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Can't open Spybot S&D because of rootkit!! Need help resetting permissions and disinfecting!

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#1 rb404


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Posted 27 October 2009 - 06:20 PM


Yesterday I tried downloading a random video and it required me to download some unheard of file to allow me to decode it. It didn't work and I deleted th video. Like a complete moron I'd let my system get taken over by some virus... Symptoms:

- search results on google redirected randomly - especially anything to do with spyware software
- Spybot won't open now - says I don't have permission
- Hijackthis wouldnt open
- Avast antivirus started misbehaving

Anyways, i panicked and found these forums... I ran through a few of the programs: ComboFix allowed my computer to stabilise at leasyt and now my google searches are running. MBAM got downloaded and it cleaned a few things. I know I probably did a lot of these things in the wrong order foolishly but I really panicked because I don't want to lose all my university work! I've been through the preliminary steps of renaming and reinstalling spybot but nothing works! It just keeps saying 'windows cannot access the specified device, path or file' - undon't have permissions etc. I can tell a lot of people on this forum have had this same kind of problem with rootkits so I was hoping to get some help here...

I haven't used any code whatsoever from these pages - just to be clear. Just let the programs run.

I'm lucky in a way because I didn't ess anything up but now there is still the problem of SPybot not opening because of the issue with my permissions and I was hoping I could get some help resetting those??? I have logs for everything I've run that I can provide as needed, or follow whatever instructions are kindly given - accurately I promise!

I have a worry that I haven't completely disinfected my system either so help with that would be most appreciated also!

I look forward to your reply.


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#2 Orange Blossom

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:37 PM

As no logs have been posted, I am shifting this topic from the specialized HiJack This forum to the Am I Infected forum.

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 01:39 PM

Run this and your scan tools might work
I would also suggest a Root repeal scan

Please download Rkill by Grinler and save it to your desktop.Link 2
Link 3
Link 4
  • Double-click on the Rkill desktop icon to run the tool.
  • If using Vista, right-click on it and Run As Administrator.
  • A black DOS box will briefly flash and then disappear. This is normal and indicates 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.
Do not reboot the computer or you will have to run it again


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.


Please note: If Rootrepeal fails to run, try this step: Click Settings - Options. Set the Disk Access slider to High

Also try: right-click on rootrepeal.exe and rename it to tatertot.scr
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