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mshta.exe issue after "Microsoft Security Essentials Alert" attack


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#1 ewu

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 07:25 PM

I am running XP and it seems to function well with the exception of multiple mshta.exe incidences. I fell victim to the security essentials trojan but Avast was able to catch it before my system was substantially compromised. It seems like most items have been removed aside from the mshta.exe issue.

Exactly every hour, Avast alerts to mshta.exe accessing a location and blocks it. When I check the task manager it sometimes comes up many times. I have taken to ending mshta.exe whenever I see it.

I have run quick and full scans with Avast, Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, and Spybot. I booted up into safe mode and ran quick scans with all four. I also ran a boot-time scan with Avast. All these scans have come up with no infected files.

I also downloaded and ran panda anti-rootkit both regularly and in safe mode.

Please advise as to how I can resolve this issue.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 08:15 PM

Hello it appears then some malware files are protecyed by a driver or perhaps a service. To get thrm out we'll need a deeper look. Please go here....
Preparation Guide ,do steps 6 - 9.

Create a DDS log and post it in the new topic explained in step 9,which is here Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs and not in this topic,thanks.
If Gmer won't run,skip it and move on.
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Posted 15 October 2010 - 12:38 PM

Thanks boopme. I have posted the logs here:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...t&p=1975510

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 02:17 PM

Now that your log is properly posted, 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 Malware Removal Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it 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 Malware Removal 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 Malware Removal Team members are very 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 Malware Removal 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 HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic.
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