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I downloaded something and now all my icons are the same


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#1 nsweeney

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 04:03 PM

Hi,

This isn't an emergency, however I torrented Adobe Photoshop CS3* and now most of my desktop icons are the same, except for a few such as Firefox. When I click to open a program, only CS3 opens. I can still get access to all of my files, but I want to fix this in case certain programs do become barred to me.

Also, my PC is a Windows Vista.

As always, thank you for your help and patience. I love these forums.

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NSweeney




*Before anyone gets judgmental, I could get the software free from school, except that my laptop came with a broken CD drive so I can't install the software that way

Edited by nsweeney, 10 March 2009 - 04:09 PM.


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Posted 10 March 2009 - 08:38 PM

Hi, first you are going to continue downloading software off torrents we are wasting time here as you will be reinfected in no time.

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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#3 nsweeney

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 08:55 PM

Ok, this is worse than I thought. Whenever I try to save MBAM, I can't find out where I saved it to, not even by right-clicking Open containing folder (there's no "save to" option, it just says "save file") It's not on the desktop. When I try to run MBAM straight from the download box...photoshop opens. Hooray!

Edited by nsweeney, 10 March 2009 - 08:59 PM.


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Posted 10 March 2009 - 09:28 PM

This is a mess. We need to run HJT.
Please follow this guide. go and do steps 6 and 7 ,, Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Hijackthis. Then go here HijackThis Logs and Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal ,click New Topic,give it a relevant Title and post that complete log.

Let me know if it went OK.
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Posted 10 March 2009 - 10:33 PM

I can't get the DDS tool to run.

I click "save file" and get this screen:

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I click this screen and get a "run" option. I click "run", override the "do you want to allow this option?" and...photoshop opens.

Good thing I have photoshop though to get these screen shots since paint won't open!
The only things that open right about now are my beautiful, beautiful firefox and microsoft word but only if I go to the documents in my hard drive. Nothing on my start menu will open except as photoshop.

You know when a computer genius says something's a mess is when things are quite bad...

read you in the morning. :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 01:08 PM

Sorry to be late we had a cable outage here.
If you cannot get DDS to work, please try this instead.

Please download RSIT by random/random and save it to your Desktop.
Note: You will need to run this tool while connected to the Internet so it can download HijackThis if it is not located on your system. If you get a warning from your firewall or other security programs regarding Rist attempting to contact the Internet, please allow the connection.
  • Close all applications and windows so that you have nothing open and are at your Desktop.
  • Double-click on RSIT.exe to start the program.
  • If using Windows Vista, be sure to Run As Administrator.
  • Click Continue after reading the disclaimer screen.
  • Leave the drop down box set to default: "List/folders created or modified in the last 1 month (30 days).
  • When the scan is complete, a text file named log.txt will automatically open in Notepad.
  • Save the log file to your desktop and copy/paste the contents into a new topic in the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal forum, NOT here.
Important: Be sure to mention that you tried to follow the Prep Guide but were unable to get DDS to run.
If RSIT did not work, then reply back here.
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#7 nsweeney

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 08:38 PM

Actually, just before reading your post I tried uninstalling photoshop...and everything appears to be normal. All systems are go. I guess it wasn't a virus so much as a very strange conspiracy where photoshop tried to take over my computer.

do you still want me to follow the above instructions?

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 09:26 PM

Well probably an install glitch there. But can you run MBAM now,from post 2?
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 01:33 PM

Sorry I took so long, SATs made my life crazy!


Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.34
Database version: 1848
Windows 6.0.6000

3/14/2009 2:31:31 PM
mbam-log-2009-03-14 (14-31-31).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 68181
Time elapsed: 14 minute(s), 8 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 2
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 2

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\nqola (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\fpewumajapi (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\Users\NBS\AppData\Local\Htasadapeqikod.dll (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Users\NBS\AppData\Local\uconobap.dll (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 01:43 PM

OK this is good, You needed a reboot after that scan,if you haven't pleae do that.

Lat's run one more scan to be sure we got everything.

Download and scan with SUPERAntiSpyware Free for Home Users
  • Double-click SUPERAntiSpyware.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 Scanning Control tab.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Click "Next" to start the scan. Please be patient while it scans your computer.
  • 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".
  • 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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#11 nsweeney

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 11:18 AM

Here's the log, I think everything should be fine :thumbsup:

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

Generated 03/20/2009 at 12:11 PM

Application Version : 4.25.1014

Core Rules Database Version : 3784
Trace Rules Database Version: 1741

Scan type : Quick Scan
Total Scan Time : 01:18:06

Memory items scanned : 717
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 519
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 19037
File threats detected : 1

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\Users\NBS\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\nbs@2o7[2].txt

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 02:01 PM

Yes this looks good.
Now you should Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "Ok". Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.
  • Click the "More Options" tab, then click the "Clean up" button under System Restore.
  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?"
  • Click Yes, then click Ok.
  • Click Yes again when prompted with "Are you sure you want to perform these actions?"
  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.
Vista Users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point and Disk Cleanup.
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