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Wini10841.exe, Win32:FakeAlert-AJ, and svchost.exe

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#1 michele2007


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Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:20 AM

I’m running Windows XP. Programs were hanging up and My Computer would not open. Have been working on these problems for a few days now. Googled wini10841.exe just now and found someone else in your forum with the same wini10841.exe infection and printed out your instructions on how to use SDFix and downloaded it but will not use it unless directed to do so.

Cleaned out temporary internet files and temp files. Ran Ad-Aware and got rid of one thing. Ran Spybot and found nothing. Ran Malawarebyte’s Anti Malware. Have Windows firewall enabled. Did a thorough Avast scan in Safe Mode and found things infected by Win32:FakeAlert-AJ [Trj] and c:\windows\system32\wini10841.exe and suspicious file found at c:\windows\system32\Drivers\svchost.exe Type Rootkit: hidden process.

I’m getting confused as to what problems I have left but keep getting two popups from Avast when I reboot and pick NO ACTION and Avast doesn’t activate it. Everything is working good then. Some things I was able to Move to Chest and some I was able to Move and Rename with a .vir extension. This one Avast was not able to repair and when I renamed the extension to .vir and rebooted, just got blue blank screen:
C:\Windows\System32\wini10841.exe is infected by Win32:FakeAlert-AJ [Trj].

So I had to reboot using F8 and pick Last Known Good Configuration and that is where I am at.

Also have 7 svchost.exe’s in Task Manager: 4 System, 2 Network Service, 1 Local Service. I had 8 but renamed one that had my name next to it in Task Manager to c:\windows\system32\drivers\svchost.vir. Rebooted and this went away and caused no problems. Two of them are in the Prefetch directory. Three of them are in locations I read would normally be there: c:\windows\system32\svchost.exe; c:\windows\ServicePackFiles\i386; and c:\windows\$NtServicePackUninstall$. I may have solved the problem by renaming that one but wonder why there are 7 listed in the Task Manager.

Sorry this is so long. Should I do a Hijack Log? I’m afraid to try some of these other things you mention…McAfee AVERT Stinger, Housecall Anti Virus, Panda Anti Virus, Bit Defender in case it deletes something I need. I had turned off Restore feature, rebooted and created one restore point. I’ll wait further advice.


Edited by Orange Blossom, 04 November 2008 - 01:02 AM.
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#2 michele2007

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 12:32 AM

Figured out, I think, wini10841.exe is what is causing My Computer to not respond. Right now Avast has everything moved and renamed. Will see if wini10841.exe appears again. I cleaned out all temp files, removed all restore files, did another safe scan with Avast, and did a defrag. My Computer is working. The 3 renamed and moved problem files are:

1. brastk.exe (this was a new one that showed up today.
2. Install[1].exe (win32:FakeAlert-AJ[Trj])
3. wini10841.exe

Can't tell if the Windows firewall is on or off. Something new happened. My security center icon is not in the tray. When I went to Windows Firewall it now says "controlled by Group Policy". Now I can't turn it on or off and can't tell if it is on. Need to find out if I will be able to install a better free firewall.

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 10:52 AM

Hi Michele,

1. brastk.exe (this was a new one that showed up today.

This file is associated with a nasty piece of malware.

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.
-- 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.

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