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#1 Victoria1971

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 02:41 AM

Hi there,

I've been getting redirected to a site "premium-antivirus-scanv6(dot)com" which shows a video that looks like windows explorer looking at "my computer" and getting scanned. You know the routine... It happened three times today while surfing different sites: www.timescolonist.com is one, and I forget the other one, but my friend ran into the same thing tonight as well.

I've ran AVG and it didn't pick anything up, so I ran Hijack this just to make sure:

Can anyone see anything malicious, and has anyone run into this lately as well?
It seems to be happening on numerous sites....Sounds like the website maybe infected?

Thanks very much,
Victoria1971

Edited by quietman7, 17 August 2009 - 07:28 AM.


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Posted 17 August 2009 - 07:29 AM

I edited your topic to remove your HijackThis log as they are not permitted in topics outside the HJT forum. The HJT Team members are all volunteers who contribute to helping members as time permits but currently there is a backup and you may have to wait for assistance. Referrals are made to the HJT forum if we cannot resolve the issue here or the infection keeps returning and we need to use more powerful tools.

There was nothing of significant concern showing in your log. However, HijackThis only scans certain areas of your system/registry to help diagnose the presence of undetected malware in known hiding places. Lets do another anti-malware scan to see if we find anything else that HijackThis did not detect.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.40) and save it to your desktop.
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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.

-- If Malwarebytes Anti-Malware results in any error messages, please refer to Fixes for common problems and Error Codes. Some issues with errors can be related to malware infection but others are not.

-- Some types of malware will disable Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and other security tools. If MBAM will not install, try renaming it first.
  • Right-click on the mbam-setup.exe file file and rename it to mysetup.exe.
  • Double-click on mysetup.exe to start the installation.
  • If that did not work, then try renaming and changing the file extension. <- click this link if you do not see the file extension
  • Right-click on the mbam-setup.exe file, rename it to mysetup and change the .exe extension to .scr, .com, .pif, or .bat.
  • Then double-click on mysetup.scr (or whatever extension you renamed it) to begin installation.
If after installation, MBAM will not run, open the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder in Program Files.
  • Right-click on mbam.exe, rename it to myscan.exe.
  • Double-click on myscan.exe to launch the program.
  • If that did not work, then right-click on the file and rename it to winlogon.exe.
  • If that still did not work, then try renaming and change the .exe extension in the same way as noted above.
  • Double-click on myscan.scr (or whatever extension you renamed it) to launch the program.
If using Windows Vista, refer to How to Change a File Extension in Windows Vista.
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Posted 17 August 2009 - 02:14 PM

Here's the results:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.40
Database version: 2638
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

8/17/2009 12:11:39 PM
mbam-log-2009-08-17 (12-11-25).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|E:\|)
Objects scanned: 242265
Time elapsed: 11 hour(s), 14 minute(s), 36 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 3
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:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\AntiVirusDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> No action taken.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\FirewallDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> No action taken.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\UpdatesDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> No action taken.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\Lawrence L\Desktop\Downloads\gimp-2.4.0-i586-setup.exe (Rogue.Installer) -> No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Lawrence L\Desktop\Downloads\diagnose(2).exe (Rogue.Installer) -> No action taken.

I haven't removed anything yet, as it looked like it was a false positive. If I click remove selected what will it do to the disabled.security center setting?

Thanks again,
Victoria1971 :thumbsup:

Edited by Victoria1971, 17 August 2009 - 02:22 PM.


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Posted 17 August 2009 - 02:35 PM

Rescan again with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Quick Scan) in normal mode and check all items found for removal. Don't forgot to check for database definition updates through the program's interface (preferable method) before scanning and to reboot afterwards. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware. When done, click the Logs tab and copy/paste the contents of the new report in your next reply.

Your database shows 2638. Last I checked it was 2642.

Please download TFC by Old Timer and save it to your desktop.
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  • Save any unsaved work. TFC will close ALL open programs including your browser!
  • Double-click on TFC.exe to run it. If you are using Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator.
  • Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process and let it run uninterrupted to completion.
  • Important! If TFC prompts you to reboot, please do so immediately. If not prompted, manually reboot the machine anyway to ensure a complete clean.
Please download Dr.Web CureIt and save it to your desktop. DO NOT perform a scan yet.
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Note: The file will be randomly named (i.e. 5mkuvc4z.exe).

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 the randomly named file 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 download the Full version Free Trial, just 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. (This will move any detected files to the C:\Documents and Settings\userprofile\DoctorWeb\Quarantine folder if they can't be cured)
  • After the Express Scan is finished, 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 Apply, Ok.
  • Back at the main window, click the green arrow "Start Scanning" button on the right under the Dr.Web logo.
  • Please be patient as this scan could take a long time to complete.
  • When the scan has finished, a message will be displayed at the bottom indicating if any viruses were found.
  • Click Select All, then choose Cure > 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)
If you cannot boot into safe mode or complete a scan, then try doing it in normal mode. Be aware, this scan could take a long time to complete..

The Disabled.SecurityCenter entries do not necessarily mean malware. They are registry keys that can be:
  • Disabled by malware to prevent notification that your protection has been disabled
  • Disabled intentionally by the user.
  • Disabled by other security programs to prevent conflicts, duplicate warnings and allow them to have control.

This key controls the warning you get about your antivirus software (out of date, not installed .....). If the value is set to 1 you wont get any of these warnings and multiple malicious applications do this to prevent you from knowing that they have disabled your antivirus software. MBAM is re-enabling this function in your log

explanation by nosirrah

For example, if you have McAfee Security Center or Norton Internet Security installed, they will disable the Windows Security Center in order to take care of (manage) things themselves. Other security programs like Spybot S&D will provide similar detections for these type of registry changes and ask you to allow or deny them. Please refer to this discussion thread and click the link in Post #2 for a more detailed explanation.

If a scan is showing these entries and there no other signs of infection, then it's likely another security program has disabled them. If that's the case, then having MBAM add them to the Ignore list will prevent the detections from showing in future scans. If you are experiencing symptoms of malware, do not use other security programs and did not disable them yourself, then further investigation is warranted as there is no way to specifically tell how or by what something became disabled. MBAM only shows that it is disabled.
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Posted 17 August 2009 - 02:58 PM

Here's the quick scan:


Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.40
Database version: 2643
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

8/17/2009 1:03:29 PM
mbam-log-2009-08-17 (13-03-20).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 91341
Time elapsed: 8 minute(s), 18 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 3
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\Security Center\AntiVirusDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> No action taken.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\FirewallDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> No action taken.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\UpdatesDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> No action taken.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

I had disabled the Windows AntiVirus because I use AVG Free v.8 and for the firewall I use ZoneAlarm Free Version as well.
I have disabled Windows updates for the past year.

Were those 2 files that Malwarebytes found false positives though, as it called them "rogue installers" for some reason?
I'll run the TFC temp file cleaner, and the Dr.WEbCureit later, but it looks like my computer is clean......

Thanks again :thumbsup:

Edited by Victoria1971, 17 August 2009 - 03:32 PM.


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Posted 18 August 2009 - 06:35 AM

If you suspect false detections, report them to Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Support > False Positives so they can investigate and make corrections.
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Posted 18 August 2009 - 04:28 PM

I also ran RootRepeal just in case.....here's the log:

ROOTREPEAL © AD, 2007-2009
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Scan Start Time: 2009/08/18 14:05
Program Version: Version 1.3.5.0
Windows Version: Windows XP SP2
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Drivers
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Name: dump_atapi.sys
Image Path: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\dump_atapi.sys
Address: 0xB1303000 Size: 98304 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

Name: dump_WMILIB.SYS
Image Path: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\dump_WMILIB.SYS
Address: 0xBA5F6000 Size: 8192 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

Name: hiber_WMILIB.SYS
Image Path: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\hiber_WMILIB.SYS
Address: 0xBA66C000 Size: 8192 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

Name: rootrepeal.sys
Image Path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\rootrepeal.sys
Address: 0xAE37F000 Size: 49152 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

Name: srescan.sys
Image Path: srescan.sys
Address: 0xB9E16000 Size: 81920 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

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

Path: c:\program files\microsoft sql server\mssql10.lawrence\mssql\log\log_23.trc
Status: Allocation size mismatch (API: 32768, Raw: 0)

SSDT
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#: 031 Function Name: NtConnectPort
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb1521040

#: 037 Function Name: NtCreateFile
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb151d930

#: 041 Function Name: NtCreateKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb1528a80

#: 046 Function Name: NtCreatePort
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb1521510

#: 047 Function Name: NtCreateProcess
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb1527870

#: 048 Function Name: NtCreateProcessEx
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb1527aa0

#: 050 Function Name: NtCreateSection
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb152afd0

#: 056 Function Name: NtCreateWaitablePort
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb1521600

#: 062 Function Name: NtDeleteFile
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb151df20

#: 063 Function Name: NtDeleteKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb15296e0

#: 065 Function Name: NtDeleteValueKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb1529440

#: 068 Function Name: NtDuplicateObject
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb1527580

#: 098 Function Name: NtLoadKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb15298b0

#: 116 Function Name: NtOpenFile
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb151dd70

#: 122 Function Name: NtOpenProcess
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb1527350

#: 128 Function Name: NtOpenThread
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb1527150

#: 192 Function Name: NtRenameKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb152a250

#: 193 Function Name: NtReplaceKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb1529cb0

#: 200 Function Name: NtRequestWaitReplyPort
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb1520c00

#: 204 Function Name: NtRestoreKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb152a080

#: 210 Function Name: NtSecureConnectPort
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb1521220

#: 224 Function Name: NtSetInformationFile
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb151e120

#: 247 Function Name: NtSetValueKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb1529140

#: 257 Function Name: NtTerminateProcess
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb1527cd0

Shadow SSDT
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#: 460 Function Name: NtUserMessageCall
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb151f250

#: 475 Function Name: NtUserPostMessage
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb151f2e0

#: 476 Function Name: NtUserPostThreadMessage
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb151f360

#: 502 Function Name: NtUserSendInput
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xb151f520

==EOF==

Please let me know if you can see anything of a malicious nature in the results.

Thanks so much!
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Posted 19 August 2009 - 07:49 AM

Nothing of concern there. How is your computer running now? Are there any more reports/alerts, signs of infection or issues with your browser?
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Posted 19 August 2009 - 09:14 AM

It's running fine, no signs of infection and I haven't come across that website redirection since 2 days ago. Have you ever run into that kind of annoying redirect and have it supposedly scan your computer?

Thanks for your assistance.

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 09:48 AM

You're welcome.

If there are no more problems or signs of infection, 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 in Vista and Disk Cleanup in Vista.
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Posted 19 August 2009 - 09:56 AM

Thanks again for the tips, Quietman, it's very much appreciated.

The malware scan only seemed to pick up 2 "rogue installers" which had been sitting on my computer for over 3 months which looks to me like false positives, and other than those 2, there were 3 registry entries which were manually disabled.

I don't think that I had actually "picked up" any malware even though I had gotten redirected and the flash/video showing my computer getting scanned, since I had quickly closed down the tab/window that this was occurring in.

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 10:09 AM

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Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection:Keep Windows and Internet Explorer current with all critical updates from Microsoft which will patch many of the security holes through which attackers can gain access to your computer. If you're not sure how to do this, see Microsoft Update helps keep your computer current.

Avoid gaming sites, porn sites, pirated software, cracking tools, keygens, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs (i.e. Limewire, eMule, uTorrent). They are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Malicious worms, backdoor Trojans IRCBots, and rootkits spread across P2P file sharing networks, gaming, porn and underground sites. Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans, and spyware. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid these types of web sites and not use any P2P applications.Keeping Autorun enabled on USB (pen, thumb, jump) and other removable drives has become a significant security risk due to the increasing number of malware variants that can infect them and transfer the infection to your computer. To learn more about this risk, please read:Many security experts recommend you disable Autorun asap as a method of prevention. Microsoft recommends doing the same.

...Disabling Autorun functionality can help protect customers from attack vectors that involve the execution of arbitrary code by Autorun when inserting a CD-ROM device, USB device, network shares, or other media containing a file system with an Autorun.inf file...

Microsoft Security Advisory (967940): Update for Windows Autorun

• Finally, if you need to replace your anti-virus, firewall or need a reliable anti-malware scanner please refer to:
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