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#1 pouringreign

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:04 PM

I am stuck with a friends computer. Here is the story: his antivirus protection ran out over 1 month ago. The computer will not run any programs from his desktop, nor will it install any programs from the internet. I ran a diagnostic on the hardware, everything passed. I'm 99.99 percent sure it is deeply infected with Trojan Viruses. However I can not run any spyware scanner or rootkit scanner, nor will combofix run. I am able to get on the internet by going to programs files and clicking ie. I have a MSDart disk and booted with it..it did nothing. I tried a sfc /scannow and nothing happened. I am stumped. Besides reformatting the laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium, I could use any recommendations :wacko:

Since I cannot verify whether or not it is a virus...I hope this is the right forum, if not I'm sorry.

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#2 pouringreign

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 09:52 PM

BTW the laptop boots without a problem and no error messages. I've never seen this before but maybe someone else has and knows a solution. Please help!

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:47 AM

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.
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Lets try this.

It is possible that the infection you are trying to remove will not allow you to download files on the infected computer. If this is the case, then you will need to download the files requested in this guide on another computer and then transfer them to the desktop of the infected computer. You can transfer the files via a CD/DVD, external drive, or USB flash drive.

Using the infected computer or the method above download these files.

RKill Download Link

FixNCR.reg

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This infection changes settings on your computer so that when you launch an executable, a file ending with .exe, it will instead launch the infection rather than the desired program. To fix this we must first download a Registry file that will fix these changes.

Download FixNCR.reg

Once that file is downloaded and saved on a removable devices, insert the removable device into the infected computer and open the folder the drive letter associated with it. You should now see the FixNCR.reg file that you had downloaded onto it. Double-click on the FixNCR.reg file to fix the Registry on your infected computer. You should now be able to run your normal executable programs and can proceed to the next step.

If you do not have any removable media or another clean computer that you can download the FixNCR.reg file onto, you can try and download it to your infected computer using another method. On the infected computer, right click on the Internet Explorer's icon, or any other browser's icon, and select Run As or Run as Administrator. If you are using Windows XP, you will be prompted to select a user and enter its password. It is suggested that you attempt to login as the Administrator user. For Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you will be prompted to enter your Administrator account password.

Once you enter the password, your browser will start and you can download the above FixNCR.reg file. When saving it, make sure you save it to a folder that can be accessed by your normal account. Remember, that you will be launching the browser as another user, so if you save it to a My Documents folder, it will not be your normal My Documents folder that it is downloaded into. Instead it will be the My Documents folder that belongs to the user you ran the browser as. Once the download has finished, close your browser and find the FixNCR.reg file that you downloaded. Now double-click on it and allow the data to be merged. You should now be able to run your normal executable programs and can proceed to the next step.
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Before we can do anything we must first end the processes that belong to the malware infection so that it does not interfere with the cleaning procedure.

Double-click on the RKill.exe icon in order to automatically attempt to stop any processes associated with the other Rogue programs.
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Do not restart the computer.

You should now be able to download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
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    • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
    • Double-click on Download_mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
    • 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:[list]
    • 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 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 and you may be prompted to restart your computer. (see Note below)
  • 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 and exit MBAM.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts. Click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.

For complete or visual instructions on installing and running Malwarebytes Anti-Malware please read this link

Post back with the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log once it's complete.
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Please let me know what issues persists.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 05:14 PM

Fortunately I had a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium and reformatted the computer. The laptop seemed to be so infected that even if it allowed me to scan, I would want to reformat anyways. The installation went smoothly. Thank you for your help.




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