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#1 Cauthon


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Posted 01 May 2011 - 07:32 PM

Running a HP Pavilion 7955 computer with Intel inside, Pentium 4 CPU 1.49GHz; Windows XP, Home edition, Version 2002, Service Pack 3. I seem to have acquired a fellow traveler going by the name “XP Security 2011" and it is more or less continually popping up with dire messages about the 31 or so items of malware lurking in my computer. One of my kids has some experience with this, and says it is particularly hard to get rid of - Norton will kill it if we catch it early, but I don’t have Norton. Presently its popup is saying “Current PC State: Infected!” and the list includes (file names are partial, as they are not entirely visible) :442U.dl, an Exploit.CodeBaseExec, and W50q4NfCUw.cab, an Email-Worm.VBS.Peach.

Then a much smaller popup popped up and said “Virus infection”

and another one says “XP Security 2011 ALERT
System integrity threat! Warning! Sensitive data may be sent over your internet connection right now!
Attack from: port 40371
Attacked port 37182
Threat: Virus.BAT.8Fish
Do you want to block this attack?” I have been answering no to that, hoping not to encourage it to more enthusiasm.

And another : “Stealth intrusion!”

And: “Critical system alert! Unknown software is trying to take control over your system!
Attack from: port: 42636
Attacked port: 27965
Threat: Trojan-Spy.HTML.Bankfraud.pa
Do you want block this attack?” That’s right, they left out the “to” - not what we would generally expect if it were really from Mickeysoft:-) I think another of their popups left the “r” off “your".

XP Security 2011 seems to have fooled the real Microsoft Security software so that it shows up in that list as an anti-virus program that is not turned on.

I thought that a while back I had either AVG or Avast installed, but yesterday I couldn’t find them. I seem to have succeeded in downloading AVG today (avg_isct_stb_all_2011_1325.exe) but it won’t run. I guess the bad stuff is too tough for it (something like those UN peacekeepers we hear about in the news, who won’t shoot:-). I have some McAfee that I have previously not used, but it seems to run, and it found “HDN.EXE”. I looked in the directory where it said that was, and about 2 steps before the file I could not see the folders; then I told Windows Explorer to search for them, and it found them, one right after the other, and now they show up in the list; but, I can’t see the HDN file, and Explorer searches but also does not see it. It would of course be tempting to delete the whole directory, but there is a lot of other stuff in it. Maybe I will copy all the files I can see into a dummy directory, then delete the old one, and rename the new one. At first I did not assume that the “HDN” was the right file, but when I let a few of the popups stay open, eventually Windows ran out of room in the trailer across the bottom of the screen and just said there were 3 of those open, and it called them “HDN”. So, I guess McAfee has run the fox to ground - maybe it would be worth the $49.95 they are demanding, for the full featured version that supposedly will kill it.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 12:18 AM

Further: When I run Hijack This and save a log, the file

HDN.EXE (the one that McAfee says is malware, and which seems to be the XP Security 2011, and which I can't see with Windows Explorer)

shows up in the log, but not in the original list from which I assume the log was derived.

And, Firefox and Internet Exploder will not get online, and AVG Installer will not get online, but when I tell Hijack This to get online to post its log, it goes right through - just because it has better magic, I suppose:-) and then I can go from there to wherever, once the connection is made. But it won't do that when running in safe mode. And when running in safe mode, the bad file does not show up in the HJ log.

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 10:57 PM

So, so I downloaded Avast and ran that, and it seems to have shut off the fake anti-virus popups.

Now all is sort of back to normal. I still have some small problems, mostly screen icons that don't do anything. I double tap the icon for Firefox, for example, and a different kind of popup pops up, asking what program I want to use to open that file. I can get online with Chrome, because I downloaded and installed that during the process of killing the virus, but Inet Exploder and Foxfire are out of action:-( And, if I tell Word Perfect or Quattro or Windows Explorer to open from the icon, they just say I ain't workin' here no more; but if I can call up a file that is linked to one of those, the link will bring the software along with it.

I have never tried CCleaner (AKA crap cleaner, or so I have heard:-) but I've read some of the online allegations about it and I think I will try it. Anybody know if in the course of cleaning up, it will rearrange the junk so the icons once again actually connect to something?

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 08:04 PM

Hello, before using that, if I'm soon enough.
Run these ...

>>>> Download this file and doubleclick on it to run it. Allow the information to be merged with the registry.


Download and Run RKill
  • Please download RKill by Grinler from one of the 4 links below and save it to your desktop.

    Link 1
    Link 2
    Link 3
    Link 4

  • Before we begin, you should disable your anti-malware softwares you have installed so they do not interfere RKill running as some anti-malware softwares detect RKill as malicious. Please refer to this page if you are not sure how.
  • Double-click on Rkill on your desktop to run it. (If you are using Windows Vista, please right-click on it and select Run As Administrator)
  • A black screen will appear and then disappear. Please do not worry, that is normal. This means that the tool has been successfully executed.
  • If nothing happens or if the tool does not run, please let me know in your next reply

Do not reboot your computer after running rkill as the malware programs will start again. Or if rebooting is required run it again.

If you continue having problems running rkill.com, you can download iExplore.exe or eXplorer.exe, which are renamed copies of rkill.com, and try them instead.

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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