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Possibly infected by Trojan.pakes virus


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#1 WealthConnectionBlog

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 08:23 PM

My anti-virus, spyware program, PC Tools Spyware Doctor found an infection titled Trojan.Win32.Pakes.cij
It was supposedly removed and when I ran SuperAntiSpyware it didn't find anythng. When I ran Spyware Doctor again a week later it found the same trojan and again claimed to have removed it. I'm wondering first, is this virus dangerous (it was listed as high risk by Spyware Doctor), and how can I be sure it is removed.

My PC seems to be acting somewhat strangely. Nothing extreme, but it is running a lot slower than it used to and I've noticed a few symptoms like, the clock changing formats on the administrator account, some programs not shutting down when I try to shutdown or switch users, when I'm typing as I am right now the cursor disappears and the current window becomes inactive and I have to click on it to continue.

I have been told that the only sure way to remove a virus is to reinstall Windows so I'm wondering if I should just go ahead and do that, even though it will be a pain to have to save data and reinstall programs, or is there some other sure fire way to rid myself of possible infection. I was interested in running ComboFix, but after reading all of the warnings on this site regarding it I am a little intimidated by that as well.
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Posted 31 January 2009 - 08:40 PM

Hi and welcome to BleepingComputer :thumbsup:

I have been told that the only sure way to remove a virus is to reinstall Windows so I'm wondering if I should just go ahead and do that

Good question. It depends on the infection. There are some infections that I highly recommend reformatting, but others are relatively simple. If you like, we can run a preliminary with malwarebytes.

About your infection... It looks like a trojan that forces ad pop ups.

The process of cleaning your computer may require temporarily disabliling 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

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 11:37 PM

Thank you for the welcome rigel, and for your quick response and help.

Malwarebytes did find one infection and removed it successfully. I've posted the log file below. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to try to detect and remove any other malware as my PC still seems to be acting a little strange.

Thanks again!

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.33
Database version: 1654
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

1/31/2009 11:08:56 PM
mbam-log-2009-01-31 (23-08-56).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 82094
Time elapsed: 6 minute(s), 13 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: 1

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:
C:\Program Files\setup.exe (Rogue.Installer) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
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Posted 31 January 2009 - 11:40 PM

I would like to run through a few more scans to be sure...

Please print out and follow these instructions: "How to use SDFix". <- This program is 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.
  • When done, 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.
  • Please copy and paste the contents of Report.txt in your next reply.
  • Be sure to renable you anti-virus and and other security programs before connecting to the Internet.
-- If the computer has been infected with the VirusAlert! malware warning from the clock and the Start Menu icons or drives are not visible, open the SDFix folder, right-click on either the XP_VirusAlert_Repair.inf or W2K VirusAlert_Repair.inf (depending on your version of Windows) and select Install from the Context menu. Then reboot to apply the changes.

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