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#1 Mike_K

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 09:16 AM

Hi All

Windows Vist Home Premium, AOL, Firefox,

Yesterday About:Blank took over my browser (AOL). I shut down and restarted the computer. I ran MalwareBytes AntiMalware which found nothing. I ran SuperAntiSpyware in safe mode. That found and removed some tracking cookies. I ran Avast in safe mode. That found (2) Win32 Trojan-gen. I couldn't move them to the chest so I deleted them. On restart Avast started running a scan. It was a long scan and I went away and left it running. When I returned, There was a message that windows encountered a problem and had to shut down. There is no log from the scan Avast was running so I don't know if it found anything. Avast now shows clean. Spybot S&D found and removed some tracking cookies and AdAware didn't find anything.

Her is the SAS log:

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 12/25/2008 at 11:40 AM

Application Version : 4.22.1014

Core Rules Database Version : 3661
Trace Rules Database Version: 1641

Scan type : Quick Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:48:22

Memory items scanned : 210
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 521
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 119249
File threats detected : 21

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@iacas.adbureau[1].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@hornymatches[3].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@host-d.oddcast[1].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@sales.liveperson[1].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@clicktorrent[1].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@www.googleadservices[2].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@www.googleadservices[3].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@tacoda[1].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@ads.sun[2].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@clickbank[2].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@indexstats[2].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@at.atwola[1].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@revsci[2].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@insightexpressai[2].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@ar.atwola[2].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@adopt.euroclick[2].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@www.googleadservices[4].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@www.hornymatches[1].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@atwola[3].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@ads.bleepingcomputer[3].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@host-d.oddcast[2].txt


I downloaded AboutBlaster and ran it. It says I still have 'C:\Windows\system32\aswBoot.exe' How do I remove this? The computer is running OK for now.

And as a side note; Avast found two Win 32 Trojan-gen when I installed it a few weeks ago. I thought I removed them. Did I get reinfected or did I fail to completly remove them the last time? Was deleteing them enough to get rid of them this time? Here is the Avast Warning Log.

12/7/2008 2:35:41 PM SYSTEM 1768 AAVM - scanning warning: x_AavmCheckFileDirectEx [UNI]: E:\2008-11-13\153.JPG (E:\2008-11-13\153.JPG) returning error, 00000015.
12/7/2008 2:35:41 PM SYSTEM 1768 AAVM - scanning warning: x_AavmCheckFileDirectEx [UNI]: E:\2008-11-13\064.JPG (E:\2008-11-13\064.JPG) returning error, 00000015.
12/7/2008 2:35:41 PM SYSTEM 1768 AAVM - scanning warning: x_AavmCheckFileDirectEx [UNI]: E:\2008-11-13\156.JPG (E:\2008-11-13\156.JPG) returning error, 00000015.
12/7/2008 2:38:02 PM SYSTEM 1768 AAVM - scanning warning: x_AavmCheckFileDirectEx [UNI]: E:\pictures 078.JPG (E:\pictures 078.JPG) returning error, 00000015.
12/7/2008 2:38:07 PM SYSTEM 1768 AAVM - scanning warning: x_AavmCheckFileDirectEx [UNI]: E:\pictures 079.JPG (E:\pictures 079.JPG) returning error, 00000015.
12/7/2008 11:35:43 PM Owner 3316 Sign of "Win32:Trojan-gen {Other}" has been found in "C:\Program Files\Common Files\aol\Backup\ACS\Rollback\Suite\comps\acslang.exe\$R1\$PLUGINSDIR\utility.dll" file.
12/7/2008 11:35:55 PM Owner 3316 Sign of "Win32:Trojan-gen {Other}" has been found in "C:\Program Files\Common Files\aol\Backup\ACS\Rollback\US\acslang.exe\$R1\$PLUGINSDIR\utility.dll" file.
12/23/2008 12:27:12 AM SYSTEM 264 Sign of "Win32:Trojan-gen {Other}" has been found in "C:\Windows\System32\mqapi.exe" file.
12/25/2008 12:31:14 PM Owner 336 Function setifaceUpdatePackages() has failed. Return code is 0x000004C7, dwRes is 000004C7.
12/25/2008 1:00:16 PM Owner 336 Sign of "Win32:Trojan-gen {Other}" has been found in "C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\VNGAVMXF\top[1].rdf" file.
12/25/2008 1:24:48 PM Owner 336 Sign of "Win32:Trojan-gen {Other}" has been found in "C:\Windows\System32\mqapi.exe" file.


Mike
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Posted 26 December 2008 - 10:26 AM

Use Spybot S&D to immunize your system, make sure teatimer is disabled

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/filedb/asw....exe-41400.html

make sure that your aswboot.exe is this one

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...t&p=1050976

I would suggest updating SAS and MBAM and download ATFCleaner

Disconnect from the internet, disable avast

Run MBAM from normal mode and then ATFCleaner and SAS from safe mode

Reenable avast before reconnecting the internet

Edited by DaChew, 26 December 2008 - 10:27 AM.

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#3 Mike_K

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 06:20 PM

Thanks DaChew.

Did as you said. Here are the logs:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31
Database version: 1551
Windows 6.0.6001 Service Pack 1

12/26/2008 4:59:59 PM
mbam-log-2008-12-26 (16-59-59).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 48923
Time elapsed: 2 minute(s), 28 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)


And

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 12/26/2008 at 05:54 PM

Application Version : 4.23.1006

Core Rules Database Version : 3685
Trace Rules Database Version: 1662

Scan type : Quick Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:51:50

Memory items scanned : 201
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 521
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 119506
File threats detected : 4

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@at.atwola[1].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@ar.atwola[3].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@atwola[2].txt
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\owner@ads.bleepingcomputer[3].txt

Does this mean I'm clean? Computer seems to be working OK.

Mike
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Posted 26 December 2008 - 08:08 PM

About the only thing else I would suggest is an online scan, it's just a precaution and a way to see if anything was missed

Run Kaspersky Online Scanner
Please do a scan with Kaspersky Online Scanner.

This scan is for Internet Explorer only.

If you are using Windows Vista, open your browser by right-clicking on its icon and select Run as administrator to perform this scan.
Open the Kaspersky Scanner page.
Click on Accept and install any components it needs.
The program will install and then begin downloading the latest definition files.
After the files have been downloaded on the left side of the page in the Scan section select My Computer
This will start the program and scan your system.
The scan will take a while, so be patient and let it run.
Once the scan is complete, click on View scan report
Now, click on the Save Report as button.
Save the file to your desktop.
Copy and paste that information in your next post.
You can refer to this animation by sundavis.
http://www.kaspersky.com/kos/eng/partner/d...kavwebscan.html

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj285/B...ng/KAS/KAS9.gif
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Posted 28 December 2008 - 09:41 AM

OK,

Here is the report:

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KASPERSKY ONLINE SCANNER 7 REPORT
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, 32-bit Service Pack 1 (build 6001)
Kaspersky Online Scanner 7 version: 7.0.25.0
Program database last update: Saturday, December 27, 2008 21:59:29
Records in database: 1521896
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Scan settings:
Scan using the following database: extended
Scan archives: yes
Scan mail databases: yes

Scan area - My Computer:
C:\
D:\
E:\
F:\
G:\
H:\
I:\

Scan statistics:
Files scanned: 235000
Threat name: 0
Infected objects: 0
Suspicious objects: 0
Duration of the scan: 02:56:03

No malware has been detected. The scan area is clean.

The selected area was scanned.



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Posted 28 December 2008 - 10:06 AM

Well you system appears to be clean, the initial problem of windows crashing could easily be caused by your protection programs, not malware. Avast when installed as an antimalware suite is very resource intensive. Defender is running by default with Vista? AOL has it's own antimalware components, make sure that you aren't running duplicate protections.
This part is probably the least documented and least understood among antimalware experts.

Some say you can't have too much protection, I strongly disagree
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Posted 28 December 2008 - 12:16 PM

Thank you for all of your help.

I agree about the too much protection. I'll double check that I don't have multiple programs running.

Everything seems fine with the computer now. You can close this topic.

Thanks again

Mike

Edited by Mike_K, 28 December 2008 - 12:16 PM.

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