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jimboluvya

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I'm a computer technician & I was working on a client's machine attempting to remove various malware. I came across your page after googling the 96676 variant. I ran Hijack This. I noticed a file called winle.exe was being executed. I deleted it, along with any of the HCLU lines that referenced the 96676 variant. I reopened my browser, no hijack. I closed my browser & reopened. It was once again hijacked. I ran Hijack This again and saw that winle.exe was back in again. I went to it's location (windows\system32\) and tried to delete it but windows wouldn't let me. So, I opened task manager and, sure 'nuf, there it was.

 

What I tried next was your solution to delete all occurrences of iexplore.exe (including the prefetch stored in windows\prefetch\). I then copied the iexplore.exe from another (malware free) XP system (both the iexplore.exe in Program Files\Internet Explorer\ and Windows\Prefetch\). By the way, my Iexplore.exe from the known good machine was 89kb.

 

So I once more stopped the Winle.com process in Task Manager and right clicked on the winle.com file located in Windows\System32\ and then clicked on delete. Poof, it was gone. Further, my browser home page remains as I set it. It also did not show up when I ran Hijack This again.

 

If any of this diatribe is unclear, please email me. Hope there is some sort of clue in here to help others rid themselves of this nasty little bug...

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Just a quick note. If you delete iexplore.exe & don't replace it you won't be able to run internet explorer. Make certain you have a backup file ready!!

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While I honestly HOPE you WERE successful. I have been fighting this thing for quite some time and "thought" I had finally rid myself of it. Then, two days later... It was back. It is a very nasty Trojan. I hope your method proves successful as I will try it when I have time, but forgive my sinicism, I have lost sleep over this thing and until it is verified to be gone I remain skeptical. GOOD LUCK :wtf:

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Thanks for your insight. It sounds like you have the exact same situatin as me. Do you have to copy from another coputer or do you think we can download a new copy of Iexplore.exe from the website??

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I deleted internet explorer and did save a spare of ieexplore.exe

But when I click to install, it tells me that "a newer version exists...installation will not continue...". Does that mean I still have the hijacker on my system?

 

Im running Netscape in the meantime/Mozilla in the meantime...

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I'm guessing that the file this bug creates in windows\system32\ may not always be named winle.com. It probably diguises itself under a variety of names, so if you don't see winle.com, start looking for another likely candidate in that directory when you've scanned with Hihack This....

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blue47 - I'll need a little more info. Where did you get your replacement iexplore.exe file from? What are you attempting to click to install? All you should need to do is delete all occurrences of iexplore.exe (find them using the search function) and replace with known good iexplore.exe. I was running IE 6 w/SP1 & all updates and replacement was from same iteration from a different computer...

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jimboluvya,

 

the version I saved was downloaded from Microsoft's site. It's IE6 too.

 

I tried to delete all versions. I spoke to a tech at PC Club today who said XP doesn't "really" delete it; it's always gonna remain there (???) and that that's why I'm getting the message. Does that make sense?

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