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Think im infected by a keylogger, but cant find it!


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#1 whitehammer

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 04:27 AM

Hi!,
I`m posting this here in the hope that someone can give me some advice, or at least some peace of mind,
after doing a spyware/Virus check with with different scanners, Norton detected a known keylogger inside a deleted file inside my recycle bin.
It said it was called SmartKeystrRecPro.exe.
Now I know I opened this file, but as usual nothing was amiss at the time.
Ive since done a check with various progs but it only ever spots the deleted file in the bin and not one in my system anywhere, :thumbsup:
Is it hiding somewhere?
I`m presuming it excecuted when I opened the file and installed itself somewhere, but I cant find the thing!
Can anyone please recommend a scan to mke sure it isn`t my system somewhere?
Why can my scanners spot the deleted threat but not the installed one?
Please help, I`m totally stuck this time!

I`m running Vista Home Premimum.

I`d really appreciate any advice at all on this, thanks. :flowers:

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 02:31 PM

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
alternate download link 1
alternate download link 2
  • 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.

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#3 whitehammer

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 10:18 AM

Thank you so much! It has found some items that my other scans have missed, I followed your great and easy guide, MMmm no sign of that Keylogger though, strange.
The program log is as follows:


Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31
Database version: 1540
Windows 6.0.6001 Service Pack 1

24/12/2008 15:14:53
mbam-log-2008-12-24 (15-14-53).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 54880
Time elapsed: 11 minute(s), 16 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 8
Registry Values Infected: 1
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 3
Files Infected: 11

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{c5428486-50a0-4a02-9d20-520b59a9f9b2} (Adware.Shopping.Report) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{c5428486-50a0-4a02-9d20-520b59a9f9b3} (Adware.Shopping.Report) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{5f90c0e3-4c0a-4d54-a8ac-5afe6163a99e} (Adware.Starware) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{cbe2e6c4-5d09-4b13-9fba-dcac57b62417} (Rogue.ScanSpyware) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{9b20df6a-133d-474c-b9ca-f492d1a112e0} (Rogue.ScanSpyware) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{f4c61c25-da02-4cf3-be43-afe81ed3884e} (Rogue.ScanSpyware) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\RichVideoCodec (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Thanks again, what a great forum!

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 10:21 AM

Thank you for the kind words - they are appreciated!

Let's continue with SuperAntispyware...

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop.
alternate download link DO NOT use yet.

Please download and install 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.
    )
  • Under the "Configuration and Preferences", 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".

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".

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.

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 08:34 AM

Firstly I must apologise for not replying till now, I was taken ill at Xmas and have been unable to access the internet at all since then,
I`ve only managed to get back online today.
I`ve tried ATF cleaner and SuperAntiSpyware. :thumbsup:
It has only picked up cookies by the look of it and still no sign on that keylogger! Does this mean I am clean or am I just being optimistic?
Once again I thank you for your time and detailed advice. :flowers:

The Log is below, once again, thank you.







Generated 01/09/2009 at 10:24 AM

Application Version : 4.24.1004

Core Rules Database Version : 3700
Trace Rules Database Version: 1676

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 01:23:33

Memory items scanned : 281
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 7189
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 122667
File threats detected : 18

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@account.live[1].txt
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@ad.uk.tangozebra[1].txt
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@ad1.emediate[1].txt
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@adopt.euroclick[2].txt
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@ads.pugetsoundsoftware[2].txt
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@ads.revsci[1].txt
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@anad.tacoda[2].txt
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@anat.tacoda[1].txt
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@collective-media[2].txt
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@kontera[2].txt
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@mediaservices.myspace[1].txt
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@optimize.indieclick[1].txt
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@revsci[2].txt
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@roiservice[1].txt
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@tacoda[1].txt
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@www.googleadservices[1].txt
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@www.googleadservices[2].txt
C:\Users\jsmith\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\jsmith@www.googleadservices[4].txt

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 08:45 AM

Welcome back... glad to hear you are doing better!

Let's dig a little deeper to make sure we aren't missing anything. One more scan..

Please run the F-Secure Online Scanner
Note: This Scanner is for Internet Explorer Only!
Follow the Instruction here for installation.
Accept the License Agreement.
Once the ActiveX installs,Click Full System Scan
Once the download completes, the scan will begin automatically.
The scan will take some time to finish, so please be patient.
When the scan completes, click the Automatic cleaning (recommended) button.
Click the Show Report button and Copy&Paste the entire report in your next reply.

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