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How to stop bleeping .exe's from downloading to my systems32 folder?


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#1 Green Tree

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 06:37 PM

Firstly, dare I commend you on doing a great job for free!!! Atleast I think it is free from reading your forums...

I use XP Pro SP2. For the past few months I have been hit with the Smitfraud-C. As you probably know this comes in the form of a .exe, .bmp being downloaded into my system32 folder and then runs as a service. Today along with this I also discovered a bunch of exes were downloaded yesterday and are freely running as services from today morning when I started my computer and making my life a living hell :thumbsup: !!!

I know how to go about cleaning up once they come down to my computer, but I would like to catch the buggers before they even set foot on my computer. How do I go about doing this? I have licensed version of Trendmicro and my AT&T 2-Wire router also comes with a firewall. Is there a setting somewhere in these software's or IE or something that would atleast promt me about .exe's before they start downloading on my computer?

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 10:56 AM

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 10:56 AM

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 11:19 AM

If unknown .exe files are continually being downloaded, then your machine is probably infected with malware that is directing the downloads. The first thing you need to do is ensure, your machine is clean.

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 (like Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere with the fix or alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please disable such programs until disinfection is complete or permit them to allow the changes.


If you're using Windows 2000/XP, also do this:

Print out and follow these instructions: "How to use SDFix". <- for Windows 2000/XP ONLY!
When using this tool, you must use the Administrator's account or an account with "Administrative rights"
  • Disconnect from the Internet and temporarily disable your anti-virus, script blocking and any real time protection programs before performing a scan.
  • Please be patient as the scan may take up to 20 minutes to complete.
  • When the process is complete, the SDFix report log will open in Notepad and automatically be saved in the SDFix folder as Report.txt.
  • If SDFix is unable to run after rebooting from Safe Mode, run SDFix in either Mode, and type F, then press Enter for it to finish the final stage and produce the report.
  • The SDFix report log (Report.txt) will open in Notepad and automatically be saved in the SDFix folder.
  • Please copy and paste the contents of Report.txt in your next reply.
  • Be sure to re-enable you anti-virus and and other security programs before connecting to the Internet.

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