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Possibly Virtumonde related.

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#1 Makaris


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Posted 10 March 2009 - 03:01 PM

Hello all!

Before I continue, lemme put it out there that I'm using XP, browse with FireFox, and had my Windows AND NVidia firewalls running, and I still managed to get into some serious trouble with this particular virus.

My comp started getting random pop ups. Adaware didn't catch anything, but the pop ups weren't so bad so I ignored it. Then, a few days later, a series of more annoying pop ups came up in IE that left several short cuts on my desktop. Then...

- My explorer automatically sets itself to classic view
- Lost the ability to go to antispyware sites
- Started getting repeated svchost errors
- Lost the ability to search my C drive (it would call up a Recycler error)
- Removed my NVidia firewall
- Lost all system restore points
- etc... so many things!

I managed to download Malwarebytes, but the virus would not permit an install / run of the .exe without renaming the .exe's as .bin files. Spybot would not install at all, even after the rename... I think because it needs to hit it's website for updates before installing and the virus would not let my computer go to that address.

I ran Malwarebytes, and it pulled up Vundo and BHO viruses and cleared them away. I stopped getting the pop ups, but all the other problems continued. Additionally, my computer won't allow me to view my network connections and I cannot go online except in Safemode. When I use Google, if I click on a link it will take me to a random adsite unless I copy and paste the address.

I ran Hijack this and removed a few random things that I could not recognize, after researching them. Nothing changed.

Vundo/BHO are no longer being detected by anything, so I'm pretty sure they are gone and some other malevolent, supernatural force is at work. I'm really close to just doing a reinstall of windows, but I'm hoping something can be done to salvage my situation.

Any help will be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you very much!

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#2 boopme


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Posted 10 March 2009 - 08:35 PM

Hi I am hoping you can download these then run from safe mode.


From your regular user account..
Download Attribune's ATF Cleaner and then SUPERAntiSpyware , Free Home Version. Save both to desktop ..
DO NOT run yet.
Open SUPER from icon and install and Update it
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 yet.

Now reboot into Safe Mode: How to enter safe mode(XP)
Using the F8 Method
Restart your computer.
When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode

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 or Opera browser click that browser 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

NOW Scan with SUPER
Open from the desktop icon or the program Files list
On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
Perform a Complete scan. After scan,Verify they are all checked.
Click OK on the summary screen to quarantine all found items.
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.
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