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#1 karpinski

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 04:56 PM

I believe I am infected with some virus. No matter what search engine I choose, Google, Yahoo, Bing I try to search for something. It brings up the sites I can go to. I select one of those sites and it redirects me to best offers.com, strike offers.com or some other site. I am runninf McAfee and PC Tools Spyware Doctor. When I use those to scan They don't seem to find or fix the issue. Please Help me. Not sure what to do next.

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 05:00 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 Quick 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 karpinski

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 05:27 PM

For some reason your link to the malwarebytes site/program will not come up. I get the following message.
Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage

Edited by karpinski, 16 August 2009 - 05:41 PM.


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Posted 16 August 2009 - 06:00 PM

Try these sites:

http://www.majorgeeks.com/Malwarebytes_Ant...ware_d5756.html

http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
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Posted 16 August 2009 - 06:09 PM

I tried each of those sites. I was able to get to the majorgeeks site. But, when I click the download button. After a few seconds I get the message below.

Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage

What you can try:
Diagnose Connection Problems

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 06:12 PM

ok, lets try RootRepeal.

Please install RootRepeal

Go HERE, and download RootRepeal.zip to your Desktop.
Tutorial with images ,if needed >> L@@K
Unzip that to your Desktop and then click RootRepeal.exe to open the scanner.

*Open the folder and double-click on RootRepeal.exe to launch it. If using Vista, right-click and Run as Administrator...
* Click on the FILES tab, then click the Scan button.
* In the Select Drives, dialog Please select drives to scan: select all drives showing, 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 or the same location where you ran the tool from.
* 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.

Please note: If Rootrepeal fails to run, try this step: Click Settings - Options. Set the Disk Access slider to High


Note 2: If RootRepeal cannot complete a scan and results in a crash report, try repeating the scan in "Safe Mode".
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Posted 16 August 2009 - 06:33 PM

ROOTREPEAL © AD, 2007-2009
==================================================
Scan Start Time: 2009/08/16 16:31
Program Version: Version 1.3.5.0
Windows Version: Windows XP Media Center Edition SP3
==================================================

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

Path: c:\windows\temp\sqlite_kjfbrt2hs3md2tt
Status: Allocation size mismatch (API: 4096, Raw: 0)

Path: c:\windows\temp\sqlite_e0z94tkzg0a8q05
Status: Allocation size mismatch (API: 4096, Raw: 0)

Path: c:\windows\temp\mcafee_ramypakkogjv39v
Status: Allocation size mismatch (API: 4096, Raw: 0)

Path: c:\documents and settings\office depot\local settings\temp\~dfac3e.tmp
Status: Allocation size mismatch (API: 16384, Raw: 0)

Path: c:\documents and settings\office depot\local settings\temp\~dfbf4e.tmp
Status: Allocation size mismatch (API: 131072, Raw: 16384)

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 06:36 PM

Hi, I've joined just to post this ( I'll post it inside any other threads so all others with the similar problem can see it )

I had this problem, started yesterday. After trying multiple AV's, and anti-malware solutions, I couldn't get rid of the virus ( known as the "skynet virus" )

After losing all hope today, I decided to try running an old program I once loved called "Hitman Pro". It used to be a simple macro/script that would download all the latest anti-spyware/malware programs. It would automatically update, run, and tweak them.

Now it seems to be a lone scanner. After running it, immediately several results popped up with postive viruses, all with "skynet" in their name. And all completely invisible to explorer ( rootkit ).

Give Hitmanpro a run:
http://www.surfright.nl/en

When isntalling it will say you need to purchase to remove the threats DISREGARD IT! You should see an option underneath to start a 30 day trial. Choose that, it will give you a free 30 days trial, and remove the skynet virus on next boot.

Problem solved!
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Posted 16 August 2009 - 06:36 PM

Its hiding and RootRepeals not seeing it. Lets try Sophos instead.

Please download Sophos Anti-rootkit& save it to your desktop.
Note: If using the vendor's download site you will be asked to register with MySophos so an email containing an activation link can be sent to your email address.

Credits to DaChew
Be sure to print out and read the User Manualand Release Notes
Double-click sar_15_sfx.exe to begin the installation, read the license agreement and click Accept.
Allow the default location of C:\Program Files\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Rootkit and click Install.
A message will appear "Sophos Anti-Rootkit was successfully installed. Click 'yes' to start it now". Click Yes.
Make sure the following are checked:
o Running processes
o Windows Registry
o Local Hard Drives

Click Start scan.
Sophos Anti-Rootkit will scan the selected areas and display any suspicious files in the upper panel.
When the scan is complete, a pop-up screen will appear with "Rootkit Scan Results". Click OK to continue.
Click on the suspicious file to display more information about it in the lower panel which also includes whether the item is recommended for removal.
o Files tagged as Removable: No are not marked for removal and cannot be removed.
o Files tagged as Removable: Yes (clean up recommended) are marked for removal by default.
o Files tagged as Removable: Yes (but clean up not recommended) are not marked for removal because Sophos did not recognize them. These files will require further investigation.
Select only items recommended for removal, then click "Clean up checked items". You will be asked to confirm, click Yes.
A pop up window will appear advising the cleanup will finish when you restart your computer. Click Restart Now.
After reboot, a dialog box displays the files you selected for removal and the action taken.
Click Empty list and then click Continue to re-scan your computer a second time to ensure everything was cleaned.
When done, go to Start > Run and type or copy/paste: %temp%\sarscan.log
This should open the log from the rootkit scan. Please post this log in your next reply. If you have a problem, you can find sarscan.log in C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Temp\.
Before performing an ARK scan it is recommended to do the following to ensure more accurate results and avoid common issues that may cause false detections.
Disconnect from the Internet or physically unplug you Internet cable connection.
Clean out your temporary files.
Close all open programs, scheduling/updating tasks and background processes that might activate during the scan including the screensaver.
Temporarily disable your anti-virus and real-time anti-spyware protection.
After starting the scan, do not use the computer until the scan has completed.
When finished, re-enable your anti-virus/anti-malware (or reboot) and then you can reconnect to the Internet.
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Posted 16 August 2009 - 06:39 PM

Please run Sophos before you take Cdlink's advise. Sophos will get Skynet out.
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Posted 16 August 2009 - 06:44 PM

Please run Sophos before you take Cdlink's advise. Sophos will get Skynet out.

Well it's whatever works for the OP ( Original Poster ), I'm just glad I got rid of the problem. ( I love that feeling you get when you remove such a problem )

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 06:46 PM

Again I click on the link, It takes me to majorgeeks.com. It will not let me access the down load. I again get the following message

Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage

What you can try:
Diagnose Connection Problems

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 06:47 PM

I'm just saying that because its not a tool that I am familiar with and Sophos is. Plus, we get a log back for a detailed view of the rootkit. Keep in mind, Skynet is not the only rootkit that can cause this problem. There are plenty others.
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Posted 16 August 2009 - 06:48 PM

Alright, its Dr. Web time.

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 16 August 2009 - 06:51 PM

I am getting the same message with this site as well

I was able to download http://www.majorgeeks.com/Sophos_Anti-Rootkit_d5238.html to a flashdrive from another computer and it is running now. I will send the log when it is completed

Edited by karpinski, 16 August 2009 - 07:12 PM.





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