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#1 halindrome

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 05:38 PM

This machine was infected with scareware / malware that popped up stuff about being infected with viruses. After following the relevant instructions here and running rkill.exe and mbam, that stuff seemed to get cleaned up. However, now whenever I click a link in IE it connects to some random site rather than the one I would expect. There is no proxy set in the connection settings for IE. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Carla Nordstrom at 15:47:48.25 on Mon 08/23/2010
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.383.64 [GMT -5:00]

AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}

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

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgnsx.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Album Starter Edition\3.2\Apps\apdproxy.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k HTTPFilter
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\AWS\WeatherBug\Weather.exe
C:\Program Files\Novosoft\Handy Backup\hbagent.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\SetPoint.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logishrd\KHAL2\KHALMNPR.EXE
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqSTE08.exe
C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgui.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgscanx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Carla Nordstrom\Desktop\dds.scr

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

uStart Page = hxxp://www.glencary.org/
uSearch Page = hxxp://www.google.com
uSearch Bar = hxxp://www.google.com/ie
uSearchMigratedDefaultURL = hxxp://www.google.com/search?q={searchTerms}&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-US&ie=utf8&oe=utf8
uInternet Settings,ProxyServer = http=127.0.0.1:6522
uInternet Settings,ProxyOverride = <local>
uSearchAssistant = hxxp://www.google.com/ie
uSearchURL,(Default) = hxxp://www.google.com/search?q=%s
mSearchAssistant = hxxp://www.google.com/ie
uURLSearchHooks: AVG Security Toolbar BHO: {a3bc75a2-1f87-4686-aa43-5347d756017c} - c:\program files\avg\avg9\toolbar\IEToolbar.dll
BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper: {06849e9f-c8d7-4d59-b87d-784b7d6be0b3} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEHelper.dll
BHO: RealPlayer Download and Record Plugin for Internet Explorer: {3049c3e9-b461-4bc5-8870-4c09146192ca} - c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\real\realplayer\browserrecordplugin\ie\rpbrowserrecordplugin.dll
BHO: AVG Safe Search: {3ca2f312-6f6e-4b53-a66e-4e65e497c8c0} - c:\program files\avg\avg9\avgssie.dll
BHO: : {6f45aea2-9c81-4832-8390-7134102b8de5} - c:\program files\weatherstudio desktop\bin\WeatherStudio Desktop.dll
BHO: AVG Security Toolbar BHO: {a3bc75a2-1f87-4686-aa43-5347d756017c} - c:\program files\avg\avg9\toolbar\IEToolbar.dll
BHO: Google Toolbar Helper: {aa58ed58-01dd-4d91-8333-cf10577473f7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar3.dll
BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO: {af69de43-7d58-4638-b6fa-ce66b5ad205d} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbarnotifier\5.4.4525.1752\swg.dll
TB: &Google: {2318c2b1-4965-11d4-9b18-009027a5cd4f} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar3.dll
TB: AVG Security Toolbar: {ccc7a320-b3ca-4199-b1a6-9f516dd69829} - c:\program files\avg\avg9\toolbar\IEToolbar.dll
EB: {32683183-48a0-441b-a342-7c2a440a9478} - No File
uRun: [Weather] c:\program files\aws\weatherbug\Weather.exe 1
uRun: [Handy Backup 4.1] c:\program files\novosoft\handy backup\hbagent.exe -logon
uRun: [swg] "c:\program files\google\googletoolbarnotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe"
uRun: [ctfmon.exe] c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe
mRun: [AtiPTA] Atiptaxx.exe
mRun: [hp 1000 firmware] c:\program files\hp laserjet 1000\fwdl.exe
mRun: [Logitech Hardware Abstraction Layer] KHALMNPR.EXE
mRun: [HP Software Update] c:\program files\hp\hp software update\HPWuSchd2.exe
mRun: [Adobe Photo Downloader] "c:\program files\adobe\photoshop album starter edition\3.2\apps\apdproxy.exe"
mRun: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "c:\program files\adobe\reader 8.0\reader\Reader_sl.exe"
mRun: [Kernel and Hardware Abstraction Layer] KHALMNPR.EXE
mRun: [AVG9_TRAY] c:\progra~1\avg\avg9\avgtray.exe
mRun: [TkBellExe] "c:\program files\common files\real\update_ob\realsched.exe" -osboot
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\hpdigi~1.lnk - c:\program files\hp\digital imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\logite~1.lnk - c:\program files\logitech\setpoint\SetPoint.exe
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\micros~1.lnk - c:\program files\microsoft office\office\OSA9.EXE
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\quicke~1.lnk - c:\program files\quicken\bagent.exe
IE: {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE}
IE: {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
IE: {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe
DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} - hxxp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=39204
DPF: {3E68E405-C6DE-49FF-83AE-41EE9F4C36CE} - hxxp://office.microsoft.com/officeupdate/content/opuc.cab
DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} - hxxp://www.update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/wuweb_site.cab?1190661339125
DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} - hxxp://www.update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/muweb_site.cab?1190661333265
DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} - hxxp://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/CAB/x86/unicode/iuctl.CAB?38077.6659259259
DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} - hxxp://fpdownload2.macromedia.com/get/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
Handler: linkscanner - {F274614C-63F8-47D5-A4D1-FBDDE494F8D1} - c:\program files\avg\avg9\avgpp.dll
Notify: avgrsstarter - avgrsstx.dll
Notify: LBTWlgn - c:\program files\common files\logitech\bluetooth\LBTWlgn.dll

================= FIREFOX ===================

FF - ProfilePath - c:\docume~1\carlan~1\applic~1\mozilla\firefox\profiles\hsugsgvh.default\
FF - prefs.js: browser.search.defaulturl - hxxp://www.google.com/search?lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=
FF - prefs.js: browser.search.selectedEngine - Yahoo! Search
FF - prefs.js: keyword.URL - hxxp://search.search-go.net/?sid=10101055100&s=
FF - component: c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\real\realplayer\browserrecordplugin\firefox\ext\components\nprpffbrowserrecordext.dll
FF - component: c:\program files\avg\avg9\toolbar\firefox\avg@igeared\components\IGeared_tavgp_xputils2.dll
FF - component: c:\program files\avg\avg9\toolbar\firefox\avg@igeared\components\IGeared_tavgp_xputils3.dll
FF - component: c:\program files\avg\avg9\toolbar\firefox\avg@igeared\components\IGeared_tavgp_xputils35.dll
FF - component: c:\program files\avg\avg9\toolbar\firefox\avg@igeared\components\xpavgtbapi.dll
FF - component: c:\program files\mozilla firefox\extensions\{3112ca9c-de6d-4884-a869-9855de68056c}\components\googletoolbar.dll
FF - component: c:\program files\mozilla firefox\extensions\{3112ca9c-de6d-4884-a869-9855de68056c}\components\metrics.dll
FF - component: c:\program files\mozilla firefox\extensions\talkback@mozilla.org\components\qfaservices.dll

---- FIREFOX POLICIES ----
FF - user.js: browser.search.selectedEngine - Google
FF - user.js: browser.search.order.1 - Google
FF - user.js: keyword.URL - hxxp://search.search-go.net/?sid=10101055100&s=
============= SERVICES / DRIVERS ===============

R1 AvgLdx86;AVG Free AVI Loader Driver x86;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgldx86.sys [2009-10-22 216400]
R1 AvgMfx86;AVG Free On-access Scanner Minifilter Driver x86;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgmfx86.sys [2009-10-22 29584]
R1 AvgTdiX;AVG Free Network Redirector;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgtdix.sys [2009-10-22 243024]
R2 avg9wd;AVG Free WatchDog;c:\program files\avg\avg9\avgwdsvc.exe [2010-7-15 308136]
S2 gupdate1ca5192500f8570;Google Update Service (gupdate1ca5192500f8570);c:\program files\google\update\GoogleUpdate.exe [2009-10-20 133104]
S3 ati2mpad;ati2mpad;c:\windows\system32\drivers\ati2mpad.sys [2001-12-21 323793]

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

2010-08-23 18:39:12 38224 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbamswissarmy.sys
2010-08-23 18:39:06 20952 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbam.sys
2010-08-23 18:34:43 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\carlan~1\applic~1\Malwarebytes
2010-08-23 18:29:03 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\Malwarebytes
2010-08-23 18:29:02 0 d-----w- c:\program files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
2010-08-23 15:34:33 5 ----a-w- C:\zrpt.xml
2010-08-23 15:34:02 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\Update

==================== Find3M ====================

2010-08-23 20:24:51 1964 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\d3d8caps.dat
2010-07-15 14:27:16 243024 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgtdix.sys
2010-07-15 14:27:13 12536 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\avgrsstx.dll
2010-07-15 14:27:02 216400 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgldx86.sys
2010-06-30 12:31:35 149504 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\schannel.dll
2010-06-24 12:15:28 832512 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wininet.dll
2010-06-24 12:15:26 78336 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\ieencode.dll
2010-06-24 12:15:26 17408 ------w- c:\windows\system32\corpol.dll
2010-06-23 13:44:04 1851904 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\win32k.sys
2010-06-17 14:03:00 80384 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\iccvid.dll
2010-06-14 07:41:45 1172480 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\msxml3.dll
2009-02-23 16:36:23 32768 --sha-w- c:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\local settings\history\history.ie5\mshist012009022320090224\index.dat

============= FINISH: 15:49:31.06 ===============

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 03:55 PM

Hi halindrome,

Welcome to Bleeping Computer!

My name is mpascal, and I will be helping you fix your problem.

Before we begin, I would like give a few guidelines so that we can fix your problem as quickly and efficiently as possible:
  • Be sure to follow all my instructions carefully! If there is anything you don't understand, don't hesitate to ask.
  • Please do not do anything or perform other steps unless I have asked you to do so.
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We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.

If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine.

If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.

Upon completing the steps below I will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.

STEP 1 - MBAM

Note: In the event that you already have MBAM installed, you do not need to reinstall it. Simply Updating it and doing a Quickscan is sufficient.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.44) and save it to your desktop.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.
    For instructions with screenshots, please refer to the How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Guide.
  • 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.
  • 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. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.
  • Exit MBAM when done.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be asked to reboot your computer so MBAM can proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.

STEP 2 - GMER

Please download GMER from one of the following locations and save it to your desktop:
  • Main Mirror
    This version will download a randomly named file (Recommended)
  • Zipped Mirror
    This version will download a zip file you will need to extract first. If you use this mirror, please extract the zip file to your desktop.
  • Disconnect from the Internet and close all running programs.
  • Temporarily disable any real-time active protection so your security programs will not conflict with gmer's driver.
  • Double-click on the randomly named GMER file (i.e. n7gmo46c.exe) and allow the gmer.sys driver to load if asked.
  • Note: If you downloaded the zipped version, extract the file to its own folder such as C:\gmer and then double-click on gmer.exe.


  • GMER will open to the Rootkit/Malware tab and perform an automatic quick scan when first run. (do not use the computer while the scan is in progress)
  • If you receive a WARNING!!! about rootkit activity and are asked to fully scan your system...click NO.
  • Now click the Scan button. If you see a rootkit warning window, click OK.
  • When the scan is finished, click the Save... button to save the scan results to your Desktop. Save the file as gmer.log.
  • Click the Copy button and paste the results into your next reply.
  • Exit GMER and be sure to re-enable your anti-virus, Firewall and any other security programs you had disabled.
-- If you encounter any problems, try running GMER in safe mode.
-- If GMER crashes or keeps resulting in a BSODs, uncheck Devices on the right side before scanning
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STEP 3 - OTL

Download OTL to your desktop.
  • Double click on the icon to run it. Make sure all other windows are closed and to let it run uninterrupted.
  • When the window appears, underneath Output at the top change it to Minimal Output.
  • In the Custom Scans box, copy and paste the following:
    CODE
    netsvcs
    %SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.*
    %systemroot%\Fonts\*.com
    %systemroot%\Fonts\*.dll
    %systemroot%\Fonts\*.ini
    %systemroot%\Fonts\*.ini2
    %systemroot%\Fonts\*.exe
    %systemroot%\system32\spool\prtprocs\w32x86\*.*
    %systemroot%\REPAIR\*.bak1
    %systemroot%\REPAIR\*.ini
    %systemroot%\system32\*.jpg
    %systemroot%\*.jpg
    %systemroot%\*.png
    %systemroot%\*.scr
    %systemroot%\*._sy
    %APPDATA%\Adobe\Update\*.*
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Favorites\*.*
    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\*.*
    %PROGRAMFILES%\*.*
    %APPDATA%\Update\*.*
    %systemroot%\*. /mp /s
    CREATERESTOREPOINT
    %systemroot%\System32\config\*.sav
    %PROGRAMFILES%\bak. /s
    %systemroot%\system32\bak. /s
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\*.lnk /x
    %systemroot%\system32\config\systemprofile\*.dat /x
    %systemroot%\*.config
    %systemroot%\system32\*.db
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update\Results\Install|LastSuccessTime /rs
  • Click the Run Scan button. Do not change any settings unless otherwise told to do so. The scan wont take long.
    • When the scan completes, it will open two notepad windows. OTL.Txt and Extras.txt. These are saved in the same location as OTL.
    • Please copy (Edit->Select All, Edit->Copy) the contents of the files, and post it with your next reply.
STEP 4 - Reply

Please reply with the following logs:
  • MBAM Log
  • GMER Log
  • OTL Log

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 10:55 AM

I ended up wiping the machine and starting over. It was a machine with financial data on it, and this was clearly a root kit.

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 11:35 AM

Hi there,

Hope you didn't lose any data, and thanks for letting us know.

Since this issue appears to be resolved ... this Topic has been closed.

If you're the topic starter, and need this topic reopened, please contact a staff member with the address of the thread.

Everyone else please begin a New Topic.

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