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#1 nizzy

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 01:38 PM

Hi for the past few days I have had AVG 8.5 finding a tracking cookie called atdmt.com in roaming part of my computer (sorry not good with tech terms!)

I googled it and its got a mixed review and I dont think it is as harmless as it seems, I scanned with superantispyware and it flagged it as did adaware which called it adware.
both these and AVG "removed" it and I blocked it in my FF3 browser and my IE browser but it keeps on coming back!

Even when I scan using adaware or superantispyware resident shield pops up and informs me that its found it again and i heal or move it to the vault and delete it, but it comes back time and time again.
Also sometimes opening another file like MSN or Ccleaner res shield pops up.
I have scanned a few times in safe mode and it finds nothing, I have no clue how to get rid of it.
Plus I cant seem to access or indeed find the file that it is supposed to be in.

Can anyone help?

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 02:33 PM

Hi did ypu run SUPER from safe mode?

Also run this please.
If you have Spybot installed temporarily disable it.
Next run ATF:
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".

Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):

NOTE: Before saving MBAM please rename it to zztoy.exe....now save it to your desktop.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
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alternate download link 2

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. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.
  • 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 definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
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. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.
  • Exit MBAM when done.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be asked to reboot your computer so MBAM can proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.
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Posted 26 June 2009 - 04:05 PM

Hi thanks for the reply, yep I did run SUPER in safe mode in the admin too, I scan with MBAM every week and that found nothing as well a few days ago, I have had it installed for months now, will I uninstall it and reinstall it as you asked under the new name or just do ATF cleaner?
Also how do I disable spybot?

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 05:42 PM

OK you do update them at least weekly too. I actusllly meant disable Spybot S&D's "TeaTimer"
TeaTimer works by preventing ANY changes to the system. It will attempt to undo any fixes we run, because it blocks these fixes from running.

In order to safeguard your system from problems that can be brought on by a half finished fix, we need to disable TeaTimer. We can reenable it when we're done if you like.
  • Open SpyBot Search and Destroy by going to Start -> All Programs -> Spybot Search and Destroy -> Spybot Search and Destroy.
  • If prompted with a legal dialog, accept the warning.
  • Click Posted Image and then on "Advanced Mode"
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  • You may be presented with a warning dialog. If so, press Posted Image
  • Click on Posted Image
  • Click on Posted Image
  • Uncheck this checkbox:
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  • Close/Exit Spybot Search and Destroy

Edited by boopme, 26 June 2009 - 05:43 PM.

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 06:44 PM

I downloaded ATF Cleaner but cannot see where it says save to desk top, how do I do this?

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 07:14 PM

Just click on the link and click run
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Posted 26 June 2009 - 07:28 PM

Ok I ran it and am now re scanning with avg to check if it has gone!
MBAM before found nothing again!

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 08:34 PM

nope it is still there!
avg did not find it after the scan but when I rebooted and opened ccleaner to check resident shield popped up and gave me a warning as it was in there!
It seems to rebuild its self on start up or over time or if you scan :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 08:57 PM

Show hidden files and then update and rescan with MBAM.

Close all programs so that you are at your desktop.
Double-click on the My Computer icon.
Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
After the new window appears select the View tab.
Put a checkmark in the checkbox labeled Display the contents of system folders.
Under the Hidden files and folders section select the radio button labeled Show hidden files and folders.
Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide file extensions for known file types.
Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide protected operating system files.
Press the Apply button and then the OK button and shutdown My Computer.
Now your computer is configured to show all hidden files.

Then check for it agaian.

Edited by boopme, 26 June 2009 - 08:58 PM.

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Posted 27 June 2009 - 12:09 AM

I was curious about this atdmt.com thing since it seems to keep coming back so I checked out a few things. It seems it resides in the temp folder (not the temp internet files or cookies folder, although it can sometimes be found there too) of the user name and SpywareBlaster is suppose to block it as it is in the list of restricted sites in that program.

Just thought I would offer that tidbit of info in case it could be helpful in deleting it and stopping it from coming back.

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Posted 27 June 2009 - 11:34 AM

Show hidden files and then update and rescan with MBAM.

Close all programs so that you are at your desktop.
Double-click on the My Computer icon.
Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
After the new window appears select the View tab.
Put a checkmark in the checkbox labeled Display the contents of system folders.
Under the Hidden files and folders section select the radio button labeled Show hidden files and folders.
Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide file extensions for known file types.
Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide protected operating system files.
Press the Apply button and then the OK button and shutdown My Computer.
Now your computer is configured to show all hidden files.

Then check for it agaian.



I unclicked the check boxes and ran MBAM as admin again but it found nothing, and again as MBAM was scanning resident shield from AVG popped up and found atdmt again so i placed it in the virus vault again :thumbsup:
also I have noticed that Ccleaner finds it, but it doesnt delete it, when you check what cookies it finds it shows atdmt.com but when you delete them it is not in the list.

@stang777 I have thought about adding it to maybe a host file so it wouldnt come back but not sure if that would work as I have already blocked it in FF3 and in IE and yet it still persists.

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Posted 27 June 2009 - 04:34 PM

I have found by looking in my regedit in run that its part of my "MSN Live" as seen here I think
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does that mean if I delete it for good that my MSN will not work or that my MSN is infected? :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 June 2009 - 04:55 PM

A suggestion has been made that involves modifying the registry. Modifying the registry can be dangerous (and can render your system unbootable) so it's advisable that you make a backup of the registry before proceeding.
Modification of the registry can be EXTREMELY dangerous if you do not know exactly what you are doing so follow the steps that are listed below EXACTLY. if you cannot perform some of these steps or if you have ANY questions please ask BEFORE proceeding.

Backing Up Your Registry
  • Go Here and download ERUNT
    (ERUNT (Emergency Recovery Utility NT) is a free program that allows you to keep a complete backup of your registry and restore it when needed.)
  • Install ERUNT by following the prompts
    (use the default install settings but say no to the portion that asks you to add ERUNT to the start-up folder, if you like you can enable this option later)
  • Start ERUNT
    (either by double clicking on the desktop icon or choosing to start the program at the end of the setup)
  • Choose a location for the backup
    (the default location is C:\WINDOWS\ERDNT which is acceptable).
  • Make sure that at least the first two check boxes are ticked
  • Press OK
  • Press YES to create the folder.
Registry Modifications

For more information about modifying the registry, see this Microsoft article: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/256986


If your comfortable in the registry look for these.
Click start menu >>select run >> type regedit in search box
click on my computer to highlight it
on the menu at top of page click edit
scroll down to find and click it
type atlassolutions in the search box
in the menu that appears you will see a folder named atlassolutions.com
click on this and the values show up on the right side of the page
double click on each value shown and delete the values that show up in the box that comes up
when you finish this go back to the folder atlassolutions in the left column right click on it and select delete.

you will also see a folder above it named atdmt/deleted its values in the same manner and then delete the atdmt folder.
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Posted 27 June 2009 - 05:00 PM

I couldnt find atlassolutions in the regedit, I found atdmt by just searching atdmt.

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Posted 27 June 2009 - 06:37 PM

OK, Remove that
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