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Infected with System Fix

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#1 amc25


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Posted 01 December 2011 - 01:59 PM

I've started with the Prep Guide Before Removing Malware and Requesting Help but I'm having trouble completing all the steps.

Here are the the popups and windows I see that swamp my screen:

System Fix/Scan PC for errors window superimposes itself and can't be minimized so I hide it in the corner.

Warning windows pop up that say:
"Windows-delayed Write Failed. Failed to wave all the components for the file "sys32"00004f25.File corruptible or unreadable. This error may be caused by a PC hard drive prob."

Warnings from my tray flash up frequently saying:
"RAM memory reliability is extremely low. Prob. may cause system failure"
"Hard Drive Critical error. Start sys diagnostic app to scan hardrive"
"Windows OS can't detect a free hard drive space. Hard drive error"
"Hard Drive clusters error.."

A history of what's happened with the computer since infection:

When all the popups first showed up I'm pretty sure that it reduced my once swollen desktop to about a quarter of it's original icons. I don't recall what panicked, feeble efforts I made to figure out what was going on but at some point the computer restarted and my desktop went from sparse to completely blank (black without my desktop image) and my start button only showed the Toshiba Direct Store link and everything else was empty.

I tried to open my control panel with CTL+C and that wouldn't work nor would CTL+ALT+DEL do anything. AVG also showed a general error on startup.
I couldn't remember what keys I could use to shortcut into stuff and I couldn't even figure out how to open a window to get on the internet so luckily I could use the Toshiba link in Start to get in.

I went to your site and read that I could get into control panel thru Run Dialog to begin following your prep guide and make sure the windows firewall was enabled.

So, as far as following the Prep Guide:

I followed firewall instruction but when I got to step #7 I tried 3 separate times to run DDS and my computer would freeze each time. The hash marks that showed in the box indicating (I assume) its progress would get about 3/4 finished and everything would freeze and I would have to restart my computer.
I skipped ahead to step #8 and tried to follow your directions but I couldn't seem to do what you specified. I downloaded it and first had to unhide my downloads folder so I could see the zip. I unzipped and clicked on it and got an error that said, "(C:\Docume...cannot create a stable subkey under a volatile parent key".
I clicked okay and then the program popped open and I thought it started up and froze cuz it actually looked alittle funny but then I hit the "Scan" button and it started scanning. At this point I realized that I hadn't unchecked several of the boxes that you instructed so I stopped the scan to set the parameters as you said they needed to be.
When the program opened only the "services", "registry", "files" boxes are checked with C: showing in the box and "ADS" checked below that. All the other boxes above are greyed out and can't be changed.

I'm not sure if using the other GMER link will work or just clicking on the "Exe" rather than the "zip" will work. Because my desktop and start buttons are blanked out I worry that I won't be able to find it to access it once saved/downloaded. For instance, I'm wondering if I'm able at some point to run steps #7 and 8, will I be able to save the results and then find them to post here (hopefully unhiding stuff will work?)

So this is where things stand now. I know you guys are busy with requests and I'm assuming it might take awhile to get to me so I thought I'd post this info and dig around some more on your site and see what helped other people. This is the only site I'm using for help, as prep guide requested and I will now wait patiently.
Thanks for taking a look at this- I hope my descriptions are helpful; I know I wasn't able to do much in terms of generating logs that you guys need but hopefully with a little instruction I can figure out how to get that to you.
Thanks again,

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 02:00 PM

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 02:32 PM

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.
I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.

If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps.

You may have been infected by a ZeroAccess rootkit infection.

Before I suggest any tools I need to know what you operating system is, ie, XP, Window Visa, Windows 7 and if you have the 32 or 64 bit system.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 10:08 AM

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