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Windows XP Recovery Virus + Possible Redirect Problem

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#1 richard7116


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:45 AM

My friend is running XP Professional and Firefox. I think it possible his PC was infected with Windows XP Recovery. It also appears there is some kind of redirect problem.

Here is what I see is the basics of removing Windows XP Recovery:

* Start Windows in Safe Mode.

* Run RKill (iExplore, RKill.com, etc, etc)

* Run tdsskiller

* Install (mbam-setup) and run Malwarebytes to remove infections.

* Reeboot and start Windows in Normal Mode.

* Run Unhide.exe

* Add back menu items in Windows Start Menu.
After obtaining the files, using another PC and putting them on a USB stick, I tried to follow the above process.

I ran iExplore.exe.

Running tdsskiller found "Rootkit.Boot.wistler.a" (which required a reboot to remove).

I installed and then tried to run Malwarebytes. I believe I got a "cannot run in Safe Mode" message.

So, I then rebooted into Normal Mode.

Then I ran Malwarebytes. Then ran Unhide.exe, then rebooted.

I've also run AVG. (In fact I had both Malwarebytes and AVG running- not good). Okay, I don't know how far I've got in removing viruses, but I do see the following in AVG vault:


I would have said the Windows XP Recovery virus was removed. Because the menu associated with that malware no longer appears.

However, there is some kind of redirection problem. When in Google, clicking a search result produces no change in page. I think the address in the address bar just stays the same. Not in every instance, but many.

Question: Did I run through the process sufficently correctly? I did a reboot after running Rkill, and I ran Malwarebytes in Normal Mode without having run Rkill beforehand. But, tdsskiller ought to have removed the rootkit on reboot.

I think possibly my main problem now is the redirect problem. Is there a slight error in the process as given? Because I could not start Malwarebytes in Safe Mode? Thanks.

Edited by richard7116, 30 April 2012 - 09:46 AM.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:19 AM

Here is the article I have been trying to follow:

Removal Windows XP Recovery

The issue is whether one has to run an antivirus program right after RKill, but before tdsskiller has removed a rootkit (on a reboot) or whether it is okay to run an antivirus program after tdsskiller has removed a rootkit, but without again running RKill.

The process given, shows running antivirus Malwarebytes in a state where malevalent processes are killed (by RKill) and after tdsskiller has run (but before a rootkit is removed, which occurs on a reboot). The process given is running an antivirus program without removal of the rootkit yet, but while those virus processess are stopped.

As I say, I was forced to run Malwarebytes after a reboot. Which removed the rootkit, but after that I did not start from scratch, that is, running RKill, before I ran Malwarebytes in Normal Mode. I hope this makes sense.

Edited by richard7116, 30 April 2012 - 11:20 AM.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:46 PM

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