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Infected with Smithfraud-C.Generic What do I do?


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#1 RezigAu

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 01:20 PM

Salutations Ladies and Gentlemen of this forum...

I've managed to become infected with the dreaded Smithfraud-C.Generic malware once again after a long time being free of it. SpyBot hanging as usual... Programs locking.. Almost lost the OS twice as usual... Please... What do I do to get rid of it??

Thank you for your time and attention to this detail...

Rezig.

p.s. Neglected to mention I am on Vista SP1 - ty

Edited by RezigAu, 05 February 2009 - 01:32 PM.


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Posted 05 February 2009 - 01:30 PM

Smitfraud.C is Spybot S&D's name for a type of Vundo/Conhook infection.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.33) and save it to your desktop.
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If you have a previous version of MBAM, remove it via Add/Remove Programs and download a fresh copy.
  • 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. Alternatively, you can update through MBAM's interface from a clean computer, copy the definitions (rules.ref) located in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from that system to a usb stick or CD and then copy it to the infected machine.
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. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.
  • Exit MBAM when done.
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 using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes. Click this link to see a list of programs that should be disabled.
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Posted 05 February 2009 - 01:50 PM

A quick scan didn't find it.... Also running a full scan with SpywareTerminator atm.. Here is the log from MBAM. What's next please?? * Runs another Spybot scan just for the heck of it *

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.33
Database version: 1731
Windows 6.0.6001 Service Pack 1

2/5/2009 12:43:10 PM
mbam-log-2009-02-05 (12-43-10).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 55607
Time elapsed: 5 minute(s), 45 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)


SpyBot did indeed find Smithfraud-C.generic in an unknown file named - C:\Program Files\patcher.exe used Unlocker to delete the file.. had no locking handles found File deleted... WE will see what happens.. am still wondering what has caused massive failures of certian programs.. Spybot Scan continues..

Edited by RezigAu, 05 February 2009 - 02:12 PM.


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Posted 05 February 2009 - 02:19 PM

There are several files which use the name patcher.exe (to incluce malware).

Determining whether a file is malware or a legitimate process sometimes depends on the location (path) it is running from. One of the ways that malware tries to hide is to give itself the same name as a critical system file. However, it then places itself in a different location on your computer.

Anytime you come across a suspicious file which you cannot find any information, the file has a legitimate name but is not located where it is supposed to be, or you want a second opinion, submit it to Jotti's virusscan or VirusTotal. In the "File to upload & scan" box, browse to the location of the suspicious file and submit (upload) it for scanning/analysis.
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Posted 05 February 2009 - 02:31 PM

Thank you for the FYI on that.. * bookmarks Immediately * This was a bit of a close call... System restore may have gotten the bugs out, as well as Quick Heal's new antimalware and the various other scans done, but the computer has definitely been damaged.. We will continue with anything necessary in the Vista forum.. Thanks again... A close call, but as the saying goes " " We made it By The Skin Of Our Teeth " Several things have to be reinstalled... including Directx and Windows Live Mail Beta and so on... Time for the vista section...

Namaste...

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 02:35 PM

You're welcome.

Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection:Avoid gaming sites, pirated software, cracking tools, keygens, 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 malicious 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.

Keeping Autorun enabled on USB and other removable drives has become a significant security risk due to the increasing number of malware variants that can infect them and transfer the infection to your computer. To learn more about this risk, please read:
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