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#1 sudsy

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:17 PM

I have tried to find a similar problem here but don't see anything that fits.

I have a friends machine and it takes about ten minutes too boot up to the point where the desktop icons are there. I worked on this machine and cleaned it up and had it running great in June. I have a backup on an external HDD from that time (june). Now the device manager icon is missing in control panel and I can't get the thing to connect to my wireless network. I can't find the wireless networks on the networks connections. I have checked and verified that the switch for the wifi card is on. But there are several things just "missing" Got me baffled.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:24 PM

We can check if the computer is clean, but it may be something else....

Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop.

* Double-click SecurityCheck.exe
* 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.

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Please download MiniToolBox and run it.

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

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Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/malwarebytes-anti-malware/ to your desktop.

* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select Perform quick scan, then click Scan.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
* When completed, a log will open in Notepad.
* Post the log back here.

Be sure to restart the computer.

The log can also be found here:
C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs\log-date.txt
Or at C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs\log-date.txt

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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.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:26 PM

Broni;

It's not this machine. I can't get an internet connection on the effected machine machine to do any downloading of anything. I am restarting it now with the external HDD drive with the backup connected. But I have also noticed that the machine is very slow to recognize any devices plugged into the usb ports.
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:33 PM

Download those tools on your computer and move them to bad computer using USB flash drive.

IMPORTANT!
To protect your computer (since you'll be moving USB stick between your and a bad computer) install this on YOUR computer....

Download, and run Flash Disinfector, and save it to your desktop (Windows Vista and Windows 7 users, scroll down)

*Please disable any AV / ScriptBlockers as they might detect Flash Disinfector to be malicious and block it. Hence, the failure in executing. You can enable them back after the cleaning process*

  • Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it and follow any prompts that may appear.
  • The utility may ask you to insert your flash drive and/or other removable drives. Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well.
  • Hold down the Shift key when inserting the drive until Windows detects it to keep autorun.inf from executing if it is present.
  • Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.
  • Reboot your computer when done.
Note: As part of its routine, Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive that was plugged in when you ran it. Do not delete this folder...it will help protect your drives from future infection by keeping the autorun file from being installed on the root drive and running other malicious files.

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Flash Disinfector is not compatible with the above Windows version.
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:57 PM

No thank you. The wifi adapter is not even being recognized. I am going to try other things than fooling with my perfectly good and great running machine. I will try other options.
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:09 PM

OK.....

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:27 PM

Broni;

Can you tell me how to do a system recovery using an external HDD in XP. This machine I'm working on is a Compac and has a D partition that it keeps trying to make me use. I created a system backup file when I worked on it last year and would love to just get those settings back for the external HDD. It recognizes the drive but won't let me recover from there.
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:40 PM

What kind of backup did you create? Using what program?

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:42 PM

I used Windows Image Backup to create a a .bkf file.

So I have an "Image".
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:54 PM

I'm not really familiar with Windows created backup image. Never used it.
I suggest you create new topic in Windows forum.
You'll get more attention.
Not everyone look into "Am I Infected?" forum.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:55 PM

gotcha. Maybe I'll just google it
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