan with and clean out. I went through and downloaded Ad-Aware, CCleaner, Spybot S&D, HijackThis, and KillBox. I installed all of them, moved to safe mode, and started going down the list. Ad-Aware - scanned and cleaned. CCleaner - cleaned registry. Then problems began to show. I tried to run SpyBot, no avail. I tried to run HijackThis, no avail. I then tried to pull up task manager and saw the option had been disable. I realized then someone had changed the registry options and moved to correct them. I can now open task manager but when I click on HijackThis, nothing comes up under the processes tab. Same result goes for Spybot S&D. In normal mode it will try to stop registry changes (including itself) in continuous loops and not open the program itself. I looked around for other scanners and was lead to OTScanIt, which has worked and I have a scan from. SmitFraudfix is finally working after saying I was missing IEDFix.exe. I just scanned and cleaned with it as well.

Usually I don't go to forums unless everything is rolling down hill. I'm starting to climb back up but am running out of steam. Please help me get HijackThis working, so I can maybe try to fix this mess. I'm on the brink of just wiping everything. Anything would be appreciated guys.

P.S. I believe HijackThis is installed since the short-cut was created on my desktop. I usually have nothing on it but My Computer and the Recycle Bin. I went to uninstall it and didn't show up on the add & remove page under the control panel. I then re-downloaded HijackThis and tried to install it. I get a security warning, which I click run, followed by the install page with the version info. I click Install and nothing happens. One last side note, when I boot there is not a choose user/login screen which I've never had to use before. I can still log into the administrator luckily. I'm working off of a friend's laptop and only going online on the infected PC to download fixers/scanners/etc. I may not be able to respond to a response til Thursday night as well. Please please help. Thanks guys.

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Posted 09 October 2008 - 01:17 AM

See if you can get this scan to run:

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.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.

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