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Multiple infection renders XP machine useless

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#1 CaptainOblivious


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Posted 17 March 2009 - 08:36 PM

I cannot for the life of me pin this down.. Anybody care to have a look?

-Initial Antivirus360 infection, which has since been removed.
-Immediately following removal of av360, Windows Update fails and select programs (specifically targeted?) will load but not operate. These problems did not occur prior to av360 removal.
-An instance of iexplore.exe runs whenever explorer.exe loads, as evidenced by running explorer from cmd during safemode-prompt boot. There are no Internet Explorer browser windows, however.

I cannot run programs such as Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware (the program proper nor its installer), ComboFix, AVG8free, ATFcleaner, and Spybot S&D. Windows Defender installs and runs, but detects no problems.

Attached is my HijackThis log, but I recognize everything on it as legitimate.

As much as I dislike to, I am about to attempt a Windows XP Repair Install. I am not sure that would fix the issue, though.

And a question on my way out... Is this Antivirus360 thing spreading as fast as I think it is? I have been called out to attempt a fix for it for three separate and unrelated clients already. This is the fourth. Is it possibly evolving to account for the symptoms listed above?

I'll be around to answer any further questions.

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#2 CaptainOblivious

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 11:18 AM

WARNING: visitors to this site should not take my advice as golden. This is only my own experience in removing my own problem in my own topic.

This problem is fixed... It ended up being a rootkit - TDSS. RootRepeal.exe allowed me to track the sys file, back it up, and wipe it, and then Avenger gave a clean report. AVG scans this file as "Win32/Cryptor"

My programs and windows updates run once again, as does Malwarebytes which found several objects the rootkit downloaded, and successfully removed them.

This virus/rootkit is evolving to remove our avenues of recourse. So far, RootRepeal seems to be the best stepping stone to removing it in full.

I will be around to provide any further information requested of me by the staff.

Edited by CaptainOblivious, 24 March 2009 - 11:20 AM.

#3 KoanYorel


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Posted 24 March 2009 - 11:40 AM

Thanks for informing us what you did.
Good luck.

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