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#1 bjwill

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:46 PM

Recently my INternet explorere has been redirecting me when I try select websites from a google search. I downloaded Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and ran the quick scan after renaming the .exe file (saw this advice on a similar site that referred to BleepingComputer). Below is the most recent log. Each time I try to remove the file and reboot, it does not remove the file. What should I do?

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.40
Database version: 2551
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

8/5/2009 10:09:22 PM
mbam-log-2009-08-05 (22-09-22).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 106107
Time elapsed: 7 minute(s), 11 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: 1

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:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ESQULzcounter (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 11:45 PM

Since the log above is an MBAM log, I am shifting this topic from the specialized HiJack This forum to the Am I Infected forum.

==>PLEASE DO NOT NOW POST OTHER LOGS<== unless a log is specifically requested.
Help us help you. If HelpBot replies, you MUST follow step 1 in its reply so we know you need help.

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 12:25 AM

Please download RootRepeal.zip and save it to your Desktop.
alternate download link 1
alternate download link 2
  • Unzip the file on your Desktop or create a new folder on the hard drive called RootRepeal (C:\RootRepeal) and extract it there.
    (click here if you're not sure how to do this. Vista users refer to these instructions.)
  • Disconnect from the Internet as your system will be unprotected while using this tool.
  • Close all programs and temporarily disable your anti-virus, Firewall and any anti-malware real-time protection before performing a scan.
    This will ensure more accurate results and avoid common issues that may cause false detections.
  • Click this link to see a list of such programs and how to disable them.
  • Open the RootRepeal folder and double-click on RootRepeal.exe to launch it. If using Vista, right-click and Run as Administrator...
  • Click on the Files tab at the bottom of the window, then click the Scan button.
  • In the Select Drives, dialog Please select drives to scan: select your main drive(usually C), then click OK.
  • When the scan has completed, a list of files will be generated in the RootRepeal window.
  • Click on the Save Report button and save it as rootrepeal.txt to your desktop.
  • A copy of the report with the date (i.e. RootRepeal report 07-30-09 (17-35-54).txt) is also saved to the root of your system drive (usually C:\).
  • Open rootrepeal.txt in Notepad and copy/paste its contents in your next reply.
  • Exit RootRepeal and be sure to re-enable your anti-virus, Firewall and any other security programs you had disabled.
Note: If RootRepeal cannot complete a scan and results in a crash report, try repeating the scan in "safe mode".

Edited by DaChew, 07 August 2009 - 12:26 AM.

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 07:16 PM

Here's the log:

ROOTREPEAL © AD, 2007-2009
==================================================
Scan Start Time: 2009/08/07 18:13
Program Version: Version 1.3.3.0
Windows Version: Windows XP SP3
==================================================

Hidden/Locked Files
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Path: C:\hiberfil.sys
Status: Locked to the Windows API!

Path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\ESQULmjyodhvrjkcpuyxxvkmxgnxdrblxbxte.dll
Status: Invisible to the Windows API!

Path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\ESQULtswjuyybpfaigkoqphnhtiqtdfwanncj.dll
Status: Invisible to the Windows API!

Path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\ESQULzcounter
Status: Invisible to the Windows API!

Path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\ESQULbntqjcdlsunasmlrnrqmqstduefnlijg.sys
Status: Invisible to the Windows API!

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 07:56 PM

Run the file scan with rootrepeal again, Highlight this line

Path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\ESQULbntqjcdlsunasmlrnrqmqstduefnlijg.sys
Status: Invisible to the Windows API!


Rightclick and choose Wipe File

Restart/reboot your computer and run a quick scan with MBAM
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#6 bjwill

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 12:35 AM

OK "Chewy". I ran the scan, wiped the file, ran MBAM which this time found all 4 files that RootRepeal found and was able to quarantine them. After reboot I ran MBAM again and it found nothing. :thumbsup:

Anything else?

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 06:21 AM

Mother hen stuff?

Just to doublecheck?

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".

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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#8 bjwill

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 03:17 PM

OK..here we go:

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 08/08/2009 at 02:00 PM

Application Version : 4.27.1002

Core Rules Database Version : 4046
Trace Rules Database Version: 1986

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 02:45:04

Memory items scanned : 247
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 7327
Registry threats detected : 2
File items scanned : 86885
File threats detected : 5

Trojan.Unknown Origin
HKU\.DEFAULT\Software\ColdWare
HKU\S-1-5-18\Software\ColdWare

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Cookies\system@ads.mediamayhemcorp[2].txt
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Cookies\system@adserver.adtechus[1].txt
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Cookies\system@bannersulike[1].txt
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Cookies\system@clicksor[2].txt
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Cookies\system@myroitracking[1].txt

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 03:48 PM

Now a complete scan with MBAM
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Posted 08 August 2009 - 08:13 PM

Here's the full scan results:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.40
Database version: 2568
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

8/8/2009 7:06:37 PM
mbam-log-2009-08-08 (19-06-37).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 198997
Time elapsed: 1 hour(s), 4 minute(s), 53 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: 2

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:
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{28192166-DCD0-4901-AD1A-CB57DD193595}\RP401\A0045123.dll (Trojan.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{28192166-DCD0-4901-AD1A-CB57DD193595}\RP401\A0045124.dll (Trojan.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 09:20 PM

Now you should Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been backed up, renamed and saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "Ok". Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.
  • Click the "More Options" tab, then click the "Clean up" button under System Restore.
  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?"
  • Click Yes, then click Ok.
  • Click Yes again when prompted with "Are you sure you want to perform these actions?"
  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.
Vista Users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point and Disk Cleanup.
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Posted 08 August 2009 - 10:06 PM

Done...anything else?

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 10:15 PM

Do a regular disk cleanup, defrag and keep a close eye on the computer
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Posted 08 August 2009 - 10:23 PM

May the force be with you!! :thumbsup:




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