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#1 I_spy_on_the_Spysheriff

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Posted 29 March 2007 - 09:30 AM

Hey guys. So I'm new here, but I've found many helpful answers so here's my problem and I hope someone can help.

When I turn on my computer, sometimes it won't even get to the log-in when you type your password and log-in to Windows. I have XP on my IBM desktop. The computer is 1 year old. Lately, when I turn it on, these colored bar code-type pixelized lines fill my screen in a grid-like pattern, and everything freezes. I have to re-boot. i just recently removed lzx32/PE386 off my machine and it was fine for the last 2 months. These symptoms occurred back then but had stopped after PE386/lzx32 was removed. I am wondering if I did not remove all the damn streams/files associated with that . So now these symptoms have come back again and as you can imagine I am so irritated. I have to re-start sometimes 35-50 times just to get Windows on. Then, after 10-75 minutes (you never know when) that pixel stuff starts and it locks up. Then it just won't come on after awhile of rebooting because re-starting it 30 times is probably overwhelming it..then the keyboard lights blink, I can hear a fan clicking in the CPU and that's the end of that. It loops in half-boot sequence until I take it apart.

When I opened the CPU, the fan on the videocard was looping, I removed the card but the sound was still there. I listened, and it's coming from the box of wires in the CPU. However, it's not overheating or power supply because it works on every other machine.

So I am assuming this is time-release malware or some such garbage, as every 24th or 25th of the month, this same thing starts up. I really am getting flustered with it, violently so. I removed Spysheriff last summer and was fine. Then in Jan. the pixel bar code crap started, and now my computer shuts off sometimes and the keyboard lights blink over & over and that's that. Only way for me to get it working is to unplug everything, remove the video card, power cables, and leave it for 1-8 hours.

I am SURE the hardware is NOT the issue. The card works fine in any other machine and the power supplies are brand new and are fine. How can I find this malware? AVG has been running (Anti virus & anti spyware I had) but they are obviously a waste as every day it says "No threats found" yet I have this crap. There are no other symptoms such as slow internet activity, etc. I even checked my registry it's clean.

Any help would be appreciated. I apologize if this is in the wrong thread/forum but I had nowhere else I thought to put it.

Thanks in advance.

Edited by I_spy_on_the_Spysheriff, 29 March 2007 - 09:33 AM.


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Posted 29 March 2007 - 09:35 AM

Rootkits can hide themselves very good, eventhough looking atthe sympons they could very wel be hardware related. Let's try the following :

Can you connect another monitor to your pc and try to start?

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Posted 29 March 2007 - 09:41 AM

Yes'ir.....I used my brother's monitor, he has an identical machine, and it did the same thing to me when I hooked it up and tried to start. Came on for 25-30 minutes then out came the barcode/pixels again. Then I used my monitor on his computer, and it was ok so my monitor is alright too. So was my video card. I also tried his video card in my machine and the same thing occurred. So I am trying to rule out each piece of hardware to be 110% sure in diagnosing this mess.

I know how much of an SOB it can be to remove rootkits, the last one was a real boatload of fun.

Thanks for the quick reply

Edited by I_spy_on_the_Spysheriff, 29 March 2007 - 09:43 AM.


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Posted 29 March 2007 - 10:19 AM

i just recently removed lzx32/PE386 off my machine and it was fine for the last 2 months. These symptoms occurred back then but had stopped after PE386/lzx32 was removed.

How did you remove it?

This is a particularly nasty rootkit infection that incorporates advanced user and kernel mode rootkit capabilities, alternative datastream, and proprietary obfuscation/packing methods to hide the native driver code. Rustock hooks into the Windows 32-bit kernel, and patches several APIs to hide new registry keys and files it installs. While we are always willing to assist with rootkit removal there is no guarantee of success and it may even be advisable to consider a reformat/clean install of your system.
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Posted 29 March 2007 - 10:29 AM

Is there any safe well-known program or software that you would suggest I could use in order to identify whether or not this rootkit is still infecting, and re-loading onto my machine?

I deleted the list of registry keys in CurrentControlSets 2, 3, 4, and Current. I also deleted the lzx32.sys driver from C:\WINDOWS\system32 folder and all associated files. I had told the PC to un-hide the hidden files, as I heard this one sometimes is not visible. However, I am figuring I did not catch the other components and driver codes.

I also used the Partizan program to confirm and it claimed the infection was not there, however I believe it does not look for the advanced alternate streams, hidden driver code, etc.

Edited by I_spy_on_the_Spysheriff, 29 March 2007 - 10:29 AM.


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Posted 29 March 2007 - 10:39 AM

There are special tools that have been created to deal with this infection but they should be used under the guidance of an expert. 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. In step #9 there are instructions for downloading HijackThis and creating a log. (This is a self-extracting version which will automatically install HJT in the proper location.)

When you have done that, post your 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 in the thread titled "Haven't Had A Reply In Five Days?".

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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Posted 29 March 2007 - 08:04 PM

Thanks for the help, but I looked through all the steps, and have done everything there, I have had HJT logs investigated, etc.
I guess I am on my own. I am pretty good & I have fixed worse things than this, I will get it taken care of. I do appreciate the board here.

Thank you for the assistance anyway

Edited by I_spy_on_the_Spysheriff, 29 March 2007 - 08:06 PM.


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Posted 30 March 2007 - 07:40 AM

You don't have to be on your own as we offered to help. You really should let a member of the HJT Team give you a second opinion.
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Posted 30 March 2007 - 11:22 PM

AVG has a fast working anti root kit program here is a link.

http://www.9down.com/story.php?sid=8683#533883

it's free from avg.




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