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Suspected Rootkit


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#1 kjrmcclain

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 08:16 PM

I am running winxp MCE sp3. I have been experiencing rootkit-typical activity on the machine:

Unable to run/fix/reinstall McAfee
Registry key errors on startup
Unable to open the help screens
ActiveX controls for online scans fail (javascript error for some)


The following tools have been installed and run:
Malwarebytes
Unhackme
Rootkit revealer
Hijackthis
Sophos Anti rootkit


Actions taken:
Attempted safe mode reboot
Attempted indentification of rootkit after POST
Attempted to from clean within backup admin account
Scanned with each tool multiple times with no good hits

The machine was due for a new image before, but this was not the motivation I needed. The OS was running fine prior to last Thursday, so I would like to remove this if possible. I have cleaned rootkits out of several other machines for friends and family, but I finally get one and cannot help myself...

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 09:14 PM

Hello and welcome. You will most likely need a custom script written.
You will need to run HJT/DDS.
Please follow this guide. go and do steps 6 thru 8 ,, 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 17 November 2009 - 10:44 PM

Thank you for your help. I have tried running the script several times under different conditions. The command window appears, but the files are never returned (I waited a half hour this time).

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 11:59 PM

If you cannot get DDS to work, please try this instead.

Please download RSIT by random/random and save it to your Desktop.
Note: You will need to run this tool while connected to the Internet so it can download HijackThis if it is not located on your system. If you get a warning from your firewall or other security programs regarding Rist attempting to contact the Internet, please allow the connection.
  • Close all applications and windows so that you have nothing open and are at your Desktop.
  • Double-click on RSIT.exe to start the program.
  • If using Windows Vista, be sure to Run As Administrator.
  • Click Continue after reading the disclaimer screen.
  • Leave the drop down box set to default: "List/folders created or modified in the last 1 month (30 days).
  • When the scan is complete, a text file named log.txt will automatically open in Notepad.
  • Save the log file to your desktop and copy/paste the contents into a new topic in the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal forum, NOT here.
Important: Be sure to mention that you tried to follow the Prep Guide but were unable to get DDS to run.
If RSIT did not work, then reply back here.
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Posted 18 November 2009 - 09:49 PM

Thanks. I posted the log here

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 10:06 PM

Ok,good job, they will take care of this.

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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