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#1 hornet2005

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 09:36 PM

I have read the introduction to removing Hijackers, and several of the posts.

I have run:
Hijack This
Spybot
Adaware

While several things were removed, the offending Hijacker seems to reappear periodically.

Here's my HT log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 10:32:49 PM, on 6/24/2004
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\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\gearsec.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ZONELABS\vsmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\xl.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\sdkev.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\mskh32.exe
C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe
C:\download\HijackThis.exe
C:\download\HijackThis.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = res://C:\WINDOWS\system32\cdocc.dll/sp.html#26512
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = res://cdocc.dll/index.html#26512
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = res://cdocc.dll/index.html#26512
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = res://C:\WINDOWS\system32\cdocc.dll/sp.html#26512
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = res://cdocc.dll/index.html#26512
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = res://C:\WINDOWS\system32\cdocc.dll/sp.html#26512
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {ABB1A229-D9CD-8F77-2574-970AA1BD9031} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\atlme.dll
O2 - BHO: NAV Helper - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Zone Labs Client] "C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [sdkev.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\sdkev.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [mskh32.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\mskh32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [sdkhq32.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\sdkhq32.exe
O4 - Startup: Copy of Earthlink.lnk = ?
O9 - Extra button: AIM (HKLM)
O9 - Extra button: Related (HKLM)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Show &Related Links (HKLM)
O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Blackjack - http://download.game...nts/y/jt0_x.cab
O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Hearts - http://download.game...nts/y/ht1_x.cab
O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Poker - http://download.game...nts/y/pt1_x.cab
O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Pool 2 - http://download.game...ts/y/potc_x.cab
O16 - DPF: {02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B} (QuickTime Object) - http://www.apple.com...ex/qtplugin.cab
O16 - DPF: {3E68E405-C6DE-49FF-83AE-41EE9F4C36CE} (Office Update Installation Engine) - http://office.micros...ontent/opuc.cab
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
O16 - DPF: {CE28D5D2-60CF-4C7D-9FE8-0F47A3308078} (ActiveDataInfo Class) - https://www-secure.s...ta/SymAData.dll
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macr...ash/swflash.cab
O16 - DPF: {D719897A-B07A-4C0C-AEA9-9B663A28DFCB} (iTunesDetector Class) - http://ax.phobos.app.../ITDetector.cab
O16 - DPF: {E77C0D62-882A-456F-AD8F-7C6C9569B8C7} (ActiveDataObj Class) - https://www-secure.s.../ActiveData.cab
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{650DDC2D-9586-4E48-A050-6BE6A8A4C339}: NameServer = 207.69.188.187 207.69.188.186


I seem to have a number of strange processes appearing with different names, including appid32.exe, mskh32.exe, etc. Any advice would be much appreciated.

#2 hornet2005

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 10:51 PM

Update:

Seems I can kill the processes, and use HT to kill everything else, and the Hijacker goes away. However it reappears after a reboot. I cannot figure out where the sucker is hiding, and how it reappears. The process and dll's seem to have a different name everytime.

#3 RubbeR DuckY

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 10:54 PM

Please download About:Buster by RubbeR DuckY ( thats me lol ) from

Here

Then Unzip it to your desktop. Do not run it yet. Print these directions or paste them into a text document as you will be running with your internet explorer closed. Restarting internet explorer may cause a reinfection.

Please start Hijack this and tick the boxes next to these items.

Since you can probably tell apart the randoms, please fix the random 02 and the random 04's. The reason im asking you to do it is because it is not in the log as you probably rebooted. If you have questions about one ask

[For now, when we remove the hijacker we will fix your log more completely.]


Then close all windows and hit fix checked. Now startup About:Buster. Hit ok on the first prompt and then hit start. Next hit ok. Wait till the scan completes and copy the report and save it somewhere. Rerun About:Buster to make sure everything was deleted. Then restart your computer.

It is now safe to reopen Internet explorer. Please post a new hijack this log along with a report.
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#4 hornet2005

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Posted 27 June 2004 - 11:35 AM

Thanks for the reply.

I ran Hijack This and fixed the suggested items.

I downloaded and ran About:Buster, closed it, and reran it.

I then rebooted and ran HT. Here's the log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 12:30:22 PM, on 6/27/2004
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\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\gearsec.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\SYMANT~1\SCRIPT~1\SBServ.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ZONELABS\vsmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\xl.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\sdkev.exe
C:\download\HijackThis.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {A80D4B54-FF0F-D6F9-EBAC-BA729E0B4A99} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\appid32.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Zone Labs Client] "C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [sdkev.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\sdkev.exe
O4 - Startup: Copy of Earthlink.lnk = ?
O9 - Extra button: AIM (HKLM)
O9 - Extra button: Related (HKLM)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Show &Related Links (HKLM)
O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Blackjack - http://download.game...nts/y/jt0_x.cab
O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Hearts - http://download.game...nts/y/ht1_x.cab
O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Poker - http://download.game...nts/y/pt1_x.cab
O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Pool 2 - http://download.game...ts/y/potc_x.cab
O16 - DPF: {02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B} (QuickTime Object) - http://www.apple.com...ex/qtplugin.cab
O16 - DPF: {3E68E405-C6DE-49FF-83AE-41EE9F4C36CE} (Office Update Installation Engine) - http://office.micros...ontent/opuc.cab
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
O16 - DPF: {CE28D5D2-60CF-4C7D-9FE8-0F47A3308078} (ActiveDataInfo Class) - https://www-secure.s...ta/SymAData.dll
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macr...ash/swflash.cab
O16 - DPF: {D719897A-B07A-4C0C-AEA9-9B663A28DFCB} (iTunesDetector Class) - http://ax.phobos.app.../ITDetector.cab
O16 - DPF: {E77C0D62-882A-456F-AD8F-7C6C9569B8C7} (ActiveDataObj Class) - https://www-secure.s.../ActiveData.cab
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{650DDC2D-9586-4E48-A050-6BE6A8A4C339}: NameServer = 207.69.188.187 207.69.188.186

The hijack is still active on my machine.

#5 hornet2005

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Posted 27 June 2004 - 02:39 PM

I think I've got it (fingers crossed).

I ran MSCONFIG and noticed an entry for a program called SDKEV under Startup. Not recognizing that entry, I unchecked it, made sure everything was clean with HT and About:Buster, and rebooted.

So far, no Hijack. We'll see.

I also found SDKEV as a Hidden System file in WINDOWS/SYSTEM32, with a Creation date of 6/18/2004. I renamed it for now.

I'll post an update if the Hijack reappears.




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