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#1 jackiemarie

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 06:39 PM

For several weeks now, every day when I run SuperAntiSpyware Professional and Webroot SpySweeper, the same adware keeps showing up (even though it never did before in previous years I been using Flash player) that requires a reboot to remove it from the system. This is what was found:
Application Version : 4.38.1004 Core Rules Database Version : 5036 Trace Rules Database Version: 2848Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:11:48

Memory items scanned : 592
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 6782
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 2142
File threats detected : 9

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Cookies\jcb@msnportal.112.2o7[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Cookies\jcb@revsci[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Cookies\jcb@wachovia.112.2o7[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Cookies\jcb@media6degrees[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Cookies\jcb@ad.wsod[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Cookies\jcb@collective-media[1].txt

Adware.Flash Tracking Cookie
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Application Data\MACROMEDIA\FLASH PLAYER\#SHAREDOBJECTS\N96MVUFB\A.ADS2.MSADS.NET
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Application Data\MACROMEDIA\FLASH PLAYER\#SHAREDOBJECTS\N96MVUFB\B.ADS2.MSADS.NET
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Application Data\MACROMEDIA\FLASH PLAYER\#SHAREDOBJECTS\N96MVUFB\SECURE-US.IMRWORLDWIDE.COM

Can I go into C:drive and delete the N96MVUFB folder without messing up SAS? I paid for the Lifetime updates for SAS. By the way, I have the paid Malwarebytes' AntiMalware and AVG 9 free; nothing is being produced by either of these; scans are clean.
I apologize for the elementary nature of the question.

Thank you for any suggestions.
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Posted 05 June 2010 - 09:11 PM

Hi Jackiemarie
Did you reboot after the scan? You should.
Flash cookies a.k.a. Adware.Flash tracking cookies are a.k.a. Local Shared Objects and they are tracking cookies that you do not see in your Cookies folder: see Local Shared Object

from Admin at SAS:

We simply enabled our new Flash Cookie rules (most people don't know flash drops cookies as well) - we have had the request to clean them, as well as Firefox and Chrome cookies (next version).

The can't "harm" your system, but can be used to track behavior and surfing habits by Flash Applications.


I do not see that folder in my SAS..What dose it contain?
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 02:15 PM

Yes, I reboot every day after the SAS scan runs.

I'm assuming your quote "the can't harm your system" should read "they can't harm your system".

Also, about the N96MVUFB folder in Macromedia [C:Document & Settings\jcb.PC\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#Shared Objects\N96MVUFB\--------]; I could not find these three items A.ADS2.MSADS.NET, B.ADS2.MSADS.NET, and SECURE-US.IMRWORLDWIDE.COM that the cookies reference, and this was what really made me wonder about these cookies. There are 280 folders listed in my N96MVUFB folder but not those three - and these 280 folders are read only.

Being as it's Sunday, I haven't read LocalSharedObject yet, but I will.

Thank you for responding.
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 02:45 PM

Hi, yes it's "they"... I copies the SAS Admins typo,
Do we have XP here?
The infections you listed in Macromedia are infostealers,keyloggers,backdoos and/or Bots.

A keylogger program that can capture all user keystrokes (including confidential details such username, password, credit card number, etc.)
A malicious trojan horse or bot that may represent security risk for the compromised system and/or its network environment
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I suspect that version of Macromedi is older ab=nd is being exploited. It should be updated.


A backdoor Trojan can allow an attacker to
gain control of the system, log keystrokes, steal passwords, access personal
data, send malevolent outgoing traffic, and close the security warning
messages displayed by some anti-virus and security programs.

I would advise you to disconnect this PC from the Internet, and then go to
a known clean computer and change any passwords or security information held
on the infected computer. In particular, check whatever relates to online
banking financial transactions, shopping, credit cards, or sensitive
personal information. It is also wise to contact your financial institutions
to apprise them of your situation.



It would be good to run these also.
TFC by OT
Please download TFC by Old Timer and save it to your desktop.
alternate download link
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.
Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.46) and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1
alternate download link 2
MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.
  • 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 definition 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.
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Posted 07 June 2010 - 07:33 PM

My info is: Windows XP Pro, HP Pavilion, regularly using 1) Defraggler 2) Revo Uninstaller if required 3) daily disk cleanup of temp files 4) paid lifetime SAS v4.34.1000 5) paid Malware Bytes' AntiMalware v1.46, database 4177 6) AVG v9.0.829 free 7) Webroot SpySweeper.

All security apps run scans daily including updating. I thought you said "they can't harm" and now they're keyloggers and backdoor trojans. There is not another safe computer that I can use.

I must have gotten lost somewhere because as I said in the first post, AVG 9 free and Malware Bytes' AntiMalware scans are done daily and they have not reported anything at all; only SAS keeps showing these adware Flash cookies and requiring rebooting. Also, I have the paid Malware Bytes and it automatically updates several times daily; it has not detected anything to do with Flash player or flash cookies.

I downloaded the TFC and ran it; it took about one minute and I rebooted.

Additionally, it was the Flash Player 10.0.45.2 that was listed at Control Panel>Add/Remove hardware (not obsolete), but I uninstalled it and reinstalled anyway.

Here is latest Malware scan:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.46
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 4177

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702

6/7/2010 7:03:04 PM
mbam-log-2010-06-07 (19-03-04).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 142552
Time elapsed: 8 minute(s), 24 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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Here is latest SUPERAntiSpyware scan:
SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 06/07/2010 at 04:24 PM

Application Version : 4.34.1000

Core Rules Database Version : 5042
Trace Rules Database Version: 2854

Scan type : Quick Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:23:09

Memory items scanned : 536
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 823
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 11262
File threats detected : 13

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Cookies\jcb@s.clickability[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Cookies\jcb@msnbc.112.2o7[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Cookies\jcb@specificmedia[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Cookies\jcb@msnportal.112.2o7[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Cookies\jcb@revsci[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Cookies\jcb@kontera[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Cookies\jcb@kanoodle[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Cookies\jcb@media6degrees[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Cookies\jcb@adserver.adtechus[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Cookies\jcb@ad.wsod[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Cookies\jcb@collective-media[1].txt

Adware.Flash Tracking Cookie
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Application Data\MACROMEDIA\FLASH PLAYER\#SHAREDOBJECTS\TTR74WUY\A.ADS2.MSADS.NET
C:\Documents and Settings\jcb.PC272393594253\Application Data\MACROMEDIA\FLASH PLAYER\#SHAREDOBJECTS\TTR74WUY\B.ADS2.MSADS.NET

Thank you.
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Posted 07 June 2010 - 08:57 PM

Hi OK, No we are OK. I just went thru the Adobe apps and yes The Adobe needed to be reinstalled . I had to do it my self.. Seems there was an issue with it..
We are good here as fear as the backdoors etc.. Sorry for the scare. But it just came up on mine today also.

So how are things now ? I feel this is a clean machine now.

If there are no more problems or signs of infection, 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 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 Users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point and Disk Cleanup.

Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection:Avoid gaming sites, pirated software, cracking tools, keygens, 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 malicious 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. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid these types of web sites and not use any P2P applications. Read P2P Software User Advisories and Risks of File-Sharing Technology.

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. To learn more about this risk, please read:

Edited by boopme, 07 June 2010 - 08:58 PM.

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 10:48 AM

FYI: Flash cookies (or Local Shared Objects) are collections of cookie-like data stored on a computer and used by all versions of Adobe Flash Player and similar applications. Unlike traditional browser cookies, Flash cookies are relatively unknown to most users and cannot be managed through browser cookie controls so they are more difficult to remove. However, they can be viewed, managed and removed using the Website Storage Settings panel at Macromedia's Support Site. Flash cookies cannot harm your system but they can be used to track behavior and surfing habits by Flash Applications. They are typically stored within each user’s Application Data directory with a ".SOL" extension, under the Macromedia\FlashPlayer\#SharedObjects folder. For more information, please refer to:
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Posted 09 June 2010 - 04:33 PM

Thank you to Boopme and Quietman; your knowledge and your patience are greatly appreciated.
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Posted 09 June 2010 - 10:42 PM

Super info, quietman7, thanks.
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FYI: Flash cookies (or Local Shared Objects) are collections of cookie-like data stored on a computer and used by all versions of Adobe Flash Player and similar applications. Unlike traditional browser cookies, Flash cookies are relatively unknown to most users and cannot be managed through browser cookie controls so they are more difficult to remove. However, they can be viewed, managed and removed using the Website Storage Settings panel at Macromedia's Support Site. Flash cookies cannot harm your system but they can be used to track behavior and surfing habits by Flash Applications. They are typically stored within each user's Application Data directory with a ".SOL" extension, under the Macromedia\FlashPlayer\#SharedObjects folder. For more information, please refer to:


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