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#1 Man Animal

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Posted 20 July 2004 - 05:25 PM

Hi. Well, my browser opens to res://vgiah.dll/index.html#96676 everytime I open it. It's been bogged down for a while, and I havn't been able to fix it running ad-aware, spybot or CW shredder. The worst part is that just recently, I am now getting an error message every minute that says

"Error loading C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~2\inetkw.dll
The specific module could not be found".

It does this about once a minute and nothing can stop it. I was reading some other posts, and I downloaded Hijack This and ran it from a folder on my C drive after having used Ad-aware, spybot and CW shredder. Here's the log, can anyone figure out what I should do?

I'd really appreciate anything. Thanks :-)
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Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.0
Scan saved at 4:15:16 PM, on 7/20/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\mshq32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\Smax4.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\WINDOWS\apigv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~2\inetmgr.exe
C:\program files\micore\runc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~2\inetsvc.exe
C:\program files\micore\micore.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp\winamp.exe
C:\HJT\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = res://C:\WINDOWS\vgiah.dll/sp.html#96676
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = res://vgiah.dll/index.html#96676
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = res://vgiah.dll/index.html#96676
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = res://C:\WINDOWS\vgiah.dll/sp.html#96676
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = res://C:\WINDOWS\vgiah.dll/sp.html#96676
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = res://vgiah.dll/index.html#96676
R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {94277844-A490-FE2F-D4E1-AA6BD7A7D46F} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\sdklc.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMAXPnP] C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMAX] "C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\Smax4.exe" /tray
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\System32\\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AceGain LiveUpdate] C:\Program Files\AceGain\LiveUpdate\LiveUpdate.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinampAgent] C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATIPTA] C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [apigv.exe] C:\WINDOWS\apigv.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [inetmgr] C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~2\inetmgr.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [mshq32.exe] C:\WINDOWS\mshq32.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [micore] \program files\micore\runc.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsearch.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward &Links - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmbacklinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Cac&hed Snapshot of Page - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmcache.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Si&milar Pages - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsimilar.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate into English - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmtrans.html
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {120E090D-9136-4b78-8258-F0B44B4BD2AC} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\ms.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: MaxSpeed - {120E090D-9136-4b78-8258-F0B44B4BD2AC} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\ms.exe (file missing)
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
O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
O16 - DPF: {62475759-9E84-458E-A1AB-5D2C442ADFDE} - http://a1540.g.akama...meInstaller.exe

#2 mmxx66

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Posted 22 July 2004 - 03:32 PM

Hello please download About:Buster and unzip it to your desktop. Donīt run it yet.

How to use Ad-Aware to remove Spyware <= Please check this link for instructions on how to download, install and then use adaware. Donīt use it yet.
1 You already have Adaware installed. Make sure it's up to date. Just open Adaware and click on *Check for Updates Now* and then *Connect*. It will find a new reference-file. Click *ok* and let it download and install the updates by clicking on *Finish* .This will return you to the main screen. You should now see Reference File # : 01R333 18.07.2004 or higher listed.

2 Print out these instructions so you have them handy as most of the steps need to be done in safe mode and you may not be able to go online.

3. Next, go to Start->Run and type "Services.msc" (without quotes) then hit Ok
Scroll down and find the service called "Network Security Service". When you find it, double-click on it. In the next window that opens, click the Stop button, then click on properties and under the General Tab, change the Startup Type to Disabled. Now hit Apply and then Ok and close any open windows. This service is installed by the malware. If this service is not listed go ahead with the next step.

4. Reboot to Safe Mode
How to start the computer in
Safe mode


5. Make sure your PC is configured to show hidden files

Open Windows Explorer & Go to Tools > Folder Options. Click on the View tab and make sure that "Show hidden files and folders" is checked.
Also uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" and untick "hide extensions for known file types" . Now click "Apply to all folders"
Click "Apply" then "OK"

6.CLOSE ALL WINDOWS AND BROWSERS Scan with Hijack This and put checks next to all the following, then click "Fix Checked"

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = res://C:\WINDOWS\vgiah.dll/sp.html#96676
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = res://vgiah.dll/index.html#96676
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = res://vgiah.dll/index.html#96676
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = res://C:\WINDOWS\vgiah.dll/sp.html#96676
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = res://C:\WINDOWS\vgiah.dll/sp.html#96676
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = res://vgiah.dll/index.html#96676
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {94277844-A490-FE2F-D4E1-AA6BD7A7D46F} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\sdklc.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [apigv.exe] C:\WINDOWS\apigv.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [mshq32.exe] C:\WINDOWS\mshq32.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [micore] \program files\micore\runc.exe
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {120E090D-9136-4b78-8258-F0B44B4BD2AC} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\ms.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: MaxSpeed - {120E090D-9136-4b78-8258-F0B44B4BD2AC} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\ms.exe (file missing)


Go to Add/Remode Programs and uninstall:
MediaInject if listed.

7. Delete the following files and folders if present.
C:\WINDOWS\vgiah.dll
C:\WINDOWS\mshq32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\apigv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\sdklc.dll

C:\program files\micore<-this folder.

8. Double click AboutBuster.exe that you downloaded earlier. Click OK, click Start, then click OK. This will scan your computer for the bad files and delete them. Save the report(copy and paste into notepad or wordpad and save as a .txt file) and post a copy back here when you are done with all the steps.

9. Scan with Adaware and let it remove any bad files found.

10. Clean out temporary and TIF files. Go to Start > Run and type in the box: cleanmgr. Let it scan your system for files to remove. Make sure these 3 are checked and then press *ok* to remove:

Temporary Files
Temporary Internet Files
Recycle Bin


11. Reboot to normal mode, scan again with Hijack This and post a new log here.

12. Finally, do an online scan HERE. Let it remove any infected files found.


Post a fresh HijackThis log and the AboutBuster report back here please.

What is this program? C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~2

#3 Man Animal

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Posted 22 July 2004 - 06:12 PM

Hey mmxx66. I can't tell you how thankfull I am that there's people like you guys that are willing to put forth their time to help others like me. Anyway, here it is.

AboutBuster:

-- Scan 1 --------
About:Buster Version 1.31
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\aftpx.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\bckjk.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\btbxm.dll
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\ddemo.dll
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\isond.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\izjtt.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\kvzjq.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\kzqco.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\mcumk.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\nuotl.dll
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\n_hglcmi.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\n_hojesn.dat
Error Removing! : C:\WINDOWS\n_hvekpk.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\n_nqyefb.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\n_waowjz.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\n_xscqtc.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\oxkkh.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\tjlms.dll
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\udmgfx.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\uwfez.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\vgfcsd.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\vlecu.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\vnbyl.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\wzkun.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\wzyam.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\xizpi.dll
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\xkvra.dll
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\xmszi.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\xtysk.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\xukow.dat
Error Removing! : C:\WINDOWS\ygmtmc.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\zhqyf.dll
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\zpaet.dll
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\aqgji.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\arfpz.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\bjvdb.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\cnvfw.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\dlzkd.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\hfxfe.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\iqqbr.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\jwfgb.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\katpt.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\lrvxz.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\onfix.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\qoiyk.dll
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\qqmxg.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\uuvwb.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\vgfcs.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\vhkyc.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\wbxmu.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\wqtvy.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\wtnfg.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\xmevu.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\xrqxy.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\yxvkr.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\znnnv.dat
Removed! : C:\WINDOWS\System32\zplvd.dat
Attempted Clean Of Temp folder.
Removed LEGACY___NS_Service_3 Key
Removed Uninstall Key (HSA)
Removed Uninstall Key (SE)
Removed Uninstall Key (SW)
Pages Reset... Done!

New HijackThis:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.0
Scan saved at 5:01:28 PM, on 7/22/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\Smax4.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~2\inetmgr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~2\inetsvc.exe
C:\HJT\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,HomeOldSP = about:blank
R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMAXPnP] C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMAX] "C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\Smax4.exe" /tray
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\System32\\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AceGain LiveUpdate] C:\Program Files\AceGain\LiveUpdate\LiveUpdate.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinampAgent] C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATIPTA] C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [inetmgr] C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~2\inetmgr.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsearch.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward &Links - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmbacklinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Cac&hed Snapshot of Page - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmcache.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Si&milar Pages - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsimilar.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate into English - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmtrans.html
O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
O16 - DPF: {62475759-9E84-458E-A1AB-5D2C442ADFDE} - http://a1540.g.akama...meInstaller.exe


My explorer dosn't SEEM to be hijacked anymore. It opens to my set homepage now, and runs noticebly faster. I'm still getting the error messages on my desktop every minute though. I've got no idea what C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~2 is. I can't even find a PROGRA~1 directory in my C drive, let alone this mesterious INTERN~2. I'm guessing that's the problem. Something wants to access it but it dosn't exist? I dunno. Anyway, thanks for all the help. Hope those logs say good things.

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Posted 22 July 2004 - 07:08 PM

I looked up my "PROGRA~1\INTERN~2\inetkw.dll" problem on google, and I found a forum where a guy deleted "inetmgr.exe", and it seemed to have fixed things. Here it is. I'm thinking of doing it myself, i just wanna make sure that it dosn't mess anything up.

http://www.able2know...about27994.html

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Posted 22 July 2004 - 07:14 PM

C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~2 >>C:\Program Files\Internet ????

Look for some program beggining with Internet , Internet Optimizer or something like that., and uninstall it.
Your log looks clean, Youīve made a good job. :D.

Here are some tips, to reduce the potential for spyware infection in the future, I strongly recommend installing the following applications:
  • Spywareblaster <= SpywareBlaster will prevent spyware from being installed.
  • Spywareguard <= SpywareGuard offers realtime protection from spyware installation attempts.
  • How to use Ad-Aware to remove Spyware <= If you suspect that you have spyware installed on your computer, here are instructions on how to download, install and then use Ad-Aware.
  • How to use Spybot to remove Spyware <= If you suspect that you have spyware installed on your computer, here are instructions on how to download, install and then use Spybot. Similar to Ad-Aware, I strongly recommend both to catch most spyware.
To protect yourself further:
  • IE/Spyad <= IE/Spyad places over 4000 websites and domains in the IE Restricted list which will severely impair attempts to infect your system. It basically prevents any downloads (Cookies etc) from the sites listed, although you will still be able to connect to the sites.
  • MVPS Hosts file <= The MVPS Hosts file replaces your current HOSTS file with one containing well know ad sites etc. Basically, this prevents your coputer from connecting to those sites by redirecting them to 127.0.0.1 which is your local computer
  • Google Toolbar <= Get the free google toolbar to help stop pop up windows.
I also suggest that you delete any files from "temp", "tmp" folders. In Internet Explorer, click on "Tools" => "Internet Options" => "Delete Files" and select the box that says "Delete All Offline Content" and click on "OK" twice. Also, empty the recycle bin by right clicking on it and selecting "Empty Recycle Bin". These steps should be done on a regular basis.

And also see TonyKlein's good advice
So how did I get infected in the first place?

Good luck :D

Edited by mmxx66, 22 July 2004 - 07:15 PM.


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Posted 23 July 2004 - 10:56 AM

Did you find the internet something program?

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Posted 23 July 2004 - 05:53 PM

I couldn't find that "internet something" file, but I backed up and deleted that other file, and it seems to have fixed my error messages, so that makes me happy. Unfortunately, I seem to have been taken over by yet another hijacker. Pretty sure this is a different one. All it says in my url window in about:blank, instead of all that other stuff. Should I just run about:blaster in safe mode again?

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Posted 23 July 2004 - 05:57 PM

Might at well add this. Its the newest one.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.0
Scan saved at 4:55:49 PM, on 7/23/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\Smax4.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\HJT\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Chris\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Chris\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Chris\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Chris\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Chris\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Chris\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,HomeOldSP = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,HomeOldSP = about:blank
R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {641C7C27-3E93-4F2E-9619-513CA97FC50B} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\poaff.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMAXPnP] C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMAX] "C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\Smax4.exe" /tray
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\System32\\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AceGain LiveUpdate] C:\Program Files\AceGain\LiveUpdate\LiveUpdate.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinampAgent] C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATIPTA] C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [inetmgr] C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~2\inetmgr.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsearch.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward &Links - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmbacklinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Cac&hed Snapshot of Page - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmcache.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Si&milar Pages - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsimilar.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate into English - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmtrans.html
O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
O16 - DPF: {62475759-9E84-458E-A1AB-5D2C442ADFDE} - http://a1540.g.akama...meInstaller.exe
O16 - DPF: {74D05D43-3236-11D4-BDCD-00C04F9A3B61} (HouseCall Control) - http://a840.g.akamai...all/xscan53.cab
O18 - Filter: text/html - {84E2A3E5-4E86-4A24-BD5A-26CFD90C23EF} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\poaff.dll
O18 - Filter: text/plain - {84E2A3E5-4E86-4A24-BD5A-26CFD90C23EF} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\poaff.dll

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Posted 23 July 2004 - 06:09 PM

Yes this is another one.

Please download and install the program Registry Lite from here:

http://www.resplendence.com/reglite

Once it is installed, please double click on the icon that should now be on your desktop. If an icon is not there, then check under programs portion of the Start Menu.

Once it is opened, copy and paste the below line, into the address field of Registrar Lite.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\\AppInit_DLLs

And press enter. You will now be presented with new information in the bottom right and left sections and on the right section, the name AppInit_DLLs should be highlighted. Double-click on the AppInit_DLLs entry and copy and paste the text found in the value field in your next reply to this post.

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Posted 23 July 2004 - 06:44 PM

Ok here it is. First of all, I jumped the gun a little and ran about:blaster and deleted some stuff in hijackthis that looked fishy. I know i probably should have waited, but it didn't seem to screw anything up, and it seemingly "fixed" the problem. I probably didn't fix it all though. Anyway, here's what Reglite gave me:

C:\WINDOWS\System32\resf.dll

#11 mmxx66

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Posted 23 July 2004 - 07:06 PM

Please follow these steps:

Step 1:
Go to Folder Options> View

Scroll to the bottom of the list to find the box labeled:
Use Simple File Sharing(Recommended)
Remove the check from that box and press ok.

Step 2:

Download CWShredder from this link:
http://www.spywarein.../CWShredder.exe

Save that file somewhere as we will use it later.

Step 3:

Download this file and then immediately sign off the
internet and stay off until all steps are finished.


The file to download is here:

http://computercops....ownload&id=1183

Extract the batch file (hiving.bat) and run it. If you have script blocking enabled you will get a warning. Please allow this to run. The script is just producing a message box.

After a reboot the super hidden nasty file will no longer be loaded and will be visible. This will end the constant reinstall of about:Blank.

Step 4:

Restart the Computer.

Find this file:
c:\windows\system32\resf.dll

Use the security tab on log.dll and take ownership.
Change the 'everyone special' to
'you> with Admin rights-> FULL control
Then try to delete it, if that fails try to rename
it first to different name+ext.

Example:
resf.dll>bleh.txt
bleh.txt > badfile.111

Please zip that file and store it somewhere as I would like you to email it to me.

Now delete the original file.

Step 5:

Extract and Run CWShredder immediately.
Press the fix button to clean.

Restart and run hijackThis again.
Post your new log here in your next reply.

#12 Man Animal

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Posted 23 July 2004 - 07:26 PM

Ok, I did it all and here it is :-).

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.0
Scan saved at 6:25:43 PM, on 7/23/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\Smax4.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Spyware stuff\SpywareGuard\sgmain.exe
C:\Spyware stuff\SpywareGuard\sgbhp.exe
C:\HJT\HijackThis.exe

R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
O2 - BHO: SpywareGuard Download Protection - {4A368E80-174F-4872-96B5-0B27DDD11DB2} - C:\Spyware stuff\SpywareGuard\dlprotect.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMAXPnP] C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMAX] "C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\Smax4.exe" /tray
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\System32\\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AceGain LiveUpdate] C:\Program Files\AceGain\LiveUpdate\LiveUpdate.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinampAgent] C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATIPTA] C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - Startup: SpywareGuard.lnk = C:\Spyware stuff\SpywareGuard\sgmain.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsearch.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward &Links - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmbacklinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Cac&hed Snapshot of Page - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmcache.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Si&milar Pages - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsimilar.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate into English - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmtrans.html
O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll

#13 mmxx66

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Posted 23 July 2004 - 08:10 PM

Good job!
Your log is clean

Here are some tips, to reduce the potential for spyware infection in the future, I strongly recommend installing the following applications:
  • Spywareblaster <= SpywareBlaster will prevent spyware from being installed.
  • Spywareguard <= SpywareGuard offers realtime protection from spyware installation attempts.
  • How to use Ad-Aware to remove Spyware <= If you suspect that you have spyware installed on your computer, here are instructions on how to download, install and then use Ad-Aware.
  • How to use Spybot to remove Spyware <= If you suspect that you have spyware installed on your computer, here are instructions on how to download, install and then use Spybot. Similar to Ad-Aware, I strongly recommend both to catch most spyware.
To protect yourself further:
  • IE/Spyad <= IE/Spyad places over 4000 websites and domains in the IE Restricted list which will severely impair attempts to infect your system. It basically prevents any downloads (Cookies etc) from the sites listed, although you will still be able to connect to the sites.
  • MVPS Hosts file <= The MVPS Hosts file replaces your current HOSTS file with one containing well know ad sites etc. Basically, this prevents your coputer from connecting to those sites by redirecting them to 127.0.0.1 which is your local computer
  • Google Toolbar <= Get the free google toolbar to help stop pop up windows.
I also suggest that you delete any files from "temp", "tmp" folders. In Internet Explorer, click on "Tools" => "Internet Options" => "Delete Files" and select the box that says "Delete All Offline Content" and click on "OK" twice. Also, empty the recycle bin by right clicking on it and selecting "Empty Recycle Bin". These steps should be done on a regular basis.

And also see TonyKlein's good advice
So how did I get infected in the first place?

Good luck :D




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