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Hijacked Display Properties


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#1 juztrax

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 08:31 PM

Hi guys! I have just removed a variety of Spy/Malware and Virus's from a PC running XP. However I have a lingering problem. The Display properties has the desktop tab missing, also when the computer starts the only desktop I get, is like an "open windows explorer window" ! Thats what the desktop is displayed like, but you can still see the desktop icons. It is strange, but I have seen it before and managed to get ride of this by using Combofix and Smitraudfix. I tried these programs again , however no joy !

Any suggestions would be greatly appriciated!

Edited by juztrax, 27 October 2008 - 08:33 PM.

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 08:45 PM

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 27 October 2008 - 09:03 PM

Hi Budapest, I have currently run Malwarebytes and successfully removed all that was found with this program. I have also run Avast boot time scan and removed all Virus's found. I have run Spybot S&D and removed all that it found. Combofix and Smitfraudfix both have been run and I have also just run Superanti spyware which found a couple of FakeAlert/display trojans, i have removed them but still have the same problem.

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 09:09 PM

Try the fix at Kelly's Korner.

Restore Desktop and Screensaver Tabs - #128 on the right.

Right click on it and save the .reg file to your desktop. Then, double click on the file icon (on your desktop) to merge it into your registry. You may need to reboot your computer for the changes to take affect.

With any fix like this you should create a new restore point and backup the registry first. For backing up the registry I like to use ERUNT.
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Posted 27 October 2008 - 09:20 PM

Sorry Budapest , I forgot to mention that I have tried this also with no success!

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 09:22 PM

Sorry again, actually I tried 285 not 128, I will try this and get back in a minute

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 09:44 PM

I have tried that , and no joy with this solution either!

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 09:50 PM

Run a scan with SuperAntiSpyware in Safe Mode, then boot back into normal mode and scan again with Malwarebytes.
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Posted 27 October 2008 - 09:54 PM

Ok I will give that a try and get back after thats finished with the results

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 10:59 PM

No joy man, i am starting to run out of ideas

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 11:03 PM

Before we start fixing anything you should print out these instructions or copy them to a NotePad file so they will be accessible. Some steps will require you to disconnect from the Internet or use Safe Mode and you will not have access to this page.

Please download DrWeb-CureIt and save it to your desktop. DO NOT perform a scan yet.

Reboot your computer in "Safe Mode" using the F8 method. To do this, restart your computer and after hearing your computer beep once during startup (but before the Windows icon appears) press the F8 key repeatedly. A menu will appear with several options. Use the arrow keys to navigate and select the option to run Windows in "Safe Mode".

Scan with Dr.Web CureIt as follows:
  • Double-click on drweb-cureit.exe to start the program.
  • Cancel any prompts to download the latest CureIt version and click Start.
  • At the prompt to "Start scan now", click Ok. Allow the setup.exe/driver to load if asked by any of your security programs.
  • The Express scan will automatically begin.
    (This is a short scan of files currently running in memory, boot sectors, and targeted folders).
  • If an infected object is found, you will be prompted to move anything that cannot be cured. Click Yes to All.
  • When complete, click Select All, then choose Cure > Move incurable.
    (This will move any detected files to the C:\Documents and Settings\userprofile\DoctorWeb\Quarantine folder if they can't be cured)
  • Now put a check next to Complete scan to scan all local disks and removable media.
  • In the top menu, click Settings > Change settings, and UNcheck "Heuristic analysis" under the "Scanning" tab, then click Ok.
  • Back at the main window, click the green arrow "Start Scanning" button on the right under the Dr.Web logo.
  • When the scan is complete, a message will be displayed at the bottom indicating if any viruses were found.
  • Click "Yes to all" if asked to cure or move the file(s) and select "Move incurable".
  • In the top menu, click file and choose save report list.
  • Save the DrWeb.csv report to your desktop.
  • Exit Dr.Web Cureit when done.
  • Important! Reboot your computer because it could be possible that files in use will be moved/deleted during reboot.
  • After reboot, post the contents of the log from Dr.Web in your next reply. (You can use Notepad to open the DrWeb.cvs report)

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 11:18 PM

Thanks for your help , I have just downloaded this program and will give this a try and then get back to you with the results.

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 11:34 PM

The first part of the scan is complete. It found an infected file called "psexesvc.exe" ! I have moved this into quarintine and have continued with a scan of the HDD. Hopefully this will be the fixer. Fingers crossed!

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 06:47 PM

Unfortunately it didnt get rid of the Hijack, here are the results of my DrWeb scan.

psexesvc.exe;c:\windows;Program.PsExec.170;Incurable.Moved.;
psexec.cfexe;C:\ComboFix;Program.PsExec.171;Incurable.Moved.;
SmitfraudFix.exe\SmitfraudFix\Process.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\SmitfraudFix.exe;Tool.Prockill;;
SmitfraudFix.exe\SmitfraudFix\restart.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\SmitfraudFix.exe;Tool.ShutDown.11;;
SmitfraudFix.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
ComboFix.exe\32788R22FWJFW\psexec.cfexe;C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\AAlist Special Tools\ComboFix.exe;Program.PsExec.171;;
ComboFix.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\AAlist Special Tools;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
Process.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\SmitfraudFix;Tool.Prockill;Incurable.Moved.;
restart.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\SmitfraudFix;Tool.ShutDown.11;Incurable.Moved.;
Process.exe;C:\EclipseToolkit\Antivirus & Spyware Tools\SmitfraudFix;Tool.Prockill;Incurable.Moved.;
restart.exe;C:\EclipseToolkit\Antivirus & Spyware Tools\SmitfraudFix;Tool.ShutDown.11;Incurable.Moved.;
SmitfraudFix.exe\SmitfraudFix\Process.exe;C:\EclipseToolkit\Antivirus & Spyware Tools\SmitfraudFix\SmitfraudFix.exe;Tool.Prockill;;
SmitfraudFix.exe\SmitfraudFix\restart.exe;C:\EclipseToolkit\Antivirus & Spyware Tools\SmitfraudFix\SmitfraudFix.exe;Tool.ShutDown.11;;
SmitfraudFix.exe;C:\EclipseToolkit\Antivirus & Spyware Tools\SmitfraudFix;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
Process.exe;C:\EclipseToolkit\Antivirus & Spyware Tools\SmitfraudFix\SmitfraudFix;Tool.Prockill;Incurable.Moved.;
restart.exe;C:\EclipseToolkit\Antivirus & Spyware Tools\SmitfraudFix\SmitfraudFix;Tool.ShutDown.11;Incurable.Moved.;
A0000034.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{4E4ECD0F-3EF2-446D-9329-2A24EB5506A6}\RP3;Tool.Prockill;Incurable.Moved.;
A0000035.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{4E4ECD0F-3EF2-446D-9329-2A24EB5506A6}\RP3;Tool.Prockill;Incurable.Moved.;
A0003427.EXE;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{4E4ECD0F-3EF2-446D-9329-2A24EB5506A6}\RP3;Program.PsExec.170;Incurable.Moved.;
A0003448.EXE;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{4E4ECD0F-3EF2-446D-9329-2A24EB5506A6}\RP3;Program.PsExec.170;Incurable.Moved.;
A0003661.exe\32788R22FWJFW\psexec.cfexe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{4E4ECD0F-3EF2-446D-9329-2A24EB5506A6}\RP5\A0003661.exe;Program.PsExec.171;;
A0003661.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{4E4ECD0F-3EF2-446D-9329-2A24EB5506A6}\RP5;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
A0003758.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{4E4ECD0F-3EF2-446D-9329-2A24EB5506A6}\RP5;Program.PsExec.170;Incurable.Moved.;
A0003759.exe\SmitfraudFix\Process.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{4E4ECD0F-3EF2-446D-9329-2A24EB5506A6}\RP5\A0003759.exe;Tool.Prockill;;
A0003759.exe\SmitfraudFix\restart.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{4E4ECD0F-3EF2-446D-9329-2A24EB5506A6}\RP5\A0003759.exe;Tool.ShutDown.11;;
A0003759.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{4E4ECD0F-3EF2-446D-9329-2A24EB5506A6}\RP5;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
A0003760.exe\32788R22FWJFW\psexec.cfexe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{4E4ECD0F-3EF2-446D-9329-2A24EB5506A6}\RP5\A0003760.exe;Program.PsExec.171;;
A0003760.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{4E4ECD0F-3EF2-446D-9329-2A24EB5506A6}\RP5;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
A0003761.exe\SmitfraudFix\Process.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{4E4ECD0F-3EF2-446D-9329-2A24EB5506A6}\RP5\A0003761.exe;Tool.Prockill;;
A0003761.exe\SmitfraudFix\restart.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{4E4ECD0F-3EF2-446D-9329-2A24EB5506A6}\RP5\A0003761.exe;Tool.ShutDown.11;;
A0003761.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{4E4ECD0F-3EF2-446D-9329-2A24EB5506A6}\RP5;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
Process.exe;C:\WINDOWS\system32;Tool.Prockill;Incurable.Moved.;

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 06:52 PM

Now try this scan:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/131299/how-to-use-sdfix/
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