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What is atekulem?


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#1 Redpinkrot

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 11:19 PM

Hi! While using the system configuration utility to clean the startup secuence of my laptop (Dell Inspiron 6000) running Windows XP, I noticed an item identified as follows:

Startup Item: atekulem
Command: rundll32.exe "C:\WINDOWS\atekulem.dll", Startup
Location: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\CurrentVersion\Run

I googled "atekulem" and there is absolutely nothing, which is weird (even for the obscurest file there is some comment somewhere).

What is this file? Why is it at Startup?

I am proceding to disable it at Startup. Will post again if system crashes.

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 11:33 PM

Hi as you said there is no info. We should double check it before we take action.

Lets' upload this file for a second opinion on what it actually is..

Please make sure that you can view all hidden files. Instructions on how to do this can be found here:
How to see hidden files in Windows

Please click this link-->Jotti

When the jotti page has finished loading, click the Browse button and navigate to the following file and click Submit.
<filepath>suspect.file

Please post back the results of the scan in your next post.

If Jotti is busy, try the same at Virustotal: http://www.virustotal.com/


NOTE:
For submission to a specific anti-virus vendor see Submitting Virus Samples: How to Submit a Virus.
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Posted 15 November 2009 - 10:08 AM

Jotti aborted scan twice unconclusively.

I used Virustotal and got 4/41 results (other providers didn't recognize the file, as my own AntiVirGuard version at home didn't)


DrWeb 5.0.0.12182 2009.11.10 Trojan.Packed.191
eSafe 7.0.17.0 2009.11.10 Suspicious File
Microsoft 1.5202 2009.11.10 Trojan:Win32/Hiloti.gen!A
Prevx 3.0 2009.11.15 Low Risk Adware
Sunbelt 3.2.1858.2 2009.11.10 Trojan.Win32.Hiloti.gen (v)

There are tons of technical info afterwards, that I don't know if I need to post. I'm only including the first thread (if you need the full thread, please advise)

Additional information
File size: 177664 bytes
MD5...: 737d7615dba3042624b38b62c2286cda
SHA1..: 4c405d6aa7d2195fee12fb4019719544af2051c6
SHA256: 971a50f39727ce39ac174c109f32a6f080cbb654b546407c8672234b8b92bef3
ssdeep: 3072:ZLMQRDLGQ6P1HUva2nfMsm5WyRk0cGjfhlKT8Qx198P/wZDG+4BlO:ZzGv0
nks7C50T7xr8PIRGlB

I disabled the file on startup, but when I returned to check the configuration it was enabled again. Let's assume it was my mistake. I'll disable again and see if system works.

Thanks for the help folks!

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 08:21 PM

If it comes back..
Please download and run Process Explorer v11.33

Now look for that file.
Right click with your mouse to highlight. Then go to top of page and kill it by clicking the red X along the toolbar.
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