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Nasty little virus

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#1 medmanschultzy


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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:06 AM

So here is my situation.
Avast picked up a virus a couple of days ago. I deleted it, ran a bootscan and thought nothing more of it. It was identified as a trojan, I of course didn't write down the name.
Boot up the computer to....a whole mess.

Most of my programs won't run, but I have a stable desktop. Programs that aren't starting (at startup) include Intel Extreme Tuning Utility, Catalyst Control Center, Steam, Dropbox, and importantly Avast. Windows firewall seems to be working. I can later activate the control center, but none of the others. Neither Firefox nor Chrome work. I can run any windows component program and winRAR (and those without error, issue, or erroneous behavior) including IE and media center. I cannot run windows update, though my computer says that there is an update to be installed. Windows defender finds nothing wrong on full system scan. When I try to start avast through system services, I get an error that states that the program failed to respond to the start or command request in time (almost instantaneous error). I can't sidestep that dialogue box.

For clarification, when I say doesn't work, I mean I try to activate the program and nothing happens (outside of the briefest of hourglasses indicating that yes, I did in fact double click).

Nothing is overly suspicious in running processes.

I know that the worm is messing with my registry in some way, looking for possible culprits in add/remove programs gives the dialogue that the program has been removed previously, do you want to delete the registry file. This dialogue appears for every program on the computer. There is no uninstall, and agreeing to remove the registry entry does nothing. I can add and remove windows components like normal. ActiveX also appears to be disabled--bit defender browser scan does nothing. I am on 64 bit windows, and dds does not work. System restore did nothing.
And of course the big kicker...windows freezes when attempting to boot into safe mode. Gets a chunck of booting done, then just stops.

I am creating an Ubuntu boot disk to run a scanner, but I have the distinct feeling that this guy is already outside my price range and linux results nonwithstanding, addition removal/cleanup will be required. I will post results of boot disk as soon as I have them, but until then any comments and advice would be appreciated.

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 12:11 AM


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#3 medmanschultzy

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 12:01 PM

Unfortunately, I had to go nuclear with this virus

DDS got to the point of run/cancel popup dialogue but nothing after that
I am running 64bit Windows so that would be the only log I could do

I attempted to scan via ubootin
When booting from kapersky rescue disk, no hard drive was recognized
When booting from USB ubuntu (both pendrive creator and ubootin), I could not access linux as they claimed corrupt kernel.
I am not sure whether this was because of a deeply embedded worm or because of some other issue

I had an image from 4/2010 (firefox 3.5!) on an external drive, and given that I was working mostly from a netbook with bad internet, I went nuclear and re-imaged


knowing full well that without the ever important logs diagnosing the virus is quite difficult (if not impossible)
I need an opinion on whether a BIOS reflash is in my future
Or what I can run to tell.
Thank you very much.

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 02:10 AM

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