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#1 makarios

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 08:59 AM

I have managed to somehow contract the mse.exe virus. I have seen the "patent" removal instructions but they just do not seem to work on this windows 7 pc.

Is there a kindred soul around with instructions to get rid of this nuisance?

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 09:16 AM

Please download Rkill by Grinler and save it to your desktop.Link 2
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  • Double-click on the Rkill desktop icon to run the tool.
  • If using Vista, right-click on it and Run As Administrator.
  • A black screen will briefly flash indicating the tool ran successfully.
  • If not, delete the file, then download and use the one provided in Link 2.
  • If it does not work, repeat the process and attempt to use one of the remaining links until the tool runs.
  • If the tool does not run from any of the links provided, please let me know.
Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.41) 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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#3 makarios

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 09:41 AM

Thanks Quietman;

I ran thru the process you described and looks like I got rid of the mse.exe file on my system disk.

Here's the logfile:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.41
Database version: 3035
Windows 6.1.7600

26.10.2009 15:31:49
mbam-log-2009-10-26 (15-31-49).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 84195
Time elapsed: 1 minute(s), 32 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 4
Registry Values Infected: 2
Registry Data Items Infected: 1
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 9

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\NordBull (Malware.Trace) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\VB and VBA Program Settings\tm (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\XML (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\poprock (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\java quick start (Trojan.Downloader) -> Delete on reboot.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\poprock (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoActiveDesktopChanges (Hijack.DisplayProperties) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Local\Temp\121A.tmp (Rootkit.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Local\Temp\8018.tmp (Rootkit.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Local\Temp\B8B4.tmp (Rootkit.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Windows\System32\msxml71.dll (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Users\kari\jusched.exe (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Windows\Tasks\{7B02EF0B-A410-4938-8480-9BA26420A627}.job (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Windows\Tasks\{BB65B0FB-5712-401b-B616-E69AC55E2757}.job (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Local\Temp\b.exe (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Local\Temp\msxml71.dll (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Thanks again. Good to have people like you around!

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 10:27 AM

Now rescan again with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, but this time perform a Full 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.
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Posted 05 November 2009 - 05:07 PM

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.41
Database version: 3107
Windows 6.1.7600

5.11.2009 23:02:17
mbam-log-2009-11-05 (23-02-17).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 227398
Time elapsed: 26 minute(s), 40 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 2
Registry Values Infected: 1
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 2

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\VB and VBA Program Settings\tm (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\XML (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\java quick start (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\Users\kari\hraaNz.exe (Trojan.VB) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Users\kari\jusched.exe (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 07:57 AM

Lets do another anti-malware scan to see if we find anything else that MBAM may have missed.

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 and scan with SUPERAntiSpyware Free
  • Double-click SUPERAntiSypware.exe and use the default settings for installation.
  • An icon will be created on your desktop. Double-click that icon to launch the program.
  • If it will not start, go to Start > All Prgrams > SUPERAntiSpyware and click on Alternate Start.
  • If asked to update the program definitions, click "Yes". If not, update the definitions before scanning by selecting "Check for Updates". (If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here. Double-click on the hyperlink for Download Installer and save SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to your desktop. Then double-click on SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to install the definitions.)
  • In the Main Menu, click the Preferences... button.
  • Click the "General and Startup" tab, and under Start-up Options, make sure "Start SUPERAntiSpyware when Windows starts" box is unchecked.
  • Click the "Scanning Control" tab, and under Scanner Options, make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):
    • Close browsers before scanning.
    • Scan for tracking cookies.
    • Terminate memory threats before quarantining.
  • Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program.
  • Do not run a scan just yet.
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 SUPERAntiSpyware as follows:
  • Launch the program and back on the main screen, under "Scan for Harmful Software" click Scan your computer.
  • On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
  • On the right, under "Complete Scan", choose Perform Complete Scan and click "Next".
  • After the scan is complete, a Scan Summary box will appear with potentially harmful items that were detected. Click "OK".
  • Make sure everything has a checkmark next to it and click "Next".
  • A notification will appear that "Quarantine and Removal is Complete". Click "OK" and then click the "Finish" button to return to the main menu.
  • If asked if you want to reboot, click "Yes" and reboot normally.
  • To retrieve the removal information after reboot, launch SUPERAntispyware again.
    • Click Preferences, then click the Statistics/Logs tab.
    • Under Scanner Logs, double-click SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log.
    • If there are several logs, click the current dated log and press View log. A text file will open in your default text editor.
    • Please copy and paste the Scan Log results in your next reply.
  • Click Close to exit the program.
If you cannot boot into safe mode, then perform your scans in normal mode.
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Posted 06 November 2009 - 06:42 PM

Here we go:
SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 11/06/2009 at 11:57 PM

Application Version : 4.29.1004

Core Rules Database Version : 4240
Trace Rules Database Version: 2136

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:48:45

Memory items scanned : 393
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 5286
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 120009
File threats detected : 49

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@a9.adserver01[3].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@content.yieldmanager[2].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@content.yieldmanager[5].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@vodafonees.122.2o7[2].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@atdmt[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@ads.pointroll[3].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@exoclick[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@mediatraffic[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@weborama[3].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@77tracking[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@adsrv1.admediate[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@imrworldwide[3].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@ads.xapads[2].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@adsrv.admediate[2].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@ads.right-ads[3].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@media6degrees[2].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@www.socialtrack[2].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@pointroll[3].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@ad.zanox[3].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@adsrv.clickvol[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@lucidmedia[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@adserver.redcpa[3].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@adserving.favorit-network[2].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@xiti[2].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@enhance[2].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@serving-sys[3].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@advertising[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@adserving.aedgency[2].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@zbox.zanox[3].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@a2.adserver01[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@zanox[3].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@77tracking[2].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@ad.zanox[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@admarketplace[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@ads.right-ads[2].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@bridge1.admarketplace[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@chitika[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@content.yieldmanager[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@content.yieldmanager[3].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@imrworldwide[2].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@revsci[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@theclickcheck[2].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@theclickcheck[3].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@track.right-ads[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@www.topdaofinder[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@xiti[1].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@zanox[2].txt
C:\Users\kari\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\kari@zbox.zanox[2].txt

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C:\USERS\KARI\WEAAY.EXE

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 07:13 PM

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 07 November 2009 - 02:26 AM

Quietman; I don't see anything out of the ordinary now. I hope it stays that way...

Thank you for your help. I really appreciate it.

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 06:13 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 Posted Image > 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. <- I think this is basically the same for Win 7 but I don't have access to that OS in order to confirm.

Edited by quietman7, 07 November 2009 - 06:15 AM.

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