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rootkit activity dectected but not removed


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#1 rupunzlkim

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 02:21 AM

My laptop has been slowly dying over the past couple of days. Many stages/symptoms, too many to repeat here unless you give me guidance on what kind of information you're looking for. I installed and ran Malwarebytes and on the first run it only found about 8 items to be removed, but on running the second time it found over 600 items to remove - all basically looking related to some toolbar (sorry I can't remember the name but I've since lost the information I've had to kill my computer so many times now). When trying to remove those objects, the Malwarebytes died (and then I think my computer froze and I had to kill it). After running it again, it didn't find any more items to quarantine, but my laptop was dying even more. My wireless adapter wasn't running correctly, I was having trouble accessing the internet, my computer started freezing and I had to kill it manually a few times.

Eventually I got to the point where I couldn't log in on my username nor could I safely shut down. In safe mode, while logged in as Administrator, I inadvertently attempted to try some cleanup by running ComboFix before I caught the notice about not running before being told to. Since then I've seen the Prep guide and have run/obtained the following information. To note - while in safe mode, I lost the use of my keyboard (and ended up using the On Screen Keyboard to accomplish anything.

While running ComboFix it kept saying rootkit activity detected. Though I was finally able to log into my user account while under normal mode (as opposed to safe mode), when running ComboFix again it again said it detected rootkit activity. I cannot run tdsskiller - it gets to 80% then dies.

Please let me know what all information you need, I'd be happy to provide. Thanks!!

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 01:29 PM

Hello and welcome to the forums!

My secret agent name on the forums is SweetTech (you can call me ST for short), it's a pleasure to meet you. :)

I am very sorry for the delay in responding, but as you can see we are at the moment being flooded with logs which, when paired with the never-ending shortage of helpers, resulted in the delayed responding to your thread.

I would be glad to take a look at your log and help you with solving any malware problems.

If you have since resolved the issues you were originally experiencing, or have received help elsewhere, please inform me so that this topic can be closed.

If you have not, please adhere to the guidelines below and then follow instructions as outlined further below:

  • Logs from malware removal programs (OTL is one of them) can take some time to analyze. I need you to be patient while I analyze any logs you post. Please remember, I am a volunteer, and I do have a life outside of these forums.
  • Please make sure to carefully read any instruction that I give you. Attention to detail is important! Since I cannot see or directly interact with your computer I am dependent on you to "be my eyes" and provide as much information as you can regarding the current state of your computer.
  • If you're not sure, or if something unexpected happens, do NOT continue! Stop and ask!
  • In Windows Vista and Windows 7, all tools need to be started by right clicking and selecting Run as Administrator!
  • If I instruct you to download a specific tool in which you already have, please delete the copy that you have and re-download the tool. The reason I ask you to do this is because these tools are updated fairly regularly.
  • Do not do things I do not ask for, such as running a spyware scan on your computer. The one thing that you should always do, is to make sure sure that your anti-virus definitions are up-to-date!
  • Please do not use the Attachment feature for any log file. Do a Copy/Paste of the entire contents of the log file and submit it inside your post.
  • I am going to stick with you until ALL malware is gone from your system. I would appreciate it if you would do the same. From this point, we're in this together ;)
    Because of this, you must reply within three days
    failure to reply will result in the topic being closed!
  • Please do not PM me directly for help. If you have any questions, post them in this topic.
  • Lastly, I am no magician. I will try very hard to fix your issues, but no promises can be made. Also be aware that some infections are so severe that you might need to resort to reformatting and reinstalling your operating system.
    Don't worry, this only happens in severe cases, but it sadly does happen. Be prepared to back up your data. Have means of backing up your data available.

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Posted Image One or more of the identified infections is a backdoor trojan and password stealer.

This type of infection allows hackers to access and remotely control your computer, log keystrokes, steal critical system information, and download and execute files without your knowledge.
If you do any banking or other financial transactions on the PC or if it contains any other sensitive information, then from a clean computer, change all passwords where applicable.
It would also be wise to contact those same financial institutions to appraise them of your situation.


I highly suggest you take a look at the two links provided below:
1. How Do I Handle Possible Identify Theft, Internet Fraud, and CC Fraud?
2. When should I re-format? How should I reinstall?


We can still clean this machine but I can't guarantee that it will be 100% secure afterwards. Let me know what you decide to do. If you decide to go through with the cleanup, please proceed with the following steps.



NEXT:



Please delete the current copy of TDSSKiller. It has been updated to deal with this latest variant of the infection you have.

Running TDSSKiller

Please read carefully and follow these steps.
  • Download TDSSKiller and save it to your Desktop.
  • Extract its contents to your desktop.
  • Once extracted, open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.


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  • If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.


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  • If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.


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  • It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.


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  • If no reboot is require, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.
  • If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory, (usually C:\ folder) in the form of "TDSSKiller.[Version]_[Date]_[Time]_log.txt". Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.


NEXT:



Running OTL

We need to create an OTL Report
  • Please download OTL from one of the following mirrors:
  • Save it to your desktop.
  • Double click on the Posted Image icon on your desktop.
  • Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.
  • Push the Posted Image button.
  • Two reports will open, copy and paste them in a reply here:
    • OTL.txt <-- Will be opened
    • Extra.txt <-- Will be minimized


NEXT:


Please provide an update on how things are running in your next reply.

Edited by SweetTech, 10 May 2011 - 01:31 PM.

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The instructions seen in this post have been specifically tailored to this user and the issues they are experiencing with their computer. If you think you have a similar problem, please first read this topic, and then begin your own, new thread. I do not offer private support via Private Message.


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Posted 13 May 2011 - 08:57 AM

Due to the lack of feedback, this topic is now closed.In the event you still have problems, please send me or any Moderator a Private Message and ask them to reopen this topic within the next 5 days. Please include a link to your topic in the Private Message. Thank you.

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The instructions seen in this post have been specifically tailored to this user and the issues they are experiencing with their computer. If you think you have a similar problem, please first read this topic, and then begin your own, new thread. I do not offer private support via Private Message.





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