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Request for a hijackthis analysis, trying to remove a registry value that seems impossible


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#1 panda109

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 10:28 PM

I have tried autoruns (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx) and startupmonitor (http://www.mlin.net/StartupMonitor.shtml) to remove this registry value, (O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [WinUpdate] C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1.SIR\LOCALS~1\Temp\winsvchosts.exe) to no avail.

I am somewhat computer literate but this has me stumped. The registry value refers to a non existent file, yet even after I remove the reference it gets replaced. Almost instantly, the popup i get from startupmonitor reads like this

"The Program WinUpdate has registered the executable

C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1.SIR\LOCALS~1\Temp\winsvchosts.exe

to run at system startup.

Do you wish to allow this change?"

I can click NO a million times over but the message returns.

My thoughts are that there must be a process running that keeps retrying to register this startup registry.

For the life of me I cannot find the program winupdate, or the process that keeps re-registering this startup value.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 8:11:11 PM, on 7/7/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
c:\program files\idt\intelxpv_v103\wdm\STacSV.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Unlocker\UnlockerAssistant.exe
C:\WINDOWS\StartupMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\PowerMenu\PowerMenu.exe
C:\Program Files\IDT\WDM\sttray.exe
C:\Program Files\Everything\Everything.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE
C:\Program Files\Replay Media Catcher\FLVSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Atomic Alarm Clock\AtomicAlarmClock.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.SIRSYSTEM\Local Settings\Apps\F.lux\flux.exe
C:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools Lite\DTLite.exe
C:\Program Files\Rocker\Rocker.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\SABnzbd\SABnzbd.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.SIRSYSTEM\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = http=127.0.0.1:57109
O2 - BHO: (no name) - AutorunsDisabled - (no file)
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: QuickStores-Toolbar - {10EDB994-47F8-43F7-AE96-F2EA63E9F90F} - mscoree.dll (file missing)
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: FDMIECookiesBHO Class - {CC59E0F9-7E43-44FA-9FAA-8377850BF205} - C:\Program Files\Free Download Manager\iefdm2.dll
O2 - BHO: Java™ Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl - {E7E6F031-17CE-4C07-BC86-EABFE594F69C} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie\jqs_plugin.dll
O3 - Toolbar: QuickStores-Toolbar - {10EDB994-47F8-43F7-AE96-F2EA63E9F90F} - mscoree.dll (file missing)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UnlockerAssistant] "C:\Program Files\Unlocker\UnlockerAssistant.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Run StartupMonitor] StartupMonitor.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PowerMenu] C:\Program Files\PowerMenu\PowerMenu.exe -hideself on
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SysTrayApp] %ProgramFiles%\IDT\WDM\sttray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Everything] "C:\Program Files\Everything\Everything.exe" -startup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Ask and Record FLV Service] "C:\Program Files\Replay Media Catcher\FLVSrvc.exe" /run
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SkinClock] C:\Program Files\Atomic Alarm Clock\AtomicAlarmClock.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [F.lux] "C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.SIRSYSTEM\Local Settings\Apps\F.lux\flux.exe" /noshow
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [DAEMON Tools Lite] "C:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools Lite\DTLite.exe" -autorun
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [WinUpdate] C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1.SIR\LOCALS~1\Temp\winsvchosts.exe ---------------------------TRYING TO DELETE THIS entry
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpybotSD TeaTimer] C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
O4 - Startup: Rocker.lnk = C:\Program Files\Rocker\Rocker.exe
O4 - Global Startup: AutorunsDisabled
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MI1933~1\Office12\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O20 - Winlogon Notify: AutorunsDisabled - Invalid registry found
O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Browseui preloader - {438755C2-A8BA-11D1-B96B-00A0C90312E1} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll
O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Component Categories cache daemon - {8C7461EF-2B13-11d2-BE35-3078302C2030} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll
O23 - Service: avast! Antivirus - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
O23 - Service: avast! Mail Scanner - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
O23 - Service: avast! Web Scanner - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
O23 - Service: FLEXnet Licensing Service - Macrovision Europe Ltd. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Macrovision Shared\FLEXnet Publisher\FNPLicensingService.exe
O23 - Service: GSDAUD - Unknown owner - C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1.SIR\LOCALS~1\Temp\GSDAUD.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: Java Quick Starter (JavaQuickStarterService) - Sun Microsystems, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: Audio Service (STacSV) - IDT, Inc. - c:\program files\idt\intelxpv_v103\wdm\STacSV.exe
O24 - Desktop Component 0: (no name) - (no file)

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End of file - 6162 bytes


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#2 miekiemoes

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 01:31 AM

Hi,

I see you are running Teatimer.
I suggest you to disable it because it can interfere with the changes you'll make on your system.
When everything is done and your log is clean again, you can enable it again.
If teatimer gives you a warning afterwards that some changes were made, allow this instead of blocking it.
How to disable TeaTimer <== click me for instructions.

After you disabled Teatimer, download ResetTeaTimer.exe to your desktop.
Then run ResetTeaTimer.exe.
This will only take a few seconds.

Then, * Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from Here

Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
  • In case you already used MBAM previously, please update it before proceeding with the scan. To do this, click the "Update" tab and click the "Check For updates" button.
  • Once the program has loaded and updates were downloaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan.
  • The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
  • When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.(See Extra Note)
  • The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy&Paste the entire report in your next reply along with a fresh HijackThis log.
Extra Note:
If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process,if asked to restart the computer,please do so immediatly.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 08:52 PM

well after disabling teatimer, i was able to remove the winupdate.exe using autoruns quite easily, my startupmonitor made no mention of the executable being re-registered. Thank you for your assistance, do you recommend MBAM over spybot s & D?

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 08:29 AM

Hi,

Yes I recommend mbam smile.gif
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