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#1 mstieler

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 12:20 PM

I had an odd situation happen yesterday: browsing a site, and I got a "Security Center" warning (though given what happened, I'm willing to believe it), and my computer restarted. When it came back up (took two tries), I tried to boot into safe mode; unfortunately, I couldn't get to the proper screen to do so, as the Compaq one popped up first, so I'm not sure if the screen I saw afterwards was what it was supposed to be (some sort of Compaq safe mode?), and now, when I'm searching Google (also tried Yahoo, though searches "Enhanced by Google" work fine), it redirects me to another search site.

Can someone help me with this?
Edit: Running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
Edit 2: I also seem to be getting "pseudo popups" (i.e. webpages opening a new tab) on sites that have never had them before. They're somewhat infrequent, but still annoying.

Edited by mstieler, 12 August 2009 - 02:18 AM.


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Posted 12 August 2009 - 06:24 PM

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
alternate download link 1
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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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#3 mstieler

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 09:54 PM

So far, no luck. I tried the main download, but the .exe wouldn't load. But I ran the one from MajorGeeks, and it installed more or less fine, though on the last step, it hangs for a bit before bringing up the "Update & Launch" prompts.

However, afterwards, nothing happens. I get the little hourglass next to the cursor, then it goes away without MBAM loading. I tired downloading the update separately, then running it, and it ran without issue, but still to no avail.

My initial install of MBAM I had WinPatrol running, though after it asked me if I wanted to allow MBAM access, I turned WinPatrol off. I had hoped this was why it wasn't working properly. However, when it wasn't loading, I uninstalled MBAM, and it asked me to restart my computer. I did so, though it hung on WinXP's "shut-down blue screen". When I manually powered down (via the power button) then restarted, it hung on the "startup blue screen", so I manually powered down again, and restarted. This time, when I went to install MBAM, I turned WinPatrol off ahead of time, hoping this was the issue.

Unfortunately, I'm still in the same boat.

Also, and update on issues: the "random tab, pseudo popup" takes me to "online555casino.com", and I've been experiencing odd issues apparently caused through IE as well. I awoke today to hear some ad playing on my computer (I keep it running with the monitor off most of the time), so when I turned the monitor on, I expected to see some webpage pulled up by this Malware. There was no window, nothing through the Applications tab of Windows Task Manager, though on the Processes tab, there was an entry for iexplore.exe, which I thought to be very odd, as I very infrequently use IE; I ended the process.
I also noted when I was checking out WTM to write this that iexplore.exe was up in the processes again. Odd.

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 10:00 PM

Rename this file:

C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe

to this:

winlogon.exe

Then double-click the renamed file and see if it will run.
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Posted 14 August 2009 - 03:26 AM

That worked. I'll have to leave it running as I'm headed to work, but I'll add the log when I get back to my computer.

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 08:01 AM

Logfile:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.40
Database version: 2620
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

8/15/2009 8:44:13 AM
mbam-log-2009-08-15 (08-44-13).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 177455
Time elapsed: 12 minute(s), 37 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 2
Registry Keys Infected: 3
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 2
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 14

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\Compaq_Administrator\Local Settings\Temp\54135kou.dll (Spyware.OnlineGames) -> Delete on reboot.
\\?\globalroot\systemroot\system32\UACltoitndriv.dll (Trojan.TDSS) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Trymedia Systems (Adware.Trymedia) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\net (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\UAC (Rootkit.Trace) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\AntiVirusDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\FirewallDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\Compaq_Administrator\Local Settings\Temp\54135kou.dll (Spyware.OnlineGames) -> Delete on reboot.
\\?\globalroot\systemroot\system32\UACltoitndriv.dll (Trojan.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\net.net (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Compaq_Administrator\Local Settings\Temp\53153kou.dll (Spyware.OnlineGames) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Compaq_Administrator\Local Settings\Temp\ncwaemoxsr.tmp (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Compaq_Administrator\Local Settings\Temp\orecwsxnam.tmp (Trojan.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Compaq_Administrator\Local Settings\Temp\ufptqsntnx.tmp (Trojan.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\uacinit.dll (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\Temp\win47D.tmp.exe (Heuristics.Malware) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\Temp\win489.tmp.exe (Heuristics.Malware) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\Temp\win502F.tmp.exe (Heuristics.Malware) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\Temp\win6052.tmp.exe (Heuristics.Malware) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\Temp\win65BE.tmp.exe (Heuristics.Malware) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\Temp\win701F.tmp.exe (Heuristics.Malware) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.



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Posted 15 August 2009 - 04:19 PM

Reboot. Update Malwarebytes, run another quick-scan and post the new log.
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Posted 15 August 2009 - 07:18 PM

Stupid me. I didn't notice the "update" bit, so I just rebooted & scanned. After that one finished (even though it asked me to reboot) I updated and scanned again. Sorry for the confusion.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.40
Database version: 2620
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

8/15/2009 7:44:21 PM
mbam-log-2009-08-15 (19-44-21).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 180369
Time elapsed: 14 minute(s), 41 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 1
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:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\UAC (Rootkit.Trace) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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\uacinit.dll (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.40
Database version: 2631
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

8/15/2009 7:56:36 PM
mbam-log-2009-08-15 (19-56-36).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 180816
Time elapsed: 10 minute(s), 54 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\uacinit.dll (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.



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Posted 16 August 2009 - 03:04 AM

We Need to check for Rootkits with RootRepeal
  • Download RootRepeal from the following location and save it to your desktop.
  • Extract RootRepeal.exe from the archive.
  • Open Posted Image on your desktop.
  • Click the Posted Image tab.
  • Click the Posted Image button.
  • Check only the Files box: Posted Image
  • Push Ok
  • Check the box for your main system drive (Usually C:), and press Ok.
  • Allow RootRepeal to run a scan of your system. This may take some time.
  • Once the scan completes, push the Posted Image button. Save the log to your desktop, using a distinctive name, such as RootRepeal.txt. Include this report in your next reply, please.

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 07:25 AM

Well, my fix for this may take a couple of weeks, as I'm heading out of state on work business. So, mods, please don't lock this for lack of responses. I come back on the 31st, and will attempt your fix then.

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 04:09 PM

When you get back please send me a private message to remind me to check back on this thread.
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Posted 31 August 2009 - 11:12 PM

ROOTREPEAL © AD, 2007-2009
==================================================
Scan Start Time: 2009/08/31 22:03
Program Version: Version 1.3.5.0
Windows Version: Windows XP Media Center Edition SP3
==================================================

Hidden/Locked Files
-------------------
Path: Volume C:\
Status: MBR Rootkit Detected!

Path: Volume C:\, Sector 30
Status: Sector mismatch

Path: Volume C:\, Sector 32
Status: Sector mismatch

Path: Volume C:\, Sector 53
Status: Sector mismatch

Path: Volume C:\, Sector 61
Status: Sector mismatch

Path: Volume C:\, Sector 62
Status: Sector mismatch

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

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

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

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

Path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\UACqneerrpmny.dat
Status: Invisible to the Windows API!

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

Path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\UACxustoteyit.db
Status: Invisible to the Windows API!

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

Path: C:\WINDOWS\Temp\UAC24b6.tmp
Status: Invisible to the Windows API!

Path: C:\WINDOWS\Temp\UAC5d6d.tmp
Status: Invisible to the Windows API!

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

Path: C:\Documents and Settings\Compaq_Administrator\Local Settings\Temp\UAC61e3.tmp
Status: Invisible to the Windows API!

==EOF==



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Posted 31 August 2009 - 11:19 PM

Rerun Rootrepeal. After the scan completes, go to the files tab and find this file:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\UACirjyhuddpf.sys

Then use your mouse to highlight it in the Rootrepeal window.
Next right mouse click on it and select *wipe file* option only.
Then immediately reboot the computer.

Then run a quick-scan with Malwarebytes. Keep rebooting and running quick-scans with Malwarebytes until it shows zero infections. If after 3 scans it is still not clean post the final log.
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 10:51 PM

Looks like I'm set. I did as you said, and after the 2nd restart, I scanned and got no infections. I then opened Firefox (thinking there may have been something buried in it that would trigger off opening), and preformed another scan, again with zero infections.

Thanks, Budapest!

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 10:57 PM

Looks good. Run this scan as a double-check.

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop. alternate download link DO NOT use yet.
Please download and install 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 and unzip into the program's folder.)
  • Under the "Configuration and Preferences", 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".

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".

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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