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#1 Just Great

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 11:02 AM

Been putting up with this for a while now- Running Windows xp / media center certian programs would hang durring shut-down and would have to force exit ones like ccaap.exe
then game programs would start to crash and flip back to the desktop
Had files in windows temp that wouldn't delete Perflib_Perfdata_28c.dat when I deleted them they would come back with the last three digits different.
When I try and reboot in media center safe mode get error saying
hal.dll damaged or corrupted

msconfig- boot.ini says link for media center is wrong - -boot file does not refer to a vaild operation system

[boot loader]
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptOut

Fix-It Ulilities 9 is saying wuauclt.exe is infected and quarantines it and it pops right back up still infected.
the quaratine message includes these files in it svchost.exe rtmon_excution and explorer
get this quaratine message when I run msconfig now
Message ID: {F9B4AFB6-C88A-4D07-BAB2-F70AE8018EA4}
Monitor: RTMON_Execution
Parent Process: C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
Launched Process: C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\helpctr\binaries\msconfig.exe
File:
Registry Key:
Registry Value:

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 11:15 AM

Hello and welcome. i think we need a malware scan log to start. Please run these next. If you have Spybot installed temporarily disable it.
Next run 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".


Next run MBAM:
Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.32) and save it to your desktop.
alternate download link 1
alternate download link 2
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 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 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.
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Posted 13 February 2009 - 01:50 PM

Ok -
ran the cleaner and here is the mbam-log report
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.34
Database version: 1760
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

2/13/2009 12:28:42 PM
mbam-log-2009-02-13 (12-28-42).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 61514
Time elapsed: 2 minute(s), 19 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 13 February 2009 - 02:20 PM

Ok we will still run 2 more scans to be certain malware isn't stopping windows update.

From your regular user account run SAS:
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.

We follow that with Part 1 of S!Ri's SmitfraudFix :

Please download SmitfraudFix

Double-click SmitfraudFix.exe
Select option #1 - Search by typing 1 and press "Enter"; a text file will appear, which lists infected files (if present).
Please copy/paste the content of that report into your next reply.

Note : process.exe is detected by some antivirus programs (AntiVir, Dr.Web, Kaspersky) as a "RiskTool"; it is not a virus, but a program used to stop system processes. Antivirus programs cannot distinguish between "good" and "malicious" use of such programs, therefore they may alert the user.
http://www.beyondlogic.org/consulting/proc...processutil.htm
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Posted 13 February 2009 - 04:44 PM

Here's the reports from the two scans

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

Generated 02/13/2009 at 03:31 PM

Application Version : 4.25.1012

Core Rules Database Version : 3756
Trace Rules Database Version: 1720

Scan type : Quick Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:38:42

Memory items scanned : 230
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 297
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 7103
File threats detected : 0





SmitFraudFix v2.395

Scan done at 15:38:45.07, Fri 02/13/2009
Run from C:\Emilydownlow09\SmitfraudFix
OS: Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600] - Windows_NT
The filesystem type is NTFS
Fix run in normal mode

Process

C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\ehome\ehtray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\RTHDCPL.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVANQU~1\Fix-It\MXTask.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AntiVirus\SBAMSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVANQU~1\Fix-It\mxtask.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllhost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehmsas.exe
C:\Emilydownlow09\SmitfraudFix\Policies.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe

hosts


C:\


C:\WINDOWS


C:\WINDOWS\system


C:\WINDOWS\Web


C:\WINDOWS\system32


C:\Documents and Settings\Emily


C:\DOCUME~1\Emily\LOCALS~1\Temp


C:\Documents and Settings\Emily\Application Data


Start Menu


C:\DOCUME~1\Emily\FAVORI~1


Desktop


C:\Program Files


Corrupted keys


Desktop Components

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components\0]
"Source"="About:Home"
"SubscribedURL"="About:Home"
"FriendlyName"="My Current Home Page"


o4Patch
!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

o4Patch
Credits: Malware Analysis & Diagnostic
Code: S!Ri



IEDFix
!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

IEDFix
Credits: Malware Analysis & Diagnostic
Code: S!Ri



Agent.OMZ.Fix
!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

Agent.OMZ.Fix
Credits: Malware Analysis & Diagnostic
Code: S!Ri


VACFix
!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

VACFix
Credits: Malware Analysis & Diagnostic
Code: S!Ri


404Fix
!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

404Fix
Credits: Malware Analysis & Diagnostic
Code: S!Ri


Sharedtaskscheduler
!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

SrchSTS.exe by S!Ri
Search SharedTaskScheduler's .dll


AppInit_DLLs
!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows]
"AppInit_DLLs"=""


Winlogon
!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"Userinit"="C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\userinit.exe,"
"System"=""


RK



DNS

Description: Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC - Packet Scheduler Miniport
DNS Server Search Order: 192.168.0.1
DNS Server Search Order: 192.168.0.1

HKLM\SYSTEM\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{6DFE5921-503A-4C43-B4C9-25FEE17C3F07}: DhcpNameServer=192.168.0.1 192.168.0.1
HKLM\SYSTEM\CS1\Services\Tcpip\..\{6DFE5921-503A-4C43-B4C9-25FEE17C3F07}: DhcpNameServer=192.168.0.1 192.168.0.1
HKLM\SYSTEM\CS2\Services\Tcpip\..\{6DFE5921-503A-4C43-B4C9-25FEE17C3F07}: DhcpNameServer=192.168.0.1 192.168.0.1
HKLM\SYSTEM\CCS\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: DhcpNameServer=192.168.0.1 192.168.0.1
HKLM\SYSTEM\CS1\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: DhcpNameServer=192.168.0.1 192.168.0.1
HKLM\SYSTEM\CS2\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: DhcpNameServer=192.168.0.1 192.168.0.1


Scanning for wininet.dll infection


End

let me know what you think?

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 08:02 PM

Everything is looking good here are you having any symptoms. do es it still show up?
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Posted 14 February 2009 - 12:49 PM

Well I still have Avanquest quarantining wuauclt.exe
Can't start Windows XP Media Center Edition in safe mode
says hal.dll is damaged or corrupted- reinstall file

msconfig boot.ini

[boot loader]
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptOut

tells me the last line does not refer to a valid operating system and ask me if I want to remove it

added note- the disk that came with this is only a system restore giving me limited options

ran the super antispyware again and had 16 cookies get flaged and removed

Internet Explorer started to lock up on me today when I would try and get updates
unstalled it and downloaded and installed ver 7 and that seemed to fix that.

what do you think?

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 10:47 AM

Hi,sorry for the delay as I was trying to find info on this. I think the best thing to do is install Service Pack 3. That replaces the normal windows files back into the system. Then rescan the PC.

Edited by boopme, 15 February 2009 - 10:49 AM.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 04:28 PM

Man you guys work 24-7? I wasn't looking for you untill Monday
I got all the updates installed today but still get the errors about Hal.dll and the boot.ini
I think we got the virus cleaned out but still have to deal with damage control
I've done system restore and system reinstall b4 I got with you and still have this show up.
probably need to get a real system disk instead of this one that came with the pc
whats your Pref. Windows xp pro mediacenter still a good shot?

I've dumped norton virus checker instead I got est nod32 or this Avanquest fix-it 9
and the free-bees any one of these you like?

been doing some checking - could flashplayer or ctfmon.exe cause some problems

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 07:49 PM

I like Nod32 ,MBAM SAS and I would add Spywareblaster, look here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

Adobe flashplayer should be kept updated and older versions remved,ths applies to Java Runttime Environment also.

The ctfmon.exe file is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. In other cases, ctfmon.exe is a virus, spyware, trojan or worm!
Ctfmon.exe is the file that is responsible for controlling the Alternative User Input technologies. It starts the Language Bar component (in the Systray) and remains running in the background even after you quit an Office XP program. It also starts each time Windows is started and remains in the background, regardless of whether an Office XP program is started.

Ctfmon.exe is designed to continue to run in the background during Windows sessions after the Office XP Alternative User Input components are installed.

All info . . http://support.microsoft.com/kb/282599
What is ctfmon.exe And Why Is It Running?

You shoul ask the hal dll question in the XP forum for a better answer.
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Posted 15 February 2009 - 10:18 PM

Alright that ougtht to take care of it for me
I'll check it out -
thanks for your help

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 10:22 PM

You're welcome, there are specifics with your other item and they will help you solve it there.
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