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#1 shannon pan

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 07:57 PM

My daughter was using limewire yesterday and forgot to turn it off when she was done. When I tried to use the computer this morning, every webpage on firefox pops up as c.ppcxml.net which was of course automatically blocked by firefox.

I scanned my computer with spybot search and destroy and McCafee, but came up with nothing.

Now I can open up my homepage without being directed to c.ppcxml.net, but a second tab automatically pops up to a spam page. I can't access any other webpages.

What is going on? and how do I get rid of this?

Somebody help me please!

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 08:49 PM

hello and welcome to the BC

how old is this computer? make and model? it seems you are infected!
Is your data backed up?

ps someone will move this topic to the correct forum.
Have A Great Day

...........Kenny.............

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 09:38 PM

sorry for posting in the wrong forum!

it is an Asus notebook. not a netbook. U1 series.
It's approximately 2 years old.
I don't know how to get rid of it.
I would hate to reformat everything since I have so much music stored on the computer.
I have most of my important files backed up.

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 11:33 AM

Welcome to BC

You might want to remove any Firefox add-ons for now

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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.
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The process of cleaning your computer may require you to temporarily disable some security programs. If you are using SpyBot Search and Destroy, please refer to Note 2 at the bottom of this page.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free version and save it to your desktop.

NOTE: Before saving MBAM please rename it to zztoy.exe....now save it to your desktop.


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  • 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 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 and exit MBAM.
Note:
-- If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you may be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. Regardless if prompted to restart the computer or not, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.

Note 2:
-- MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you're using other security programs that detect registry changes (like Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere with the fix or alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please disable such programs until disinfection is complete or permit them to allow the changes. To disable these programs, please view this topic: How To Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus, Firewall And Anti-malware Programs
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Be sure to re-enable your AV and malware scan tools if they were disabled

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Please download Dr.Web CureIt, the free version & save it to your desktop. DO NOT perform a scan 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 Dr.Web CureIt as follows:
  • Double-click on launch.exe to open the program and click Start. (There is no need to update if you just downloaded the most current version
  • Read the Virus check by DrWeb scanner prompt and click Ok where asked to Start scan now? Allow the setup.exe to load if asked by any of your security programs.
  • The Express scan will automatically begin.
    (This is a short scan of files currently running in memory, boot sectors, and targeted folders).
  • If prompted to dowload the Full version Free Trial, ignore and click the X to close the window.
  • If an infected object is found, you will be prompted to move anything that cannot be cured. Click Yes to All.
  • When complete, click Select All, then choose Cure > Move incurable.
    (This will move any detected files to the C:\Documents and Settings\userprofile\DoctorWeb\Quarantine folder if they can't be cured)
  • Now put a check next to Complete scan to scan all local disks and removable media.
  • In the top menu, click Settings > Change settings, and UNcheck "Heuristic analysis" under the "Scanning" tab, then click Ok.
  • Back at the main window, click the green arrow "Start Scanning" button on the right under the Dr.Web logo.
  • When the scan is complete, a message will be displayed at the bottom indicating if any viruses were found.
  • Click "Yes to all" if asked to cure or move the file(s) and select "Move incurable".
  • In the top menu, click file and choose save report list.
  • Save the DrWeb.csv report to your desktop.
  • Exit Dr.Web Cureit when done.
  • Important! Reboot your computer because it could be possible that files in use will be moved/deleted during reboot.
  • After reboot, post the contents of the log from Dr.Web in your next reply. (You can use Notepad to open the DrWeb.cvs report)

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#5 shannon pan

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 08:02 PM

I did everything you listed and found 1 trojan with Dr. web's complete scan. it was attached to my spybot.

but before I could save the log, the blue screen come up saying something went wrong and the computer has to shut down....

right now I'm in the process of doing another complete scan.

is there anything else I should do?

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 02:22 AM

Yes, I had this problem. I reinstalled Firefox to a different folder via 'custom install' (to C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox2) and it's ok now.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 02:57 AM

Er, sorry, my post above doesn't work, it was ok for a while but has now come back.

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 11:28 AM

Ok, this has worked for 24 hours: just uninstall the Firefox add-on 'xul cache'.
I don't recall installing it anyway.

This solution has been reported before on this site at:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/lof...hp/t192538.html




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