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ctfmon.exe hijack?

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I had a bunch of spyware and stuff and I followed all the instructions from the post on how to remove that stuff and it helped a lot. You guys are awesome! However, I still have some problems that are cropping up. I have spybot S&D and I've locked my browser settings and I have the tea timer running that notifies me about bad downloads and stuff. I've eliminated all startup programs except the two that I want to run. Well sure enough: there is still something that's trying to re-hijack my browser. Here are the symtoms:


1. When I load IE Spybot notifies me of a registry entry being changed that points to ctfmon.exe. I looked up some info on this and it seems to be a MS program that is part of Office XP...one problem...I don't have Office XP. Is this a virus?

2. When I go into hotmail I get two warnings from spybot about bad downloads. "Avenue A Inc" and "DoubleClick".

3. when I run spybot the only thing it finds in startup are the two programs I want to run in startup. The only problems it finds when I scan is the "DSO Exploit". However, every time I fix this, reboot, and scan again it finds it again.

4. When I run Hijack this it doesn't show anything that looks wrong to me. I've removed all the bad stuff I could think of.


I have screencaps and logs but I wasn't sure if I should post them. Let me know if you need them. Thanks in advance for the help.

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1 - a normal file to have. Go here for an explaination - http://www.liutilities.com/products/wintas...library/ctfmon/


2 - Avenue A and DoubleClick are banner-related cookies, no biggie.


3 - That's normal. I've noticed that, too.


4 - You generally don't seem to have spyware, but if you want, I, or anyone else here, would be glad to look your log through just in case.

Edited by Nemesis6

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Thanks for answering. Oh...one more thing! I'm really sorry I forgot to put this in my list of symtoms :oops:


5. Every now and again some process puts an icon on my desktop for some casino website. Oh and I found that info on ctfmon as well. Only problem is: I also found some stuff on the net that suggested there are some viruses that basically masquarade as ctfmon to fool people into thinking it's running as a valid process. Like these:





Can anyone confirm this?

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Can you please do the following...


Download Hijack This! Save it in a convenient permanent folder such as C:\HJT\, double click HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan".


When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will change into a "Save Log" button. Press that, save the log, Ctrl-A to Select All, and copy its contents here. Most of what it lists will be harmless or even essential, don't fix anything yet.


An expert will soon be around to take a look at your log. :)


R. :wave:

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Yeah dog no prob. I already cleaned up a bunch of stuff before my first post. It's lookin pretty clean to me. The last thing that's really annoying is this casino thing that keeps coming up. I think I may have a more insidious pest. BTW when I started my comp tonight I got an even more annoying popup that I couldn't close. I had to click the link to the install program to get it to go away. Now that I think of it that wasn't a good idea but anyway I aborted the install. Here is what it was linking to:


C:\Program Files\CasinoOnline\SetupCarnivalSAS000.exe


I don't do online gambling and I have no idea what that is about.


Here's my HT log. The stuff for the google toolbar and netants (a dl manager) are stuff I want to keep so I didn't get rid of those.


Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7

Scan saved at 7:58:35 PM, on 6/7/2004

Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)

MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)


Running processes:











C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe

C:\Program Files\Roxio\GoBack\GBTray.exe

C:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\apcsystray.exe

C:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\mainserv.exe


C:\Program Files\Roxio\GoBack\GBPoll.exe



C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE



O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll

O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [spybotSD TeaTimer] C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe

O4 - Global Startup: APC UPS Status.lnk = ?

O4 - Global Startup: GoBack.lnk = C:\Program Files\Roxio\GoBack\GBTray.exe

O6 - HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions present

O6 - HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel present

O8 - Extra context menu item: &Download by NetAnts - C:\PROGRA~1\NetAnts\NAGet.htm

O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmsearch.html

O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward &Links - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmbacklinks.html

O8 - Extra context menu item: Cac&hed Snapshot of Page - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmcache.html

O8 - Extra context menu item: Download &All by NetAnts - C:\PROGRA~1\NetAnts\NAGetAll.htm

O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~4\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000

O8 - Extra context menu item: Si&milar Pages - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmsimilar.html

O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate into English - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmtrans.html

O9 - Extra button: NetAnts (HKLM)

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &NetAnts (HKLM)

O9 - Extra button: Related (HKLM)

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Show &Related Links (HKLM)

O16 - DPF: {F54C1137-5E34-4B95-95A5-BA56D4D8D743} (Secure Delivery) - http://www.gamespot.com/KDX/kdx.cab



As you can see the only startup items are for goback (a recovery tool ), my UPS program, and Spybot. I can only assume this thing is hiding somewhere or in someway that HT and Spybot can't find. Any help is appreciated.

Edited by Takilla

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