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Popups were not allowing me to do anything

By Darci
Aug 15, 2010
  1. I am trying to fix a friend's computer. When she gave it to me, it took forever to boot up, and when it did, popups kept taking over. I did a restore back to last month, but things are still very slow, and have now run the recommended scans from this forum. (I didn't see the message about not restoring until it was too late).

    I tried 3 times to run the GMER, but the computer kept shutting down before it was complete I will attach all logs available, and would appreciate any help you can give me.
     

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  2. Darci

    Darci TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    UPDATE:
    I just got a message on the computer from my antivirus program. It says:
    Malicious colde found in file C:/System Volume Information\_restore{A2578CBA-012A-4EE9-9E3D-27D3F494A2B6}\RP619\A0077476.Oxe.
    Infection: Trojan.Win32.Fraudpack.bdnv
    Action:failed.
     
  3. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,915   +344

    Don't worry about this one for now. It's one of your restore point. We'll reset restore points later.

    Download MBRCheck to your desktop

    Double click MBRCheck.exe to run (Vista and Windows 7 users, right click and select Run as Administrator).
    It will show a black screen with some data on it.
    A report called MBRcheckxxxx.txt will be on your desktop
    Open this report and post its content in your next reply.

    =======================================================================

    Please download ComboFix from Here or Here to your Desktop.

    **Note: In the event you already have Combofix, this is a new version that I need you to download. It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop**
    1. Please, never rename Combofix unless instructed.
    2. Close any open browsers.
    3. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.
      • Very Important! Temporarily disable your anti-virus, script blocking and any anti-malware real-time protection before performing a scan. They can interfere with ComboFix or remove some of its embedded files which may cause "unpredictable results".
      • Click on this link to see a list of programs that should be disabled. The list is not all inclusive. If yours is not listed and you don't know how to disable it, please ask.
      NOTE1. If Combofix asks you to install Recovery Console, please allow it.
      NOTE 2. If Combofix asks you to update the program, always do so.
      • Close any open browsers.
      • WARNING: Combofix will disconnect your machine from the Internet as soon as it starts
      • Please do not attempt to re-connect your machine back to the Internet until Combofix has completely finished.
      • If there is no internet connection after running Combofix, then restart your computer to restore back your connection.
    4. Double click on combofix.exe & follow the prompts.
    5. When finished, it will produce a report for you.
    6. Please post the "C:\ComboFix.txt"
    **Note: Do not mouseclick combofix's window while it's running. That may cause it to stall**

    Make sure, you re-enable your security programs, when you're done with Combofix.

    DO NOT make any other changes to your computer (like installing programs, using other cleaning tools, etc.), until it's officially declared clean!!!
     
  4. Darci

    Darci TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    I am attaching the mbrcheck report.

    I d/l Comobfix but when I tried to run it, it showed the word combofix on my desktop, and a green bar ran for a short time, then it dissappeard and did not have a report. I tried d/l ing it from both places, but got the same results.
     

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  5. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,915   +344

    MBRCheck log looks good :)

    Delete your Combofix file, download fresh one, but rename combofix.exe to broni.exe BEFORE saving it to your desktop.
    Do NOT run it yet.

    Please download and run the below tool named Rkill (courtesy of BleepingComputer.com) which may help allow other programs to run.

    There are 4 different versions. If one of them won't run then download and try to run the other one.

    Vista and Win7 users need to right click Rkill and choose Run as Administrator

    You only need to get one of these to run, not all of them. You may get warnings from your antivirus about this tool, ignore them or shutdown your antivirus.

    * Rkill.com
    * Rkill.scr
    * Rkill.pif
    * Rkill.exe

    * Double-click on the Rkill desktop icon to run the tool.
    * If using Vista or Windows 7 right-click on it and choose Run As Administrator.
    * A black DOS box will briefly flash and then disappear. This is normal and indicates the tool ran successfully.
    * If not, delete the file, then download and use the one provided in Link 2.
    * If it does not work, repeat the process and attempt to use one of the remaining links until the tool runs.
    * Do not reboot until instructed.
    * If the tool does not run from any of the links provided, please let me know.

    Once you've gotten one of them to run then try to immediately run the following.

    Now download and run exeHelper.

    * Please download exeHelper from Raktor to your desktop.
    * Double-click on exeHelper.com to run the fix.
    * A black window should pop up, press any key to close once the fix is completed.
    * A log file named log.txt will be created in the directory where you ran exeHelper.com
    * Attach the log.txt file to your next message.[/LIST]

    Note: If the window shows a message that says "Error deleting file", please re-run the program before posting a log - and post the two logs together (they will both be in the one file).

    Now, run broni.exe
     
  6. Darci

    Darci TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    the first link for rkill worked.

    I am attaching the exehelper log

    I tried running broni.exe, but it did the same thing the combofix file did. When I told it to run, I could see broni.exe on the screen with a green bar running under it... and the hour glass on the screen. After a few seconds, it stopped and returned to desktop.
     

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  7. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,915   +344

    Try to run all three tools in very same order from safe mode.
     
  8. Darci

    Darci TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    I am running combo fix in safe mode. Apparently my antivirus was running in the background because I got the message again when trying to run combo fix in safe mode. I couldn't figure out how to disable it because I couldn't find where it was running, so I removed Charter Security Suite and will reinstall it. Let me know when I should do that - or I could install Avast as a temporary solution. Is it ok to install Avast right after the combo fix is done? I will post the logs you requested as soon as combo fix is done.

    Thank you.
     
  9. Darci

    Darci TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Here are the logs:
     

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  10. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,915   +344

    You'll do much better with Avast and Windows firewall, than with some Charter security :)

    ========================================================================

    I don't see much in Combofix log, aside from what it removed.

    Uninstall Combofix:
    Go Start > Run [Vista users, go Start>"Start search"]
    Type in:
    Combofix /Uninstall
    Note the space between the "Combofix" and the "/Uninstall"
    Click OK (Vista users - press Enter).
    Restart computer.

    ======================================================================

    How is computer doing at the moment?
    You can install Avast right now.
    Make sure, Windows firewall is on.

    ======================================================================

    Download OTL to your Desktop.

    * Double click on the icon to run it. Make sure all other windows are closed and to let it run uninterrupted.
    * Under the Custom Scan box paste this in:



    netsvcs
    drivers32 /all
    %SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.*
    %systemroot%\system32\Spool\prtprocs\w32x86\*.dll
    %systemroot%\system32\*.wt
    %systemroot%\system32\*.ruy
    %systemroot%\Fonts\*.com
    %systemroot%\Fonts\*.dll
    %systemroot%\system32\spool\prtprocs\w32x86\*.tmp
    %systemroot%\*. /mp /s
    /md5start
    /md5stop
    CREATERESTOREPOINT
    %systemroot%\system32\*.dll /lockedfiles
    %systemroot%\Tasks\*.job /lockedfiles
    %systemroot%\System32\config\*.sav
    %systemroot%\system32\user32.dll /md5
    %systemroot%\system32\ws2_32.dll /md5
    %systemroot%\system32\ws2help.dll /md5
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update\Results\Install|LastSuccessTime /rs



    * Click the Quick Scan button. Do not change any settings unless otherwise told to do so. The scan wont take long.
    • When the scan completes, it will open two notepad windows: OTL.txt and Extras.txt. These are saved in the same location as OTL.
    • Please copy (Edit->Select All, Edit->Copy) the contents of these files, one at a time, and post them back here.
     
  11. Darci

    Darci TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Apparently the logs are too long.. I get a message that says to shorten it to 20000 characters. Therefore, I am attaching them. Sorry!
     

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  12. Darci

    Darci TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    I also keep forgetting to mention that I have an active desktop recovery error. It happened shortly after I started the cleanup process. At that time, I clicked on "restore active desktop", but nothing happened.
     
  13. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,915   +344

    Any other issues? Pop-ups, redirection....?

    ========================================================================

    Update your Java version here: http://www.java.com/en/download/installed.jsp

    Note 1: UNCHECK any pre-checked toolbar and/or software offered with the Java update. The pre-checked toolbars/software are not part of the Java update.

    Note 2: The Java Quick Starter (JQS.exe) adds a service to improve the initial startup time of Java applets and applications. If you don't want to run another extra service, go to Start > Control Panel > Java > Advanced > Miscellaneous and uncheck the box for Java Quick Starter. Click OK and restart your computer.

    Now, we need to remove old Java version and its remnants...

    Download JavaRa to your desktop and unzip it to its own folder
    • Run JavaRa.exe (Vista users! Right click on JavaRa.exe, click Run As Administrator), pick the language of your choice and click Select. Then click Remove Older Versions.
    • Accept any prompts.

    =========================================================================

    Run OTL
    • Under the Custom Scans/Fixes box at the bottom, paste in the following

      Code:
      :OTL
      O3 - HKCU\..\Toolbar\ShellBrowser: (no name) - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - No CLSID value found.
      O6 - HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions present
      O16 - DPF: {CE28D5D2-60CF-4C7D-9FE8-0F47A3308078} https://www-secure.symantec.com/techsupp/asa/ctrl/SymAData.cab (Reg Error: Key error.)
      O16 - DPF: {E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7} http://platformdl.adobe.com/NOS/getPlusPlus/1.6/gp.cab (Reg Error: Key error.)
      O33 - MountPoints2\{2d435b36-e506-11d9-9b78-e6b009352ae7}\Shell - "" = AutoRun
      O33 - MountPoints2\{2d435b36-e506-11d9-9b78-e6b009352ae7}\Shell\AutoRun - "" = Auto&Play
      [2010/08/15 17:01:36 | 000,000,000 | ---D | M] -- C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\F-Secure
      
      
      :Services
      
      :Reg
      
      :Files
      
      :Commands
      [purity]
      [emptytemp]
      [emptyflash]
      [Reboot]
      
    • Then click the Run Fix button at the top
    • Let the program run unhindered, reboot the PC when it is done
    • You will get a log that shows the results of the fix. Please post it.
    • Open OTL again and click the Quick Scan button. Post the log it produces in your next reply.
     
  14. Darci

    Darci TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    I haven't noticed any other issues - the popups have stopped, and there is no redirecting. (nice!)

    Here are the 2 logs you requested :)
     

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  15. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,915   +344

    Looks good :)

    Last scans....

    1. Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop.
    • Double-click SecurityCheck.exe
    • Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.
    • A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.


    2. Download Temp File Cleaner (TFC)
    • Double click on TFC.exe to run the program.
    • Click on Start button to begin cleaning process.
    • TFC will close all running programs, and it may ask you to restart computer.


    3. Go to Kaspersky website and perform an online antivirus scan.

    • Disable your active antivirus program.
    • Read through the requirements and privacy statement and click on Accept button.
    • It will start downloading and installing the scanner and virus definitions. You will be prompted to install an application from Kaspersky. Click Run.
    • When the downloads have finished, click on Settings.
    • Make sure these boxes are checked (ticked). If they are not, please tick them and click on the Save button:
      • Spyware, Adware, Dialers, and other potentially dangerous programs
      • Archives
      • Mail databases
    • Click on My Computer under Scan.
    • Once the scan is complete, it will display the results. Click on View Scan Report.
    • You will see a list of infected items there. Click on Save Report As....
    • Save this report to a convenient place. Change the Files of type to Text file (.txt) before clicking on the Save button. Then post it here.
     
  16. Darci

    Darci TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Things are looking good! The Kaspersky scan was "clean". I have attached both logs.
    Thanks!
     

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  17. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,915   +344

    Cool :)

    Update Adobe Reader

    You can download it from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
    After installing the latest Adobe Reader, uninstall all previous versions.
    Note. If you already have Adobe Photoshop® Album Starter Edition installed or do not wish to have it installed UNcheck the box which says Also Download Adobe Photoshop® Album Starter Edition.

    Alternatively, you can uninstall Adobe Reader (33.5 MB), download and install Foxit PDF Reader(3.5MB) from HERE.
    It's a much smaller file to download and uses a lot less resources than Adobe Reader.
    Note: When installing FoxitReader, make sure to UN-check any pre-checked toolbar, or other garbage.

    =======================================================================

    OTL Clean-Up
    Clean up with OTL:

    * Double-click OTL.exe to start the program.
    * Close all other programs apart from OTL as this step will require a reboot
    * On the OTL main screen, press the CLEANUP button
    * Say Yes to the prompt and then allow the program to reboot your computer.

    If you still have any tools or logs leftover on your computer you can go ahead and delete those off of your computer now.

    =======================================================================

    Your computer is clean [​IMG]

    1. We need to reset system restore to prevent your computer from being accidentally reinfected by using some old restore point(s). We'll create fresh, clean restore point.

    Turn off System Restore:

    - Windows XP:
    1. Click Start.
    2. Right-click the My Computer icon, and then click Properties.
    3. Click the System Restore tab.
    4. Check "Turn off System Restore".
    5. Click Apply.
    6. When turning off System Restore, the existing restore points will be deleted. Click Yes to do this.
    7. Click OK.
    - Windows Vista and 7:
    1. Click Start.
    2. Right-click the Computer icon, and then click Properties.
    3. Click on System Protection under the Tasks column on the left side
    4. Click on Continue on the "User Account Control" window that pops up
    5. Under the System Protection tab, find Available Disks
    6. Uncheck the box for any drive you wish to disable system restore on (in most cases, drive "C:")
    7. When turning off System Restore, the existing restore points will be deleted. Click "Turn System Restore Off" on the popup window to do this.
    8. Click OK

    2. Restart computer.

    3. Turn System Restore on.

    4. Make sure, Windows Updates are current.

    5. If any Trojan was listed among your infection(s), make sure, you change all of your on-line important passwords (bank account(s), secured web sites, etc.) immediately!

    6. Download, and install WOT (Web OF Trust): http://www.mywot.com/. It'll warn you (in most cases) about dangerous web sites.

    7. Run Malwarebytes "Quick scan" once in a while to assure safety of your computer.

    8. Run Temporary File Cleaner (TFC) weekly.

    9. Download and install Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI): http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/. The Secunia PSI is a FREE security tool designed to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs and plug-ins which expose your PC to attacks. Run it weekly.

    10. (optional) If you want to keep all your programs up to date, download and install FileHippo Update Checker.
    The Update Checker will scan your computer for installed software, check the versions and then send this information to FileHippo.com to see if there are any newer releases.

    11. Run defrag at your convenience.

    12. Read How did I get infected?, With steps so it does not happen again!: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic2520.html

    13. Please, let me know, how your computer is doing.
     
  18. Darci

    Darci TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Thank you soooooooooo much for all your help! The computer is back to normal, and well protected thanks to you!
     
  19. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,915   +344

    Cool [​IMG]
    Good luck and stay safe :)
     
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