Jump to content


 


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.


Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

'Subtle' Malware? SOMETHING Seems to be Up....


  • This topic is locked This topic is locked
5 replies to this topic

#1 deandome

deandome

  • Members
  • 65 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:01:55 AM

Posted 21 September 2009 - 06:20 PM

Hi...first time poster!

Here's my history...I run XP Media Ctr, I have Norton 360 v.2, Spyware Doctor, Malwarebites, System Mechanic....I scan/repair a lot, but a week or so ago I caught something.

Not as intrusive/evil as things I got in the past (old harddrive, so it's not carrying over)...in Firefox, I got a small Windows box alerting me I was infected & I should do some Spyware Removal thing (sorry, I can't recall the exact name/words). Of course, as soon as I saw it, I closed Firefox w/Task Manager & ran the scans. But I never saw anything 'major' like Trojans or parasites...and I never lost control of programs/scans.

One of the things I saw/removed was broken.opencommand...but the antivirus 'alarm' still popped up (not all the time, though), and I also got what I think is a sure infection sign..a Firefox screen saying "OOPS we're embarrassed, but we seem to have lost your....."

But after scans/removals/System Mechanic repairs/restarts, I thought all was good. But just yesterday, we started getting lots of slowdownns & mis-connections w/servers. Spyware Doctor AND Malware Bites didn't come up with anything other than a few cookies,

So I did a Hijackthis & used the autoanalyzer, and then removed the red 'bad' O4 entries, which had 4 of 'em w/variations of "ctfmon.exe" (and a few other 'safe' removals I didn't recognize, rebooted, scanned, all was clean

But now, I still get the slowness & mis-connects, and some of the screens/page formats, like My Pictures, Control Panel are noticably different (i.e., in My Pictures, the thumbnails now have have big green arrows in the corners). And the icons look a little off...even though the Display settings are the same.

So I'm thinking I have something, but have no idea what, or what to do about it. I did another Hijackthis, and there is another ctfmon.exe, but only one now.

I thought it best to tell the story here before jumping right to the hijacknow help...whaddya think?

Edited by deandome, 21 September 2009 - 06:22 PM.


BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 boopme

boopme

    To Insanity and Beyond


  • Global Moderator
  • 73,430 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:NJ USA
  • Local time:03:55 AM

Posted 21 September 2009 - 07:40 PM

Hello ,you should post a HJT log. I do not know what you removed or if it was proper to remove it. Auto analyzers can be as harmful as the tool itself.

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.
How do I get help? Who is helping me?For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear....Become a BleepingComputer fan: Facebook

#3 deandome

deandome
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 65 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:01:55 AM

Posted 21 September 2009 - 08:30 PM

When I try to run dds, it opens in Notepad w/a page of nonsensical symbols...no DOS screeen.
But note the words buried in the top line (bolded by me):

MZP    @     !L!This program must be run under Win32
$7 PE L pH   ‚ PC  P @     p       d  P  UPX0 ‚   ‚ UPX1   @ .rsrc P  @ 3.03 UPX!
 wW€™+ G 6 & ' +pP6z U€SVW€}€]w €u€uhPA j€€0H,tKtW!jfVB9( Gfft#0h‚€œ߿hiFe)8œj18z[3_^[] ! €™%~€E8j$53€”v‚Jݽgf’dup+NPPZ{+]{o r€
lIf h€žtV7h  pۻ€P€P’€Hu u,]Q?G N€ž$ „€’}a&’=<vA œ€S"p€“€˜@@rK{ljijg8€™€EP}jURS)
94j€1€M+MAQ+

What do I do? RootRepeal DID load & appears to be operating fine. OH...I happen to be in the middle of a full Malwarebytes scan...could that be messing up dds?

Edited by deandome, 21 September 2009 - 08:34 PM.


#4 boopme

boopme

    To Insanity and Beyond


  • Global Moderator
  • 73,430 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:NJ USA
  • Local time:03:55 AM

Posted 21 September 2009 - 08:51 PM

run one tool at a time.
How do I get help? Who is helping me?For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear....Become a BleepingComputer fan: Facebook

#5 deandome

deandome
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 65 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:01:55 AM

Posted 21 September 2009 - 11:14 PM

All done, successfully. Just posted it to the hijackthis Log board, per your instructions.

Subject line reads: > 'Subtle' Malware (Specifics Unknown), 'Subtle', but Tough, Malware

#6 boopme

boopme

    To Insanity and Beyond


  • Global Moderator
  • 73,430 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:NJ USA
  • Local time:03:55 AM

Posted 22 September 2009 - 08:56 AM

Thank you,looks good there.
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.
How do I get help? Who is helping me?For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear....Become a BleepingComputer fan: Facebook




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users