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XP Security Center virus / .exe files will not open

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#1 fox456


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Posted 03 March 2010 - 06:47 AM

Thank you for the clear instructions for the steps needed to post problems at this forum. I am hopeful that someone here will be able to solve the problem(s) with my computer. I appreciate the efforts that the volunteers here are making.

I have the XP Security Center virus and have not been able to remove it. I have tried both Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware and SmitfraudFix (following instructions that I have found on the web). I have also tried restoring the computer to an earlier date, but could not. While having this virus, I updated from Internet Explorer 6.0 to Internet Explorer 8.0 thinking that it would help -- but it didn't. It actually seems to have caused additional problems.

There are two accounts on my computer. If I go into my account, there are no icons appearing and
no "Start" button. There is just a blue screen. The only thing I can get access to is the Windows Task Manager. My icons finally re-appeared when I used the "New Task" button and asked it to open C:\. However, I cannot run any .exe file whatsoever. Additionally, I cannot access the time/date of the computer. These three problems occurred after updating to IE 8.0.

The XP Security Center virus performs bogus "scans" and also causes balloons to pop up with various messages. I've noticed that the balloon messages seem to pop up every time the computer's clock advances one minute. Some of the titles of these wordy messages are:

System danger!
Stealth intrusion!
Privacy threat!
Tracking software found!
Security breach!

If I go into Safe Mode or log in as the other user on my computer, I can run .exe files and the
desktop appears normal. However, the XP Security Center virus popups appear in both places.

The newest problem occurred just after I ran DeFogger and came back into Safe Mode after I
restarted the computer: I constantly kept getting a "warning" about dangerous sites as I tried to
get back to bleepingcomputer.com. I couldn't get to any website at all. After trying several
things, I used rkill.com and finally made it so I could post my entry.

After "killing" all the processes and starting the process of preparing my post here, I didn't have any popups of the XP Security Center virus until I unzipped GMER.exe.

Incidentally, I am not able to open the Windows Firewall program through my account or through
Safe Mode. I will try to do so through the other account on my computer later.

Thanks again for reading this entry and contemplating a solution.

DDS (Ver_09-12-01.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK
Run by Steve at 22:14:05.98 on Tue 03/02/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_17
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2047.1673 [GMT -5:00]

AV: AVG Internet Security *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}

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

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Steve\Desktop\dds.scr

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

uStart Page = hxxp://www.google.com/
uInternet Settings,ProxyServer = http=
uInternet Settings,ProxyOverride = <local>
BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class: {06849e9f-c8d7-4d59-b87d-784b7d6be0b3} - c:\program files\adobe\acrobat 7.0\activex\AcroIEHelper.dll
BHO: AVG Safe Search: {3ca2f312-6f6e-4b53-a66e-4e65e497c8c0} - c:\program files\avg9\avgssie.dll
BHO: Spybot-S&D IE Protection: {53707962-6f74-2d53-2644-206d7942484f} - c:\progra~1\spybot~1\SDHelper.dll
BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper: {9030d464-4c02-4abf-8ecc-5164760863c6} - c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\windows live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
BHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl Class: {e7e6f031-17ce-4c07-bc86-eabfe594f69c} - c:\program files\java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie\jqs_plugin.dll
EB: {32683183-48a0-441b-a342-7c2a440a9478} - No File
uRun: [SpybotSD TeaTimer] c:\program files\spybot - search & destroy\TeaTimer.exe
uRun: [esentcatLang] rundll32.exe "c:\documents and settings\steve\local settings\application data\esentcatlang\esentcatLang.dll", DllInit
uRun: [ctfmon.exe] c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe
uRun: [msnmsgr] "c:\program files\windows live\messenger\msnmsgr.exe" /background
mRun: [QuickTime Task] "c:\program files\quicktime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
mRun: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE c:\windows\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
mRun: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
mRun: [Alcmtr] ALCMTR.EXE
mRun: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE c:\windows\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
mRun: [PWRISOVM.EXE] c:\program files\utilities\poweriso\PWRISOVM.EXE
mRun: [AVG9_TRAY] c:\progra~1\avg9\avgtray.exe
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\adobeg~1.lnk - c:\program files\common files\adobe\calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\adober~1.lnk - c:\program files\adobe\acrobat 7.0\reader\reader_sl.exe
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\eventp~2.lnk - c:\windows\installer\{c4609419-c11e-4ce6-b369-f3f8a7ddd94c}\Shortcut_EventPlan_E2FBA8F7F7FD4C5EAA7D652BB0CAAA9D.exe
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\eventp~1.lnk - c:\windows\installer\{5d0df1bb-d82e-4fb2-b98e-4fde42ef7ebb}\Shortcut_EventPlan_5D0DF1BBD82E4FB2B98E4FDE42EF7EBB.exe
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\micros~1.lnk - k:\program files\microsoft office\office\OSA9.EXE
IE: {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
IE: {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe
IE: {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - c:\progra~1\spybot~1\SDHelper.dll
DPF: DirectAnimation Java Classes - file://c:\windows\java\classes\dajava.cab
DPF: Microsoft XML Parser for Java - file://c:\windows\java\classes\xmldso.cab
DPF: {02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B} - hxxp://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab
DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} - hxxp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=39204
DPF: {33564D57-9980-0010-8000-00AA00389B71} - hxxp://download.microsoft.com/download/D/0/D/D0DD87DA-994F-4334-8B55-AF2E4D98ED0C/wmv9dmo.cab
DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} - hxxp://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/muweb_site.cab?1178701327716
DPF: {8FFBE65D-2C9C-4669-84BD-5829DC0B603C} - hxxp://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/polarbear/ultrashim.cab
Filter: text/html - {4701c73e-066e-4f3b-a117-6ad3d045087f} -
Handler: linkscanner - {F274614C-63F8-47D5-A4D1-FBDDE494F8D1} - c:\program files\avg9\avgpp.dll
Notify: avgrsstarter - avgrsstx.dll
SSODL: WPDShServiceObj - {AAA288BA-9A4C-45B0-95D7-94D524869DB5} - c:\windows\system32\WPDShServiceObj.dll
Hosts: www.winmx.com err.winmx.com
Hosts: www.winmx.com err.winmx.com
Hosts: cache0.winmx.com test3201.winmx.com test3206.winmx.com
Hosts: cache1.winmx.com test3202.winmx.com test3207.winmx.com
Hosts: cache2.winmx.com test3203.winmx.com test3208.winmx.com

Note: multiple HOSTS entries found. Please refer to Attach.txt

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

FF - ProfilePath - c:\docume~1\steve\applic~1\mozilla\firefox\profiles\i3bh5gyc.default\
FF - prefs.js: browser.startup.homepage - hxxp://www.google.com/
FF - component: c:\program files\avg9\firefox\components\avgssff.dll
FF - HiddenExtension: Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant: {20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b} - c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v3.5\windows presentation foundation\dotnetassistantextension\
FF - HiddenExtension: Java Console: No Registry Reference - c:\program files\mozilla firefox\extensions\{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0017-ABCDEFFEDCBA}

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

R0 AvgRkx86;avgrkx86.sys;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgrkx86.sys [2009-10-23 161800]
R0 sfdrv01a;StarForce Protection Environment Driver (version 1.x.a);c:\windows\system32\drivers\sfdrv01a.sys [2006-7-5 63352]
R1 AvgTdiX;AVG Free8 Network Redirector;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgtdix.sys [2009-1-4 360584]
S0 Winda43;Winda43;c:\windows\system32\drivers\winda43.sys --> c:\windows\system32\drivers\Winda43.sys [?]
S1 AvgLdx86;AVG Free AVI Loader Driver x86;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgldx86.sys [2009-1-4 333192]
S1 AvgMfx86;AVG Free On-access Scanner Minifilter Driver x86;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgmfx86.sys [2007-5-13 28424]
S1 c2scsi;c2scsi;c:\windows\system32\drivers\c2scsi.sys [2008-4-27 244736]
S2 acedrv11;acedrv11;c:\windows\system32\drivers\ACEDRV11.sys [2008-1-23 501560]
S2 avg9emc;AVG E-mail Scanner;c:\program files\avg9\avgemc.exe [2009-10-23 906520]
S2 avg9wd;AVG WatchDog;c:\program files\avg9\avgwdsvc.exe [2009-10-23 285392]
S2 Roxio Upnp Server 10;Roxio Upnp Server 10;f:\program files\easy media creator\digital home 10\RoxioUpnpService10.exe [2007-8-24 362992]
S2 RoxLiveShare10;LiveShare P2P Server 10;c:\program files\common files\roxio shared\10.0\sharedcom\RoxLiveShare10.exe [2007-8-24 309744]
S2 RoxWatch10;Roxio Hard Drive Watcher 10;c:\program files\common files\roxio shared\10.0\sharedcom\RoxWatch10.exe [2007-8-24 166384]
S2 SessionLauncher;SessionLauncher;c:\docume~1\steve\locals~1\temp\dx9\sessionlauncher.exe --> c:\docume~1\steve\locals~1\temp\dx9\SessionLauncher.exe [?]
S3 hitmanpro35;Hitman Pro 3.5 Support Driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\hitmanpro35.sys [2010-2-12 15944]
S3 Roxio UPnP Renderer 10;Roxio UPnP Renderer 10;f:\program files\easy media creator\digital home 10\RoxioUPnPRenderer10.exe [2007-8-24 72176]
S3 RoxMediaDB10;RoxMediaDB10;c:\program files\common files\roxio shared\10.0\sharedcom\RoxMediaDB10.exe [2007-8-24 1083888]

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

2010-03-03 02:55:48 160 ----a-w- c:\documents and settings\steve\defogger_reenable
2010-03-03 01:35:07 0 d-----w- c:\windows\LastGood.Tmp
2010-03-02 01:41:44 0 d-sh--w- c:\documents and settings\steve\PrivacIE
2010-03-02 00:28:12 0 d-sh--w- c:\documents and settings\steve\IETldCache
2010-03-02 00:25:15 69120 -c----w- c:\windows\system32\dllcache\iecompat.dll
2010-03-02 00:24:46 0 d-----w- c:\windows\ie8updates
2010-03-02 00:23:47 594432 -c----w- c:\windows\system32\dllcache\msfeeds.dll
2010-03-02 00:23:47 55296 -c----w- c:\windows\system32\dllcache\msfeedsbs.dll
2010-03-02 00:23:47 246272 -c----w- c:\windows\system32\dllcache\ieproxy.dll
2010-03-02 00:23:47 1985536 -c----w- c:\windows\system32\dllcache\iertutil.dll
2010-03-02 00:23:47 1469440 ------w- c:\windows\system32\inetcpl.cpl
2010-03-02 00:23:47 12800 -c----w- c:\windows\system32\dllcache\xpshims.dll
2010-03-02 00:23:47 11070464 -c----w- c:\windows\system32\dllcache\ieframe.dll
2010-03-02 00:22:26 0 dc-h--w- c:\windows\ie8
2010-02-24 02:14:37 376 ----a-w- c:\windows\ODBC.INI
2010-02-24 02:13:28 0 d-----w- c:\windows\ShellNew
2010-02-19 11:30:11 54156 ---ha-w- c:\windows\QTFont.qfn
2010-02-19 11:30:11 1409 ----a-w- c:\windows\QTFont.for
2010-02-15 15:59:18 0 d-----w- c:\documents and settings\steve\Tracing
2010-02-15 15:57:09 0 d-----w- c:\program files\Microsoft
2010-02-15 15:56:00 0 d-----w- c:\program files\Windows Live SkyDrive
2010-02-15 15:50:58 0 d-----w- c:\program files\common files\Windows Live
2010-02-13 03:21:15 15944 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\hitmanpro35.sys
2010-02-13 03:21:07 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\Hitman Pro
2010-02-13 03:21:03 0 d-----w- c:\program files\Hitman Pro 3.5
2010-02-10 19:37:44 0 d-----w- c:\temp\RTS
2010-02-10 04:14:19 7056 ----a-w- c:\windows\CDILLA16.EXE
2010-02-10 04:14:19 63344 ----a-w- c:\windows\CDILLA05.DLL
2010-02-10 04:14:19 58160 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\CDANT.SYS
2010-02-10 04:14:19 55376 ----a-w- c:\windows\CDILLA40.DLL
2010-02-10 04:14:19 46080 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\CDANTSRV.EXE
2010-02-10 04:14:19 44544 ----a-w- c:\windows\CDILLA13.DLL
2010-02-10 04:14:19 260608 ----a-w- c:\windows\CDILLA32.DLL
2010-02-10 04:14:19 23856 ----a-w- c:\windows\CDILLA10.EXE
2010-02-10 00:36:38 471552 -c----w- c:\windows\system32\dllcache\aclayers.dll
2010-02-09 23:09:48 204800 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\awrtl30.dll
2010-02-09 23:09:48 111616 ------w- c:\windows\system32\Ltih30tb.dll
2010-02-09 23:09:46 0 d-----w- c:\program files\WexTech
2010-02-09 23:09:46 0 d-----w- c:\program files\common files\WexTech Shared
2010-02-09 23:09:46 0 d-----w- c:\program files\common files\LHSPF
2010-02-09 23:09:40 0 d--h--w- C:\C_DILLA
2010-02-09 23:08:53 0 d-----w- c:\windows\system32\Downloaded Program Files
2010-02-09 18:12:59 2268 ----a-w- c:\documents and settings\steve\.recently-used.xbel
2010-02-09 18:08:00 0 d-----w- c:\program files\IrfanView
2010-02-09 17:54:56 0 d-----w- c:\documents and settings\steve\.thumbnails
2010-02-09 17:45:32 0 d-----w- c:\documents and settings\steve\.gimp-2.6
2010-02-09 13:00:18 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\steve\applic~1\Autodesk
2010-02-09 12:51:56 0 d-----w- c:\program files\Autodesk
2010-02-07 01:05:57 0 d-----w- c:\program files\3DRipperDX
2010-02-06 14:06:11 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\steve\applic~1\Malwarebytes
2010-02-06 14:06:03 38224 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbamswissarmy.sys
2010-02-06 14:06:02 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\Malwarebytes
2010-02-06 14:06:01 19160 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbam.sys
2010-02-06 14:06:01 0 d-----w- c:\program files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
2010-02-01 22:54:58 0 d-----w- c:\program files\Screaming Bee
2010-02-01 11:31:16 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\Screaming Bee

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

2010-03-02 01:59:06 1944 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\tmp.reg
2009-12-21 19:14:05 916480 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wininet.dll
2009-12-16 18:43:27 343040 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\mspaint.exe
2009-12-14 07:08:23 33280 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\csrsrv.dll
2009-12-08 19:26:15 2145280 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
2009-12-08 18:43:51 2023936 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\ntkrnlpa.exe

============= FINISH: 22:14:42.92 ===============

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 04:59 AM

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer

We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.

If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine.

If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.

Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.

If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.
Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.

Thanks and again sorry for the delay.

We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:
  • Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.
  • Double click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.
  • A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.
  • Notepad will open with the results.
  • Follow the instructions that pop up for posting the results.
  • Close the program window, and delete the program from your desktop.
Please note: You may have to disable any script protection running if the scan fails to run. After downloading the tool, disconnect from the internet and disable all antivirus protection. Run the scan, enable your A/V and reconnect to the internet.

Information on A/V control HERE

Please download GMER from one of the following locations and save it to your desktop:
  • Main Mirror
    This version will download a randomly named file (Recommended)
  • Zipped Mirror
    This version will download a zip file you will need to extract first. If you use this mirror, please extract the zip file to your desktop.
  • Disconnect from the Internet and close all running programs.
  • Temporarily disable any real-time active protection so your security programs will not conflict with gmer's driver.
  • Double-click on the randomly named GMER file (i.e. n7gmo46c.exe) and allow the gmer.sys driver to load if asked.
  • Note: If you downloaded the zipped version, extract the file to its own folder such as C:\gmer and then double-click on gmer.exe.

  • GMER will open to the Rootkit/Malware tab and perform an automatic quick scan when first run. (do not use the computer while the scan is in progress)
  • If you receive a WARNING!!! about rootkit activity and are asked to fully scan your system...click NO.
  • Now click the Scan button. If you see a rootkit warning window, click OK.
  • When the scan is finished, click the Save... button to save the scan results to your Desktop. Save the file as gmer.log.
  • Click the Copy button and paste the results into your next reply.
  • Exit GMER and re-enable all active protection when done.
-- If you encounter any problems, try running GMER in Safe Mode.

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 12:02 PM

Due to the lack of feedback, this topic is now closed.
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