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Harddisk loosing space plus multiple iexplorer.exe running


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#1 mhibsaleem

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 01:26 AM

Hi,

yesterday as i was usng my PC i noticed that i have suddenly lost 10 GB of my hard disk space. after a bit of investigation i found a file called treestate.dat was created in my real player folder with that size. i deleted the file and gained the space back. However this morning i noticed that i have lost some more space again. i tries searcing for viruses but nothing was detected. I also noticed that i had multiple ( iexplorer.exe , note: im running IE8 ) applications running at the same time which from my previous knowledge is almost always a virus. now i actually managed to delete some files that were created and have space back but i still need to know what happened.

can anyone help please

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 06:06 AM

Just a note, i am back to loosing space an i am not sure what to do. i doubt the iexplorer issue have anything to do with it but i am not sure ... just wated to mention it anyway

Just a note, i am back to loosing space an i am not sure what to do. i doubt the iexplorer issue have anything to do with it but i am not sure ... just wated to mention it anyway

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 09:20 AM

You have posted in a forum meant for interpreting DDS / HJT logs
Since no logs are present I'm moving you to Am I Infected?


The process of cleaning your computer may require you to temporarily disable some security programs. If you are using SpyBot Search and Destroy, please refer to Note 2 at the bottom of this page.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
alternate download link 1
alternate download link 2
  • 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.
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.

Note 2:
-- MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you're using other security programs that detect registry changes (like Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere with the fix or alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please disable such programs until disinfection is complete or permit them to allow the changes. To disable these programs, please view this topic: How To Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus, Firewall And Anti-malware Programs
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Then run ATF and SAS

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".

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SAS,may take a long time to scan
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.

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#4 mhibsaleem

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 05:06 PM

i am currently away from the PC. i will follow the instructions and send the results through.

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 08:30 AM

Hi,
Just finished doing all what was requested of me. intrestingly enough when i statred doing it i watched as my hard drive space dropped from 10.5 to 9.4 GB then suddnly climbed back to 10.5 GB !!! and when i run the system on safemde the value was 11.4GB which is what i would expect it to be around... i am really starting to think its more a system problem than a virus. anyways attached are the logs. i hope they answer some questions.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.39
Database version: 2534
Windows 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2

31/07/2009 8:18:51 p.m.
mbam-log-2009-07-31 (20-18-51).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 83282
Time elapsed: 9 minute(s), 3 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 07/31/2009 at 10:38 PM

Application Version : 4.27.1000

Core Rules Database Version : 4030
Trace Rules Database Version: 1970

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 01:43:56

Memory items scanned : 300
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 7808
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 148806
File threats detected : 109

Browser Hijacker.Favorites
C:\USERS\MUSAAB\APPDATA\LOCAL\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\TEMPORARY INTERNET FILES\VIRTUALIZED\C\PROGRAMDATA\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\START MENU\SECURITY TROUBLESHOOTING.URL

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@accounts.pkr[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@ad.bodybuilding[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@ad.yieldmanager[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@adinterax[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@adprotraffic[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@ads.adgoto[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@ads.apn.co[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@ads.asp[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@ads.audxch[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@ads.bleepingcomputer[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@ads.bnmedia[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@ads.cnn[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@ads.contactmusic[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@ads.footballmedia[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@ads.funadvice[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@ads.madisonavenue[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@ads.ozonemedia.co[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@ads.techguy[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@ads.us.e-planning[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@advertising[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@at.atwola[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@atdmt[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@bs.serving-sys[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@chitika[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@chitika[3].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@click.tvprocessing[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@clicksor[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@collective-media[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@collective-media[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@doubleclick[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@euroclick[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@ext-us.bestofmedia[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@interclick[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@kontera[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@media.sensis.com[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@media.smh.com[1].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@mediaplex[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@revsci[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@richbanner[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@rts.pgmediaserve[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@sensismediasmart.com[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@serving-sys[2].txt
C:\Users\Musaab\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\musaab@serw.clicksor[1].txt

#6 garmanma

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 07:37 PM

i am really starting to think its more a system problem than a virus.

Logs look clean there's one issue I have to look up
Here's a little program that lets you see what's going on with your hard drive

http://download.cnet.com/WinDirStat/3000-2...4-10614593.html
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Posted 01 August 2009 - 08:00 AM

Hi
I will run it. i discovered that the space i lost was due to system recovery points being created. I am still not sure though why i get different hard disk space values between Safemode and the regular mode ( 11.4 against 10 ). also i am still concerned that i have two iexplorer.exe running when i open internet explorer rather than one. or is that just a function of IE 8? thanks for your help.




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