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Persistant Reinfection: Smitfraud Tool Seems To Be Confounded

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#1 amoebasinger


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Posted 08 June 2007 - 08:28 AM

Hi! First post.
I am fixing up a work friend's computer.
WinXP Home.
He has two users: A and C. He claims he doesn't know where C came from but that's the one he uses. (I Doubt his story).
I finally got A and Administrator to run OK.
I have removed piles of trojans, viruses, etc. etc.

Should I have him just get rid of the C user?

I have run practically every tool on this forum.
Spybot keeps showing Smitfraud-C.Toolbar888 on each of the users.

I finally ran the Smitfraud removal tool in safe mode.
Does not appear to run normally.
The cleanup wizard which gets invoked seems to go about halfway through and unceremoniously disappears.
One time I glimpsed at its status line it was "Cleaning: " a couple non-alphabetic characters. Then it vanished.

The red restart window at the end I have never seen, but it oddly pops up with the initial "You are running in safe mode..." dialog.

This PC has had a myriad bad behaviors.
It probably needs to be wiped and start over. -- Too much effort.
Can I get this thing uninfected and hand it back to my buddy with the caveat that it may be flaky but clean?

*Ran Spybot
*Housecall, Panda, and BitDefender
*Mcafee Stinger
*Installed Zonealarm
*All MS Updates
*Removed some obvious things w Hijackthis. I am posting the log on the appropriate forum.

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#2 buddy215


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Posted 08 June 2007 - 11:00 AM

Hijack This is not intended for use by the average, untrained user. You could easily remove something that would damage your computer.

Install Super Antispyware. Run it in safe mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.

Run the online scan for Bit Defender in normal mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.


Post a Hijack This log in the Hijack This Forum by following the directions in the link below if the programs above have not removed ALL malware. DO NOT post the log in this forum.
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#3 amoebasinger

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 06:23 PM

The log is at:

Aaflac has been helping me.



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Posted 09 June 2007 - 06:29 PM

As you have now posted a HJT log, please now follow only the advice given by the HJT team member who takes your log. You are in good hands!

Take care

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