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#1 diebroccoli

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 12:36 PM

Allowed some windows updates to install, restarted the computer, and when it came back up it appeared to return to an "out of the box" state. i.e. desktop said "Vostro", all desktop icons were gone, all bookmarks, etc were lost in FF. And a new user named "TEMP" appeared.

Next step taken was to try system restore. Two attempts failed as "no changes have been made to this computer".

Restarted one more time and my user info (bookmarks, folder structure) reappeared. However every single file on the C drive is gone (or appears to be gone). All folders and programs appear and work ok. But no files can be found...nada...zip.

Windows XP V 2002 SP 3
Dell Vostro 220
2.96mb RAM

Please help, thank you

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 03:05 PM

Hello and welcome..Please do not run a Temp file or registry cleaner.

This infection family will also hide all the files on your computer from being seen. To make your files visible again, please download the following program to your desktop:

Unhide.exe

Once the program has been downloaded, double-click on the Unhide.exe icon on your desktop and allow the program to run. This program will remove the +H, or hidden, attribute from all the files on your hard drives. If there are any files that were purposely hidden by you, you will need to hide them again after this tool is run.


Please click Start > Run, type inetcpl.cpl in the runbox and press enter.
Click the Connections tab and click the LAN settings option.
Verify if "Use a proxy..." is checked, if so, UNcheck it and click OK/OK to exit.



Reboot into Safe Mode with Networking
How to enter safe mode(XP/Vista)
Using the F8 Method
Restart your computer.
When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
Select the option for Safe Mode with Networking using the arrow keys.
Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode
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>>>> Download this file and doubleclick on it to run it. Allow the information to be merged with the registry.

RKill....

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 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 here. Double-click on the hyperlink for Download Installer 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.


Now reboot to Normal and 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.

Troubleshoot Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Please ask any needed questions,post logs and Let us know how the PC is running now.
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Posted 30 September 2011 - 05:13 PM

Logs listed below. Some files have returned to view, but they look like system and application files (i.e. things that would normally be hidden). No files currently appear in what should be my user account (C:\Documents and Settings\TEMP\My Documents). Note that it says temp in the path, but it should be my name (Todd) as thats my username.


SuperAntiSpyware log:

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 09/30/2011 at 05:55 PM

Application Version : 5.0.1128

Core Rules Database Version : 7743
Trace Rules Database Version: 5555

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:27:26

Operating System Information
Windows XP Professional 32-bit, Service Pack 3 (Build 5.01.2600)
Administrator

Memory items scanned : 337
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 38108
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 86866
File threats detected : 15

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Cookies\RM8OV7KC.txt [ /atdmt.com ]
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Cookies\S6QUP0D7.txt [ /2o7.net ]
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Cookies\81ZBQSKS.txt [ /interclick.com ]
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Cookies\FJ95BBLK.txt [ /fastclick.net ]
.collective-media.net [ C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ADMINISTRATOR\APPLICATION DATA\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\ZHFBXM3O.DEFAULT\COOKIES.SQLITE ]
.collective-media.net [ C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ADMINISTRATOR\APPLICATION DATA\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\ZHFBXM3O.DEFAULT\COOKIES.SQLITE ]
.collective-media.net [ C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ADMINISTRATOR\APPLICATION DATA\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\ZHFBXM3O.DEFAULT\COOKIES.SQLITE ]
.collective-media.net [ C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ADMINISTRATOR\APPLICATION DATA\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\ZHFBXM3O.DEFAULT\COOKIES.SQLITE ]
.collective-media.net [ C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ADMINISTRATOR\APPLICATION DATA\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\ZHFBXM3O.DEFAULT\COOKIES.SQLITE ]
.collective-media.net [ C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ADMINISTRATOR\APPLICATION DATA\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\ZHFBXM3O.DEFAULT\COOKIES.SQLITE ]
.collective-media.net [ C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ADMINISTRATOR\APPLICATION DATA\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\ZHFBXM3O.DEFAULT\COOKIES.SQLITE ]
.atdmt.com [ C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ADMINISTRATOR\APPLICATION DATA\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\ZHFBXM3O.DEFAULT\COOKIES.SQLITE ]
.atdmt.com [ C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ADMINISTRATOR\APPLICATION DATA\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\ZHFBXM3O.DEFAULT\COOKIES.SQLITE ]
.doubleclick.net [ C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ADMINISTRATOR\APPLICATION DATA\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\ZHFBXM3O.DEFAULT\COOKIES.SQLITE ]
.doubleclick.net [ C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ADMINISTRATOR\APPLICATION DATA\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\ZHFBXM3O.DEFAULT\COOKIES.SQLITE ]


MBAM log

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.51.2.1300
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 7837

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702

9/30/2011 6:08:08 PM
mbam-log-2011-09-30 (18-08-08).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 203655
Time elapsed: 4 minute(s), 55 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 1
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
c:\youmeetwewo (Trojan.SpyEyes) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 08:43 PM

Hello look here and then let me know How to restore files hidden/deleted by Windows Recovery virus
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Posted 01 October 2011 - 10:33 PM

ran unhide twice, once with AV on and once with it off. no results.

Method 2 - the folder "SMTMP" does not exist in any users local settings/temp

Method 2b - ACCrestore - no results

Method 3 - not going to try this yet as i think we've miscommunicated. All of my programs exist and i can access them. Any new files are saved and able to be located on the hard drive. The problem is that every file from before my first post here is gone. All the XLS, PSD, TXT, CSV, etc. Basically my entire business from the past 4 years has disappeared from this PC.

Right now in C:/Documents And Settings, i have a user named "TEMP" and a user named "user1". Underneath the Temp folder there is a folder named "Todd's Documents". This has the same folder structure as what used to be "My Documents", however none of the files show up in there

When i type echo %USERNAME% into the cmd prompt, i am logged in as User1. Which is what i am normally logged in as. However, none of my files are there

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 10:35 PM

Also, i've looked at screen shots of that "windows Recovery" virus and nothing like that ever came up on my screen. All i did was click the icon in the tray that said "install windows updates". just before that MSE removed Chrome as it said it recognized it as a virus. After those 2 events is when all the trouble started. Don't know if they are related but that is all that happened before i lost everything

Edited by diebroccoli, 01 October 2011 - 10:36 PM.


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Posted 01 October 2011 - 10:40 PM

Ok, I know the name was different but the symptoms were the same.. Any way we need to move you.
Again do not clean/remove the Temp files or run a registry cleaner or the files will be gone.

We need a deeper look. Please go here....
Preparation Guide ,do steps 6 - 9.

Create a DDS log and post it in the new topic explained in step 9,which is here Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs and not in this topic,thanks.
If Gmer won't run,skip it and move on.
Let me know if that went well.
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Posted 01 October 2011 - 10:54 PM

ok, thanks. GMER seems to be running. DDS has been going for 4+ minutes


ETA: dds done

will post the new topic as soon as GMER is finished

Edited by diebroccoli, 01 October 2011 - 10:55 PM.


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Posted 02 October 2011 - 07:44 AM

Malware removal request posted here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic421544.html

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 01:18 PM

Thank you

Now that your log is properly posted, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a Malware Removal Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the Malware Removal Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the Malware Removal Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the Malware Removal Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another MRL Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic.
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