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Possible Infection With Spydawn (rogue) Anti-spyware Program


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#1 Gbill

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 02:16 AM

My computer has managed to download a trojan that has deposited the Spydawn malware program on my computer. The first I knew of it was when the 'system alert' notification appeared. I immediately ran ad-aware and Spybot S&D. They both picked up various malware, etc and deleted them (Spybot picked up a trojan). Then I ran 2 different antivirus programs (AVG 7.5 & NOD32). AVG picked up a trojan downloader and deleted it. The NOD32 scan was clean. However, the 'system alert' notification was still active on the taskbar. I then googled 'Spydawn', came across an anti-spyware program called X-cleaner (which is supposed to get rid of the program), downloaded, installed and ran it. It detected the Spydawn program (amongst other things) straightaway. At one point in the scan I was prompted to reboot the computer in safe mode, etc. and then continued with the scan. Now I thought it had removed the program, but that darn alert is still active. I searched again and came across this forum. I printed out both the automatic and manual instructions for the program's removal (topic 81275.html) and proceeded to apply the necessary steps. I chose the Auto option first. It went more or less according to what was stated, though I was not presented with a red screen at step 10 nor a reboot counter. (In fact, I had to manually reboot the computer). I do not know if this is significant. After rebooting, the same 'system alert' comes up at startup. I then tried the manual removal but could not find any of the files stated at step 8 in the system32 folder (higehsg.dll; xkrdk.dll; geplxss.dll). Right under that step, it states to post a note in the 'Am I infected' forum if you do not find any of these files. So, here I am. Is the program still on my computer? That pesky alert is certainly still there. Part of the manual removal process is to scan your computer with the 'Panda ActiveScan' online program. I thought I would do this to see what it picks up. Well, it was scary to say the least. Two viruses, 50 spyware (!!!) and 3 hacking tools & rootkits! I do a fair amount of buying online and use this computer for work and so it has sensitive material on it. I am worried that my system has now been seriously comprimised and the anti-virus at al. programs I have installed are not picking these things up. What should I do? Reformat my hard drive? Any help would be sincerely appreciated. Oh yes, and how do I get rid of that blasted 'system alert' notification?!!!

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 02:24 AM

Sorry, I forgot to mention OS, etc. My Computer is running XP Professional SP1 (version 2002). Thanks.

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 02:54 AM

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Please check here for the removal guide for Spydawn. If no succes please read and follow all instructions in the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log". You may have performed some of these steps already. About half way down are instructions for downloading HijackThis and creating a log.

When you have done that, post a log in the HijackThis Logs and Analysis Forum, NOT here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts. A member of the Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer. If you post your log back in this thread, the response from the HJT Team will be delayed because your post will have to be moved. This means it will fall in line behind any others posted that same day.

Start a new topic, give it a relevant title and post your log along with a brief description of your problem, a summary of any anti-malware tools you have used and a summary of any steps that you have performed on your own. Please include the top portion of the HijackThis log that lists version information. An expert will analyze your log and reply with instructions advising you what to fix.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

If after 5 days you still have received no response, then post a link to your HJT log here.

After posting a log you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc.) unless advised by a HJT Team member. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make may cause confusion for the member assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.




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