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#1 curundu

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 10:03 AM

Here's my problem. I have the virus "ESQULivowx..." and I can't kill it. RootRepeal found it but would not wipe it out. I tried downloading Malwarebytes and Spybot and both would not run when I tried to open them. Got a "Problem with program" dialog box. The virus causes IE and Firefox to crash at start up. I found another web browser called "Opera" which works fine. Any other ideas on how to deal with this malware?

Also, is Opera Browser a good and save browser?

Thanks,
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Posted 20 September 2009 - 10:42 AM

Try SuperAnti Spyware Free edition

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 02:50 PM

Sorry Skidie but when I tried to run SuperAnti Spyware Free edition the computer went to a blue screen with this message: "A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer". I had to hold down the button to turn off the computer.
I got that from other malware programs.

Should I just format the hard drive and re-install Vista?

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 04:00 PM

Hello appears you have a rootkit.
Reformatting a hard disk deletes all data. If you decide to reformat, you can back up all your important documents, data files and photos. The safest practice is not to backup any autorun.ini or .exe files because they may be infected. Some types of malware may disguise itself by adding and hiding its extension to the existing extension of files so be sure you take a close look at the full name. After reformatting, as a precaution, make sure you scan these files with your anti-virus prior to copying them back to your hard drive.

You can also run an ARK scan
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 25 September 2009 - 08:56 AM

Boopme,
Sorry I took so long to try to create the report. When you said it could take some time is it normal to take several hours? RootRepeal is still scanning now, its 8:45 Friday morning, and I started it Thursday night at about 7pm. Another problem is On-Line Armor is constantly popping up boxes asking me if I want to Allow or Block an action by RootRepeal. I had to finally go to bed last night to find about 30 boxes from On-Line Armor to click on the next morning. This may have slowed down RootRepeal, I don't know. Meanwhile I'll continue to let it run while I do some running around.

Thank you for your advice,
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Posted 25 September 2009 - 10:42 AM

You need to shut all other apps down first. Let's try this way.

Please download Sophos Anti-rootkit & save it to your desktop.
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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.

Be sure to print out and read the Sophos Anti-Rookit User Manual and 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 and allow the driver and its randomly named .tmp file (i.e. F.tmp) to load if asked.
  • If the scan did not start automatically, make sure the following are checked:
    • Running processes
    • Windows Registry
    • 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.
    • Files tagged as Removable: No are not marked for removal and cannot be removed.
    • Files tagged as Removable: Yes (clean up recommended) are marked for removal by default.
    • 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\\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 25 September 2009 - 03:32 PM

Here is the report from the Sophos Anti-Rootlit scan. It did not recommend any files be cleaned.

Thank you


Sophos Anti-Rootkit Version 1.5.0 © 2009 Sophos Plc
Started logging on 9/25/2009 at 12:31:34 PM
User "Dave" on computer "DAVE-PC"
Windows version 6.0 SP 1.0 Service Pack 1 build 6001 SM=0x300 PT=0x1 Win32
Info: Starting process scan.
Info: Starting registry scan.
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ESQUL
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet004\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet005\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet006\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet007\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet008\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet009\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet010\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet011\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet012\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet013\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet014\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet015\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet016\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet017\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet018\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet019\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet020\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet021\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet022\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet023\Services\ESQULserv.sys
Info: Starting disk scan of C: (NTFS).
Hidden: file C:\Users\Dave\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\F89LFDDU\AAABh1gMAAAAAAAIAAwAAAAAAuBpXgSIBAAAAAQAAADZlMDUwMTkwLTcxYWUtMTFkZS1iNGUzLTAwMWIyNDkzNjQyMgBUAAAAAAA=ibBOAA==,,http%3A%2F%2Fipodtouchtopsite[1].com%2F,;ord=1247710485
Hidden: file C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\Plugins\sab_wab.dll
Hidden: file C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SASCTXMN.DLL
Hidden: file C:\Windows\System32\drivers\ESQULivowxinkvxtrwvipcceiyeeyipcswylp.sys
Hidden: file C:\Windows\System32\ESQULfpixfoatwqpreqtneajeykvpoulshqxr.dll
Hidden: file C:\Windows\System32\ESQULfujwnvxobueivtmipdcdvymdwmxpjnid.dll
Hidden: file C:\Windows\System32\ESQULzcounter
Info: Starting disk scan of D: (NTFS).
Stopped logging on 9/25/2009 at 13:25:04 PM

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 06:52 PM

Hi this is a rootkit and needs to go.
Hidden: file C:\Windows\System32\drivers\ESQULivowxinkvxtrwvipcceiyeeyipcswylp.sys


You will need to run HJT/DDS.
Please follow this guide. go and do steps 6 thru 8 ,, Use your Sophos Log instead of the Rootrepeal requested in the 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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Posted 27 September 2009 - 09:48 AM

I copied three reports and now I can't find it in the "Highjackthis" forum. I have no idea where it went.

Here they are. If you could find my post I would greatly appreciate it. It doesn't seem to be where I thought it would be.

Thank you.

DDS (Ver_09-09-24.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Dave at 16:23:06.12 on Sat 09/26/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18813 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_13
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium 6.0.6001.1.1252.1.1033.18.958.377 [GMT -5:00]

SP: Windows Defender *enabled* (Updated) {D68DDC3A-831F-4FAE-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}

REMOVED LOGS

Edited by boopme, 27 September 2009 - 02:28 PM.


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Posted 27 September 2009 - 02:27 PM

Hello your HJT topic is here

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...p;#entry1439895

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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