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Recurring Wininit.exe Infected Message


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#1 Moby49

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 01:13 PM

When someone got my credit card info, I immediately ran Combofix and it determined that the wininit.exe file was infected. It made a recovery which it said was successful. Just be sure I shut down cold and then booted to clear the memory. Unfortunately, when I ran Combofix again after starting up, Combofix again came up with a wininit.exe infection and recovery.

Thinking that the infection was buried deep in the MBR, I have taken increasing more severe measures to eliminate it, destroying all volumes and running "diskpart clean all", which writes zeros into every byte on the disk. However, after doing a clean WIN7 installation on the disk and rerunning Combofix, it came up with the same message "wininit.exe infected".

I am now totally without any idea about what may be going on. I have no idea how an infection could survive. Any one have any thoughts why Combofix keeps finding an infection in wininit.exe??

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 02:05 PM

FWIW: Among the items I've read...ComboFix should not be run with 64-bit Win 7.

ComboFix is a powerful malware removal tool...everything I've read about it says that it's only to be run under proper supervision. Here in the Win 7 forum, all that we can do is point you to ComboFix usage, Questions, Help - Look here - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic273628.html .

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 03:30 PM

I would advise for 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.

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#4 Moby49

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 04:58 PM

Hamluis

I am running a x86 version of Win7 so that I could run ComboFix. So that wiould not be the problem.

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Jacee,

Thanx for the advice.

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 09:32 AM

after doing a clean WIN7 installation on the disk

Did you use a USB drive to transfer any of your programs back to the freshly installed Win 7? If you did, it could be that the USB drive is infected.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 08:08 AM

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Nope no USB used till after run.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 05:50 PM

Excuse me herself my English is bad, I am Brazilian. I believe that that infection be a false positive one of the Combofix therefore my technician of data processing installed once again the Windows 7 and passed the Combofix, giving this infection. There is others similar cases in the same epoch, vejam:

What do you find?

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 06:27 PM

Hello,

Now that you have posted a log here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic343672.html you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a MRT Team member, nor should you ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the MRT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the MRT Team members are EXTREMELY busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the MRT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another MRT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

Please be patient. It may take several days to get a response but your log will be reviewed and answered as soon as possible. I advise checking your topic once a day for responses as the e-mail notification system is unreliable.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic. Good luck with your log.

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