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Infected with System Restore


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#1 Homerj24

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 12:00 AM

Hello,

It appears that I have been infected by System Restore. Desktop & start menu is empty. A ton of error messages popped up followed my the System Restore rogue. I can get into Explorer by right clicking the start menu button. All files are 'hidden'. I was able to navigate to REGEDIT & removed the DiableTaskManager key. I can now get into Task Manager and use the run function (explorer /n, /e, /select, c:\) to get into My Computer. From here I was able to show hidden files. I can open and run MBAM and SAS, but I cannot update them. MBAM found a trojan and removed it on startup. I no longer get the error messages and System Restore agent, but all files remain 'hidden'.

The DDS log is attached. I was unable to successfully run GMER. When I launch the exe it begins to scan immediately. A few seconds later it pauses, then I get a BSOD & the system restarts. I have also attached the MBAM and SAS logs, but as mentioned, I was unable to successfully update the definitions prior to the scans.

Thank you for taking the time to help!

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 12:26 PM

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Download and run OTL

Download OTL by Old Timer and save it to your Desktop.
  • Double click on OTL.exe to run it.
  • Under Output, ensure that Minimal Output is selected.
  • Under Extra Registry section, select Use SafeList.
  • Click the Scan All Users checkbox.
  • Under the Custom Scan box paste this in

    %TEMP%\smtmp\*.* /s

  • Click on Run Scan at the top left hand corner.
  • When done, two Notepad files will open.
    • OTL.txt <-- Will be opened and the that I need posted back here
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  • Please post the contents of OTListIt.txt in your next reply.


information and logs:

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  • let me know of any problems you may have had

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 11:35 PM

Logs attached.

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 11:41 PM

pen Notepad.
Copy all text from the following code box and paste it into Notepad window:

@echo off
xcopy "C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Local Settings\Temp\smtmp\1\*" "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\" /s
xcopy "C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Local Settings\Temp\smtmp\2\*" "C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\" /s
xcopy "C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Local Settings\Temp\smtmp\3\*" "C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\" /s
xcopy "C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Local Settings\Temp\smtmp\4\*" "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\" /s 
exit

Save the file as fix.bat.

Double click fix.bat to run it.
A pop-up window will open and you'll see number of files being copied.
The window will close, when all copying is done.
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Posted 10 November 2011 - 12:39 AM

Done

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 12:49 AM

Hello

how are things looking?
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Posted 10 November 2011 - 01:03 AM

Everything from the right side of my Start Menu is still missing (Control Panel, My Computer, etc). All files are now visable again. I was also able to update MBAM & SAS w/o error. I have not yet run scans.

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 01:20 AM

Hello

see if this helps


You can restore the defaults for the Start Menu, Accessories and Administrative Tools as follows:
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  • Then click on the Restore button.

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 08:13 AM

It says "Accessories group has been restored", however the entire right side of my start menu and the accessories folder is still missing ... even after restart.

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 02:26 PM

Hello

read this and see if it helps - http://www.coolnerds.com/XP/StartMenu/xpStartMenu.htm


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Posted 10 November 2011 - 08:05 PM

That worked. Should I be running any additional scans?

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 08:51 PM

Hello

I Would like you to do the following.

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. I want you to save it to the desktop and run it from there.
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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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  • How is the computer doing now?

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 10:26 PM

Everything ran smoothly until after restart. Combofix sat at creating log file for quite a long time. I killed it and found the log.

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 10:31 PM

Hello

It did not finish so I want to try this, I want you to run combofix in safe mode but it is very important that when combofix reboots the computer for you to direct it back into safe mode so it can finish the scan.

Boot into Safe Mode

Reboot your computer in Safe Mode.
  • If the computer is running, shut down Windows, and then turn off the power.
  • Wait 30 seconds, and then turn the computer on.
  • Start tapping the F8 key. The Windows Advanced Options Menu appears. If you begin tapping the F8 key too soon, some computers display a "keyboard error" message. To resolve this, restart the computer and try again.
  • Ensure that the Safe Mode option is selected.
  • Press Enter. The computer then begins to start in Safe mode.
  • Login on your usual account.

after combofix has finished its scan please post the report back here.

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 08:55 AM

Same thing.

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