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Can't Get Rid Of Adware - I've Tried Almost Everything

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#1 Steeze


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Posted 20 October 2005 - 10:22 AM

Hi fellow nerds

For the very first time ever, I've managed to get my laptop (IBM R50 Thinkpad, Windows XP Pro SP2 Danish) infested with the most evil and hard-to-kill malware I've ever seen.

My OS i 100% up to date with all patches etc. installed. I use Firefox (only IE when forced to) combined with Microsoft Antispyware and Symantec AntiVirus.

To prevent further damage, I've now almost in panic installed ZoneAlarm, Trend Micro Anti Spyware, Spywareblaster, Spybot Search & destroy and Ad-Aware SE.

I've run all of the above, and removed most of the rediculous malware, but there are still some left I can't seem to get rid off.

Furthermore I've powergoogled the web for possible fixes and useful instructions. Unfortunately, I haven't found the right one yet.

FYI, I've also downloaded a bunch of useful tools as i ran into them in my search for the holy grail; Hijackthis, KillBox, Hoster, CWShredder, Kill2Me, CleanUp, AboutBuster, LSPFix.

The following applications tries so access the internet as soon as i boot in the following order (from ZoneAlarm with maximum restrictions).
svchost.exe looks for (my ISP's nameserver ns.get2net.dk)
msnmsgr.exe looks for 1035 (harmless i guess)
rundll32.exe looks for (my ISP's nameserver ns.get2net.dk)
svchost.exe looks for
explorer.exe looks for (THIS IS THE PROBLEM!)
Tmas.exe looks for (Trend Micro Anti Spy)
msnmsgr.exe looks for (harmless i guess)

When I open Firefox (or iexplorer), firefox.exe tries to connect to (the same explorer.exe tried upon boot), if access is denied, no websites pop up, but if I allow the connect, the annoiying websites keep comming.
Afterwards., firefox.exe wants to connect to og every other minute.

My hosts-file has been hijacked with a bunch of evil-looking URL's (search- and ad-related sites) - all with the IP I've tried deleting the unwanted hosts og write protected the file, but with no luck. The hostile hosts reappears at once.

Anyways, this is what I'm left with at the moment: When I connect to the internet with a browser, yet another annoying website and/or a splash-ad shows it self on top of my desktop.

Any ideas?

Kind regards

Steeze / nnielsen


My Hijackthis log (I think I've killed most of the bad entries):

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 16:07:19, on 20.10.2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Programmer\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe
C:\Programmer\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Programmer\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe
C:\Programmer\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasDtServ.exe
C:\Programmer\Fælles filer\EPSON\EBAPI\eEBSVC.exe
C:\Programmer\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Distillr\AcroTray.exe
C:\Programmer\Trend Micro\Tmas\Tmas.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [gcasServ] "C:\Programmer\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Zone Labs Client] C:\Programmer\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MsnMsgr] "C:\Programmer\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Acrobat Assistant.lnk = C:\Programmer\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Distillr\AcroTray.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: EPSON Status Monitor 3 Environment Check(3).lnk = C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\E_SRCV03.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Trend Micro Anti-Spyware.lnk = C:\Programmer\Trend Micro\Tmas\Tmas.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&ksporter til Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Programmer\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\npjpi150_02.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Programmer\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\npjpi150_02.dll
O9 - Extra button: Opslag - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Programmer\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Programmer\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O11 - Options group: [JAVA_IBM] Java (IBM)
O16 - DPF: {04E214E5-63AF-4236-83C6-A7ADCBF9BD02} (HouseCall Control) - http://housecall60.trendmicro.com/housecall/xscan60.cab
O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool) - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=39204
O16 - DPF: {CDEB29FC-3A36-420E-A444-E3639B5C3E1B} (WDX.WDX_Main) - https://www.web-direct.dk/WDX.CAB
O18 - Protocol: msnim - {828030A1-22C1-4009-854F-8E305202313F} - "C:\PROGRA~1\MSNMES~1\msgrapp.dll" (file missing)
O23 - Service: Adobe LM Service - Unknown owner - C:\Programmer\Fælles filer\Adobe Systems Shared\Service\Adobelmsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Bonjour-tjeneste (Bonjour Service) - Apple Computer, Inc. - C:\Programmer\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
O23 - Service: CachemanXP (CachemanXPService) - OuterTechnologies - C:\PROGRA~1\CACHEM~1\CachemanXP.exe
O23 - Service: DefWatch - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\DefWatch.exe
O23 - Service: EpsonBidirectionalService - Unknown owner - C:\Programmer\Fælles filer\EPSON\EBAPI\eEBSVC.exe
O23 - Service: EPSON V3 Service2(03) (EPSON_PM_RPCV2_01) - SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION - C:\WINDOWS\system32\E_S00RP1.EXE
O23 - Service: IBM PM Service (IBMPMSVC) - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\System32\ibmpmsvc.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Programmer\Fælles filer\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec AntiVirus Client (Norton AntiVirus Server) - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\Rtvscan.exe
O23 - Service: Spectrum24 Event Monitor (S24EventMonitor) - Intel Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\System32\S24EvMon.exe
O23 - Service: Ulead Burning Helper (UleadBurningHelper) - Ulead Systems, Inc. - C:\Programmer\Fælles filer\Ulead Systems\DVD\ULCDRSvr.exe
O23 - Service: TrueVector Internet Monitor (vsmon) - Zone Labs, LLC - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe

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#2 Grinler


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Posted 26 October 2005 - 09:16 AM

I do not see anything, but that does not mean anything isnt there due to your systems. Do these two things for me:

Open Internet Explorer. When it is open click on Tools and then Internet Options. Then click on the Connections tab and then press the Lan Settings button. Do you have it set to use a proxy server?

Download http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/files/winpfind.php

Extract WinPFind.zip to your c:\ folder.

Reboot your computer into Safe Mode

Then open c:\WinPFind and double-click on WinPFind.exe. When the program is open, click on the Start Scan button to scart scanning your computer. Be patient as this scan may take a while. When it is done, it will show a log and tell you the scan is completed. Reboot your computer back to normal mode and and post the contents of c:\WinPFind\WinPFind.txt as a reply to this topic.

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