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Indestructible Virus


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#1 Rafael Diament

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 04:58 PM

Hello everybody! I just have subscribed to this forum because I think this is a fine place to ask about troubles with Windows (XP). I have an indestructible virus every time I install Windows (XP but also tried Vista and the result was the same). And not only in my PC but also in my mother's PC also. The description of the virus is mostly like the famous recycler virus. I have registry entries for a user that usually begins with S-1-5-21-etc (a lot of numbers) plus a hidden folder in all the partitions like c:\recycler, d:\recycler, etc, with a folder that looks like a recycler icon and some entries (folders) with this user name (S-1-5-21-etc). Right now I am working in Linux (Ubuntu 9.04) and I have tried other distros of Linux (like Fedora 11) and in that scenario there are no problems. The virus is like a whole autorun system wich hides itself anywhere in the disk or the RAM of the computer. It keeps strange uneraseable files in some folders of "Documents and Settings" and it's behavior is varied (everytime I make a clean install of XP it reappears, first in the registry, then in c:\recycler and other folders and files, and the suffix of the S-1-5-21-etc changes to other extension of numbers, only preserving this prefix). The behavior of this virus is variable, maybe it mess the desktop, other times it breaks the Internet connection, sometimes uninstall drivers and change the resolution of the screen or make impossible to install software in general or specifically *.msi. It can disable services, one time the virus compressed all my executables. Also it can block the Windows Update function. I live in Uruguay, but I was using an english version of XP and I noticed that the virus knows the location of the classic folders and stuff like Desktop and My Documents, etc. So I switched to a Spanish version of XP Pro SP2. I have tried to make clean installations unplugged from the web, with all the software recorded on a DVD but it was useless. I have tried different type of antivirus and antimalaware (I purchased a version of a-Squared anti-malaware wich I consider an excellent option, but it doesn't detect it. But it has a section of "Hijack this" with a sub-section for tricky startup entries and I can manage to block processes that are involved in this situation. But the virus reacts in an aggressive way, like if it knows what's going on. I have tried a variety of antivirus (including Antimalaware Bytes, Spyware Doctor, and of course Combofix). I have used rescue disks like Hirens boot CD, Dr. Web Cure it CD, BitDefender rescue CD, 18cm utilities CD, Ultimate Boot CD, and a lot more, but I didn't have results. I have tried to erase the complete harddisk with DBan Wipe Disk (also some scripts run in safe mode, to delete all the registry entries of the virus and the files and folders involved) but it seems to move from disk to memory or something like that and it doesn't disappear. I tried (with Hirens boot CD to delete even the Bios, the CMOS, everything, but nothing was of use). Recently I changed my old 60 Gb disk for a new 1 Terabyte HD and installed Ubuntu with a virtual machine to host other operating systems like XP, Vista and other versions of Linux. And it was there again. So I don't know where it comes from. Any help about this subject would be really appreciated. My email address is Removed if somebody wants to contact me there. I will be checking this forum anyway.

Thank you very much. Rafael Diament.

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#2 boopme

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:14 AM

Hello and welcome ..
You will need to run HJT/DDS.
Please follow this guide. Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Hijackthis. Then go here HijackThis Logs and Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal ,click New Topic,give it a relevant Title and post that complete log.

Let me know if it went OK.
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#3 Rafael Diament

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Posted 12 September 2009 - 05:47 PM

Hello and welcome ..
You will need to run HJT/DDS.
Please follow this guide. Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Hijackthis. Then go here HijackThis Logs and Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal ,click New Topic,give it a relevant Title and post that complete log.

Let me know if it went OK.


Thank you very much for your help. I did what you suggested and now I'm going to post the logs. The situation is weird, because I run XP inside Linux Ubuntu, using Virtual Box, so I'm not sure if the problem is with XP (most likely) or with VirtualBox. Anyway, I'm going to submit the results where you told me and let's see what happens.

Once again thank you.

Regards. Rafael Diament.

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Posted 12 September 2009 - 08:01 PM

You're welcome. They look good. It will be a few days, as they are back logged. But you Will be answered.
Now that your log is properly posted, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a HJT Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic.
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