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#1 jde68


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Posted 22 November 2008 - 09:25 AM

I am running XP professional with service pack 3. About a month ago after daylight savings time my time and date was off. I corrected it and it happened again about two weeks ago. So far it has not chnaged. The computer has been running a bit slow lately also. Just recently I have tried to start iTunes and I am not able too. I have tried to install over it and I keep getting an error message that says it can't write to a certain file...verify you have access to that file. I couldn't uninstall it either. In my attempt to solve this based on advice from another website I treid to do disk repair using the windows utility. It wouldn't run -- I mean nothing would happen. Then I tried a disk defrag and it could complete the analysis of disk, I got an error message. I tried again to do disk repair in safe mode and the same thing happened.

Is this malware?

I run Spyware Doctor, Spybot, and AdAware regularly. Any ideas on how to resolve?

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 09:38 AM

Can you maybe run both of these if only to exclude an infection?
First this
Please download and scan with SUPERAntiSpyware Free
  • Double-click SUPERAntiSypware.exe and use the default settings for installation.
  • An icon will be created on your Desktop. Double-click that icon to launch the program.
  • If asked to update the program definitions, click "Yes". If not, update the definitions before scanning by selecting "Check for Updates".

    (If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and unzip into the program's folder.)
  • In the Main Menu, click the Preferences... button.
  • Click the "General and Startup" tab, and under Start-up Options, make sure "Start SUPERAntiSpyware when Windows starts" box is unchecked.
  • Click the "Scanning Control" tab, and under Scanner Options, make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):
    • Close browsers before scanning.
    • Scan for tracking cookies.
    • Terminate memory threats before quarantining.
  • Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program.
  • Do not run a scan just 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 SUPERAntiSpyware as follows:
  • Launch the program and back on the main screen, under "Scan for Harmful Software" click Scan your computer.
  • On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
  • On the right, under "Complete Scan", choose Perform Complete Scan and click "Next".
  • After the scan is complete, a Scan Summary box will appear with potentially harmful items that were detected. Click "OK".
  • Make sure everything has a checkmark next to it and click "Next".
  • A notification will appear that "Quarantine and Removal is Complete". Click "OK" and then click the "Finish" button to return to the main menu.
  • If asked if you want to reboot, click "Yes" and reboot normally.
  • To retrieve the removal information after reboot, launch SUPERAntispyware again.
    • Click Preferences, then click the Statistics/Logs tab.
    • Under Scanner Logs, double-click SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log.
    • If there are several logs, click the current dated log and press View log. A text file will open in your default text editor.
    • Please copy and paste the Scan Log results in your next reply.
  • Click Close to exit the program.

then try this

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.

If you post both reports we can maybe see if you have a lurking infection you do not know about :thumbsup:

#3 jde68

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 10:58 AM

Anti SuperSpyware Would not install. I kept receiving a error message saying it is not a valid Win32 application.

MBam found no infections. I have postedthe log here:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.30
Database version: 1415
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

11/22/2008 10:56:32 AM
mbam-log-2008-11-22 (10-56-32).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 51558
Time elapsed: 6 minute(s), 53 second(s)

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

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:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Edited by jde68, 22 November 2008 - 10:59 AM.

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 11:30 AM

If the time changes it usually means that the CMOS battery is in need of changing.

When you tried to boot from the disc did you have the CD-ROM set as the first device in the boot order? It must be set this way in order to boot from a CD.

How large is you hdd, and how much free space do you have on it?

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#5 jde68

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:36 PM

Ok, I got SuperAnti Spyware to load and I ran a scan, below is the log

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log

Generated 11/22/2008 at 12:02 PM

Application Version : 4.22.1014

Core Rules Database Version : 3648
Trace Rules Database Version: 1631

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:36:31

Memory items scanned : 242
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 5022
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 37033
File threats detected : 53

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@advertising[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@ad.yieldmanager[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@technologyquestions[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@ads.bridgetrack[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@updates.liquiddigitalmedia[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@ads.cnn[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@adopt.euroclick[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@interclick[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@xiti[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@microsoftwindows.112.2o7[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@247realmedia[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@revsci[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@www.accountonline[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@ads.techguy[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@www.burstbeacon[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@tacoda[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@chitika[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@adopt.specificclick[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@realmedia[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@www.technologyquestions[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@tribalfusion[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@ads.pointroll[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Cookies\joe@questionmarket[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@2o7[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@adbrite[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@adopt.euroclick[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@ads.addesktop[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@ads.cnn[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@anad.tacoda[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@anat.tacoda[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@app.insightgrit[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@blockbuster.112.2o7[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@dmtracker[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@franklincovey.112.2o7[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@hitbox[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@imrworldwide[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@insightexpressai[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@interclick[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@kontera[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@longandfoster.112.2o7[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@medhelpinternational.112.2o7[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@media.adrevolver[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@media.medhelp[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@partner2profit[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@revsci[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@rotator.adjuggler[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@sales.liveperson[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@sales.liveperson[3].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@server.iad.liveperson[3].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@specificclick[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@tacoda[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@updates.liquiddigitalmedia[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\joe@waterfrontmedia.112.2o7[1].txt

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 08:05 AM

You could run this to get rid of all the Tracking cookies

ATF cleaner

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your Desktop.
  • Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
  • Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
  • If you use Firefox browser click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.

  • If you use Opera browser click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".

AS to the Time issue, have you yet checked the
[quote]it usually means that the CMOS battery is in need of changing.[/quote]

also are you finding your Antivirus and other programs are showing as ' out of date' ??

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