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#1 OldPhil

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 03:22 PM

I have been having router issues and have turned firewalls off and on, all back on now! But it bugs me to see the area connection lights blinking almost constantly even though I am doing nothing on the net. In status it show I am sending two to three time as much out as what is coming in. I have an issue with the WRT160N that it keeps dropping a connection, and if I try to repair the connection it fails when it gets to the DNS dump. On another site it was mentioned that malware could be the issue, also mention was a DNS patch for 2000 & XP I am Running XP. The patch was a supposed fox for DNS release issues that existed in those two OS's. What would be my next steps from here to get things going again? I will worry about the router later it is out of the loop, I am also reading a bunch a bad stuff about the 160 tons of post about the same dropping connection issues I have. I am running KIS and have full deep scanned the machine

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 04:40 PM

I hooked up the modem and fired up my old Dell and my laptop, did some side by testing with with all 3 on the old Dell and my laptop will get onto any site I choose and the connection seems to hang in longer. Tells me the big machine got whacked, what should I try now????

It was deep scanned by KIS 2009 about an hour ago and did not find anything, must be a sneaky little bug.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 06:22 PM

Be sure and power cycle the modem from time to time

Pull the power and leave it off for a minute or so

Routers need to be reset to factory defaults and then a strong password set on them to erase any dns redirects

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".

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.34) 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.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/114351/how-to-temporarily-disable-your-anti-virus-firewall-and-anti-malware-programs/
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Posted 15 February 2009 - 07:03 PM

Thanks Chewy! I followed the above everything came out clean, I need to do more detective work. My next step will be to reset the 160 again and re flash it, I am still getting the flashing connection lights when idle on this machine and the dropping of the wired connection. The problem is only on this machine and goes away if I take the 160 out of line.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 08:27 PM

Make sure you reflash over a wired connection

wireless is still not quite ready for prime time

Edited by DaChew, 15 February 2009 - 08:28 PM.

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