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#1 Atomizer


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Posted 15 February 2010 - 04:17 PM

I am currently using Windows XP SP2, Internet Explorer 7.

I recently had the "xp antivirus pro 2010" fake antivirus but was finally able to remove it with Spyware Doctor, though I still have a few problems.

Here are the steps I took:

I first saw the infection when my browser (I.E. 7) closed and I got a message saying that it was infected.

Task manager showed the "av.exe" process as well as about 25 "smss32.exe" processes, so I knew that those were obviously the virus.

I tried using Malwarebytes, then Avast, but found that both were blocked.

Because I could not start my browser correctly, I used a different computer, and found a solution which recommended the use of "msconfig" to block smss32 on startup, then going into the C:\WINDOWS\System32 folder and deleting smss32.exe, winlogon32.exe, helper.dll, and 41.exe.

I tried the above solution, and when the computer booted back up after the use of msconfig, I found that my wireless internet adapter could not see any networks, and that my task manager had been disabled. I then used Hijackthis to kill anything related to smss32, then went into the system32 folder and deleted the smss32.exe, winlogon32.exe, helper.dll, and 41.exe files, then rebooted again.

After the reboot, I got stuck in the logon-logoff loop, which I eventually fixed with a solution I found online that used BartPE to edit the userinit registry file. I also deleted some clearly virus files structured as: <innocuous filename><x number of spaces>.exe

After successfully logging back in, I found that the fake antivirus was still there. I reenabled my internet connection by restarting windows wireless zero configuration, which had apparently been what the virus disabled. I was able to use Malwarebytes after renaming mbam.exe to mbam.com, however, the only thing I was able to use it for was to reenable the task manager. The task manager showed that apparently smss32 was gone, so I was partially successful.

At this point I used Spyware Doctor to remove the fake antivirus successfully, after which I was able to use my computer somewhat normally.

However, I have found 2 problems:

1) Windows firewall is not working, and I can't find a way to enable it. The security center tells me to use "Windows Firewall" to reenable the firewall, however, all options in Windows Firewall are greyed out, so I can do nothing.

2) Also, for some reason, all .exe files are now described as "secfile", though they had previously been described as "application", I think. I checked the registry, and found that under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe, (Default)=secfile and Content Type=application/x-msdownload
Will simply changing "secfile" to "application" fix the .exe file problem or is there something else I need to do?

Edited by Atomizer, 15 February 2010 - 04:33 PM.

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 08:50 AM

Update - I noticed some other strange occurrences:

1) Internet explorer sometimes freezes when I try to close it, and I am forced to use task manager.

2) Programs minimize themselves for no apparent reason.

3) Avast gripes about a file called KBDSOCK.DLL in the C/WINDOWS/system32 folder, but cannot remove it. Should I try to manually remove it?

4) Several programs have had multiple executables placed in their folders, which vary only by the number of spaces between the filename and the .exe - Daemon tools in particular has this problem, but I can't determine which file is real - one is larger than the others, has the standard daemon tools icon, but has the greatest number of spaces.

Please help me fix this soon, thanks.

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 03:22 PM


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