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Infected Immediately after reformat/reinstall XP with Nothing installed but drivers and all Windows Updates


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#1 ike0069

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 09:57 PM

How is this even possible?

I had the google redirect issue that seemed to go away for a couple of days, but then everything got worse and pages I was reading would just change to a different random site. I decided to just reformat the drive and reinstall XP. Installed drivers and all Windows updates, anti-virus and MBAM from files on a different partition on the same drive and set up outlook express including importing files. I then went on the internet and everything happened again. A google-analytics page popped up and pages randomly were redirected.

So I reformatted/reinstalled again tonight. I installed my MB and VC drivers fro mthe CD that came with the product and then started installing all Windows updates which takes a while. After that, I went on the internet and I'm infected again.

My boot drive is partioned into C and D with D being where I install all my games and place any downloads or save files. However, I never did anything with this drive this time. I never even opened up the drive folder.

Please help as I am completely baffled

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 10:10 PM

Do you use a router?

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 10:13 PM

yes

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 10:27 PM

I suspect your router has been compromised. To resolve that, you need to reset it to factory settings. Once you have done that, you need to change the default password to a strong password of your creation.

Let me know if that resolves your issues.

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 10:29 PM

Thank you!! I have two other PC's that are connected to this router, might they have become infected?

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 08:11 AM

That seems to have worked, thank you!

Any idea how a router becomes compromised? I'm guessing my pc became infected first and then the router was infected but I've just never had that happen before.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 08:22 PM

Hello,

I'm glad the issue has been resolved. As for how the router itself was affected, I'll have to check with those more knowledgeable than I to find out.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 09:34 PM

Hello,

In answer to your questions, the router is compromised by an infected computer that's connected to it. Setting a strong password on the router configuration will help prevent that from happening.

Also, it would be a good idea to run MBAM on all the computers just to be sure that there isn't something still lurking.

In case you are unfamiliar with MBAM, here are the instructions:

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.46) and save it to your desktop.Download Link 1
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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.
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