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Unable to access Microsoft or Anti-Virus Sites


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#1 Good Techie

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:36 PM

Hi,
I recently started doing volunteer IT work for a non-profit organization. They have a server running Windows 2003 Small Business Server SP2 with IE 6. I recently ran Windows Update on it and installed about 28 security patches. The server rebooted successfully and things seemed to running okay. About one month when by, when I discovered that I cannot run Windows update or get to any Microsoft or antivirus websites (McAfee, Symantec, AVG). I get "page cannot be displayed". I can get to other websites just fine. I downloaded/installed Spybot and ran a scan but all it found was some tracking cookies. I then downloaded/installed Clamav but I was unable to get to Clamav.net to get the latest definination files. I ran a scan and except for files that were in use, it came back clean. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 08:02 PM

An update to this problem -

I suspected it might be Conficker. I checked and I have KB958644 installed but I had download about 28 patches in January and didn't install them until 02/15. I think Conficker slipped in during that time period.

I downloaded the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool but it would not start on the server. I then downloaded the McAfee Stinger utility and it found Conficker in the Default User Temporary Internet File directory in a jpeg file. It removed it and I rebooted the server but I still cannot access any Microsoft or anti-virus websites. Any ideas? Thank a lot.

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 08:28 PM

I would like you to run one more tool.
Next run MBAM:
Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.36) 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.


Some types of malware will disable MBAM and other security tools. If MBAM will not install, try renaming it.

Before saving any of your security programs, rename them first. For example, before you save Malwarebytes', rename it to something like MBblah.exe and then click on Save and

save it to your desktop. Same thing after you install it. Before running it, rename the main executable file first
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Right-click on the mbam-setup.exe file and change the .exe extension to .bat, .com, .pif, or .scr and then double-click on it to run.

If after installation, MBAM will not run, open the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder in Program Files, right-click on mbam.exe and change the .exe as noted

above. Then double-click on it to run..


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Another work around is by not using the mouse to install it, Just use the arrow keys, tab, and enter keys.
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Open up command prompt, type in following commands:
XP >> click the Start menu at the lower-left of your computer's desktop and select "Run". Type cmd into the Run box and click "OK".
Vista >> click the Start menu at the lower-left of your computer's desktop and Type cmd in the search box.

regsvr32 mbamext.dll
regsvr32 ssubtmr6.dll
regsvr32 vbalsgrid6.ocx
regsvr32 zlib.dll

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If you cannot use the Internet,you will need access to another computer that has a connection.
From there save mbam-setup.exe to a flash,usb,jump drive or CD. Now transfer it to the infected machine, then install and run the program.
If you cannot transfer to or install on the infected machine, try running the setup (installation) file directly from the flash drive or CD by double-clicking on mbam-

setup.exe
so it will install on the hard drive.

Manually Downloading 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.

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Try this random renamer for MBAM
http://kixhelp.com/wr/files/mb/randmbam.exe
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Try using a System Retore Point prior to the date of infection. You may be able to update and run MBam. Note this did not remove the malware.
Windows XP System Restore Guide
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