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#1 mrftbn


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Posted 31 October 2010 - 03:36 PM


In the last 2 or 3 days, my laptop seems to have picked up a string of malware. I'll spare you the minor problems that AVG and Spybot removed instantly. The big issue I'm having is similar to this guys' post http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic357256.html.

I searched on google for a solution, and someone suggested Combofix. I was about to run it on my computer (I'm desperate and short on time at this point), but decided to ask here first.

My computer:
-an EeePC 1000HE
-Windows XP Home Edition SP3

The symptoms:
-when I click on a link in Google's search results, it redirects me to an unrelated page or spam site with auto generated content
-after running Spybot and AVG (which both removed a few files) Google Chrome browser simply stopped working; now every page it tries to load is 404

While I'm waiting for a reply I'll probably continue trying to fix the problem myself. There are a lot of malware programs I have yet to run.

Thanks in advance for any reply.
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#2 mrftbn

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 04:16 PM

some updates:

In preparation for running any rootkit removal software, I'm backing up my system to an external hard drive and uninstalling Daemon Tools (CD emulation software.)

Taking a peek at the 'Startup' tab in msconfig there are a few suspicious-looking (to my eyes) entries:
**** = my profile name

10684684 C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\10684684\10684684.exe
dwm C:\DOCUME~\****\LOCAL~1\Temp\dwm.exe
(dwm.exe if for Aero in Windows 7 and Vista, right? I'm running XP. Also, AVG listed dwm.exe as suspicious on my system.)
_ex-08 C:\WINDOWS\Temp\_ex-08.exe

I am running malwarebytes anti-malware on the computer right now...

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