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SKYNET is in my way


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#1 lobo11

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 02:12 AM

Hey guys, I'm having a problem with my buddy's pc. It started with him telling me he couldn't so anything so I told him I'd take a look at it. Upon receiving it, I found out I had no access to ANYTHING. I couldn't even play solitaire (just to see if it opened). If I were to open a file, a small window (like a command or dos looking thing) would appear for about a split second and close just as fast. When I tried to open the add/delete program it stated that 'system32.exe was not found'. I ended up at dougknox.com where I installed the EXE file association fix. This let me have acces to things and I was able to not only open, but download programs as well. I installed avg 8.5 free and ran a scan in safe mode. This shut down without showing me a log. I thought it was strange so I removed it and installed 'malawarebytes anti malaware' and ran it in safe mode. It also didn't finish and quit automatically on me. No log. I removed it and installed 'superantispyware' and ran it in safe mode. After about 20 min. and over 1000 infections found, the scan ran into C:\WINDOWS\Temp\SKYNET. Once it hit this, it froze about a minute and shut off. So I said 'cool' and went to the path. Once I click on the 'Temp' folder, it freezes and closes the menu. I tried looking for it in the 'Search' tool but it too closed automatically. The only time I've heard of SKYNET is on Terminator so I have no idea what it is or how to get rid of it. Oh, I forgot to mention, whenever I open the internet, the homepage is different or if I use the search engine I get redirected to something else. I can only access site by the actual address. Also, upon start up, it states that the windows xp is a fake and if you want to resolve issue. When I asked him he told me he had the computer for about 4 years with no problems and that 'warning' or 'messege' started after it messed up on him The problem is that he has no idea where the installation cd is. I've tried all the noob tricks I know, please help! Sorry for the long post but I figured I'd try to be specific. Thanks in advance. :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 08:45 AM

SKYNET? That's awesome! I know it's a nuisance to you at this point, but I have to give props to the name and the fact that it's totally dominating the computer.

What you probably should do from this point is post all of this info in the HijackThis forum or the Am I Infected? forum. The experts will help you from there.
I would never ask a person to do something that I wouldn't do myself.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 10:38 AM

SkyNet is a particularly nasty rootkit that is capable of hiding from Antivirus and Antispyware clients. AVG does offer a rootkit detector that is capable of finding and removing this particular infection.

Other alternatives to AVG Rootkit Detector are manual removal which would require searching through the registry (capable of breaking the computer) and/or running programs that can potentialy damage the computer. The biggest problem with the SkyNet infection is that there are variants and not any one program may catch all the infection.

Please use these programs at your own discresion and understand that there is a possibility of damaging your computer (backup of data is a must):

* Combofix
* SuperAntiSpyware
* Malwarebytes
* AVG Rootkit Detector
* Any rootkit detecting program
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Posted 03 September 2009 - 12:35 PM

I would suggest going with one of bluesjunior's suggestions, Combofix, but ONLY after instructed to do so and with the guidance of the people that know what they're doing and can help you diagnose the logs. Otherwise you can be ruined before you're done.

Post your problem in the Am I Infected? forum and seek assistance there first. If Combofix is the way to go you'll hopefully get someone to help with that.

Best of luck

Edited by Eric RBA, 03 September 2009 - 12:39 PM.

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 10:59 PM

Thanks guys. I've actually ran superantispyware and malawarebytes. Neither finished but paused long enough for me to get the name of the problem. I guess I can try the avg rootkit detector and see how that goes... until then, I'll just wait so I won't ruin anything. Thank you for your suggestions, I truly appreciate it.

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 11:08 PM

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 (If you did not use the "Direct Download" mirror).
  • Open Posted Image on your desktop.
  • Click the Posted Image tab.
  • Click the Posted Image button.
  • Check all seven boxes: 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 05 September 2009 - 06:47 PM

Boopme, I tried running rootrepeal as advised, but no avail. While scanning, it shut down on me when it hit the window\32 area. It logged about 3 or for things the split second before it shut down. There is a skynet file in red on the initial screen scan of rootrepeal, I fell my hands are tied. A buddy of mine tells me to just run the cd and wipe everything out, but I have no idea how to do this or what it will affect. What would you recommend? Thanks for your help.

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 10:21 PM

You have a rootkit.
As there are some new variants of rootkits in the wild right now that will require custom scripts to remove the infection, the process must be completed by HJT team member.

Failure to follow the proper removal process can and will cause serious damage to a machine. Recovery of the machine may be difficult, if not impossible.

Now ... Download this Utility and save it to your Desktop.
Double-click the Utility to run it and and let it finish.
When it states Finished! Press any key to exit, press any key to close the program.
It will save a .txt file to your desktop automatically. Double-click on the Win32kDiag.txt file that is located on your Desktop and post the entire contents of that log as part of the reply in the topic you will create below..

Next please go here HijackThis Logs and Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal ,click New Topic,give it a relevant Title and post the Rootrepeal log and the above log.

Let me know how that went.
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Posted 10 September 2009 - 01:45 AM

Boopme, thanks for your help. I actually had to return the pc to my friend since he uses it for school as well. What I did do before I gave it back was install avast. After the installation it scanned on startup and caught 42 skynet related rootkits. They were deleted. I was still not able to run root repeal fully so I know something is still there. I told him this and that he was still not out of the woods. I will take your advice and have him run the utility. Since he really has no interest as to whats going on and just wants it fixed, I will post, and hopefully with all your guys' help, finish this. It will take me a bit longer to do it this way, but I will definitly keep you posted, especially with the end result. Thanks for all your help once again.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 10:28 AM

see if they can run MBAM and post that log here.
Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):

NOTE: Before saving MBAM please rename it to zztoy.exe....now save it to your desktop.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 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.
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