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Remnants Of A Trojan That Just Won't Go?

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#1 Tinribs


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Posted 05 May 2006 - 07:43 AM


I've been asked to clean up a PC belonging to one of my directors. It was, as suspected, riddled with all kinds of duff stuff so I did the following:
1)UPdated AV software (Mcaffe enterprise) to latest DATS
2) ran the latest version of Spybot S&D - found 290 odd items, fixed them all after a reboot.
3) ran the latest version of Adaware personal - found 10 or so items and fixed them all
4) Ran windows updates - not much required but all completed.
5) Rebooted PC - all seems fine except that when I boot the PC with no network connection four iexplorer windows pop open all trying to get to After some research I found a reference to this IP address in a symantec article regarding the Vundo trojan. I ran the removal tool they supplied but this found nothing. I did, however, find the following regiostry entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{22E85F2A-4A67-4835-B2C3-C575FE4EC322}

If I remove them they pop back in after the next reboot. If I try safe mode explorer.exe will only run for a split second before dropping out. I can run other processes (msconfig, regedit) in safe mode but no matter what I edit out of the registry or how I remove startup items etc, the above registry entries appear and the explorer windows pop open on the next reboot.

The PC is running a fully patched version of XP Home with a fully updated version of McAfee Enterprise installed. Windows Firewall is active.

The PC needs to go back to the director today but any suggestions as to how to proceed when it (inevitably) comes back would be gratefully received.



PS - first post btw!
PPS - I'm an IT Tech Supp so don't be afraid to get "technical" with me ;)

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#2 quietman7


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Posted 05 May 2006 - 07:52 AM

Hello Tinribs

The Symantec fix does not always work to remove Vundo. I suggest you see the self-help tutorial How To Remove Winfixer/Virtumonde/Msevents/Trojan.vundo.
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