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What exactly does Msconf.exe do?


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#1 evilmonster12

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 01:35 AM

This line has appeared on my HJT log. What exactly does this do? How bad is it for my computer? How can I go about fixing this? I used SDFix but it did not delete the problem.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 02:01 AM

http://www.greatis.com/appdata/d/m/msconf.exe.htm

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/M...F.EXE-2830.html

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 17 February 2009 - 02:26 AM

oh wait. It's not Msconf.exe. It's msiconf.exe. My bad.

As for the MBAM log, it turned up absolutely nothing.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 02:53 AM

To receive help, you should instead provide a detailed description of your problem, detailed word-for-word error messages that you are receiving, screenshots of strange behaviour, and your operating system. This information is much more useful to our helpers than a ComboFix log.


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Logs and some more clues are necessary for any kind of analysis.
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Posted 17 February 2009 - 03:15 AM

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.34
Database version: 1768
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

2/16/2009 11:24:10 PM
mbam-log-2009-02-16 (23-24-10).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 70779
Time elapsed: 3 minute(s), 43 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 17 February 2009 - 03:19 AM

Before we start fixing anything you should print out these instructions or copy them to a NotePad file so they will be accessible. Some steps will require you to disconnect from the Internet or use Safe Mode and you will not have access to this page.

Please download DrWeb-CureIt and 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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#7 evilmonster12

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 10:11 PM

Process.exe;C:\SDFix\apps;Tool.Prockill;Incurable.Moved.;
A0043818.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{BFAC8770-9806-47F1-A090-281F670E2B59}\RP719;Tool.Prockill;Incurable.Moved.;
A0041501.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{BFAC8770-9806-47F1-A090-281F670E2B59}\RP684;Container contains infected objects;Moved.;
A0041876.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{BFAC8770-9806-47F1-A090-281F670E2B59}\RP687;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
A0043923.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{BFAC8770-9806-47F1-A090-281F670E2B59}\RP719;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
A0041501.exe/data001\data015;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{BFAC8770-9806-47F1-A090-281F670E2B59}\RP684\A0041501.exe/data001;Trojan.KillFiles.892;;
A0041876.exe\SDFix\apps\Process.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{BFAC8770-9806-47F1-A090-281F670E2B59}\RP687\A0041876.exe;Tool.Prockill;;
A0043923.exe\SDFix\apps\Process.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{BFAC8770-9806-47F1-A090-281F670E2B59}\RP719\A0043923.exe;Tool.Prockill;;
ahRuiP2P.dll;C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4;Trojan.KillFiles.892;Deleted.;
A0044016.dll;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{BFAC8770-9806-47F1-A090-281F670E2B59}\RP720;Trojan.KillFiles.892;Deleted.;
data001;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{BFAC8770-9806-47F1-A090-281F670E2B59}\RP684;Container contains infected objects;;

Shoot. As you can see, some objects had no action taken upon. It would not allow me to take any actions.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 03:19 AM

That's fine, it killed SDFix and found infections in avast quaratine and system restore

Let's get a second opinion tho

Please do an online scan with Kaspersky WebScanner

Click on Kaspersky Online Scanner

You will be prompted to install an ActiveX component from Kaspersky, Click Yes.
  • The program will launch and then begin downloading the latest definition files:
  • Once the files have been downloaded click on NEXT
  • Now click on Scan Settings
  • In the scan settings make that the following are selected:
    • Scan using the following Anti-Virus database:
    Extended (if available otherwise Standard)
    • Scan Options:
    Scan Archives
    Scan Mail Bases
  • Click OK
  • Now under select a target to scan:Select My Computer
  • This will program will start and scan your system.
  • The scan will take a while so be patient and let it run.
  • Once the scan is complete it will display if your system has been infected.
    • Now click on the Save as Text button:
  • Save the file to your desktop.
  • Copy and paste that information in your next post.

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 12:47 AM

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
KASPERSKY ONLINE SCANNER 7 REPORT
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
Kaspersky Online Scanner 7 version: 7.0.25.0
Program database last update: Thursday, February 19, 2009 03:01:09
Records in database: 1813698
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Scan settings:
Scan using the following database: extended
Scan archives: yes
Scan mail databases: yes

Scan area - My Computer:
A:\
C:\
D:\

Scan statistics:
Files scanned: 62767
Threat name: 1
Infected objects: 1
Suspicious objects: 0
Duration of the scan: 02:10:29


File name / Threat name / Threats count
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\RL2k7.zip Infected: not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Rabio.nh 1

The selected area was scanned.

Should i just delete that file? It was something that I downloaded a while ago.

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 05:26 AM

How is your computer running, any issues that might be malware?

Yes, please manually delete that adware installer.

Edited by DaChew, 19 February 2009 - 05:27 AM.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 12:25 AM

It's going good. Thank you very much DaChew for your patience in helping me. The line msiconf.exe still appears in the HJT log, but it isn't doing anything malware-y.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 07:05 AM

I have read some very heated and complicated discussions on the missing file entries in HJT,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HijackThis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merijn_Bellekom

All this was long ago and far away in the rapidly changing world of antimalware, 2.0.2 / 07 July 2007; 594 days ago
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Posted 20 February 2009 - 09:26 AM

Well, anyways, if anything mal-warey does occur then I will definitely come back here for help. I guess a moderator can close this topic.




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