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#1 Skyrider1

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 03:00 PM

My Internet Service Provider has informed me a spambot, -- perhaps a version of Rustock, -- has taken over my computer.

My virus protector which includes a rootkit cleaner, gives my system the all clear.
The software monitor in Windows Defender says no program is connecting to the internet. Yet when I check the status of the physical connection there are transfers in and out at a rate of up to 2 megabytes a minute. Netstat shows multiple SMTP connections being opened.

RU Botted says I have a mailbot and suggests using its companion House Call to remedy the system. But House Call can find nothing.

The mailbot launches when I open the network connection to the internet, and recently it has become so bad, that I can't get on the internet while the bot takes over. Writing this message, downloading DDS, GMER, posting logs, etc., can only be done by transferring the files by memory stick from another computer (which is 10 years old) in the building. That is slowing the process to find a fix. For instance I can no longer download updated virus signatures.

If it helps, the attached GMER log flags an interesting entry -- service **hidden** Boot rpnadf`-- but I await your advice.

Thank you for considering my problem.

DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86
Run by dick at 13:22:29.62 on 25/07/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18928
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Basic 6.0.6002.2.1252.2.1033.18.2046.1143 [GMT -4:00]

SP: Windows Defender *enabled* (Updated) {D68DDC3A-831F-4FAE-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}

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

C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exe
C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k GPSvcGroup
C:\Windows\system32\SLsvc.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\Windows\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\Windows\System32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\ArcSoft\Connection Service\Bin\ACService.exe
C:\Windows\system32\AERTSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\COGECO Security Services\Anti-Virus\fsgk32st.exe
C:\Program Files\COGECO Security Services\Anti-Virus\FSGK32.EXE
C:\Program Files\COGECO Security Services\Common\FSMA32.EXE
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Windows\RtHDVCpl.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\MOM.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 7\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\Shared Files\RichVideo.exe
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 7\InCD\NBHGui.exe
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 7\InCD\InCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\ArcSoft\Connection Service\Bin\ACDaemon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe
C:\Program Files\COGECO Security Services\Common\FSM32.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\ArcSoft\Connection Service\Bin\ArcCon.ac
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\RUBotted\TMRUBottedTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\Panasonic\PHOTOfunSTUDIO -viewer-\PhAutoRun.exe
C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD SmartWare\WD Drive Manager\WDDMStatus.exe
C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD SmartWare\Front Parlor\WDSmartWare.exe
C:\Program Files\COGECO Security Services\Common\FSHDLL32.EXE
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\RUBotted\TMRUBotted.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\CCC.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD SmartWare\WD Drive Manager\WDDMService.exe
C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD SmartWare\Front Parlor\WDSmartWareBackgroundService.exe
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k WerSvcGroup
C:\Windows\system32\SearchIndexer.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAANTMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe
C:\Program Files\COGECO Security Services\ORSP Client\fsorsp.exe
C:\Windows\system32\WUDFHost.exe
C:\Program Files\COGECO Security Services\FWES\Program\fsdfwd.exe
C:\Windows\system32\wbem\unsecapp.exe
C:\Windows\system32\wbem\wmiprvse.exe
C:\Program Files\COGECO Security Services\Anti-Virus\fssm32.exe
C:\Program Files\COGECO Security Services\Anti-Virus\fsav32.exe
C:\Users\dick\Desktop\dds.scr
C:\Windows\system32\conime.exe
C:\Windows\system32\wbem\wmiprvse.exe

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

uStart Page = hxxp://cnn.com/
uWindow Title = Internet Explorer provided by Dell
uDefault_Page_URL = hxxp://partnerpage.google.com/smallbiz.dell.com/en_ca?hl=en&client=dell-row&channel=ca-smb&ibd=5090130
uSearch Bar = hxxp://www.google.com/ie
uSearchURL,(Default) = hxxp://www.google.com/search?q=%s
BHO: Adobe PDF Link Helper: {18df081c-e8ad-4283-a596-fa578c2ebdc3} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
BHO: SSVHelper Class: {761497bb-d6f0-462c-b6eb-d4daf1d92d43} - c:\program files\java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\ssv.dll
BHO: Google Toolbar Helper: {aa58ed58-01dd-4d91-8333-cf10577473f7} - c:\program files\google\google toolbar\GoogleToolbar_32.dll
BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO: {af69de43-7d58-4638-b6fa-ce66b5ad205d} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbarnotifier\5.5.5126.1836\swg.dll
BHO: Browsing Protection Class: {c6867eb7-8350-4856-877f-93cf8ae3dc9c} - c:\program files\cogeco security services\nrs\iescript\baselitmus.dll
BHO: CBrowserHelperObject Object: {ca6319c0-31b7-401e-a518-a07c3db8f777} - c:\program files\dell\bae\BAE.dll
TB: Google Toolbar: {2318c2b1-4965-11d4-9b18-009027a5cd4f} - c:\program files\google\google toolbar\GoogleToolbar_32.dll
TB: Browsing Protection Toolbar: {265eee8e-3228-44d3-aea5-f7fdf5860049} - c:\program files\cogeco security services\nrs\iescript\baselitmus.dll
uRun: [WMPNSCFG] c:\program files\windows media player\WMPNSCFG.exe
uRun: [swg] "c:\program files\google\googletoolbarnotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe"
mRun: [Windows Defender] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe -hide
mRun: [RtHDVCpl] RtHDVCpl.exe
mRun: [IAAnotif] c:\program files\intel\intel matrix storage manager\iaanotif.exe
mRun: [StartCCC] "c:\program files\ati technologies\ati.ace\core-static\CLIStart.exe"
mRun: [Google Desktop Search] "c:\program files\google\google desktop search\GoogleDesktop.exe" /startup
mRun: [RemoteControl] "c:\program files\cyberlink\powerdvd\PDVDServ.exe"
mRun: [NeroFilterCheck] c:\program files\common files\ahead\lib\NeroCheck.exe
mRun: [SecurDisc] c:\program files\nero\nero 7\incd\NBHGui.exe
mRun: [InCD] c:\program files\nero\nero 7\incd\InCD.exe
mRun: [ArcSoft Connection Service] c:\program files\common files\arcsoft\connection service\bin\ACDaemon.exe
mRun: [QuickTime Task] "c:\program files\quicktime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime
mRun: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "c:\program files\adobe\reader 9.0\reader\Reader_sl.exe"
mRun: [Adobe ARM] "c:\program files\common files\adobe\arm\1.0\AdobeARM.exe"
mRun: [F-Secure Manager] "c:\program files\cogeco security services\common\FSM32.EXE" /splash
mRun: [F-Secure TNB] "c:\program files\cogeco security services\fsgui\TNBUtil.exe" /CHECKALL /WAITFORSW
mRun: [TMRUBottedTray] "c:\program files\trend micro\rubotted\TMRUBottedTray.exe"
mRun: [LanguageShortcut] "c:\program files\cyberlink\powerdvd\language\Language.exe"
StartupFolder: c:\progra~2\micros~1\windows\startm~1\programs\startup\micros~1.lnk - c:\program files\microsoft office\office\OSA9.EXE
StartupFolder: c:\progra~2\micros~1\windows\startm~1\programs\startup\photof~1.lnk - c:\program files\panasonic\photofunstudio -viewer-\PhAutoRun.exe
StartupFolder: c:\progra~2\micros~1\windows\startm~1\programs\startup\wddmst~1.lnk - c:\program files\western digital\wd smartware\wd drive manager\WDDMStatus.exe
StartupFolder: c:\progra~2\micros~1\windows\startm~1\programs\startup\wdsmar~1.lnk - c:\program files\western digital\wd smartware\front parlor\WDSmartWare.exe
mPolicies-explorer: BindDirectlyToPropertySetStorage = 0 (0x0)
mPolicies-system: EnableUIADesktopToggle = 0 (0x0)
IE: Add to Google Photos Screensa&ver - c:\windows\system32\GPhotos.scr/200
IE: Google Sidewiki... - c:\program files\google\google toolbar\component\GoogleToolbarDynamic_mui_en_89D8574934B26AC4.dll/cmsidewiki.html
IE: {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0007-ABCDEFFEDCBC} - c:\progra~1\java\jre16~1.0_0\bin\ssv.dll
LSP: c:\program files\cogeco security services\fsps\program\FSLSP.DLL
DPF: {8AD9C840-044E-11D1-B3E9-00805F499D93} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_07-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0007-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_07-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_07-windows-i586.cab
AppInit_DLLs: c:\progra~1\google\google~3\GOEC62~1.DLL

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

R0 fsbts;fsbts;c:\windows\system32\drivers\fsbts.sys [2010-6-28 41256]
R1 F-Secure HIPS;F-Secure HIPS Driver;c:\program files\cogeco security services\hips\drivers\fshs.sys [2010-6-28 68064]
R1 FSES;F-Secure Email Scanning Driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\fses.sys [2010-6-28 35792]
R1 FSFW;F-Secure Firewall Driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\fsdfw.sys [2010-6-28 71040]
R1 fsvista;F-Secure Vista Support Driver;c:\program files\cogeco security services\anti-virus\minifilter\fsvista.sys [2010-6-28 12384]
R2 AERTFilters;Andrea RT Filters Service;c:\windows\system32\AERTSrv.exe [2009-1-30 81920]
R2 F-Secure Gatekeeper Handler Starter;FSGKHS;c:\program files\cogeco security services\anti-virus\fsgk32st.exe [2010-6-28 215648]
R2 RtNdPt60;Realtek NDIS Protocol Driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\RtNdPt60.sys [2009-1-30 27648]
R2 RUBotted;Trend Micro RUBotted Service;c:\program files\trend micro\rubotted\TMRUBotted.exe [2010-7-13 582992]
R2 WDDMService;WD SmartWare Drive Manager;c:\program files\western digital\wd smartware\wd drive manager\WDDMService.exe [2009-11-13 110592]
R2 WDSmartWareBackgroundService;WD SmartWare Background Service;c:\program files\western digital\wd smartware\front parlor\WDSmartWareBackgroundService.exe [2009-6-16 20480]
R3 athrusb;Atheros Wireless LAN USB device driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\athrusb.sys [2009-2-22 446976]
R3 F-Secure Gatekeeper;F-Secure Gatekeeper;c:\program files\cogeco security services\anti-virus\minifilter\fsgk.sys [2010-6-28 123056]
R3 FSORSPClient;F-Secure ORSP Client;c:\program files\cogeco security services\orsp client\fsorsp.exe [2010-6-28 57008]
R3 TMPassthruMP;TMPassthruMP;c:\windows\system32\drivers\TMPassthru.sys [2010-7-13 206608]
S2 clr_optimization_v4.0.30319_32;Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN v4.0.30319_X86;c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v4.0.30319\mscorsvw.exe [2010-3-18 130384]
S2 CX88TS;Conexant 2388x Transport Stream Capture;c:\windows\system32\drivers\cx88ts.sys [2004-6-29 13056]
S2 gupdate;Google Update Service (gupdate);c:\program files\google\update\GoogleUpdate.exe [2010-1-29 135664]
S3 APL531;OVT Scanner;c:\windows\system32\drivers\ov550i.sys [2006-7-31 580992]
S3 AV88BASE;Cx2388x Base Driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\av88base.sys [2007-7-13 441088]
S3 FontCache;Windows Font Cache Service;c:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation [2008-1-20 21504]
S3 GoogleDesktopManager-110309-193829;Google Desktop Manager 5.9.911.3589;c:\program files\google\google desktop search\GoogleDesktop.exe [2009-1-30 30192]
S3 MUSTechVIDCAP;ADS DVD XPRESS DX2;c:\windows\system32\drivers\musgostrm.sys [2010-5-6 252160]
S3 TMPassthru;Trend Micro Passthru Ndis Service;c:\windows\system32\drivers\TMPassthru.sys [2010-7-13 206608]
S3 WDC_SAM;WD SCSI Pass Thru driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\wdcsam.sys [2009-2-13 11520]
S3 WPFFontCache_v0400;Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 4.0.0.0;c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v4.0.30319\wpf\WPFFontCache_v0400.exe [2010-3-18 753504]
S4 F-Secure Filter;F-Secure File System Filter;c:\program files\cogeco security services\anti-virus\win2k\fsfilter.sys [2010-6-28 39776]
S4 F-Secure Recognizer;F-Secure File System Recognizer;c:\program files\cogeco security services\anti-virus\win2k\fsrec.sys [2010-6-28 25184]

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


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============= FINISH: 13:23:54.67 ===============

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#2 Skyrider1

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 09:13 AM

Hi. In preparation I have been reading this removal forum. Volunteer myrti dealt with a case similar to mine in the past 24 hours so I have reviewed the steps closely.

One wrinkle that may make my case different is I have no Vista repair disk which I believe I need to run in conjunction with ComboFix. Instead of shipping a disk, the computer manufacturer provided a program on hard drive to recreate the factory image which basically reformats the drive and reinstalls the original Windows OS. The system is then rebuilt from my backups.

I've found a Vista repair disk for download from a third party and have it handy. But Vista on my computer has service pack 2, and from what I've read, the downloaded disk may be service pack 1. Will that be a problem?


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Posted 03 August 2010 - 06:33 PM

Hi,

Welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is m0le and I will be helping you with your log.
  • Please subscribe to this topic, if you haven't already. You can subscribe by clicking the Options box to the right of your topic title and selecting Track This Topic.

  • Please avoid installing/uninstalling or updating any programs and attempting any unsupervised fixes or scans. This can make helping you impossible.

  • Please reply to this post so I know you are there.
The forum is busy and we need to have replies as soon as possible. If I haven't had a reply after 3 days I will bump the topic and if you do not reply by the following day after that then I will close the topic.

Once I receive a reply then I will return with your first instructions.

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 08:25 AM

Hi mOle,
I'm still here and so is the invader. Nice to hear from you. Skyrider1

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 05:28 PM

Hi,

Please run Combofix, which should remove the rootkit here.

Please download ComboFix from one of these locations:* IMPORTANT !!! Save ComboFix.exe to your Desktop making sure you rename it comfix.exe
  • Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right click on the System Tray icon. They may otherwise interfere with our tools. (Click on this link to see a list of programs that should be disabled. The list is not all inclusive.)
  • Double click on Comfix.exe & follow the prompts.
  • As part of it's process, ComboFix will check to see if the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed. With malware infections being as they are today, it's strongly recommended to have this pre-installed on your machine before doing any malware removal. It will allow you to boot up into a special recovery/repair mode that will allow us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware.
  • Follow the prompts to allow ComboFix to download and install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console, and when prompted, agree to the End-User License Agreement to install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console.
**Please note: If the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is already installed, ComboFix will continue it's malware removal procedures.



Once the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed using ComboFix, you should see the following message:



Click on Yes, to continue scanning for malware.

When finished, it shall produce a log for you. Please include the C:\ComboFix.txt in your next reply.
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Posted 04 August 2010 - 07:56 PM

Good evening. ComboFix run is complete and I am attaching the log. Tnx.

I made a couple of newbie mistakes which I mention here only to be an aid to others following this thread.

1) Since the infected computer can't access the internet I have to use a remote and 10-year-old old machine which is terribly slow. After reading the forum I thought I could speed the process by pre-downloading ComboFix. But by the time I had to use the program it was out of date and I had to do it all over again. So, leave downloading ComboFix to the last.

2) The instructions are to rename ComboFix as comfix.exe before using. I am using a Windows OS, Vista. I clicked on the icon for the program on the desktop and right clicked rename and gave it the required name. "comfix.exe". Unfortunately I forgot that rename in this case doesn't change the file format. The dot-exe remains and what I created was a file now named comfix.exe.exe. When I redid rename and just entered the name comfix Vista attached the .exe and all was well.

3) During the scan process the screen suddenly went black and I my first thought was ComboFix had crashed, but after that first panic I realized it was only the screen saver clicking in. Conclusion: ComboFix takes some time so be patient.

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 08:03 PM

You missed one important piece of advice: Combofix is a very powerful tool and should not be run without an advisor. It can, and does, render computers unbootable.

The program has neatly stripped out the driver and services from the rootkit so that's a good start.


Please run MBAM next

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application or, if you are using Vista, right-click and select Run As Administrator 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 updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
  • On the Scanner tab:
    • Make sure the "Perform Full 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.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply and exit MBAM.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you may be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. Regardless if prompted to restart the computer or not, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware. MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you're using other security programs that detect registry changes, they may alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please permit the program to allow the changes.
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Posted 04 August 2010 - 11:22 PM

Hurray.. I'm sending this from the formerly infected computer that couldn't get online for the past month.
MBAM log attached.

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 08:23 AM

Great News!! clapping.gif

Let's run one final scan from ESET to make sure we've got everything
  1. Hold down Control and click on the following link to open ESET OnlineScan in a new window.
    ESET OnlineScan
  2. Click the button.
  3. For alternate browsers only: (Microsoft Internet Explorer users can skip these steps)
    1. Click on to download the ESET Smart Installer. Save it to your desktop.
    2. Double click on the icon on your desktop.
  4. Check
  5. Click the button.
  6. Accept any security warnings from your browser.
  7. Leave the top box checked and then check
  8. Push the Start button.
  9. ESET will then download updates for itself, install itself, and begin scanning your computer. Please be patient as this can take some time.
  10. When the scan completes, push
  11. Push , and save the file to your desktop using a unique name, such as ESETScan. Include the contents of this report in your next reply.
  12. Push the button.
  13. Push
NOTE: If no malware is found then no log will be produced. Let me know if this is the case.
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Posted 05 August 2010 - 12:13 PM

ESET found one Trojan. It looks like it is the previous catch, now locked in quarantine. See attached log.

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 03:41 PM

Yep, it's a previous catch alright. Looks like a clean ESET log then.

How is the PC performing now?
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Posted 05 August 2010 - 04:09 PM

Hi mOle..
I just have one minor glitch. When I boot up I get a Windows message that Windows (Vista) has blocked a program in start up because it requires permission to run. On inspection it is Malwarebytes.
I expect the best way to deal with it is to remove malwarebytes and re-install if I wish but await your comments.
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Also, I have spent about 100 frustrating hours in the last month in research and effort to track down and remove this hidden problem. Advice to consult BleepingComputer only came in the last few days and I am grateful for the board's support. The only thing I regret is that I can't wrest the dead body of the invader from my computer, fling it on the floor and stomp it in a victory dance. Skyrider1

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 04:38 PM

You could disable MBAM starting up on boot.

Use this tool (also by the makers of MBAM) to stop it.

Please download StartupLite. to your desktop and run it. It will explain any optional auto-start programs on your system, and offer the option to stop these programs from starting at startup. This will result in fewer programs running when you boot your system, and should improve performance.


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The only thing I regret is that I can't wrest the dead body of the invader from my computer, fling it on the floor and stomp it in a victory dance


I can do you a smilie...it's not the same but the sentiment is the same.

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As you may have guessed,

You're clean. Good stuff! thumbup2.gif

Let's do some clearing up

Uninstall ComboFix

Remove Combofix now that we're done with it.
  • Please press the Windows Key and R on your keyboard. This will bring up the Run... command.
    (For Vista/Windows 7 please click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Run)
  • Now type in Combofix /Uninstall in the runbox and click OK. (Notice the space between "Combofix" and "/")
  • Please follow the prompts to uninstall Combofix.
  • You will then receive a message saying Combofix was uninstalled successfully once it's done uninstalling itself.
This will uninstall Combofix and anything associated with it.


Download and Run OTC

We will now remove the tools we used during this fix using OTC.
  • Download OTC by OldTimer and save it to your desktop.
  • Double click icon to start the program. If you are using Vista, please right-click and choose run as administrator
  • Then Click the big button.
  • You will get a prompt saying "Being Cleanup Process". Please select Yes.
  • Restart your computer when prompted.

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Here's some advice on how you can keep your PC clean


Use and update your AntiVirus Software

You must have a good antivirus. There are plenty to choose from but I personally recommend the free options of Avast and Avira Antivir. If you want to purchase a security program then I recommend any of the following: AVG, Norton, McAfee, Kaspersky and ESET Nod32.

It is imperative that you update your Antivirus software at least once a week (Even more if you wish). If you do not update your antivirus software then it will not be able to catch any of the new variants that may come out. If you use a commercial antivirus program you must make sure you keep renewing your subscription. Otherwise, once your subscription runs out, you may not be able to update the programs virus definitions.


Make sure your applications have all of their updates

It is also possible for other programs on your computer to have security vulnerability that can allow malware to infect you. Therefore, it is also a good idea to check for the latest versions of commonly installed applications that are regularly patched to fix vulnerabilities. You can check these by visiting Secunia Software Inspector and Calendar of Updates.


Install an AntiSpyware Program

A highly recommended AntiSpyware program is SuperAntiSpyware. You can download the free Home Version. or the Pro version for a 15 day trial period.

Installing this or another recommended program will provide spyware & hijacker protection on your computer alongside your virus protection. You should scan your computer with an AntiSpyware program on a regular basis just as you would an antivirus software.


Finally, here's a treasure trove of antivirus, antimalware and antispyware resources


That's it Skyrider1, happy surfing!

Cheers.

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 06:45 PM

ComboFix removed and cleanup complete.
mOle, Salutes! from Skyrider1

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:25 PM

Since this issue appears to be resolved ... this topic has been closed. Glad we could help. smile.gif

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