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#1 Hewitt

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 11:45 AM

Problem. A program calling itself XP Security installed itself with a shield icon in my system tray yesterday and now pops up various hysterical virus warnings every 45 seconds, which must be manually closed, such as Privacy Threat!, System Hijack!, Virus Infection!, and so on. I can "recover from an infection right now, by performing a free system scan, click here." Every hour it pops up a full window, "XP Security - Unregistered version" pretends to do a scan, in 5 seconds, reports the details of 33 infections, and asks if I want to activate XP Security or stay unprotected? Activation costs $49.99. Every two hours it will also pop up a full window entitled "Windows Security Center" explaining that "Security Center helps you manage your windows security settings," and informing me that my Firewall is off (it isn't), Auto update is on, and virus protection is off (it isn't).

On an irregular basis, it will try to run ave.exe and connect to 76.76.97.115HTTP. My Zone Alarm anti-virus firewall catches it, and I deny access. When I open Firefox, I instead get an "XP Security Firewall Alert" informing me that "XP Security has blocked a program from accessing the internet," due to a changing roster of fake named infections. I can either choose to "activate XP Security" or "continue unprotected;" the later choice gives me access to Firefox. XP Security completely blocks access to Control Center, Firewall.

System. I am running Windows XP with 3 GB of memory. ZoneAlarm did not prevent the infection and, after a new scan, does not detect it.

Actions taken. I have run DDS and created DDS.txt and attach.txt. GMER took seven hours to run, then could not save the results in a file. DDS.txt is not attached because the Browse button on this site does not work, nor can one file in the file specification. This site discusses "Total XP Security" and "XP SecurityCenter", not "XP Security," but the screen shots of the popup window look to be nearly the same and its functional description matches. I am following the preparation guide, and so have not yet run "RKill" or MalewareBytes.

Request. What do you recommend?

Edited by Orange Blossom, 17 March 2010 - 06:47 PM.
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Posted 22 March 2010 - 10:43 AM

Following the post at topic302855 by techextreme, I seem to have killed XP Security. :thumbsup: As the post advises, you must run RKill first to terminate XP Security processes. Then you can download and run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM). If you try to just run MBAM first, XP Security will hang MBAM at the MBAM update stage. MBAM took less than an hour to run, found 9 registry changes and two file infections, and killed them dead.

Thank you techextreme, and thank you to the authors of RKill and MBAM.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 11:23 AM

You're welcome from all of us... let's do this also to be sure it is all gone.

Next run ATF and SAS: If you cannot access Safe Mode,run in normal ,but let me know.

Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".

From your regular user account..
Download Attribune's ATF Cleaner and then SUPERAntiSpyware , Free Home Version. Save both to desktop ..
DO NOT run yet.
Open SUPER from icon and install and Update it
Under Scanner Options make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):
Close browsers before scanning.
Scan for tracking cookies.
Terminate memory threats before quarantining
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Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program. DO NOT run yet.

Now reboot into Safe Mode: How to enter safe mode(XP)
Using the F8 Method
Restart your computer.
When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode
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Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
Click the Empty Selected button.

If you use Firefox or Opera browser click that browser at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program
.

NOW Scan with SUPER
Open from the desktop icon or the program Files list
On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
Perform a Complete scan. After scan,Verify they are all checked.
Click OK on the summary screen to quarantine all found items.
If asked if you want to reboot, click "Yes" and reboot normally.

To retrieve the removal information after reboot, launch SUPERAntispyware again.
Click Preferences, then click the Statistics/Logs tab.
Under Scanner Logs, double-click SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log.
If there are several logs, click the current dated log and press View log.
A text file will open in your default text editor.
Please copy and paste the Scan Log results in your next reply.
Click Close to exit the program.


Rerun MBAM (MalwareBytes) like this:

Open MBAM in normal mode and click Update tab, select Check for Updates,when done
click Scanner tab,select Quick scan and scan (normal mode).
After scan click Remove Selected, Post new scan log and Reboot into normal mode.



Please ask any needed questions,post logs and Let us know how the PC is running now.
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Posted 24 March 2010 - 10:02 PM

All seems well. :thumbsup: SuperAntiSpyware found only tracking cookies. MalwareBytes found nothing at all. I am posting the log files in text below, since there is no option to attach files.

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 03/24/2010 at 03:15 PM

Application Version : 4.34.1000

Core Rules Database Version : 4725
Trace Rules Database Version: 2537

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 01:17:07

Memory items scanned : 229
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 6512
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 118391
File threats detected : 42

Adware.Tracking Cookie
.2o7.net [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.2o7.net [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.adbrite.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.adbrite.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.ads.pointroll.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.ads.pointroll.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.ads.pointroll.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.ads.pointroll.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.advertising.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.advertising.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.advertising.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.advertising.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.atdmt.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.cs.sexcounter.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.cs.sexcounter.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.cs.sexcounter.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.cs.sexcounter.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.edge.ru4.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.mediamatters.org [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.nextag.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.nextag.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.questionmarket.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.questionmarket.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.trafficmp.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.trafficmp.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.tribalfusion.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
ad.yieldmanager.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
ad.yieldmanager.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
server.cpmstar.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Abram\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5o3d0k6q.default\cookies.txt ]
.2o7.net [ C:\Documents and Settings\Charlotte\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ij6pz098.default\cookies.txt ]
.2o7.net [ C:\Documents and Settings\Charlotte\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ij6pz098.default\cookies.txt ]
.adopt.specificclick.net [ C:\Documents and Settings\Charlotte\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ij6pz098.default\cookies.txt ]
.advertising.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Charlotte\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ij6pz098.default\cookies.txt ]
.advertising.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Charlotte\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ij6pz098.default\cookies.txt ]
.advertising.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Charlotte\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ij6pz098.default\cookies.txt ]
.advertising.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Charlotte\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ij6pz098.default\cookies.txt ]
.atdmt.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Charlotte\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ij6pz098.default\cookies.txt ]
.bs.serving-sys.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Charlotte\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ij6pz098.default\cookies.txt ]
.serving-sys.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Charlotte\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ij6pz098.default\cookies.txt ]
.serving-sys.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Charlotte\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ij6pz098.default\cookies.txt ]
.serving-sys.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Charlotte\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ij6pz098.default\cookies.txt ]
.serving-sys.com [ C:\Documents and Settings\Charlotte\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ij6pz098.default\cookies.txt ]

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44
Database version: 3910
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.11

3/24/2010 10:50:02 PM
mbam-log-2010-03-24 (22-50-02).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 172750
Time elapsed: 4 minute(s), 37 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 10:26 PM

Excellent, looks great.
Now you should Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been backed up, renamed and saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "Ok". Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.
  • Click the "More Options" tab, then click the "Clean up" button under System Restore.
  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?"
  • Click Yes, then click Ok.
  • Click Yes again when prompted with "Are you sure you want to perform these actions?"
  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.
Vista and Windows 7 users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point in Vista or Windows 7 and Disk Cleanup in Vista.
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