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System Defender Virus


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#1 matt223

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 01:34 PM

Hello, yesterday I somehow contracted the system defender virus. I left my laptop for ten mins (nobody could have touched it) and when I came back there were 6 IE windows open (I dont even use IE), my Program Files folder was open, something had been installed and there was unusual chatter coming out of my speakers (I'm guessing from one of the IE windows which I closed immediately).

My virus protection (AVG) was completely disabled and I was unable to open it in safe mode or otherwise. The same was true for the task manager.

I was getting popups (along with a creepy sqealing noise) from "System Defender" claiming my system was infected and I needed to buy thier software. My web browser (primerily firefox, but also IE) would constantly redirect me to other sites too, so finding a solution was dificult.

Eventually I managed to download Malewarebytes which found and removed a number of infections. After a reboot, I was able to use AVG to clean off some more infections (trojans/worms etc). My system is now apparently clean.




The problem however is that my browser is still redirecting me to advertising sites. I checked my hosts file in "system32/drivers/etc" and it had a large number of unrecognised entried which I deleted. This improved things a lot (the google search field in firefox now works correctly) but still I am getting redirected.

I am quite worried about the security of my laptop which is up to date with all MS updates (XP media centre edition). I followed the steps in the tutorial here - my DDS.txt report is below and my "Attatch.txt" file is attatched. Any help would be greatly appreciated.




DDS (Ver_09-12-01.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Matt at 17:38:17.26 on 08/12/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.44.1033.18.1526.520 [GMT 0:00]

AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}
AV: System Defender *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {0FECEA33-2903-4587-B596-513354E1BFAD}
FW: System Defender *enabled* {C49DD8F4-CBC7-4F47-8AC1-6C5D1A987F82}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k rpcss
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exe
c:\program files\common files\logitech\lvmvfm\LVPrcSrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Toshiba Applet\thotkey.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Controls\TFncKy.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\TDispVol.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Matt\My Documents\Setup Utilities\Taskix1.5_32\Taskix32.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\Toshiba.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
C:\WINDOWS\ehome\ehtray.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\AGRSMMSG.exe
C:\Program Files\RocketDock\RocketDock.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNSCFG.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RAMASST.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Program Files\Virgin Broadband Wireless\AffinegyService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgnsx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\DVDRAMSV.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k HTTPFilter
C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe
C:\WINDOWS\ehome\RMSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\WinPcap\rpcapd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Applet\TAPPSRV.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgemc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\ehome\McrdSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNetwk.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllhost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\alg.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehmsas.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Matt\My Documents\Setup Utilities\eclipse\eclipse.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\WINWORD.EXE
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Mail\wlmail.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Contacts\wlcomm.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxsrvc.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Matt\Desktop\dds.scr
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\wmiprvse.exe

============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============

uStart Page = hxxp://www.tiscali.co.uk
uSearch Bar = hxxp://www.toshiba.com/search
uInternet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = hxxp://pccreg.antivirus.com/11/PCC/110/PccReg/wcoRegister.asp?SN=AVEF-0017-7767-8155-8135&GUID=686A6A626A626A6F6B6268626E6F5A&VID=USP1010002&PID=CBB0
uInternet Settings,ProxyOverride = <local>;*.local
mURLSearchHooks: SrchHook Class: {d3f669eb-57ce-4f45-8fbd-e245cbb46366} - c:\program files\stopzilla!\toolbar\SZIESearchHook.dll
mWinlogon: Userinit=c:\windows\system32\userinit.exe,c:\windows\system32\sdra64.exe,
mWinlogon: UIHost=c:\windows\system32\logonuiX.exe
BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper: {06849e9f-c8d7-4d59-b87d-784b7d6be0b3} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEHelper.dll
BHO: ZILLAbar Browser Helper Object: {1827766b-9f49-4854-8034-f6ee26fcb1ec} - c:\program files\stopzilla!\toolbar\SZSG.dll
BHO: AVG Safe Search: {3ca2f312-6f6e-4b53-a66e-4e65e497c8c0} - c:\program files\avg\avg9\avgssie.dll
BHO: {5C255C8A-E604-49b4-9D64-90988571CECB} - No File
BHO: SSVHelper Class: {761497bb-d6f0-462c-b6eb-d4daf1d92d43} - c:\program files\java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\ssv.dll
BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper: {9030d464-4c02-4abf-8ecc-5164760863c6} - c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\windows live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
BHO: FDMIECookiesBHO Class: {cc59e0f9-7e43-44fa-9faa-8377850bf205} - c:\program files\free download manager\iefdm2.dll
BHO: Internet Explorer Plugin: {db2e2d5d-d74a-4a88-822e-c6928f59e4df} - vakzakt87.dll
TB: {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - No File
TB: STOPzilla: {98828ded-a591-462f-83ba-d2f62a68b8b8} - c:\program files\stopzilla!\toolbar\SZSG.dll
EB: {FE54FA40-D68C-11d2-98FA-00C0F0318AFE} - No File
uRun: [RocketDock] "c:\program files\rocketdock\RocketDock.exe"
uRun: [WMPNSCFG] c:\program files\windows media player\WMPNSCFG.exe
uRun: [ctfmon.exe] c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe
mRun: [Wireless Manager] "c:\program files\virgin broadband wireless\Wireless Manager.exe" startup
mRun: [UltraMon] "c:\program files\ultramon\UltraMon.exe" /auto
mRun: [THotkey] c:\program files\toshiba\toshiba applet\thotkey.exe
mRun: [TFncKy] TFncKy.exe
mRun: [TDispVol] TDispVol.exe
mRun: [Taskix] c:\documents and settings\matt\my documents\setup utilities\taskix1.5_32\Taskix32.exe start
mRun: [SynTPLpr] c:\program files\synaptics\syntp\SynTPLpr.exe
mRun: [SynTPEnh] c:\program files\synaptics\syntp\SynTPEnh.exe
mRun: [QuickTime Task] "c:\program files\quicktime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime
mRun: [LogonStudio] "c:\program files\wincustomize\logonstudio\logonstudio.exe" /RANDOM
mRun: [KernelFaultCheck] %systemroot%\system32\dumprep 0 -k
mRun: [iTunesHelper] "c:\program files\itunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
mRun: [igfxtray] c:\windows\system32\igfxtray.exe
mRun: [igfxpers] c:\windows\system32\igfxpers.exe
mRun: [igfxhkcmd] c:\windows\system32\hkcmd.exe
mRun: [ehTray] c:\windows\ehome\ehtray.exe
mRun: [BootSkin Startup Jobs] "c:\progra~1\stardock\wincustomize\bootskin\BootSkin.exe" /StartupJobs
mRun: [AVG9_TRAY] c:\progra~1\avg\avg9\avgtray.exe
mRun: [AGRSMMSG] AGRSMMSG.exe
mRun: [4oD] "c:\program files\kontiki\KHost.exe" -all
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\ramasst.lnk - c:\windows\system32\RAMASST.exe
uPolicies-system: DisableTaskMgr = 1 (0x1)
uPolicies-system: DisableRegistryTools = 1 (0x1)
IE: Download all with Free Download Manager - file://c:\program files\free download manager\dlall.htm
IE: Download selected with Free Download Manager - file://c:\program files\free download manager\dlselected.htm
IE: Download video with Free Download Manager - file://c:\program files\free download manager\dlfvideo.htm
IE: Download with Free Download Manager - file://c:\program files\free download manager\dllink.htm
IE: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - c:\progra~1\micros~2\office11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
IE: {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
IE: {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe
IE: {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - {CAFEEFAC-0015-0000-0004-ABCDEFFEDCBC} - c:\program files\java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\ssv.dll
IE: {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - {FF059E31-CC5A-4E2E-BF3B-96E929D65503} - c:\progra~1\micros~2\office11\REFIEBAR.DLL
IE: {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - {FE54FA40-D68C-11d2-98FA-00C0F0318AFE}
DPF: {0CCA191D-13A6-4E29-B746-314DEE697D83} - hxxp://upload.facebook.com/controls/2008.10.10_v5.5.8/FacebookPhotoUploader5.cab
DPF: {166B1BCA-3F9C-11CF-8075-444553540000} - hxxp://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/director/sw.cab
DPF: {20A60F0D-9AFA-4515-A0FD-83BD84642501} - hxxp://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/msgrchkr.cab56986.cab
DPF: {5C051655-FCD5-4969-9182-770EA5AA5565} - hxxp://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/SolitaireShowdown.cab56986.cab
DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} - hxxp://www.update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/wuweb_site.cab?1218043553803
DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} - hxxp://www.update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/muweb_site.cab?1218042463631
DPF: {8AD9C840-044E-11D1-B3E9-00805F499D93} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_07-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {C3F79A2B-B9B4-4A66-B012-3EE46475B072} - hxxp://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/MessengerStatsPAClient.cab56907.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0015-0000-0004-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.5.0/jinstall-1_5_0_04-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0006-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_06-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0007-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_07-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_07-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7} - hxxp://platformdl.adobe.com/NOS/getPlusPlus/1.6/gp.cab
DPF: {F5A7706B-B9C0-4C89-A715-7A0C6B05DD48} - hxxp://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/MineSweeper.cab56986.cab
Filter: application/xhtml+xml - {32F66A26-7614-11D4-BD11-00104BD3F987} - c:\program files\design science\mathplayer\MathMLMimer.dll
Filter: application/xhtml+xml; charset=iso-8859-1 - {32F66A26-7614-11D4-BD11-00104BD3F987} - c:\program files\design science\mathplayer\MathMLMimer.dll
Filter: application/xhtml+xml; charset=utf-8 - {32F66A26-7614-11D4-BD11-00104BD3F987} - c:\program files\design science\mathplayer\MathMLMimer.dll
Filter: text/xml; charset=iso-8859-1 - {32F66A26-7614-11D4-BD11-00104BD3F987} - c:\program files\design science\mathplayer\MathMLMimer.dll
Filter: text/xml; charset=utf-8 - {32F66A26-7614-11D4-BD11-00104BD3F987} - c:\program files\design science\mathplayer\MathMLMimer.dll
Handler: linkscanner - {F274614C-63F8-47D5-A4D1-FBDDE494F8D1} - c:\program files\avg\avg9\avgpp.dll
Notify: avgrsstarter - avgrsstx.dll
Notify: igfxcui - igfxdev.dll
SSODL: WPDShServiceObj - {AAA288BA-9A4C-45B0-95D7-94D524869DB5} - c:\windows\system32\WPDShServiceObj.dll
LSA: Notification Packages = scecli scecli
mASetup: {1A126A4E-4761-47D8-8532-886ECE1B7832} - rundll32 vakzakt87.dll,laspi
IFEO: image file execution options - svchost.exe
IFEO: brastk.exe - svchost.exe

================= FIREFOX ===================

FF - ProfilePath - c:\docume~1\matt\applic~1\mozilla\firefox\profiles\5owmjrjr.default\
FF - prefs.js: browser.startup.homepage - hxxp://www.google.co.uk/
FF - prefs.js: keyword.URL - hxxp://www.ask.com/web?&o=13048&l=dis&q=
FF - component: c:\program files\avg\avg9\firefox\components\avgssff.dll
FF - component: c:\program files\mozilla firefox\components\---eEtt.dll
FF - HiddenExtension: Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant: {20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b} - c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v3.5\windows presentation foundation\dotnetassistantextension\

---- FIREFOX POLICIES ----
FF - user.js: google.toolbar.linkdoctor.enabled - false
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\security-prefs.js - pref("security.ssl3.rsa_seed_sha", true);

============= SERVICES / DRIVERS ===============

R1 AvgLdx86;AVG Free AVI Loader Driver x86;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgldx86.sys [2009-11-29 333192]
R1 AvgMfx86;AVG Free On-access Scanner Minifilter Driver x86;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgmfx86.sys [2009-11-29 28424]
R1 AvgTdiX;AVG Free Network Redirector;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgtdix.sys [2009-11-29 360584]
R2 avg9emc;AVG Free E-mail Scanner;c:\program files\avg\avg9\avgemc.exe [2009-11-29 906520]
R2 avg9wd;AVG Free WatchDog;c:\program files\avg\avg9\avgwdsvc.exe [2009-11-29 285392]
R2 NPF;NetGroup Packet Filter Driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\npf.sys [2009-11-5 32512]
R2 UltraMonUtility;UltraMon Utility Driver;c:\program files\common files\realtime soft\ultramonmirrordrv\x32\UltraMonUtility.sys [2006-9-24 11776]
R3 kbdcap;kbdcap;c:\windows\system32\drivers\KbdCap.sys [2009-8-23 109440]
R3 UltraMonMirror;UltraMonMirror;c:\windows\system32\drivers\UltraMonMirror.sys [2006-9-24 3584]
S0 ntcdrdrv;ntcdrdrv;c:\windows\system32\drivers\ntcdrdrv.sys --> c:\windows\system32\drivers\ntcdrdrv.sys [?]
S3 MovRVDrv32;MovRVDrv32;c:\windows\system32\drivers\MovRVDrv32.sys [2008-8-7 3768]
S3 s816bus;Sony Ericsson Device 816 driver (WDM);c:\windows\system32\drivers\s816bus.sys [2009-1-23 81832]
S3 s816mdfl;Sony Ericsson Device 816 USB WMC Modem Filter;c:\windows\system32\drivers\s816mdfl.sys [2009-1-23 13864]
S3 s816mdm;Sony Ericsson Device 816 USB WMC Modem Driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\s816mdm.sys [2009-1-23 107304]
S3 s816mgmt;Sony Ericsson Device 816 USB WMC Device Management Drivers (WDM);c:\windows\system32\drivers\s816mgmt.sys [2009-1-23 99112]
S3 s816nd5;Sony Ericsson Device 816 USB Ethernet Emulation SEMCMR7 (NDIS);c:\windows\system32\drivers\s816nd5.sys [2009-1-23 21928]
S3 s816obex;Sony Ericsson Device 816 USB WMC OBEX Interface;c:\windows\system32\drivers\s816obex.sys [2009-1-23 97320]
S3 s816unic;Sony Ericsson Device 816 USB Ethernet Emulation SEMCMR7 (WDM);c:\windows\system32\drivers\s816unic.sys [2009-1-23 97704]

=============== Created Last 30 ================

2009-12-08 17:22:04 61440 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\lmalaw.gif
2009-12-08 17:22:04 35840 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\vakzakt87.dll
2009-12-08 17:22:04 14854 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\xcw
2009-12-08 16:52:46 0 d-sh--w- c:\windows\system32\lowsec
2009-12-08 10:31:41 240 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\kgpcpy.cfg
2009-12-08 10:30:08 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\SITEguard
2009-12-08 10:28:43 0 d-----w- c:\program files\common files\iS3
2009-12-07 20:15:49 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\matt\applic~1\Malwarebytes
2009-12-07 20:15:44 38224 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbamswissarmy.sys
2009-12-07 20:15:42 19160 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbam.sys
2009-12-07 20:15:42 0 d-----w- c:\program files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
2009-12-07 20:15:42 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\Malwarebytes
2009-12-07 18:15:28 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\matt\applic~1\AVG8
2009-12-07 17:05:48 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\matt\applic~1\Mozilla Firefox
2009-11-30 20:07:36 0 d-----w- c:\program files\iPod
2009-11-30 20:07:31 0 d-----w- c:\program files\iTunes
2009-11-29 06:29:09 0 d--h--w- C:\$AVG
2009-11-29 06:28:44 12464 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\avgrsstx.dll
2009-11-29 06:28:43 360584 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgtdix.sys
2009-11-29 06:28:40 333192 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgldx86.sys
2009-11-29 06:28:39 0 d-----w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\Avg
2009-11-29 06:28:04 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\avg9
2009-11-10 23:08:24 94208 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\QuickTimeVR.qtx
2009-11-10 23:08:24 69632 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\QuickTime.qts

==================== Find3M ====================

2009-11-29 06:19:41 99152 --sha-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\fidbox.idx
2009-11-29 06:19:41 7245088 --sha-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\fidbox.dat
2009-11-29 06:19:41 15344 --sha-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\fidbox2.idx
2009-11-29 06:19:41 141088 --sha-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\fidbox2.dat
2009-10-15 10:16:01 5536 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\d3d9caps.dat
2009-09-11 14:18:39 136192 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\msv1_0.dll

============= FINISH: 17:40:35.59 ===============

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#2 extremeboy

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 06:23 PM

Hi,

My name is Extremeboy (or EB for short), and I will be helping you with your log.

We apologize for the delay of response.

If you still require assistance we would like to see the current condition of your system so please post a new set of DDS Logs as well as a RootRepeal log and a description of any remaining problems or symptoms you may still have please.

If for any reason you did not post a DDS log or RootRepeal log please refer to this page and in step #6 and Step #7 for further instructions on downloading and running DDS & RootRepeal. If you have any problems just let me know in your next reply or simply post a Hijackthis log.


For your next reply I would like to see:
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---DDS.txt and Attach logs
-RootRepeal logs
-Description of any remaining problems you may still have.


Thanks again and we apologize for the delay.

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#3 matt223

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 04:19 PM

Hi, thanks for taking the time to read my post, however I decided to back up my files and format my hard drive. Took a long time to get back to the setup I had, but at least I have got rid of the virus for good.

Great site btw,

Cheers, Matt.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 05:54 PM

Okay, thanks for letting us know. Below are some prevention tips.

Preventing Infections in the Future

Please also have a look at the following links, giving some advice and Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection:
  • Avoid gaming sites, underground web pages, pirated software sites, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs. They are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Many malicious worms and Trojans spread across P2P file sharing networks, gaming and underground sites. Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans and spyware. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users.
Disable Autorun on Flash-Drive/Removable Drives

When is AUTORUN.INF really an AUTORUN.INF?

USB worms work by creating a file called AUTORUN.INF on the root of USB drives. These INF files then use Autorun or Autoplay (not the same thing!) to execute themselves either when the stick is inserted, or more commonly, when the user double-clicks on the USB drive icon from My Computer (Windows Explorer)...


Keeping Autorun enabled on USB and other removable drives has become a significant security risk due to the increasing number of malware variants that can infect them and transfer the infection to your computer. Read USB-Based Malware Attacks and Please disable Autorun asap!.

If using Windows Vista, please refer to:
"Disable AutoPlay in Windows Vista"
"Preventing AutoPlay with Local Group Policy Editor or AutoPlay options panel"

Note: When Autorun is disabled, double-clicking a drive which has autorun.inf in its root directory may still activate Autorun so be careful.

Vist the WindowsUpdate Site Regularly

I recommend you regularly visit the Windows Update Site!
  • Lots of Hacking/Trojans use the methods found (plugged by the updates) that have not been stopped by people not updating.
  • Update ALL Critical updates and any other Windows updates for services/programs that you use.
  • If you wish to turn on automatic updates then you will find here is a nice little article about turning on automatic updates.
  • Note that it will download them for you, but you still have to actually click install.
Update Non-Microsoft Programs

It is also a good idea to check for the latest versions of commonly installed applications that are regularly patched to fix vulnerabilities. You can check these by visiting Secunia Software Inspector and Calendar of Updates.

Update all programs regularly - Make sure you update all the programs you have installed regularly. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new malicious programs are released.

Follow this list and your potential for being infected again will reduce dramatically.

With Regards,
Extremeboy

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 05:56 PM

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