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#1 seitler

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 09:25 PM

What is mshta.exe in the processes of the task manager and is it a sign of a virus if there are multiple processes labled mshta.exe?

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 10:33 PM

are you seeing this in the task manager?

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 10:50 PM

Anyway do a windows search for mshta.exe on your C: drive. if you find it located anyway except:
C:/WINDOWS/system32 than you might have a fake.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 09:55 AM

it a sign of a virus if there are multiple processes labled mshta.exe?

Very possible, yes. I'll notify a mod to move this to the malware section.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 10:05 AM

Yes I am seeing this in the task manager. I end the processes and in a 24 our period of non use on the computer, I end up with 15 or more back in the task manager.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 10:14 AM

When I do a search like you suggested, I come up with six files. One is in Windows\system32. One is in Windows\Prefetch Two are in Windows\Softwaredistribution\Download\...and then random letters and numbers
The last two are in Program Files\Onlineservices\PeoplePC\IE\EN\...random letters and numbers again

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 10:18 AM

Yes I am seeing this in the task manager. I end the processes and in a 24 our period of non use on the computer, I end up with 15 or more back in the task manager.

Again, this is a malware issue. Please sit tight until a mod steps in.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 10:47 AM

You have an infection as noted above. The files are in the wrong locations.
I moved this from XP to the Am I Infected forum.


Let's get a scan log from MBAM .

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.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 11:29 AM

Here is the malawarebytes log. It did not find anything.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.50.1.1100
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 5544

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.2180

1/21/2011 10:25:56 PM
mbam-log-2011-01-21 (22-25-55).txt

Scan type: Full scan (C:\|D:\|)
Objects scanned: 293241
Time elapsed: 1 hour(s), 40 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 22 January 2011 - 04:47 PM

OK,thanks. We need to approach this differently.
Please go here....
Preparation Guide .

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.
Let me know if that went well.
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Posted 22 January 2011 - 08:27 PM

I added it in that forum under mshta.exe

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 09:43 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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