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#1 ninemiles

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:57 PM

After having the problem described in the link on my dell 4550 (dinosaur, I know), I found this page:  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-your-computer-has-been-locked-ransomware

I've made the bootable USB drive (on another computer, the one I'm on now!) and tapped F12 to get the boot menu (on the locked one), problem is, boot from USB is not an option on the menu that comes up, I have 1. Normal, 2. Diskette, 3. Hard-disk drive c:, 4 IDE CD-ROM device, 5. System setup, 6 IDE Drive Diagnostics, 7. Boot to utility partition.

can I even boot from USB on my old computer?  Am I hosed?  Can I make a CD with hitman?  Help, please!



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 12:47 AM


Hello ninemiles

I would like to welcome you to the Malware Removal section of the forum.

Around here they call me Gringo and I will be glad to help you with your malware problems.


Very Important --> Please read this post completely, I have spent my time to put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier, faster and smoother for both of us!

  • Please do not run any tools unless instructed to do so.
    • We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.
  • Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.
    • Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.
  • Please read every post completely before doing anything.
    • Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.
  • Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.
    • A short statement describing how the computer is working helps us understand where to go next, for example: I am still getting redirected, the computer is running normally, etc. Please do not describe the computer as "the same", this requires the extra step of looking back at your previous post.
NOTE: At the top of your post, click on the "Follow This Topic" Button, make sure that the "Receive notification" box is checked and that it is set to "Instantly" - This will send you an e-mail as soon as I reply to your topic, allowing us to resolve the issue faster.

NOTE: Backup any files that cannot be replaced. Removing malware can be unpredictable and this step can save a lot of heartaches if things don't go as planed. You can put them on a CD/DVD, external drive or a pen drive, anywhere except on the computer.

NOTE: It is good practice to copy and paste the instructions into notepad and print them in case it is necessary for you to go offline during the cleanup process. To open notepad, navigate to Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > Notepad. Please remember to copy the entire post so you do not miss any instructions.


We are going to try System Restore to restore the system prior to the infection.

Depending on your Windows version.


Option 1.

Step 1: Use F8 to Boot to SafeMode With Command Prompt
Step 2: Use ctrl/alt/del (keys) to get task manager opened
Step 3: choose file and create new task
Step 4: Then Navigate to:
C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and press Enter and press Enter (double click rstrui.exe) and press Enter (double click rstrui)
Step 5: Restore Computer to a Date you know you were virus free
Step 6: Run Malwarebytes

Option 2.

Step 1: Use F8 to Boot to SafeMode With Command Prompt
At the command prompt type in: rstrui.exe


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Posted 08 November 2013 - 12:47 PM



Hello

48 Hour bump

It has been more than 48 hours since my last post.
  • do you still need help with this?
  • do you need more time?
  • are you having problems following my instructions?
  • if after 48hrs you have not replied to this thread then it will have to be closed!
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Posted 09 November 2013 - 08:14 AM

Hello Gringo,

Thanks for your help.  I had a lot of difficulty starting in safe mode.  As soon as the dell startup screen finishes loading the bios, I get a keyboard failure message and it locks, but by pressing F8, hitting the up arrow 7 times, and pressing enter before the startup screen finished, I was finally able to start in safe mode with command prompt.  Unfortunately, after following your first option, I found that "system restore has been turned off and cannot be turned on in safe mode."  With option 2, in the command prompt, it says that 'rstrui.exe' is not recognized as an internal or external command.



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 08:39 AM

There was a message about ntvdm.exe when starting up, and I had to choose whether to reboot or continue; I continued.



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 01:26 PM

I sent you a PM


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:01 AM



Hello ninemiles

These are the programs I would like you to run next, if you have any problems with one of these just skip it and move on to the next one.

-AdwCleaner-

Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.
  • Close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click on Scan.
  • After the scan is complete click on "Clean"
  • Confirm each time with Ok.
  • Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  • Please post the content of that logfile with your next answer.
  • You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.
-Junkware-Removal-Tool-

Please download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.
  • Shut down your protection software now to avoid potential conflicts.
  • Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista, 7, or 8; instead of double-clicking, right-mouse click JRT.exe and select "Run as Administrator".
  • The tool will open and start scanning your system.
  • Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.
  • On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
  • Post the contents of JRT.txt into your next message.
When they are complete let me have the two reports and let me know how things are running.

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 01:09 AM



Hello

48 Hour bump

It has been more than 48 hours since my last post.
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Posted 23 November 2013 - 12:40 PM

Hello Gringo,
Thanks for your help, i will take these next steps this weekend.

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 02:15 PM

No problem and I will be looking for you then

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 01:35 PM

# AdwCleaner v3.013 - Report created 24/11/2013 at 13:20:28
# Updated 24/11/2013 by Xplode
# Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (32 bits)
# Username : Steven Kyle Engle - DHG55B21
# Running from : C:\Documents and Settings\Steven Kyle Engle\Desktop\AdwCleaner.exe
# Option : Clean

***** [ Services ] *****

***** [ Files / Folders ] *****

Folder Deleted : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Trymedia
Folder Deleted : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Viewpoint
Folder Deleted : C:\Program Files\Viewpoint
Folder Deleted : C:\Documents and Settings\Steven Kyle Engle\Application Data\Viewpoint
File Deleted : C:\WINDOWS\system32\f3PSSavr.scr

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***** [ Browsers ] *****

-\\ Internet Explorer v8.0.6001.18702

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AdwCleaner[R0].txt - [364 octets] - [24/11/2013 09:34:56]
AdwCleaner[R1].txt - [6049 octets] - [24/11/2013 13:13:31]
AdwCleaner[S0].txt - [6094 octets] - [24/11/2013 13:20:28]

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 01:50 PM

I'm getting an error with the JRT, its a "7-ZIP SFX archive: error" "error during execution ""C:\DOCUME~1|STEVEN~1|LOCALS~1|Temp\jrt\get.bat"" The system cannot find the file specified.



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Posted 24 November 2013 - 01:54 PM


Hello ninemiles

I Would like you to do the following.

Please print out or make a copy in notepad 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.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 receive an error "Illegal operation attempted on a registry key that has been marked for deletion." Please restart the computer

"information and logs"
  • In your next post I need the following
  • Log from Combofix
  • let me know of any problems you may have had
  • How is the computer doing now?
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Posted 27 November 2013 - 01:45 AM

Hello Gringo, I've downloaded combofix and it is running from my desktop now.  I've disabled my antivirus, closed everything, and haven't mouseclicked on combofix,  or anything else.  There was an immediate flurry of activity when I opened it, but it has done nothing for hours.  It is about 90% finished according to the status bar.  THere is a log of various files and folders that have been delted, and others that have been extracted.  It hasn't asked for a reboot.  Is this normal?  How long should I wait for it?
 



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Posted 27 November 2013 - 03:29 AM

well it has been long enough now go ahead and stop it and come back and tell me


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