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Sporadic hang on login: missing icons and taskbar from desktop on Win XP


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#1 hypotechguy

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 01:57 AM

First off, I just want to say thanks-in-advance and BLESS YOU to everybody in the forums who helps out. What an incredible service.

That said, here's my situation, I think I could be infected.

It's Windows XP, SP3 on a box that's configured to dual-boot with Fedora. Default boot is XP.

SOMETIMES, but not every time, when I log into my account (which has admin privs), the desktop wallpaper appears, but no program icons nor system tray appear. Sometimes this stays this way forever, sometimes after a long wait the icons do appear along with the toolbar.

While in this wallpaper-only "hang" state, I noticed one time the hard drive light seeming to regularly flicker once every second.

Ctl-Alt-Del *is* able to bring up task manager. From here I am able to launch Explorer via File -> New Task (Run...). When such an Explorer comes up, however, none of my standard services are loaded. (Which usually were Avast!, ThreatFire, etc.)

This situation also may involve issues with internet connectivity -- I can't be sure, but it sometimes seemed that when my wireless connection establishes, then the icons and tray DO appear. I experimented a little bit with disabling the wireless (via a hardware switch on the side), and then re-enabling, but no conclusions.

Mostly because of my concern about the possibility that malware could be messing with internet traffic, I'm really hoping for a solution that can be pursued while OFFLINE.

Would you please indicate in whatever procedures you suggest, both which mode (safe or regular) and from which user (Administrator or user acct) I should run the tools? Please know that any request to run in regular mode is 50/50, because I may likely hang upon login. I'd personally prefer working from safe mode, but that's your call.

Many, many thanks.

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 07:26 PM

A lot of the tools need to run in normal mode to be 100% effective, some require safemode in order to operate properly
If you are using a router, disconnect from the internet. Reset the router and give it a strong password.
All tools can be run offline after downloading to your Desktop. In fact some require it.
I would run as Administrator for everything
Let's start with Mbam:
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The process of cleaning your computer may require you to temporarily disable some security programs. If you are using SpyBot Search and Destroy, please refer to Note 2 at the bottom of this page.

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.

Note 2:
-- 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. To disable these programs, please view this topic: How To Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus, Firewall And Anti-malware Programs

Edited by garmanma, 29 January 2009 - 07:28 PM.

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#3 hypotechguy

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 02:24 PM

Thanks for clarifying how to proceed. I've upgraded the latest MBAM, booted normally, logged into the Administrator account and ran the quick scan with the following results:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.33
Database version: 1710
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

1/31/2009 1:32:34 PM
mbam-log-2009-01-31 (13-32-34).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 67977
Time elapsed: 8 minute(s), 42 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)

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 04:26 PM

Let's try a full scan

Please reboot the computer
Open MBAM and click Update tab, select Check for Updates,when done
click Scanner tab,select FULL scan
After scan click Remove Selected, Post new scan log for review

Then

ATF
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".

Now SAS,may need an hour
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. Double-click on the hyperlink for Download Installer and save SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to your desktop. Then double-click on SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to install the definitions.)
  • 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.

Edited by garmanma, 31 January 2009 - 04:27 PM.

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 07:34 AM

Both MBAM and SAS report nothing found.

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MBAM log
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Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.33
Database version: 1712
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

2/1/2009 8:23:59 PM
mbam-log-2009-02-01 (20-23-59).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 467621
Time elapsed: 23 hour(s), 6 minute(s), 33 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)


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

Generated 02/02/2009 at 03:45 AM

Application Version : 4.25.1012

Core Rules Database Version : 3739
Trace Rules Database Version: 1707

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 06:54:07

Memory items scanned : 208
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 9127
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 236112
File threats detected : 0

#6 garmanma

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 05:33 PM

So far everything looks clean. Let's try this:
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Please download Dr.Web CureIt , the free version & 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 launch.exe to open the program and click Start. (There is no need to update if you just downloaded the most current version
  • Read the Virus check by DrWeb scanner prompt and click Ok where asked to Start scan now? Allow the setup.exe 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 prompted to dowload the Full version Free Trial, ignore and click the X to close the window.
  • 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)

Edited by garmanma, 02 February 2009 - 05:35 PM.

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 06:18 PM

Here's results. Couple notes: I had left my USB drive in while the scan progressed -- that's the F: that's referenced. And, regarding vncviewer, I often use that for work, so it wasn't unexpected. Nor was combofix or sdfix -- I had taken a look at those in the past. Haven't touched them since we started.

Also, I didn't have a "Move incurable" option on the buttons when done. I merely had "Move", and chose that.

Thanks for all the help!! What's next?

data002\32788R22FWJFW\psexec.cfexe;C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\ComboFix.exe\data002;Program.PsExec.171;;
data002;C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\ComboFix.exe;Archive contains infected objects;;
ComboFix.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
SDFix.exe\SDFix\apps\Process.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\SDFix.exe;Tool.Prockill;;
SDFix.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
SDFix.exe\SDFix\apps\Process.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\mgh\Desktop\SDFix.exe;Tool.Prockill;;
SDFix.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\mgh\Desktop;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
SDFix.exe\SDFix\apps\Process.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\mgh\Desktop\malware\SDFix.exe;Tool.Prockill;;
SDFix.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\mgh\Desktop\malware;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
vncviewer.exe;C:\Program Files\RealVNC\VNC4;Program.RemoteAdmin.51;Moved.;
Process.exe;C:\SDFix\apps;Tool.Prockill;Moved.;
A0076470.EXE;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{46DE8921-1D39-44D2-A9E9-64119261F211}\RP334;Program.PsExec.170;Moved.;
A0079836.exe\SDFix\apps\Process.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{46DE8921-1D39-44D2-A9E9-64119261F211}\RP344\A0079836.exe;Tool.Prockill;;
A0079836.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{46DE8921-1D39-44D2-A9E9-64119261F211}\RP344;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
A0079837.exe\SDFix\apps\Process.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{46DE8921-1D39-44D2-A9E9-64119261F211}\RP344\A0079837.exe;Tool.Prockill;;
A0079837.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{46DE8921-1D39-44D2-A9E9-64119261F211}\RP344;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
A0079838.exe\SDFix\apps\Process.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{46DE8921-1D39-44D2-A9E9-64119261F211}\RP344\A0079838.exe;Tool.Prockill;;
A0079838.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{46DE8921-1D39-44D2-A9E9-64119261F211}\RP344;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
SDFix.exe\SDFix\apps\Process.exe;F:\SDFix.exe;Tool.Prockill;;
SDFix.exe;F:\;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;

Edited by hypotechguy, 04 February 2009 - 11:09 AM.


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Posted 04 February 2009 - 02:10 PM

Please download Dr.Web CureIt, the free version & 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 launch.exe to open the program and click Start. (There is no need to update if you just downloaded the most current version
  • Read the Virus check by DrWeb scanner prompt and click Ok where asked to Start scan now? Allow the setup.exe 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 prompted to dowload the Full version Free Trial, ignore and click the X to close the window.
  • 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 07 February 2009 - 06:23 PM

Ran a few more times. Things were found in system restore points, which I could only resolve by creating a new restore point and then removing all but the most recent one. Here's the most recent scan from earlier today. At some point, will we try GMER perhaps?

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Scan statistics
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Scanned: 1090862
Infected: 0
Modifications: 0
Suspicious: 0
Adware: 0
Dialers: 0
Jokes: 0
Riskware: 0
Hacktools: 0
Cured: 0
Deleted: 0
Renamed: 0
Moved: 0
Ignored: 0
Scan speed: 115 Kb/s
Scan time: 05:56:44
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 12:02 PM

At some point, will we try GMER perhaps?

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


Please print out and follow these instructions: "How to use SDFix". <- for Windows 2000/XP ONLY.
When using this tool, you must use the Administrator's account or an account with "Administrative rights"
  • Disconnect from the Internet and temporarily disable your anti-virus, script blocking and any real time protection programs before performing a scan.
  • Please be patient as the scan may take up to 20 minutes to complete.
  • When the process is complete, the SDFix report log will open in Notepad and automatically be saved in the SDFix folder as Report.txt.
  • If SDFix is unable to run after rebooting from Safe Mode, run SDFix in either Mode, and type F, then press Enter for it to finish the final stage and produce the report.
  • The SDFix report log (Report.txt) will open in Notepad and automatically be saved in the SDFix folder.
  • Please copy and paste the contents of Report.txt in your next reply.
  • Be sure to re-enable you anti-virus and and other security programs before connecting to the Internet.

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 07:29 AM

SDFix: Version 1.240
Run by Administrator on Sun 01/25/2009 at 09:39 AM

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
Running From: C:\SDFix

Checking Services :


Restoring Default Security Values
Restoring Default Hosts File

Rebooting


Checking Files :

Trojan Files Found:

C:\WINDOWS\index.html - Deleted





Removing Temp Files

ADS Check :



Final Check :

catchme 0.3.1361.2 W2K/XP/Vista - rootkit/stealth malware detector by Gmer, http://www.gmer.net
Rootkit scan 2009-01-25 10:48:05
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 NTFS

scanning hidden processes ...

scanning hidden services & system hive ...

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\sptd\Cfg\19659239224E364682FA4BAF72C53EA4]
"p0"="C:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools Lite\"
"h0"=dword:00000000
"khjeh"=hex:20,cf,54,17,52,46,c4,14,55,0d,11,2d,6e,e5,48,cd,16,5c,c3,43,4d,..

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\sptd\Cfg\19659239224E364682FA4BAF72C53EA4\00000001]
"a0"=hex:20,01,00,00,65,a3,24,5d,93,37,b6,5e,e5,19,ce,f2,23,36,89,de,1b,..
"khjeh"=hex:d2,c5,be,59,05,bd,ec,dc,90,a8,63,31,0a,9d,a4,22,a4,81,0e,7b,28,..

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\sptd\Cfg\19659239224E364682FA4BAF72C53EA4\00000001\0Jf40]
"khjeh"=hex:a3,8a,24,ef,27,27,91,34,85,45,9f,72,be,d1,97,57,a8,d3,6c,cc,68,..
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sptd\Cfg]
"s1"=dword:2df9c43f
"s2"=dword:110480d0

scanning hidden registry entries ...

scanning hidden files ...

scan completed successfully
hidden processes: 0
hidden services: 0
hidden files: 0


Remaining Services :




Authorized Application Key Export:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\system\currentcontrolset\services\sharedaccess\parameters\firewallpolicy\standardprofile\authorizedapplications\list]
"%windir%\\system32\\sessmgr.exe"="%windir%\\system32\\sessmgr.exe:*:enabled:@xpsp2res.dll,-22019"
"C:\\Program Files\\CyberLink\\PowerDVD DX\\PowerDVD.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\CyberLink\\PowerDVD DX\\PowerDVD.exe:*:Enabled:CyberLink PowerDVD DX"
"C:\\Program Files\\CyberLink\\PowerDVD DX\\PDVDDXSrv.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\CyberLink\\PowerDVD DX\\PDVDDXSrv.exe:*:Enabled:CyberLink PowerDVD DX Resident Program"
"%windir%\\Network Diagnostic\\xpnetdiag.exe"="%windir%\\Network Diagnostic\\xpnetdiag.exe:*:Enabled:@xpsp3res.dll,-20000"
"C:\\Program Files\\Gizmo5\\mDNSResponder.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Gizmo5\\mDNSResponder.exe:*:Enabled:Bonjour"
"C:\\Program Files\\Gizmo5\\Gizmo5.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Gizmo5\\Gizmo5.exe:*:Enabled:Gizmo5"
"C:\\Program Files\\Miranda IM\\miranda32.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Miranda IM\\miranda32.exe:*:Enabled:Miranda IM"
"C:\\Program Files\\Java\\jdk1.5.0_15\\bin\\javaw.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Java\\jdk1.5.0_15\\bin\\javaw.exe:*:Enabled:Java™ 2 Platform Standard Edition binary"
"C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\ftp.exe"="C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\ftp.exe:*:Enabled:File Transfer Program"
"C:\\Program Files\\totalcmd\\TOTALCMD.EXE"="C:\\Program Files\\totalcmd\\TOTALCMD.EXE:*:Enabled:Total Commander 32 bit international version, file manager replacement for Windows"
"C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\dpvsetup.exe"="C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\dpvsetup.exe:*:Enabled:Microsoft DirectPlay Voice Test"
"C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\rundll32.exe"="C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\rundll32.exe:*:Enabled:Run a DLL as an App"
"C:\\Program Files\\uTorrent\\uTorrent.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\uTorrent\\uTorrent.exe:*:Enabled:æTorrent"
"C:\\Program Files\\Apache Software Foundation\\Apache2.2\\bin\\httpd.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Apache Software Foundation\\Apache2.2\\bin\\httpd.exe:*:Enabled:Apache HTTP Server"
"C:\\Program Files\\Yahoo!\\Messenger\\YahooMessenger.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Yahoo!\\Messenger\\YahooMessenger.exe:*:Enabled:Yahoo! Messenger"
"C:\\Program Files\\Yahoo!\\Messenger\\YServer.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Yahoo!\\Messenger\\YServer.exe:*:Enabled:Yahoo! FT Server"
"C:\\Program Files\\Messenger\\msmsgs.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Messenger\\msmsgs.exe:*:Enabled:Windows Messenger"
"C:\\Program Files\\Real\\RealPlayer\\realplay.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Real\\RealPlayer\\realplay.exe:*:Enabled:RealPlayer"
"C:\\Program Files\\Java\\jdk1.5.0_15\\jre\\bin\\java.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Java\\jdk1.5.0_15\\jre\\bin\\java.exe:*:Enabled:Java™ 2 Platform Standard Edition binary"
"C:\\Program Files\\Wireless-G Internet Home Monitoring Camera\\Configuration.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Wireless-G Internet Home Monitoring Camera\\Configuration.exe:*:Enabled:Setup "
"C:\\Program Files\\Willing Webcam\\wwcam.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Willing Webcam\\wwcam.exe:*:Enabled:Willing Webcam"
"C:\\Program Files\\Opera\\Opera.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Opera\\Opera.exe:*:Enabled:Opera Internet Browser"
"C:\\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore.exe:*:Enabled:Internet Explorer"
"C:\\Program Files\\Java\\jre1.6.0_07\\bin\\java.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Java\\jre1.6.0_07\\bin\\java.exe:*:Enabled:Java™ Platform SE binary"
"C:\\WINDOWS\\pchealth\\helpctr\\binaries\\HelpCtr.exe"="C:\\WINDOWS\\pchealth\\helpctr\\binaries\\HelpCtr.exe:*:Enabled:Remote Assistance - Windows Messenger and Voice"
"C:\\Program Files\\Windows Live\\Messenger\\msnmsgr.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Windows Live\\Messenger\\msnmsgr.exe:*:Enabled:Windows Live Messenger"
"C:\\Program Files\\Windows Live\\Messenger\\livecall.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Windows Live\\Messenger\\livecall.exe:*:Enabled:Windows Live Messenger (Phone)"
"C:\\root\\wamp\\bin\\apache\\apache2.2.8\\bin\\httpd.exe"="C:\\root\\wamp\\bin\\apache\\apache2.2.8\\bin\\httpd.exe:*:Enabled:Apache HTTP Server"
"C:\\Program Files\\MySQL\\MySQL Server 5.0\\bin\\mysqld-nt.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\MySQL\\MySQL Server 5.0\\bin\\mysqld-nt.exe:*:Enabled:mysqld-nt"
"C:\\Program Files\\ACT\\Act for Windows\\ActSage.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\ACT\\Act for Windows\\ActSage.exe:*:Enabled:ACT! by Sage"
"C:\\Documents and Settings\\mgh\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Google\\Google Talk Plugin\\googletalkplugin.dll"="C:\\Documents and Settings\\mgh\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Google\\Google Talk Plugin\\googletalkplugin.dll:*:Enabled:Google Talk Plugin"
"C:\\Documents and Settings\\mgh\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Google\\Google Talk Plugin\\googletalkplugin.exe"="C:\\Documents and Settings\\mgh\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Google\\Google Talk Plugin\\googletalkplugin.exe:*:Enabled:Google Talk Plugin"
"C:\\Program Files\\Java\\jre6\\bin\\javaw.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Java\\jre6\\bin\\javaw.exe:*:Enabled:Java™ Platform SE binary"
"C:\\Program Files\\SmartFTP Client\\SmartFTP.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\SmartFTP Client\\SmartFTP.exe:*:Enabled:SmartFTP Client 3.0"
"C:\\Program Files\\Skype\\Phone\\Skype.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Skype\\Phone\\Skype.exe:*:Enabled:Skype"
"C:\\ThunderCl\\eclipse-jee-europa-winter-win32\\eclipse\\eclipse.exe"="C:\\ThunderCl\\eclipse-jee-europa-winter-win32\\eclipse\\eclipse.exe:*:Enabled:eclipse"
"C:\\Program Files\\iTunes\\iTunes.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\iTunes\\iTunes.exe:*:Enabled:iTunes"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\system\currentcontrolset\services\sharedaccess\parameters\firewallpolicy\domainprofile\authorizedapplications\list]
"%windir%\\system32\\sessmgr.exe"="%windir%\\system32\\sessmgr.exe:*:enabled:@xpsp2res.dll,-22019"
"C:\\Program Files\\CyberLink\\PowerDVD DX\\PowerDVD.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\CyberLink\\PowerDVD DX\\PowerDVD.exe:*:Enabled:CyberLink PowerDVD DX"
"C:\\Program Files\\CyberLink\\PowerDVD DX\\PDVDDXSrv.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\CyberLink\\PowerDVD DX\\PDVDDXSrv.exe:*:Enabled:CyberLink PowerDVD DX Resident Program"
"%windir%\\Network Diagnostic\\xpnetdiag.exe"="%windir%\\Network Diagnostic\\xpnetdiag.exe:*:Enabled:@xpsp3res.dll,-20000"
"C:\\Program Files\\Windows Live\\Messenger\\msnmsgr.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Windows Live\\Messenger\\msnmsgr.exe:*:Enabled:Windows Live Messenger"
"C:\\Program Files\\Windows Live\\Messenger\\livecall.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Windows Live\\Messenger\\livecall.exe:*:Enabled:Windows Live Messenger (Phone)"

Remaining Files :


File Backups: - C:\SDFix\backups\backups.zip

Files with Hidden Attributes :

Sun 25 Jan 2009 7,139,328 A..H. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\mgh\ntuser.tmp"
Wed 1 Oct 2008 6,108,728 A..H. --- "C:\Program Files\Picasa2\setup.exe"
Mon 28 Jan 2008 1,404,240 A.SHR --- "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDUpdate.exe"
Mon 28 Jan 2008 5,146,448 A.SHR --- "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe"
Mon 28 Jan 2008 2,097,488 A.SHR --- "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe"
Sat 5 Jan 2008 4,378,338 A.SH. --- "C:\Program Files\vixy.net\conv.exe"
Mon 3 Nov 2008 88 ..SHR --- "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\25A7000B1D.sys"
Mon 26 Jan 2009 952 A.SH. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\KGyGaAvL.sys"
Wed 30 Apr 2008 4,348 A.SH. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\DRM\DRMv1.bak"
Wed 30 Apr 2008 0 A.SH. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\DRM\Cache\Indiv02.tmp"
Tue 11 Nov 2008 30,208 ...H. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\mgh\Application Data\Microsoft\Word\~WRL0427.tmp"
Thu 13 Nov 2008 30,208 ...H. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\mgh\Application Data\Microsoft\Word\~WRL3743.tmp"

Finished!

#12 hypotechguy

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 07:41 PM

Hi. Haven't heard back in a bit, and had to use the machine earlier in the week. I reran SDfix today and this is the latest report.

Am I clean? Or more tools to run? Thank you.


SDFix: Version 1.240
Run by Administrator on Sat 02/14/2009 at 01:00 PM

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
Running From: C:\SDFix

Checking Services :


Restoring Default Security Values
Restoring Default Hosts File

Rebooting


Checking Files :

No Trojan Files Found






Removing Temp Files

ADS Check :



Final Check :

catchme 0.3.1361.2 W2K/XP/Vista - rootkit/stealth malware detector by Gmer, http://www.gmer.net
Rootkit scan 2009-02-14 18:43:45
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 NTFS

scanning hidden processes ...

scanning hidden services & system hive ...

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\sptd\Cfg\19659239224E364682FA4BAF72C53EA4]
"p0"="C:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools Lite\"
"h0"=dword:00000000
"khjeh"=hex:20,cf,54,17,52,46,c4,14,55,0d,11,2d,6e,e5,48,cd,16,5c,c3,43,4d,..

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\sptd\Cfg\19659239224E364682FA4BAF72C53EA4\00000001]
"a0"=hex:20,01,00,00,65,a3,24,5d,93,37,b6,5e,e5,19,ce,f2,23,36,89,de,1b,..
"khjeh"=hex:d2,c5,be,59,05,bd,ec,dc,90,a8,63,31,0a,9d,a4,22,a4,81,0e,7b,28,..

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\sptd\Cfg\19659239224E364682FA4BAF72C53EA4\00000001\0Jf40]
"khjeh"=hex:a3,8a,24,ef,27,27,91,34,85,45,9f,72,be,d1,97,57,a8,d3,6c,cc,68,..
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sptd\Cfg]
"s1"=dword:2df9c43f
"s2"=dword:110480d0

scanning hidden registry entries ...

scanning hidden files ...

scan completed successfully
hidden processes: 0
hidden services: 0
hidden files: 0


Remaining Services :




Authorized Application Key Export:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\system\currentcontrolset\services\sharedaccess\parameters\firewallpolicy\standardprofile\authorizedapplications\list]
"%windir%\\system32\\sessmgr.exe"="%windir%\\system32\\sessmgr.exe:*:enabled:@xpsp2res.dll,-22019"
"C:\\Program Files\\CyberLink\\PowerDVD DX\\PowerDVD.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\CyberLink\\PowerDVD DX\\PowerDVD.exe:*:Enabled:CyberLink PowerDVD DX"
"C:\\Program Files\\CyberLink\\PowerDVD DX\\PDVDDXSrv.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\CyberLink\\PowerDVD DX\\PDVDDXSrv.exe:*:Enabled:CyberLink PowerDVD DX Resident Program"
"%windir%\\Network Diagnostic\\xpnetdiag.exe"="%windir%\\Network Diagnostic\\xpnetdiag.exe:*:Enabled:@xpsp3res.dll,-20000"
"C:\\Program Files\\Gizmo5\\mDNSResponder.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Gizmo5\\mDNSResponder.exe:*:Enabled:Bonjour"
"C:\\Program Files\\Gizmo5\\Gizmo5.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Gizmo5\\Gizmo5.exe:*:Enabled:Gizmo5"
"C:\\Program Files\\Miranda IM\\miranda32.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Miranda IM\\miranda32.exe:*:Enabled:Miranda IM"
"C:\\Program Files\\Java\\jdk1.5.0_15\\bin\\javaw.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Java\\jdk1.5.0_15\\bin\\javaw.exe:*:Enabled:Java™ 2 Platform Standard Edition binary"
"C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\ftp.exe"="C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\ftp.exe:*:Enabled:File Transfer Program"
"C:\\Program Files\\totalcmd\\TOTALCMD.EXE"="C:\\Program Files\\totalcmd\\TOTALCMD.EXE:*:Enabled:Total Commander 32 bit international version, file manager replacement for Windows"
"C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\dpvsetup.exe"="C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\dpvsetup.exe:*:Enabled:Microsoft DirectPlay Voice Test"
"C:\\Program Files\\uTorrent\\uTorrent.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\uTorrent\\uTorrent.exe:*:Enabled:µTorrent"
"C:\\Program Files\\Apache Software Foundation\\Apache2.2\\bin\\httpd.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Apache Software Foundation\\Apache2.2\\bin\\httpd.exe:*:Enabled:Apache HTTP Server"
"C:\\Program Files\\Yahoo!\\Messenger\\YahooMessenger.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Yahoo!\\Messenger\\YahooMessenger.exe:*:Enabled:Yahoo! Messenger"
"C:\\Program Files\\Yahoo!\\Messenger\\YServer.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Yahoo!\\Messenger\\YServer.exe:*:Enabled:Yahoo! FT Server"
"C:\\Program Files\\Messenger\\msmsgs.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Messenger\\msmsgs.exe:*:Enabled:Windows Messenger"
"C:\\Program Files\\Real\\RealPlayer\\realplay.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Real\\RealPlayer\\realplay.exe:*:Enabled:RealPlayer"
"C:\\Program Files\\Java\\jdk1.5.0_15\\jre\\bin\\java.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Java\\jdk1.5.0_15\\jre\\bin\\java.exe:*:Enabled:Java™ 2 Platform Standard Edition binary"
"C:\\Program Files\\Willing Webcam\\wwcam.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Willing Webcam\\wwcam.exe:*:Enabled:Willing Webcam"
"C:\\Program Files\\Opera\\Opera.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Opera\\Opera.exe:*:Enabled:Opera Internet Browser"
"C:\\WINDOWS\\pchealth\\helpctr\\binaries\\HelpCtr.exe"="C:\\WINDOWS\\pchealth\\helpctr\\binaries\\HelpCtr.exe:*:Enabled:Remote Assistance - Windows Messenger and Voice"
"C:\\Program Files\\Windows Live\\Messenger\\msnmsgr.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Windows Live\\Messenger\\msnmsgr.exe:*:Enabled:Windows Live Messenger"
"C:\\Program Files\\Windows Live\\Messenger\\livecall.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Windows Live\\Messenger\\livecall.exe:*:Enabled:Windows Live Messenger (Phone)"
"C:\\Program Files\\MySQL\\MySQL Server 5.0\\bin\\mysqld-nt.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\MySQL\\MySQL Server 5.0\\bin\\mysqld-nt.exe:*:Enabled:mysqld-nt"
"C:\\Program Files\\ACT\\Act for Windows\\ActSage.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\ACT\\Act for Windows\\ActSage.exe:*:Enabled:ACT! by Sage"
"C:\\Documents and Settings\\mgh\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Google\\Google Talk Plugin\\googletalkplugin.dll"="C:\\Documents and Settings\\mgh\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Google\\Google Talk Plugin\\googletalkplugin.dll:*:Enabled:Google Talk Plugin"
"C:\\Documents and Settings\\mgh\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Google\\Google Talk Plugin\\googletalkplugin.exe"="C:\\Documents and Settings\\mgh\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Google\\Google Talk Plugin\\googletalkplugin.exe:*:Enabled:Google Talk Plugin"
"C:\\Program Files\\Java\\jre6\\bin\\javaw.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Java\\jre6\\bin\\javaw.exe:*:Enabled:Java™ Platform SE binary"
"C:\\Program Files\\SmartFTP Client\\SmartFTP.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\SmartFTP Client\\SmartFTP.exe:*:Enabled:SmartFTP Client 3.0"
"C:\\Program Files\\Skype\\Phone\\Skype.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Skype\\Phone\\Skype.exe:*:Enabled:Skype"
"C:\\ThunderCl\\eclipse-jee-europa-winter-win32\\eclipse\\eclipse.exe"="C:\\ThunderCl\\eclipse-jee-europa-winter-win32\\eclipse\\eclipse.exe:*:Enabled:eclipse"
"C:\\Program Files\\iTunes\\iTunes.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\iTunes\\iTunes.exe:*:Enabled:iTunes"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\system\currentcontrolset\services\sharedaccess\parameters\firewallpolicy\domainprofile\authorizedapplications\list]
"%windir%\\system32\\sessmgr.exe"="%windir%\\system32\\sessmgr.exe:*:enabled:@xpsp2res.dll,-22019"
"C:\\Program Files\\CyberLink\\PowerDVD DX\\PowerDVD.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\CyberLink\\PowerDVD DX\\PowerDVD.exe:*:Enabled:CyberLink PowerDVD DX"
"C:\\Program Files\\CyberLink\\PowerDVD DX\\PDVDDXSrv.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\CyberLink\\PowerDVD DX\\PDVDDXSrv.exe:*:Enabled:CyberLink PowerDVD DX Resident Program"
"%windir%\\Network Diagnostic\\xpnetdiag.exe"="%windir%\\Network Diagnostic\\xpnetdiag.exe:*:Enabled:@xpsp3res.dll,-20000"
"C:\\Program Files\\Windows Live\\Messenger\\msnmsgr.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Windows Live\\Messenger\\msnmsgr.exe:*:Enabled:Windows Live Messenger"
"C:\\Program Files\\Windows Live\\Messenger\\livecall.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Windows Live\\Messenger\\livecall.exe:*:Enabled:Windows Live Messenger (Phone)"

Remaining Files :



Files with Hidden Attributes :

Fri 24 Oct 2008 211 A.SH. --- "C:\BOOT.BAK"
Wed 1 Oct 2008 6,108,728 A..H. --- "C:\Program Files\Picasa2\setup.exe"
Wed 22 Oct 2008 949,072 A.SHR --- "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\advcheck.dll"
Wed 22 Oct 2008 962,896 A.SHR --- "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\Tools.dll"
Mon 3 Nov 2008 88 ..SHR --- "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\25A7000B1D.sys"
Mon 9 Feb 2009 952 A.SH. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\KGyGaAvL.sys"
Wed 30 Apr 2008 4,348 A.SH. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\DRM\DRMv1.bak"
Wed 30 Apr 2008 0 A.SH. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\DRM\Cache\Indiv02.tmp"
Tue 11 Nov 2008 30,208 ...H. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\mgh\Application Data\Microsoft\Word\~WRL0427.tmp"
Thu 13 Nov 2008 30,208 ...H. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\mgh\Application Data\Microsoft\Word\~WRL3743.tmp"

Finished!

#13 garmanma

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 10:34 PM

How is it running for you now?
Let's update mbam and do one final full scan
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Posted 18 February 2009 - 10:36 AM

Here's a final scan... 19 hours of patience, oy. One other bit -- prior to much of this, a colleague had suggested installing ThreatFire which I had done earlier in the year, prior to finding this site. I've since removed it -- after some investigation, it seems like others have issues with that software interacting pooly with other installed antivirus tools e.g. AVG and Avast, sometimes hanging the machine even! (I have an Avast subscription for my business machine.)

Can you point me to a topic that contains your recommendations on the best current 'recipe' for on-going protection and defense? Many, many thanks.

Now, the MBAM result:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.34
Database version: 1768
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

2/18/2009 10:30:21 AM
mbam-log-2009-02-18 (10-30-20).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 565640
Time elapsed: 18 hour(s), 49 minute(s), 47 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 hypotechguy, 18 February 2009 - 10:38 AM.


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Posted 18 February 2009 - 03:15 PM

You can ask questions about different tools here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/25/antivirus-firewall-and-privacy-products-and-protection-methods/

Be sure to read the pinned topics, also

We also have a topic recommending various free tools and applications here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html





Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "Ok"
  • Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.
  • Click the "More Options" Tab.
  • Click the "Clean up" button under System Restore.
  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?"
  • Click Yes, then click Ok.
  • Click Yes again when prompted with "Are you sure you want to perform these actions?"
  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.
Vista Users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point and Disk Cleanup.

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[/list]Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection:
• "Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe".
• "How did I get infected?, With steps so it does not happen again!".
• "Hardening Windows Security - Part 1 & Part 2".
• "IE Recommended Minimal Security Settings" - "How to Secure Your Web Browser".

• Avoid gaming sites, underground web pages, pirated software, crack sites, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs. They are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Many malicious worms and Trojans spread across P2P file sharing networks, gaming and underground sites. Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans and spyware. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid these types of web sites and not use any P2P applications. Read P2P Software User Advisories and Risks of File-Sharing Technology.

Edited by garmanma, 18 February 2009 - 03:23 PM.

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