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Old 08-18-2010, 12:28 AM  
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The Official Malware/Antivirus Thread - Need help or general advice? Read this first!

This thread provides information on malware removal, links to malware removal tools, and recommendations & links to anti-virus software. The intention of this thread is to provide quick and accurate support for malware-related issues and questions.

Many people here are willing to provide assistance if you're having computer problems, and this thread is not meant to discourage people from asking for help.... but, please read the information provided first, or else there's a good chance you'll be sent here, here, or here . We aren't Geek Squad, so while we won't grossly overcharge you for information and advice, we also aren't responsible for anything you do to your computer.

Also, feel free to make suggestions on the content of this post, and I'll try to keep it up to date.

Research


A lot of information can be found at this EliteKiller link, including...
  • Links to recommended malware scanning & removal tools, including the Rogue Removal Kit (which includes combofix), malwarebytes (aka MBAM), and Hitman Pro.
  • A link to HiJackThis, which creates a log of registry entries, running services, etc; that can be posted here for additional support.
  • Reviews, recommendations, and links to antivirus software, on-demand scanners, and online scanners.
  • Information on firewalls and unsecured networks, as well as malware/virus prevention.

Malware Removal

If you think your computer is infected, the EliteKiller link provides a thorough solution. Simply put...

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Step 1 go here http://www.elitekiller.com/malware.htm and read up

Step 2 download the Rogue Removal Kit http://www.elitekiller.com/files/rogueremoval.zip

Step 3 unzip the Kit, read the instruction file and run the tools in the order given.

Step 4 Thank me in about 3 hours for fixing your shit.

The Rogue Removal Kit is is a zipped file that includes malwarebytes, CCleaner (a registry cleaner that will also delete temporary files), Combofix, Hitman Pro, and HiJackThis (HiJackThis is optional, see below). The instructions guide you through running these tools in Safe Mode With Networking; then running malwarebytes and an online scanner in Normal Mode.

Some people don't recommend running Combofix unless you're fairly certain you need to use it, but I've never heard of people having major problems with it. Here's a list of symptoms to Vundo infections, which may help determine if you need to run Combofix. You can also look here to see instructions with screenshots on how to use Combofix.

Taken from the readme in the Rogue Removal Kit:

Quality Online Virus Scanners: (all scanners offer detection and removal)


F-Secure
NOD32
Bitdefender

Quality Free Anti-Virus Software:

Panda Cloud
Microsoft Security Essentials
Antivir
Avast!
AVG


My two cents on downloading anti-malware software...
  • Download it from another computer if possible, or from Safe Mode With Networking on the infected machine.
  • Verify you are downloading from a legit source and are not being redirected to a site where you'll end up downloading more malware. If you click on any links above, verify the link in the bottom left before clicking on it, then after clicking the link verify that's where you were taken in the address bar.
  • The elitekiller article mentions downloading the software to a USB drive. Do not download the software to a USB drive on the infected machine if you're not in Safe Mode, or else you risk infecting the USB drive and other computers you connect the drive to in the future.

Other Helpful Tips & Tools

Rkill will kill processes that may be preventing scanners from completely removing malware.

To get into Safe Mode With Networking, press F8 every couple of seconds while the computer is starting (before the Windows splash screen). If you see the Windows splash screen, you will need to try again. The safe thing to do is log into Windows, restart, and try pressing F8 several times before seeing the Windows splash screen. Alternatively, my advice that falls into the category of “what I'd do if it was my own computer, but wouldn't tell someone to do it if I worked in tech support” would be, if you didn't get into Safe Mode the first time and you're at the Windows splash screen, hold down the power button until the computer turns off. When you start the computer again, it should automatically ask you if you want to go into Safe Mode With Networking.

If you get a Blue Screen of Death after selecting Safe Mode With Networking, read the following posts on how to fix it:
http://blog.didierstevens.com/2006/06/22/save-safeboot/
http://blog.didierstevens.com/2006/0...ring-safeboot/
http://blog.didierstevens.com/2007/0...th-a-reg-file/


Still infected, or just want to make sure everything is okay?

HiJackThis is a tool that will create a log file that can be analyzed by geeks to see what is running on your computer. Install and run HiJackThis (preferably in Safe Mode With Networking), and select 'Do a system scan and save a log file'. You can then copy/paste the output to this thread, and with any luck, someone will stop by and let you know what you can delete. You can then checkmark the items in HiJackThis and click 'Fixed checked'.

If you don't get a quick response here or would rather do it yourself, you can also go to http://hijackthis.de/, which is an online analyzer for your HiJackThis log. Simply copy and paste the log into the text box and click the Analyze button. During my testing of the site, I found it wasn't perfect, especially when a proxy was setup (the visitor rating would be 'extremely nasty', but the site itself would say it was safe)... but, it's at least a good tool that can significantly shorten the time it takes to analyze the log, and it gives you an idea of which entries you can delete or at least Google/post here for further research.

You can also look at the responses to HiJackThis posts in this thread to get an idea of what is safe and what should be removed.


Windows Performance

A good starting point to knowing what processes and services are running on your computer is a HiJackThis log. There's also a lot of information that's only a Google search away.

To manage the process that start when Windows starts, use msconfig (Start button -> Run... -> msconfig -> Startup tab). This is a good resource on startup processes, and it includes a large database of startup processes with information on whether they're required to run Windows or if it's okay to uncheck them. You basically want processes that are in c:\Windows checked, and you can generally uncheck processes in c:\program files (but there are exceptions, like your antivirus), but do some research (Google, the provided links, this thread) if you're not sure. Adobe, Apple (including qttask, Boujour, AppleUpdater, etc), and any messenger program (unless you have it sign you in at startup) are always the first ones to get unchecked on my computer.

Services can be a little tougher to manage, because it's usually a much longer list, and it's not as simple as flipping them on or off. This is a great resource for managing Windows services (Start button -> Run... -> services.msc). Simply choose your version of Windows and then click on the Service Configuration link. It presents the default setup, a safe setup (what most people can use without any consequences), a tweaked setup for faster startup, and a bare bones setup for the super geek. There's also a Tweaks page for stuff like Adding/Removing programs and System Restore.

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Old 05-29-2012, 09:40 AM   #286
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typically when i get this i go into
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:11 AM   #287
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I'm having a hell of a time with something redirecting me on clicked links from google searches. I can't find it with anything.
Post a hijack this log so we can take a look...
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:21 PM   #288
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C:\Program Files\HitmanPro\hmpsched.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
c:\Program Files\Zune\ZuneBusEnum.exe
C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
C:\Program Files\WSED\WSED.exe
C:\Program Files\Battery Meter\BTMeter.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\WLTRAY.exe
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\avastUI.exe
C:\WINDOWS\RTHDCPL.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxsrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Zune\ZuneLauncher.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
C:\DOCUME~1\Chad\LOCALS~1\Temp\Temporary Directory 1 for rogueremoval.zip\HiJack This\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In SSV Helper - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: avast! WebRep - {8E5E2654-AD2D-48bf-AC2D-D17F00898D06} - C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\aswWebRepIE.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl - {E7E6F031-17CE-4C07-BC86-EABFE594F69C} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie\jqs_plugin.dll
O3 - Toolbar: avast! WebRep - {8E5E2654-AD2D-48bf-AC2D-D17F00898D06} - C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\aswWebRepIE.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IgfxTray] C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HotKeysCmds] C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Persistence] C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WSED] C:\Program Files\WSED\WSED.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [BTMeter] C:\Program Files\Battery Meter\BTMeter.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Broadcom Wireless Manager UI] C:\WINDOWS\system32\WLTRAY.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [avast] "C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\avastUI.exe" /nogui
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RTHDCPL] RTHDCPL.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Zune Launcher] "c:\Program Files\Zune\ZuneLauncher.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe ARM] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SynTPEnh] C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware] "C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exe" /starttray
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O16 - DPF: {C1F8FC10-E5DB-4112-9DBF-6C3FF728D4E3} (DellSystemLite.Scanner) - http://support.dell.com/systemprofil...SystemLite.CAB
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://fpdownload2.macromedia.com/ge...sh/swflash.cab
O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Browseui preloader - {438755C2-A8BA-11D1-B96B-00A0C90312E1} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll
O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Component Categories cache daemon - {8C7461EF-2B13-11d2-BE35-3078302C2030} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll
O23 - Service: avast! Antivirus - AVAST Software - C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate) (gupdate) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdatem) (gupdatem) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
O23 - Service: HitmanPro Scheduler (HitmanProScheduler) - SurfRight B.V. - C:\Program Files\HitmanPro\hmpsched.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\1050\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: Java Quick Starter (JavaQuickStarterService) - Sun Microsystems, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
O23 - Service: MBAMService - Malwarebytes Corporation - C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamservice.exe
O23 - Service: Mozilla Maintenance Service (MozillaMaintenance) - Mozilla Foundation - C:\Program Files\Mozilla Maintenance Service\maintenanceservice.exe
O23 - Service: Dell Wireless WLAN Tray Service (wltrysvc) - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\System32\WLTRYSVC.EXE
O23 - Service: Mobile Broadband Core Service (WMCoreService) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Dell\Dell WWAN\WMCore\WMCore.exe

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Old 06-22-2012, 09:11 AM   #289
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Lzen, I don't see anything out of the ordinary.

What are the symptoms? Did you run HiJack this and malwarebytes in Safe Mode? Have any of the scans picked up anything?
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:48 PM   #290
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This is my kids' laptop. Something shut off Avast. I think they had to select allow for that to happen because Avast doesn't let crap like that in.Also, several keys on the keyboard aren't working.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:38 PM   #291
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Hmmm. Can you turn Avast back on and does it stay on?

I can't see how any virus or malware would disable any keys. I don't see how that's possible.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:41 PM   #292
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Can't turn avast on and can't uninstall it.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:53 PM   #293
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What happens when you try? Error messages? Did you try in Safe Mode?
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:17 AM   #294
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You might want to run an error check on her hard drive, just to help rule out it causing your problems

Open Up "My Computer" and right click on the hard drive... choose properties. (it's usually the last choice)

You should see a new window popup with multiple tabs to click on, click on the Tools Tab.

Now you should see a button that says "Error Checking", click on it.

A new smaller window will popup, choose both options... auto check system errors and recover bad sectors. Now click start.

Depending on the size of her HD and the resources available, it might take a while. Start it before you go to bed and hopefully it'll be done by the time you wake.

The guys above have gave good advice, I thought this would help at least to see if the HD was causing problems.
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Ok, I have narrowed down that the keyboard issue is a bad keyboard. A USB keyboard works fine. I ordered a new one and it shouldn't be too difficult to replace.

But the whole thing with Avast is weird. It had some kind of malicious software that shut down Avast. Even after I ran everything according to this thread and got rid of the crap, Avast would not work. It won't work in safe mode, either. And I can't uninstall it and reinstall it. I'm using AVG now, but I prefer Avast.

BTW, I think the keyboard issue timing was just a coincidence.
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Ok, I have narrowed down that the keyboard issue is a bad keyboard. A USB keyboard works fine. I ordered a new one and it shouldn't be too difficult to replace.

But the whole thing with Avast is weird. It had some kind of malicious software that shut down Avast. Even after I ran everything according to this thread and got rid of the crap, Avast would not work. It won't work in safe mode, either. And I can't uninstall it and reinstall it. I'm using AVG now, but I prefer Avast.

BTW, I think the keyboard issue timing was just a coincidence.
From the sounds of it, Avast imploded. I've seen it happen before, and it had nothing to do with any malicious software.

Try the Avast uninstall utility: http://www.avast.com/uninstall-utility

That will let you remove it and reinstall it from scratch...
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From the sounds of it, Avast imploded. I've seen it happen before, and it had nothing to do with any malicious software.

Try the Avast uninstall utility: http://www.avast.com/uninstall-utility

That will let you remove it and reinstall it from scratch...
Ok, thanks. I'll try that.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:08 AM   #298
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That worked. Thanks Fish.
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Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:08 PM   #299
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That worked. Thanks Fish.

We just can't let you have anything to play with, can we?


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Old 06-26-2012, 10:00 AM   #300
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We just can't let you have anything to play with, can we?


Hey, it wasn't me. It's my kids' laptop that always has crap happening to it. My laptop is fine.
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Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.Lzen has parlayed a career as a truck driver into debt free trailer and jon boat ownership.
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