[Solved] Unknown Internet traffic

By tonylukac
Jul 26, 2010
  1. The antispyware program Ad-Aware by Lavasoft appears to be spyware of its own. Just recently it started wildly sending data across the internet while scanning, old and new versions alike. Here's a nice reason for open source. In my conspiracy theories, it is from Sweden and that's where the pirate bay was from, so perhaps they have some kind of agreement with some government to list your files to see if your computer contains illegal downloads. Perhaps it is simply taking control of your computer when it scans. Either way, avoid it.

    EDIT: The subject of this thread has been changed. The previous subject has not been documented and may be misleading to members. Member has been advised of change.
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    You will have to be more specific to make an accusation like this.

    What are you basing this on?
    Does this happen on your computer?Explain exactly why and what you think is spyware.
    Explain what this "data" is that you think is being transmitted.
  3. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,310   +56

    On two Vista partitions (happened in 2 places) it is installed on large amounts of data are being sent to the internet during the scan, like files being listed, because the modem and router lights flash to beat the band. Ending the scan ends the router/modem flashing. Just thought you should know.
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Sorry, I don't consider this adequate to damn AdAware for spyware!. How do you know that AdAware is sending this data? What kind of 'data' are you referring to?

    Routers blink constantly.
  5. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,310   +56

    We shall try an experiment and I'll get back to you. Not totally reproducible. Routers connected to cable modems flash a lot, but my dsl connection is quite steady and never blinks unless in use. I just recently went thru such an argument with someone who has cable.
  6. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    I am still hard pressed as to how you can attribute this to AdAware 'spying.' Are you just seeing the light flash on the router? I have a router and a cable modem and both of them flash all the time! If you're going to accuse a company of putting out spyware with their security program, then you need to have a lot more than just a flashing light!

    It would be interesting to run your system through malware cleaning, don't you think?

    Follow the steps in the Preliminary Virus and Malware Removal thread HERE.

    When you have finished, leave the logs for review in your next reply .

    Please do not use any other cleaning programs or scans. Do not use a Registry cleaner or make any changes in the Registry.
  7. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,310   +56

    I shall do it when I get there. It happened on 2 systems, one rarely used and just recently installed, so I don't think this will bear fruit. On the one "gaming" partition Kaspersky routinely flags something caused I think by Need For Speed's secure rom copy protection, but I don't have this game installed on the other partition and it has the flashing router lights also. Remember, I have dsl and you have cable; a different setup.
  8. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    So the subject ad substance of your first post is misleading. I'm going to change the subject to:

    Unknown Internet Traffic

    If you find any particular cause and think people need to be warned, then it would be more appropriate.

    Changing subject of thread as stated. Subject is not documented and can be misleading.
  9. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,310   +56

    Thank you for all your time. First, IE8 would not allow me to download anything due to Need For Speed's Secure Rom. I downloaded it with Firefox. Second, GMER gave a BSOD but worked when I unchecked "Devices". Sorry, in trying to copy and paste I got the message to Please shorten text to 20000 characters, so I attached the files instead. I don't think you'll find anything as mine is a clean machine. Thank you for your time and expertise.

    Attached Files:

  10. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,897   +344

    Message from Bobbye:


    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.
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      NOTE 2. If Combofix asks you to update the program, always do so.
      • Close any open browsers.
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      • 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!!!
  11. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,310   +56

    Combofix deleted my autorun.inf. Did that have a virus. I undeleted it, but turns out I didn't need it anyway. It was from the old drive.

    Attached Files:

  12. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,897   +344

    Our instructions clearly say not to do anything else, than what we ask for.
    Please, obey the rules :)

    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.
  13. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,310   +56

    Here's the MBRCheck:

    Attached Files:

  14. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,897   +344

    I don't see much so far....

    What are the current issues?

    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.


    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:

    drivers32 /all
    %systemroot%\*. /mp /s
    %systemroot%\system32\*.dll /lockedfiles
    %systemroot%\Tasks\*.job /lockedfiles
    %systemroot%\system32\user32.dll /md5
    %systemroot%\system32\ws2_32.dll /md5
    %systemroot%\system32\ws2help.dll /md5
    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.
  15. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,310   +56

    You cannot copy and paste these logs, even individually. Together they comprise over 50000 characters exceeding the 20000 character posting limit. I attached them instead. The problem was that some program was generating a lot of internet traffic, thought to be Ad-Aware. Then, it was thought that some spyware was generating it. I didn't think the machine had much spyware on it since it is rarely used.

    Attached Files:

  16. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,897   +344

    Ad-aware is rather a tool of the past. You can safely uninstall it and rely on Malwarebytes, the best antimalware tool, you can get for free. I see, you also have Superantispyware, which is another excellent program.

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

      O16 - DPF: {E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7} (Reg Error: Key error.)
      O28 - HKLM ShellExecuteHooks: {AEB6717E-7E19-11d0-97EE-00C04FD91972} - Reg Error: Key error. File not found
      [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\Monitoring\KasperskyAntiVirus]
      "DisableMonitoring" =-
      "" =-
    • 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.
  17. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,310   +56

    Sorry, the first time I did it I copied and pasted from the email which had one line split into 2. It got stuck at "Processing Registry data Center\Monitoring\KasperskyAntiVIrus]..."
    The second time I ran it I used the post and it worked. Here is the log:

    All processes killed
    ========== OTL ==========
    Starting removal of ActiveX control {E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7}
    C:\Windows\Downloaded Program Files\gp.inf not found.
    Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Code Store Database\Distribution Units\{E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7}\ deleted successfully.
    Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7}\ not found.
    Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7}\ not found.
    Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7}\ not found.
    Registry value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellExecuteHooks\\{AEB6717E-7E19-11d0-97EE-00C04FD91972} deleted successfully.
    Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{AEB6717E-7E19-11d0-97EE-00C04FD91972}\ not found.
    ========== SERVICES/DRIVERS ==========
    ========== REGISTRY ==========
    Registry value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\Monitoring\KasperskyAntiVirus\\DisableMonitoring deleted successfully.
    Registry value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\Monitoring\KasperskyAntiVirus\\ deleted successfully.
    ========== FILES ==========
    ========== COMMANDS ==========


    User: All Users

    User: Default
    ->Temp folder emptied: 0 bytes
    ->Temporary Internet Files folder emptied: 0 bytes
    ->Flash cache emptied: 0 bytes

    User: Default User
    ->Temp folder emptied: 0 bytes
    ->Temporary Internet Files folder emptied: 0 bytes
    ->Flash cache emptied: 0 bytes

    User: Public
    ->Temp folder emptied: 0 bytes

    User: Tony
    ->Temp folder emptied: 469068 bytes
    ->Temporary Internet Files folder emptied: 6313718 bytes
    ->Java cache emptied: 0 bytes
    ->FireFox cache emptied: 32638538 bytes
    ->Flash cache emptied: 1154 bytes

    %systemdrive% .tmp files removed: 0 bytes
    %systemroot% .tmp files removed: 0 bytes
    %systemroot%\System32 .tmp files removed: 0 bytes
    %systemroot%\System32\drivers .tmp files removed: 0 bytes
    Windows Temp folder emptied: 50351 bytes
    RecycleBin emptied: 0 bytes

    Total Files Cleaned = 38.00 mb


    User: All Users

    User: Default
    ->Flash cache emptied: 0 bytes

    User: Default User
    ->Flash cache emptied: 0 bytes

    User: Public

    User: Tony
    ->Flash cache emptied: 0 bytes

    Total Flash Files Cleaned = 0.00 mb

    OTL by OldTimer - Version log created on 08082010_072250

    Files\Folders moved on Reboot...

    Registry entries deleted on Reboot...
  18. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,897   +344

    Good :)

    Last scans...

    1. Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop.
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    • 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)
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    3. Please run a free online scan with the ESET Online Scanner

    • Disable your antivirus program
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    • IMPORTANT! UN-check Remove found threats
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    • When the scan completes, push List of found threats
    • Push Export to text file , and save the file to your desktop using a unique name, such as ESETScan. Include the contents of this report in your next reply.
  19. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,310   +56

    How about trying Spybot Search and Destroy? It rids the computer of botnets which can generate undue internet traffic. Below is the result of the Security Check scanner. TFC was already run, but I ran it again anyway. It didn't produce a log since it rebooted and there was no log. ESET found no threats thus didn't produce a log either.

    Results of screen317's Security Check version 0.99.5
    Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (UAC is enabled)
    Internet Explorer 8
    Antivirus/Firewall Check:

    Windows Firewall Disabled!
    Kaspersky Internet Security 2010
    WMI entry may not exist for antivirus; attempting automatic update.
    Anti-malware/Other Utilities Check:

    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    Java(TM) 6 Update 21
    Adobe Flash Player
    Adobe Reader 9.3.3
    Mozilla Firefox (4.0b2.) Firefox Out of Date!
    Process Check:
    objlist.exe by Laurent

    Windows Defender MSASCui.exe
    Ad-Aware AAWService.exe is disabled!
    Ad-Aware AAWTray.exe is disabled!
    Windows Defender MSASCui.exe
    Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 avp.exe
    DNS Vulnerability Check:

    GREAT! (Not vulnerable to DNS cache poisoning)

    ``````````End of Log````````````
  20. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,897   +344

    Spybot is rather a tool of the past and I don't recommend it anymore.

    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.
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    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:")
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    8. Click OK

    2. Restart computer.

    3. Turn System Restore on.

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    10. Run defrag at your convenience.

    11. Read How did I get infected?, With steps so it does not happen again!:

    12. Please, let me know, how is your computer doing.
  21. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,310   +56

    Thank you for all of your time.
  22. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,897   +344

    You're very welcome [​IMG]

    Good luck and stay safe :)

    I assume, your computer is behaving properly?
  23. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,310   +56

    Looks like I was having the same problem after all that, but Jobeard gave me a remote connections ip tracing program to see what ip the connection was going to. It was going to an ip address in Washington, DC. But all it was was a Kaspersky virus definition update. Nice website to trace ip addresses too.
  24. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,897   +344

    Cool :)........
  25. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,310   +56

    Another problem has come up. It seems that Windows is no longer monitoring Kaspersky's firewall nor the antivirus. In security center, it says the firewall is turned off and it says it can't find an antivirus program. Any ideas? I know you can get rid of the error messages in the systray by not having Windows monitor for this, but this is not WIndows full capability. Any registry changes I could put back, if there were any? I uninstalled and reinstalled Kaspersky using another of the 3 licenses, to no avail. Did GMER or OTL do something?
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