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#1 Dta116

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 11:11 AM

It seems this problem I have has driven me to the brink of asking for help....I hate that, but do appreciate the wisdom of this site and I trust the moderators.

When the computer is first booted, all is well as long as I continue to work with it. If the computer is left for any length of time I will slow down exponentially to the point of a crawl. I seems it has locked up but if the command if left to finish, it will eventually complete, (albeit many minutes later). I seems to aggravate the issue the longer the computer is left alone. I first thought I had been hijacked, but no network activity seems to be going on. My final thought is that the SSD drive is defective.

I hope to get a little help from here. I'm sure there is software I can run to tell you all you need to know about the issue. So without further adeau, Happy helping, (and a merry Christmas).

Woops! I am running Windows 7 pro and I only do updates periodically because of the incessant rebooting. PC Tools Antivirus and System Mechanic 10, All up to date.

Dave

Edited by Dta116, 25 December 2010 - 11:14 AM.


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Posted 25 December 2010 - 11:05 PM

Hello and welcome. let's get a scan log and check for malware/

First clear the Temp files.
TFC by OT
Please download TFC by Old Timer and save it to your desktop.
alternate download link

Save any unsaved work. TFC will close ALL open programs including your browser!
Double-click on TFC.exe to run it. If you are using Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator.
Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process and let it run uninterrupted to completion.
Important! If TFC prompts you to reboot, please do so immediately. If not prompted, manually reboot the machine anyway to ensure a complete clean.


Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
Download Link 1
Download Link 2MBAM 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.

Troubleshoot Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
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Posted 29 December 2010 - 09:22 AM

Thanks BOOPME

The Malware log is below.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.50.1.1100
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 5415

Windows 6.1.7600
Internet Explorer 8.0.7600.16385

12/29/2010 8:14:31 AM
mbam-log-2010-12-29 (08-14-31).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 168748
Time elapsed: 1 minute(s), 28 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 2
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 1

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\scrfile\shell\open\command\(default) (Broken.OpenCommand) -> Bad: (NOTEPAD.EXE %1) Good: ("%1" /S) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\regfile\shell\open\command\(default) (Broken.OpenCommand) -> Bad: (NOTEPAD.EXE %1) Good: (regedit.exe "%1") -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
c:\program files (x86)\mozilla firefox\erpsetup.exe (Rogue.ErrorRepairProfessional) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Thank you

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 10:42 AM

Good ,do an online scan next and tell me how it os after that.

Please perform a scan with Eset Online Antiivirus Scanner.
This scan requires Internet Explorer to work. Vista/Windows 7 users need to run Internet Explorer as Administrator.
To do this, right-click on the IE icon in the Start Menu or Quick Launch Bar on the Taskbar and select Run As Administrator from the context menu.
  • Click the green Posted Image button.
  • Read the End User License Agreement and check the box:
  • Check Posted Image.
  • Click the Posted Image button.
  • Accept any security warnings from your browser.
  • Check Posted Image
  • Check Remove found threats and Scan potentially unwanted applications. (If given the option, choose "Quarantine" instead of delete.)
  • Click the Start button.
  • ESET will then download updates for itself, install itself, and begin scanning your computer.
  • If offered the option to get information or buy software at any point, just close the window.
  • The scan will take a while so be patient and do NOT use the computer while the scan is running. Keep all other programs and windows closed.
  • When the scan completes, push Posted Image
  • Push Posted Image, and save the file to your desktop as ESETScan.txt.
  • Push the Posted Image button, then Finish.
  • Copy and paste the contents of ESETScan.txt in your next reply.
Note: A log.txt file will also be created and automatically saved in the C:\Program Files\EsetOnlineScanner\ folder.
If you did not save the ESETScan log, click Posted Image > Run..., then type or copy and paste everything in the code box below into the Open dialogue box:

C:\Program Files\ESET\EsetOnlineScanner\log.txt
  • Click Ok and the scan results will open in Notepad.
  • Copy and paste the contents of log.txt in your next reply.
-- Some online scanners will detect existing anti-virus software and refuse to cooperate. You may have to disable the real-time protection components of your existing anti-virus and try running the scan again. If you do this, remember to turn them back on after you are finished.

NOTE: In some instances if no malware is found there will be no log produced.
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 01:23 AM

Here are the scan results

D:\Downloads\Photo Software\File Converters_Viewers\ipcameraphones.exe Win32/Adware.ErrorRepairPro application deleted - quarantined
D:\My Documents\Dave\PC Utils\pconpoint.exe a variant of Win32/Adware.ErrorClean application deleted - quarantined
D:\My Documents\Download\Nero\Nero-8.1.1.4_eng_update.exe Win32/Toolbar.AskSBar application deleted - quarantined
D:\My Documents\Download\Nero\nerophotoshowdeluxe-5-win-en.exe Win32/Toolbar.AskSBar application deleted - quarantined
D:\My Documents\Download\system Mechanic\SearchAndRecover.exe probably unknown NewHeur_PE virus deleted - quarantined

Now this is strange that it deleted my known softwares' executables.

Thanks again.

P.S. I just check the issue this morning and the Problem still exists. This problem will also manifest itself if I leave the Win 7 login page open for an extended period of time...

I'm thinking It could be my 256gig SSD drive "C". I really have no experience with SSD drives, so I do not know what a malfunction would look like.

Thanks again.

Edited by Dta116, 30 December 2010 - 09:01 AM.


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Posted 30 December 2010 - 10:47 AM

It found malware in code it could exploit in those,especially toolbars.
Let's see if there is any malware left before we move to Win7 forum or the drive as if there is malware their instructions may not work.

Please download the TDSS Rootkit Removing Tool (TDSSKiller.exe) and save it to your Desktop. <-Important!!!
Be sure to download TDSSKiller.exe (v2.4.0.0) from Kaspersky's website and not TDSSKiller.zip which appears to be an older version 2.3.2.2 of the tool.
  • Double-click on TDSSKiller.exe to run the tool for known TDSS variants.
    Vista/Windows 7 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.
  • If TDSSKiller does not run, try renaming it.
  • To do this, right-click on TDSSKiller.exe, select Rename and give it a random name with the .com file extension (i.e. 123abc.com). If you do not see the file extension, please refer to How to change the file extension.
  • Click the Start Scan button.
  • Do not use the computer during the scan
  • If the scan completes with nothing found, click Close to exit.
  • If malicious objects are found, they will show in the Scan results - Select action for found objects and offer three options.
  • Ensure Cure (default) is selected, then click Continue > Reboot now to finish the cleaning process.
  • A log file named TDSSKiller_version_date_time_log.txt (i.e. TDSSKiller.2.4.0.0_27.07.2010_09.o7.26_log.txt) will be created and saved to the root directory (usually Local Disk C:).
  • Copy and paste the contents of that file in your next reply.


Rerun MBAM (MalwareBytes) like this:

Open MBAM in normal mode and click Update tab, select Check for Updates,when done
click Scanner tab,select Quick scan and scan (normal mode).
After scan click Remove Selected, Post new scan log and Reboot into normal mode.
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 12:19 PM

No problems found with TDSSKiller.

Here is the log of MBAM

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.50.1.1100
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 5422

Windows 6.1.7600
Internet Explorer 8.0.7600.16385

12/30/2010 11:13:15 AM
mbam-log-2010-12-30 (11-13-15).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 168867
Time elapsed: 1 minute(s), 16 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 12:29 PM

Ok, sory I could not help you. I feel you should ask this again in the Win 7 forum. Mention we went over the PC for malware here so they know not to start there again. Explain perhaps that hard drive item.
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