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Registry and Task Manager-Sality Virus

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#1 Shahid Shaikh

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 10:13 PM

The symptoms of the virus are as follows:
1). "Task manager has been disabled by administrator". When ever I change its settings in "gpedit.msc" it changes back to the same after some time.
2). "Registry editor has been disabled by administrator". It is also the same as the task manager thing.
3). Folder options- When I check "Show Hidden" files options in folder options; it changes to "DO NOT show hidden files" Again when i click OK
4). When I insert a removable media it copies some hidden system files and some cmd files shortcut.(I saw it in some other computer). The file is psxury.exe, it either has a notepad icon or minesweeper icon.

Some of the processes running which i suspect are notepad.exe and the minesweper executable and more over there are some files which open with different name every time for eg w98846.exe it changes its name every time.
I cant boot into safe mode i tried it.
Using RRT tool is no use it changes back to the same after some time. Folder options is there we can choose show hidden files but when we click OK it changes back to same.
It does not allow to install AVG it deletes some certificates.
There are some files in system32 folder like tskkill.exe, taskmankill, taskkill.exe....etc.
NOTE- This virus has spread over my whole network. Even though i have a small one. I has affected 10 desktops and 2 laptops

If you happen to know the viruses name please tell that also if you dont just tell me the solution

I have tried all sorts of stuffs.
I would appreciate, If you tell me NOT to format. Because if it was to format I would not post a question here.

I Think it is a Sality Virus because when the infected computer copied a file psxury.exe to flash drive and connected the infected flash drive to PC with virus protection it detected a sality virus.

The file that is affected is notepad.exe and minesweeper executable.

Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 11:33 PM

I'm not sure what the virus name is. Try running this scan. You can copy it over from another computer on a CD or pen drive if you need to. If you cannot boot into Safe Mode just run the scan in Normal Mode.

Please download DrWeb-CureIt and save it to your desktop. DO NOT perform a scan 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 Dr.Web CureIt as follows:
  • Double-click on drweb-cureit.exe to open the program and click Start. (There is no need to update if you just downloaded the most current version
  • Read the Virus check by DrWeb scanner prompt and click Ok where asked to Start scan now? Allow the setup.exe to load if asked by any of your security programs.
  • The Express scan will automatically begin.
    (This is a short scan of files currently running in memory, boot sectors, and targeted folders).
  • If prompted to dowload the Full version Free Trial, ignore and click the X to close the window.
  • If an infected object is found, you will be prompted to move anything that cannot be cured. Click Yes to All.
  • When complete, click Select All, then choose Cure > Move incurable.
    (This will move any detected files to the C:\Documents and Settings\userprofile\DoctorWeb\Quarantine folder if they can't be cured)
  • Now put a check next to Complete scan to scan all local disks and removable media.
  • In the top menu, click Settings > Change settings, and UNcheck "Heuristic analysis" under the "Scanning" tab, then click Ok.
  • Back at the main window, click the green arrow "Start Scanning" button on the right under the Dr.Web logo.
  • When the scan is complete, a message will be displayed at the bottom indicating if any viruses were found.
  • Click "Yes to all" if asked to cure or move the file(s) and select "Move incurable".
  • In the top menu, click file and choose save report list.
  • Save the DrWeb.csv report to your desktop.
  • Exit Dr.Web Cureit when done.
  • Important! Reboot your computer because it could be possible that files in use will be moved/deleted during reboot.
  • After reboot, post the contents of the log from Dr.Web in your next reply. (You can use Notepad to open the DrWeb.cvs report)

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