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#1 rootsd

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 05:38 PM

Hi,

I encountered what I identified as a virus while browsing. I immediately shut down and rebooted but the virus continued. It gave warnings of disk errors, disk full and others. It also offered to fix by clicking on links. I ignored and attemped to system restore a few days back. I found many directories hidden and the start menu blank. I continued by unhiding the files and directories and manually running system restore from the command prompt in the directory. The restore killed the virus but now the favorites in IExplore were missing and all Google results redirected. I have not been able to fix this but have learned I probably had the repairer virus and now have a rootkit.

I have followed your advice to attempt fix but have this result to report.
1. tdsskiller runs but does nothing at all even when renamed as advised.
2. GMER does not run correctly with random name. It reports something about script in a volitile area on start and then runs with no results. Only some of the options are available on the menu.
3. The Microsoft malware and one of their other programs from their site does nothing.
4. rootkitrevealer gives a small output shown here:
HKLM\SECURITY\Policy\Secrets\SAC* 8/12/2004 12:36 AM 0 bytes Key name contains embedded nulls (*)
HKLM\SECURITY\Policy\Secrets\SAI* 8/12/2004 12:36 AM 0 bytes Key name contains embedded nulls (*)
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Cryptography\RNG\Seed 8/14/2011 11:52 AM 80 bytes Data mismatch between Windows API and raw hive data.
5.dds.scr runs and reports but takes about 10 minutes.

Thank you for any assistance.

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 08:24 PM

Are you able to post the DDS logs? If so, please post them in a reply to this topic, and if you are not able to post the logs, please post a reply explaining why you are unable to.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 11:18 PM

Hi,

The logs should be attached now. Sorry I thought they were on the first post.

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 09:36 PM

I continue to experience problems with Google results being redirected and the favorites menu does not show my list. I can add to favorites and the entry stays but if I add a link that should be in the old list it says it is already there. Also the browser shuts down periodically.

GMER does not run correctly. I did not get a log from it. When starting it says it can not run in a volatile area.

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 09:47 PM

Hello and Welcome to the forums!

My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems.

Somethings to remember while we are working together.

  • Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!
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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.

Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.

Run Combofix:

You may be asked to install or update the Recovery Console (Win XP Only) if this happens please allow it to do so (you will need to be connected to the internet for this)

Before you run Combofix I will need you to turn off any security software you have running, If you do not know how to do this you can find out >here< or >here<

Combofix may need to reboot your computer more than once to do its job this is normal.

You can download Combofix from one of these links.
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1. Close any open browsers or any other programs that are open.
2. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.

Double click on combofix.exe & follow the prompts.
When finished, it will produce a report for you.

Note 1: Do not mouseclick combofix's window while it's running. That may cause it to stall

Note 2: If you recieve an error "Illegal operation attempted on a registery key that has been marked for deletion." Please restart the computer

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 09:15 AM

Hi,

Combofix ran OK and needed almost 1 hour. I continue to have Google redirects. These are the links that often comes up

http://star.feedsmixer.org/100/10586/search.php?k=Python%20Recumbent&ts=1004TSE_2&num=4&subid=itcg-20342

http://www.age-health.com/results1.aspx?keywords=test

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 12:56 AM

Hello

I want you to run this tool for me next.

tdsskiller:

Please read carefully and follow these steps.
  • Download TDSSKiller and save it to your Desktop.
  • doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.
  • If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.
  • If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.
  • It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.
  • 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.

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 08:05 AM

Hi,

Thank you very much for the assistance. I got Avast to run and it found and cured a rootkit. The TDSSkiller will now run and reports nothing found so I feel the system is fixed. Hope you don't have damage from the storm. The service from this site is wonderful to have available.

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 08:58 PM

These logs are looking alot better. But we still have some work to do.

Please print out these instructions, or copy them to a Notepad file. It will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps..

uninstall some programs

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click on the following programs

Adobe Reader 6.0.1

and click on remove

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You can download it from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
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If you don't like Adobe Reader (53 MB), you can download Foxit PDF Reader(7 MB) from here. It's a much smaller file to download and uses a lot less resources than Adobe Reader.

Note: When installing FoxitReader, be carefull not to install anything to do with AskBar.
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: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware :

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Download HijackThis

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  • By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis .
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If you have problems running Hijackthis.

sometimes we have to run it like this To run HijackThis as an administrator,
rightclick HijackThis.exe (located: C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe)
and select to run as administrator

"information and logs"

  • In your next post I need the following

  • Log From MBAM
  • report from Hijackthis
  • let me know of any problems you may have had
  • How is the computer doing now?

Gringo

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 12:30 AM

Hello

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It has been more than 48 hours since my last post.

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  • if after 48hrs you have not replied to this thread then it will have to be closed!

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