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PC Infected, edits userinit reg data at every restart/ Moved


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#1 aaaah

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:35 PM

(running windows xp 32, on hp/compaq laptop)

Hi, I managed to get drive by spyware/malware through firefox.

After starting my pc in safe mode I ran malware bytes, avg and SUPERanti spyware, these all found numerous errors and i fixed all the problems.

Upon restart therer are still numerous problems.

-No taskbar, have to task manager then run c:
-Constant ie explorer errors/error reports
-Creating an extra log on account, but i mangaed to prevent this now through a previous post on this forum... the major problem (below) still remains.

The scanners if run again remove these but.....

The virus seems to edit 'Userinit' registry entry. Instead of just 'C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe' it adds other dll files, such as janodewii.dll every restart adds a new bad .dll.

I have ran Hijack this and found the spyware/malware that apperas each time, but i cannot see what is causing these problems to start all over again on each reboot.

Any help at all? I can post whatever data needed. Thanks

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 02:17 AM

I am moving this topic from the XP forum to the more appropriate Am I Infected forum. ~ OB
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 06:07 AM

Let's see 3 logs, the ones from MBAM and SAS run in safe mode

and a new one run following these directions

I have included the SAS directions at the end for your benefit showing where the log file is.

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/


DO NOT SCAN YET WITH 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.
If you want help in this forum please don't post a HJT log as that closes this thread and wastes our time

Edited by DaChew, 14 March 2009 - 06:09 AM.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 11:49 AM

Thanks for the help, I have the Malware Bytes and the Super anti sypware logs (below), but don't understand what the third log you want is?

Booted normally fine, and now seems to be running perfectly, although user init now reads 'C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,C:\WINDOWS\system32\ndetect.exe,C:\WINDOWS\system32\idaw64.exe,C:\WINDOWS\system32\vmware-ufad.exe,C:\WINDOWS\system32\windres.exe,'

Logs below

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.34
Database version: 1848
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

14/03/2009 15:28:00
mbam-log-2009-03-14 (15-28-00).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 69897
Time elapsed: 2 minute(s), 42 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 1
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 3
Registry Values Infected: 1
Registry Data Items Infected: 2
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 11

Memory Processes Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\reader_s.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> Unloaded process successfully.

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Services\protect (Trojan.NtRootkit.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\protect (Trojan.NtRootkit.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\restore (Rootkit.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\reader_s (Trojan.FakeAlert.H) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit (Trojan.Agent) -> Data: c:\windows\system32\vmware-ufad.exe -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit (Trojan.Agent) -> Data: system32\vmware-ufad.exe -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\reader_s.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert.H) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\protect.sys (Trojan.NtRootkit.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Lewis\Local Settings\Temp\__E0.tmp (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\vmware-ufad.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\3.tmp (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\4.tmp (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\5.tmp (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\6.tmp (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\7.tmp (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\8.tmp (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Lewis\reader_s.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.







and








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

Generated 03/14/2009 at 04:33 PM

Application Version : 4.25.1014

Core Rules Database Version : 3795
Trace Rules Database Version: 1751

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:48:14

Memory items scanned : 279
Memory threats detected : 1
Registry items scanned : 6430
Registry threats detected : 8
File items scanned : 72176
File threats detected : 19

Trojan.Dropper/Sys-NV
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\READER_S.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\READER_S.EXE
[reader_s] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\READER_S.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMPROFILE\READER_S.EXE

Trojan.Agent/Gen-Reader_S
[reader_s] C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\LEWIS\READER_S.EXE
C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\LEWIS\READER_S.EXE
[reader_s] C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\LEWIS\READER_S.EXE

Rootkit.Protect
HKLM\System\ControlSet003\Services\protect
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\PROTECT.SYS
HKLM\System\ControlSet003\Enum\Root\LEGACY_protect
HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\protect
HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_protect

Rogue.XP AntiSpyware 2009
HKU\S-1-5-21-919764996-456011388-1746343245-1005\Control Panel\don't load#wscui.cpl [ No ]

Adware.Unknown Origin
C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\ZOMO\ZOMOD\CLASS-BARREL
C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\ZOMO\ZOMOD\VOCABULARY

Adware.Vundo/Variant-MSWorkerFake
C:\SYSTEM VOLUME INFORMATION\_RESTORE{3A579F61-82CF-4117-919A-DB7B394CD5BC}\RP604\A0080067.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\IDAW64.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\NDETECT.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\VMWARE-UFAD.EXE

Trojan.Agent/Gen-NumTemp
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\3.TMP
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\6.TMP
C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch\3.TMP-16DA30EA.pf

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Cookies\system@ad.yieldmanager[2].txt
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Cookies\system@adrevolver[2].txt
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Cookies\system@atdmt[2].txt
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Cookies\system@doubleclick[2].txt
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Cookies\system@media.adrevolver[1].txt
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Cookies\system@msnaccountservices.112.2o7[1].txt


Problem solved hopefully, thanks.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 12:59 PM

Definitely still infected, AVG fins 20 or so threats which it can't remove, and constant ie explorer error reports.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 04:07 PM

I am afraid i have some very bad news, one of the developers at MBAM in response to a question I posted some time ago said, in every case where he's seen reader_s.exe , the infection was the newer variant of Virut

It's incurable.

You have to reload with a clean install, and about the only data you can save are pictures

Your System is infected with Virut!!
Virut is a file infecting virus which is able to modify itself each and every time it runs. In addition, when it infects, sometimes it will destroy the file it tries to latch onto.
For these reasons, you really can't truly fix Virut. You will need to format/reinstall the operating system on this machine.

More information:
http://free.avg.com/66558

There are bugs in the viral code. When the virus produces infected files, it also creates non-functional files that also contain the virus.


http://home.mcafee.com/VirusInfo/VirusProf...aspx?key=143034

W32/Virut.h is a polymorphic, entry point obscuring (EPO) file infector with IRC bot functionality. It can accept commands to download other malware on the compromised machine.
It appends to the end of the last section of executable (PE) files an encrypted copy of its code. The decryptor is polymorphic and can be located either:
Immediately before the encrypted code at the end of the last section
At the end of the code section of the infected host in 'slack-space' (assuming there is any)
At the original entry point of the host (overwriting the original host code)


Miekiemoes, one of our team members here and an MS-MVP, additionally has a blog post about Virut.
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:36 AM

Oh, that's annoying. I will clean install later.

One question I've read those blogs but could you perhaps explain why this 'about the only data you can save are pictures' is the case?
Can files such as music/video or ms office documents be saved?

Thank You for your help.

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:46 AM

Video and music can be infected by other malware but usually only executes with windows media player taking you to a bad website for a hoax driver/codec/player

The important principle here is virut will infect any .exe or scr or html it sees

One user I helped had formatted and reinstalled windows, he immediately reinfected his machine with a saved installer from his data drive. After finding out what he was infected with(virut) he formated the data drive and the system one.

The longer you stay booted and on the internet, the more chance you will infect other computers thru shares
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:51 AM

Thanks for the quick reply.

So obviously it is not safe to back up any exe or scr or html, or zip files.

But plain data files such as .mp3 etc?

(also am on different PC and network currently)

Edited by aaaah, 15 March 2009 - 10:54 AM.


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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:59 AM

Instructions on Using Knoppix to Backup Files/Folders

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...t&p=1144158
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 01:09 PM

Ignore, managed to begin system recovery, thank you for all your help.

Edited by aaaah, 15 March 2009 - 01:17 PM.


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Posted 15 March 2009 - 02:22 PM

Good Luck
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 04:02 PM

Haha thanks.
Of course PC still isn't working.

Computer has been reformatted but now XP won't start.

Just get Compaq start screen then XP standard loading screen the loading bar animation runs a few times then computer seemingly restarts and goes back to compaq start screen-then windows xp-then restarts. And just keeps on looping like this.
Am i missing something obvious?

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 04:07 PM

It might have been trying to do a repair instead of a clean install

I have seen virut infect reinstall files on a hidden partition
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Posted 16 March 2009 - 08:02 AM

After turning off the automatic reboot i get this error message

'c000021a fatal system error'

Any ideas what I can do? Should I be asking somewhere else?

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