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Disappearing Files but No Virus' Found?


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#1 unknownproblem

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 06:19 PM

Hi all,

I use a program called Replay Music to record things such as radio shows, etc. I have never had a problem with the software, nor know whether my issue is in fact related to the program.

Anyway, lately I have been using everything as normal and I have had files and folders go 'missing'. I should mention that I use Windows 7. I first noticed that whilst viewing files, my Libraries (in the left hand sidebar) has disappeared. If I clicked Libraries, there would be nothing in there. I attempted to add My Music and My Pictures to my Libraries but had a message to say that they were already a part of my Music and Pictures Libraries, respectively. I then tried to make a new library, entitled "Music", but got a similar message that my Music library already existed.

I then tried to edit some of the tags in the properties of my MP3 files. Some of my files (obtained exactly as usual), I didn't have the option to edit, being that the fields were unselectable. Some of the files, gave me an error when attempting to press Apply or OK when I'd edited them (error 0x8007000D). And then some, whenever I edit the tags, just literally disappear. If I attempt to rename a file to the same name as the file that has 'disappeared', it tells me a file with that name already exists in the same location. They don't show up when I choose to display hidden files and folders, nor do they show when I search for their exact names. However, I'm sure they are still there and have not been deleted as I somehow managed to create a shortcut to one of the files, which when I double clicked, would still open and play; and programs like iTunes (I have deselected the option to duplicate them when added to my library) are still able to play them. When I ask iTunes to open the file location, it opens the folder they disappeared from, but they still do not display.

I thought the problem might have occured from when I connected to a family homegroup. I did a system restore to a point before I had done so, and still nothing. I ran a full scan with my anti-virus (McAfee) which did not find anything. At this point (last week sometime), I gave up and have not logged onto my computer till today.

To my surprise, my Pictures, Music and Documents libraries had reappeared in my files; as had the MP3s that 'disappeared' when I attempted to edit their tags. I thought, "Brilliant, whatever it was is fixed and gone." Oh no. Since then, I have looked at my Libraries again, to find Music re-disappeared from the 3 that previously displayed; and that now has reappeared, along with Videos and iTunes which have not appeared since all of this began. Please note, I have not touched my Libraries, this has literally happened by itself. I have recorded another radio show today, which when I attempted to edit it's tags, disappeared.

I Googled "files disappearing" and "virus that hides files", to find something called Windows Recovery. Some of the problems that this causes seemed to match my issues; so I followed the steps on BC for removing Windows Recovery (here). RKill did not detect anything, neither did a full scan of MBAM.

If anyone has any suggestions or solutions, please, I would be eternally grateful.


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Posted 23 July 2011 - 01:13 PM

Hi unknownproblem,

:welcome: to BleepingComputer.
We sincerely apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.

Do you still need help? If so, continue follow these instructions:

My name is Jason and I'll be helping you with your computer problems. You can call me by my screename jntkwx or Jason is fine.

Some things to remember while we are working together.

  • Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!
  • Please do not attach logs or put logs in code boxes.
  • Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.
  • Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can also help.
  • Do not run anything while running a fix.
  • If you don't understand a step, please ask for clarification before continuing with any future steps.

Click on the Watch Topic button and select Immediate Notification and click on proceed, this will help you to get notified faster when I have replied and make the cleaning process faster.

:step1: Download Security Check by screen317 from here.
  • Save it to your Desktop.
  • Double click SecurityCheck.exe and follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.
  • A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt.
  • Please post the contents of that document.

:step2: Please download MiniToolBox and run it.

Checkmark following boxes:
  • Report IE Proxy Settings
  • List content of Hosts
  • List IP configuration
  • List last 10 Event Viewer log
  • List Users, Partitions and Memory size
Click Go and post the result.

:step3: Let's try rebooting into Safe Mode.
This can be done tapping the F8 key as soon as you start your computer
You will be brought to a menu with several options. Press the down arrow key on your keyboard until Safe Mode with Networking is selected. Press Enter. Please see here for additional details.

:step4: Once in Safe Mode with Networking, download Rkill

Run Rkill (renamed iExplore.exe).

Please be patient while Rkill looks for various malware programs and ends them. When it has finished, the black window will automatically close and you can continue with the next step. If it appears like Rkill did not stop the malware from running, please try running RKill again until the malware is no longer running.

If you are unable to download or run rkill from the main download, try these alternate download locations:

1. http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/grinler/rkill.com
2. http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/grinler/rkill.pif
3. http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/grinler/rkill.scr
4. http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/grinler/eXplorer.exe
5. http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/grinler/iExplore.exe
6. http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/grinler/uSeRiNiT.exe
7. http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/grinler/WiNlOgOn.exe
8. http://www.boredomsoft.org/hosted/rkill.exe
9. http://www.boredomsoft.org/hosted/rkill.com
10. http://www.boredomsoft.org/hosted/rkill.scr
11. http://www.boredomsoft.org/hosted/eXplorer.exe
12. http://www.boredomsoft.org/hosted/iExplore.exe


Do not reboot your computer after running RKill as the malware programs will start again!

:step5: Still in Safe Mode with Networking, 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


:step6: Reboot into Normal mode. Next run Superantisypware (SAS):

Download and scan with SUPERAntiSpyware Free for Home Users
  • Double-click SUPERAntiSpyware.exe and use the default settings for installation.
  • An icon will be created on your desktop. Double-click that icon to launch the program.
  • If asked to update the program definitions, click "Yes". If not, update the definitions before scanning by selecting "Check for Updates". (If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from http://www.superantispyware.com/downloads/SASDEFINITIONS.EXE (copy and paste that website address) and save SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to your desktop. Then double-click on SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to install the definitions.)
  • In the Main Menu, click the Preferences... button.
  • Click the Scanning Control tab.
  • Under Scanner Options make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):
    • Close browsers before scanning.
    • Scan for tracking cookies.
    • Terminate memory threats before quarantining.
  • Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen.
  • Back on the main screen, under "Scan for Harmful Software" click Scan your computer.
  • On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
  • On the right, under "Complete Scan", choose Perform Complete Scan.
  • Click "Next" to start the scan. Please be patient while it scans your computer.
  • After the scan is complete, a Scan Summary box will appear with potentially harmful items that were detected. Click "OK".
  • Make sure everything has a checkmark next to it and click "Next".
  • A notification will appear that "Quarantine and Removal is Complete". Click "OK" and then click the "Finish" button to return to the main menu.
  • If asked if you want to reboot, click "Yes".
  • To retrieve the removal information after reboot, launch SUPERAntispyware again.
    • Click Preferences, then click the Statistics/Logs tab.
    • Under Scanner Logs, double-click SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log.
    • If there are several logs, click the current dated log and press View log. A text file will open in your default text editor.
    • Please copy and paste the Scan Log results in your next reply.
  • Click Close to exit the program.
If you have a problem downloading, installing or getting SAS to run, try downloading and using the SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner instead. Save the randomly named file (i.e. SAS_1710895.COM) to a USB drive or CD and transfer to the infected computer. Then double-click on it to launch and scan. The file is randomly named to help keep malware from blocking the scanner.

:step7: Please download GMER from one of the following locations and save it to your desktop:
  • Main Mirror
    This version will download a randomly named file (Recommended)
  • Zipped Mirror
    This version will download a zip file you will need to extract first. If you use this mirror, please extract the zip file to your desktop.
  • Disconnect from the Internet and close all running programs.
  • Temporarily disable any real-time active protection so your security programs will not conflict with gmer's driver.
  • Double-click on the randomly named GMER file (i.e. n7gmo46c.exe) and allow the gmer.sys driver to load if asked.
  • Note: If you downloaded the zipped version, extract the file to its own folder such as C:\gmer and then double-click on gmer.exe.

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  • GMER will open to the Rootkit/Malware tab and perform an automatic quick scan when first run. (do not use the computer while the scan is in progress)
  • If you receive a WARNING!!! about rootkit activity and are asked to fully scan your system...click NO.
  • Now click the Scan button. If you see a rootkit warning window, click OK.
  • When the scan is finished, click the Save... button to save the scan results to your Desktop. Save the file as gmer.log.
  • Click the Copy button and paste the results into your next reply.
  • Exit GMER and be sure to re-enable your anti-virus, Firewall and any other security programs you had disabled.

IMPORTANT! If for some reason GMER refuses to run, try again.
If it still fails, try to UN-check "Devices" in right pane.
If still no joy, try to run it from Safe Mode.


In your next reply, please include:
  • SecurityCheck's checkup.txt file
  • MiniToolbox's Result.txt file
  • Malwarebytes' log file
  • SuperAntiSpyware log file
  • GMER log file
  • How's the computer running now? Please include a detailed description of anything out of the ordinary, including any error messages.

Regards,
Jason

 

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