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#1 Golden Dragonfly

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 05:52 PM

Alright, to start in the middle of the story, after playing Halo 2 Vista, I found 50 IE windows open to get money links, just some advertisements, and eating up CPU badly.

I suspect some type of virus, so I turned IE off (I only use firefox anyway). I did a full scan with NOD32 and didn't find anything significant, and as an advanced computer user, I'm stumped. It might have been someone pushing links through Halo 2, as Ive seen how venerable it is.
I did a HJT log, and didnt find anything for myself, and I'm considering to run a Combofix for a log.
I also have a NOD32 scan log, and I can't find anything strange either.

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I have Windows 7 build 7600 | NB ASUS | N90SV-X1 RTL

Halo 2 v. 1.0.0.11122
Live v. 3.0.86.0

I HATE dealing with Microsoft

Tell me what I should try to scan, and if I can prevent such Hacks/or remove the viruses.

Thanks a bunch.

Edited by Pandy, 07 August 2009 - 06:50 PM.


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Posted 07 August 2009 - 05:57 PM

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Lets take a look with Malwarebytes

Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from here:
Malwarebytes
Please rename the file BEFORE downloading to zztoy.exe instead of mbam-setup.exe

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.

Double Click zztoy.exe to install the application.
* Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Full Scan", then click Scan.
* The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
* When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.(See Extra Note)
* The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
* Copy&Paste the entire MBAM report (even if it does not find anything) in your next reply

Extra Note:
If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process, if asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately.


If Malwarebytes won't install or run

Some types of malware will disable MBAM and other security tools. If MBAM will not install, try renaming it. Right-click on the mbam-setup.exe file and change the .exe extension to .bat, .com, .pif, or .scr and then double-click on it to run.

If after installation, MBAM will not run, open the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder in Program Files, right-click on mbam.exe and change the .exe as noted above. Then double-click on it to run.
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#3 Golden Dragonfly

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 06:43 PM

Alright, but I don't think there's anything wrong with the NoActiveDesktopChanges key...
[codebox]
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.40
Database version: 2575
Windows 6.1.7600

8/7/2009 6:41:08 PM
mbam-log-2009-08-07 (18-41-08).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 155495
Time elapsed: 25 minute(s), 41 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 1
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:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoActiveDesktopChanges (Hijack.DisplayProperties) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)
[/codebox]

Edited by Golden Dragonfly, 07 August 2009 - 06:44 PM.


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Posted 07 August 2009 - 06:46 PM

Please run ATF and SAS:
Credits to Boopme

Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".

From your regular user account..
Download Attribune's ATF Cleaner and then SUPERAntiSpyware, Free Home Edition

Save both to desktop ..
DO NOT run yet.
Open SUPER from icon and install and Update it
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 yet.

Now reboot into Safe Mode: How to enter safe mode(XP)
Using the F8 Method
Restart your computer.
When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode.

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 or Opera browser click that browser 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.

NOW Scan with SUPER
Open from the desktop icon or the program Files list
On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
Perform a Complete scan. After scan,Verify they are all checked.
Click OK on the summary screen to quarantine all found items.
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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#5 Golden Dragonfly

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 06:54 PM

A little problem: I can't access http://www.atribune.org/ccount/click.php?id=1 , as Malwarebytes insists in a notification bubble: "Anti-Malware IP Protection: Infection detected: 89.149.227.36"

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 06:57 PM

Please just try to access just SuperAntiSpyware, and the ATF cleaner is unneeded then
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Posted 07 August 2009 - 08:09 PM

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
[url=http://www.superantispyware.com]http://www.superantispyware.com[/url]

Generated 08/07/2009 at 07:52 PM

Application Version : 4.27.1002

Core Rules Database Version : 4045
Trace Rules Database Version: 1985

Scan type	   : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:15:13

Memory items scanned	  : 317
Memory threats detected   : 0
Registry items scanned	: 5200
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned		: 21227
File threats detected	 : 12

Adware.Tracking Cookie
	C:\Users\*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\*@ad.yieldmanager[2].txt
	C:\Users\*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\*@casalemedia[2].txt
	C:\Users\*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\*@doubleclick[1].txt
	C:\Users\*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\*@revenue[1].txt
	C:\Users\*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\*@atdmt[1].txt
	C:\Users\*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\*@interclick[1].txt
	C:\Users\*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\*@ad.yieldmanager[2].txt
	C:\Users\*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\*@atdmt[2].txt
	C:\Users\*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\*@doubleclick[2].txt
	C:\Users\*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\*@fastclick[1].txt
	C:\Users\*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\*@msnportal.112.2o7[1].txt
	C:\Users\*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\*@revenue[2].txt

I really think this is a Halo 2 Vista security problem now.

Edited by Golden Dragonfly, 07 August 2009 - 08:11 PM.


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Posted 07 August 2009 - 08:17 PM

It may be, but lets get one last opinion to make sure that nothing is the problem:

Please download Dr. Web the free version & 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 launch.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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Posted 07 August 2009 - 08:39 PM

Safe mode doesn't work as expected, as my computer boots into partition 0,0 which happens to be the ASUSTek recovery partition, and I don't want to reinstall Vista :thumbsup:, and I don't want to remove my partition since the laptop didn't come with a recovery CD.

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 08:45 PM

Ok, then it must be the Halo 2 problem. Has there been any popups since?
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Posted 07 August 2009 - 09:01 PM

not one, but I'd like to inform Microsoft somehow if it is a Halo 2 problem, I don't want to be hacked while playing a game.

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 09:03 PM

You would have to check out Microsoft's Halo site for more information on that. It can be found here:

http://www.microsoft.com/games/halo/

and can be obtained by clicking on the support link
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Posted 09 August 2009 - 07:07 PM

Wait, I think I have found the issue, and it comes as part of this program: http://blog.allenthinks.com/news.php?readmore=63
I'm going to see if I can submit the file to ESET and Avira.

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 07:09 PM

Please submit the file. It will take about a week for them to analyze. And then let us know of the results so that other people may be able to learn from your experience
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