Browsers opening repeatedly in responce to keyboard use

By demonofsarila ยท 29 replies
Feb 8, 2010
  1. Programs opening themselves

    i have windows XP pro on one hdd, and all my data on another. So I already tired reinstalling windows, but the data hdd just infected it again (without the computer being on any network or anything like that). I can reinstal windows, that's not problem, but I can't just format the data drive, I can't afford to lose it, so I'm looking for some help if it's not too much trouble.

    whatever this malware is, it keeps opening IE. IE won't even be open (because I don't use it) and 14 or so windows of it will open on their own. Usually when I'm using the keyboard (which is a lot). heck it's reach 41 windows and another time made the whole system freeze up/crash hard.

    what I normally use is FF, and it keep redirecting pages i'm using to the home page. even the home page will redirect to the home page. again it seem to happen a lot more when i press a key than when i only use the mouse.

    I tried scanning with everything I could think of, but they didn't fix the problem.

    came here, did the 8 things (well, I didn't remove java, but it didn't have Java since I had just reinstalled windows), and now I have the logs.

    anyway, any help would be greatly appreciated, because I can't even figure out what this thing is.

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  2. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,256   +383

    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**
    • Please, never rename Combofix unless instructed.
    • Close any open browsers.
    • 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.
    NOTE 1. 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.
    • Double click on combofix.exe & follow the prompts.
    • When finished, it will produce a report for you.
    • Please post the "C:\ComboFix.txt" along with a new HijackThis log for further review.
    **Note: Do not mouseclick combofix's window while it's running. That may cause it to stall**

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  3. demonofsarila

    demonofsarila TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    first off thanks for trying to help me.

    ok, i got combo fix from while also trying list of fixes and such.

    as per their advise, i ran it according to I closed my firewall, spybot, even things like Rk launcher for the heck of it. Avast, the best I could figure out was telling it to shut off it's real time scans.

    I have the combo fix logs from that, and will get a new hijack this log momentarily. though I have already gotten to step 3 here: before knowing someone had posted here.

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  4. demonofsarila

    demonofsarila TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    maybe it's noscript, but i can't see a button to change attachments while editing a post, so sorry for double posting, it's only to attach the hijackthis log, since i thought i would be able to edit my post to do this.

    anyway, just got this log file, like after everything i said i did in the other post.

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  5. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,256   +383

    1. Please open Notepad
    • Click Start , then Run
    • Type notepad .exe in the Run Box.

    2. Now copy/paste the entire content of the codebox below into the Notepad window:


    3. Save the above as CFScript.txt

    4. Then drag the CFScript.txt into ComboFix.exe as depicted in the animation below. This will start ComboFix again.


    5. After reboot, (in case it asks to reboot), please post the following reports/logs into your next reply:
    • Combofix.txt
    • A new HijackThis log.
  6. demonofsarila

    demonofsarila TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    and what does this do? sorry, i would rather know what i'm having combofix do to my system. if it's too complex that's ok, but like i said i would rather have some idea than just blindly doing things.

    oh should everything be closed like the last time i used combofix?
  7. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,256   +383

    The script removes unneeded, or malicious files.
    Yes, you have close those programs again.
  8. demonofsarila

    demonofsarila TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    well i guess that's some type of explanation.... sorry i don't mean to doubt you or offend you in anyway, but you can't always do something just because you read it on the internet. oh well, as long as nothing worse happens to my data i can always reinstall windows if need so, why the heck not?

    though that has to be one of the first times I've heard this thing use it's BIOS speaker.

    anyway after combo fix updated itself they did their things no problem.

    and again thanks for helping me out. even if it isn't fully fixed yet, the browsers are behaving for the time being. doesn't mean it's fully fixed, but i would call it a good sign.

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  9. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,256   +383

    I fully understand :)

    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.


    1. 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.

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

    1. Disable your active antivirus program.
    2. Read through the requirements and privacy statement and click on Accept button.
    3. It will start downloading and installing the scanner and virus definitions. You will be prompted to install an application from Kaspersky. Click Run.
    4. When the downloads have finished, click on Settings.
    5. 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
    6. Click on My Computer under Scan.
    7. Once the scan is complete, it will display the results. Click on View Scan Report.
    8. You will see a list of infected items there. Click on Save Report As....
    9. 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.

    Post fresh HijackThis log as well.
  10. demonofsarila

    demonofsarila TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    I should probably say something about that temp folder thing, since I reinstalled windows this last time, I've been using FF portable.

    I used the school's computers to get it all it's add-on's (like noscript and adblock plus) since i figured their computers probably weren't infected. I "made" it right before installing windows this last time, so it's only been on this last install of windows, since i wanted to keep my computer away from the internet as much as I could once i thought it was my other hdd that was infected.

    The only way I know to clean it is to out right delete it. I can do that, this thing has opera, normal FF, and IE on it. but none of them have even a simple ad block, they're all stock, out of date installs.
  11. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,256   +383

    I'm not sure what's your point here....
  12. demonofsarila

    demonofsarila TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    well if it's supposed to clean out all temp files, it might miss FF portable, it's sitting on my desktop, as if it was a normal file, not a program. i don't even know how to get ccleaner to clean it. maybe i just don't know what i'm talking about
  13. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,256   +383

    If it's portable, you simply delete that file and you're done.
    Portable version doesn't install.
  14. demonofsarila

    demonofsarila TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    well it has at least things like history bookmarks and saved tabs. I don't know if it keeps like temp files and such. if you think it's for the best, i can just delete the whole folder, removing it and all it's parts.
  15. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,256   +383

    You can safely do so. I really meant folder, not a file.
  16. demonofsarila

    demonofsarila TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    sorry, i passed out last night while waiting for that scan.

    well, unless this malware has jumped into an old file, i'm going to say the kaspersky scan didn't find anything that's actually harmful.
    MG tools is from major geeks, and they know it gets false positives
    WPI is windows post installer, the same one i've been using for well over 6 months.
    that iso I've had for a long time, and used it long before any of this started. i can delete it though if like the virus is in there or something odd like that.

    i know it's safe to do so, i'm more wondering if it's recommended. or if it's fine to just keep using it.

    oh and something hid the hidden folers, protected files, and file extentions on me. Don't know if that was suppost to happen or not. I keep that stuff shown because i've learned it's for the better.

    virus not gone. i wish i could uninstall IE, i know it wouldn't fix the computer, but it would keep it from annoying me. It's back to the point of I can't even type in notepad and copy it into FF becaise IE opens so many times while i'm in notepad and if I hit 1 key while copying it into FF, it goes to the home page. I hate using my laptop because the simple task of displaying characters i've typed seems to bog it down every few minutes, but this why i keep the dieing piece of junk around, because 2 computers beats 1.

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  17. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,256   +383

    Please download OTM

    • Save it to your desktop.
    • Please double-click OTM to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
    • Copy the lines in the codebox below to the clipboard by highlighting ALL of them and pressing CTRL + C (or, after highlighting, right-click and choose Copy):

    F:\Big Space\Sims2\The Sims 2\The.Sims.2.IKEA.Home.Stuff-SpyXenoX.iso	
    F:\Big Space\Sims2\The.Sims.2.IKEA.Home.Stuff-SpyXenoX.iso
    • Return to OTM, right click in the Paste Instructions for Items to be Movedwindow (under the yellow bar) and choose Paste.
    • Click the red Moveit! button.
    • Copy everything in the Results window (under the green bar) to the clipboard by highlighting ALL of them and pressing CTRL + C (or, after highlighting, right-click and choose copy), and paste it in your next reply.
    • Close OTM and reboot your PC.

    Note: If a file or folder cannot be moved immediately you may be asked to reboot the machine to finish the move process. If you are asked to reboot the machine choose Yes. In this case, after the reboot, open Notepad (Start->All Programs->Accessories->Notepad), click File->Open, in the File Name box enter *.log and press the Enter key, navigate to the C:\_OTMoveIt\MovedFiles folder, and open the newest .log file present, and copy/paste the contents of that document back here in your next post.
  18. demonofsarila

    demonofsarila TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    I like the icon for that program.
    Random note: D is my dvd drive. it couldn't find the files because at some point i took the disc out. i've used the disc for some time though, it's never caused problems before. but I shouldn't use it in future then i can snap it.

    anyway, what we're here for: the log file, which it opened up for me while windows was doing it's start up junk:

    All processes killed
    ========== PROCESSES ==========
    ========== SERVICES/DRIVERS ==========
    ========== REGISTRY ==========
    ========== FILES ==========
    C:\MGtools.exe moved successfully.
    File/Folder D:\WPI\Install\Dead-Disk-Doctor-Plus_1.26.exe not found.
    File/Folder D:\WPI\Install\Invisible.Secrets_4.6.2.exe not found.
    File/Folder D:\WPI\Install\SciTE4AutoIt3.exe not found.
    File/Folder D:\loader\WPI\installers\SharedGadgets.exe not found.
    E:\MG\MGtools.exe moved successfully.
    F:\Big Space\Sims2\The Sims 2\The.Sims.2.IKEA.Home.Stuff-SpyXenoX.iso moved successfully.
    F:\Big Space\Sims2\The.Sims.2.IKEA.Home.Stuff-SpyXenoX.iso moved successfully.
    ========== COMMANDS ==========
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\etc\Hosts moved successfully.
    HOSTS file reset successfully


    User: Admin
    ->Temp folder emptied: 100969001 bytes
    ->Temporary Internet Files folder emptied: 298065 bytes
    ->Java cache emptied: 128123 bytes
    ->FireFox cache emptied: 0 bytes

    User: All Users

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

    User: LocalService
    ->Temp folder emptied: 66016 bytes
    ->Temporary Internet Files folder emptied: 33170 bytes

    User: NetworkService
    ->Temp folder emptied: 0 bytes
    ->Temporary Internet Files folder emptied: 0 bytes

    User: Server2003

    %systemdrive% .tmp files removed: 0 bytes
    %systemroot% .tmp files removed: 0 bytes
    %systemroot%\System32 .tmp files removed: 0 bytes
    %systemroot%\System32\dllcache .tmp files removed: 0 bytes
    %systemroot%\System32\drivers .tmp files removed: 0 bytes
    Windows Temp folder emptied: 256 bytes
    %systemroot%\system32\config\systemprofile\Local Settings\Temp folder emptied: 0 bytes
    %systemroot%\system32\config\systemprofile\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files folder emptied: 0 bytes
    RecycleBin emptied: 0 bytes

    Total Files Cleaned = 97.00 mb

    OTM by OldTimer - Version log created on 02102010_185401

    Files moved on Reboot...
    C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Temp\~DFC2B1.tmp moved successfully.
    File move failed. C:\WINDOWS\temp\_avast5_\Webshlock.txt scheduled to be moved on reboot.
    File C:\WINDOWS\temp\ZLT01931.TMP not found!

    Registry entries deleted on Reboot...

    so... i guess what now? FF is still redirecting to the home page.
  19. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,256   +383

    Verify your Java version here:
    Update, if necessary.
    Uninstall all previous Java versions, through Add\Remove (Programs & Features in Vista).


    Your computer is clean [​IMG]

    1. 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:
    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): It'll warn you (in most cases) about dangerous web sites.

    7. Run defrag at your convenience.

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

    9. Please, let me know, how is your computer doing.
  20. demonofsarila

    demonofsarila TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    umm.... FF portable was still redirecting after OTM, and it didn't remove the files, only moved them else where. if they were the problem, then they infected things by being in a random place, and they're in a random place right now. maybe i just don't know what i'm talking about.

    I decided to kill FF portable though, and use the normal FF once I updated it. haven't given it it's addon's yet but meh.
    I don't know if it's acted up since then. like i don't remember. i'm kinda under the weather, and my memory isn't so great when i'm tired all the time (like how I am now).
  21. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,256   +383

    You did well.
    Is regular FF redirecting?
  22. demonofsarila

    demonofsarila TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    thanks. i don't know, i don't think it has yet, but i haven't use it very much yet. i was going to get an install of windows going that can update and then get all those fun goodies like a firewall and good anti-virus on it. though i'm thinking not avg and za, since they seem to be not doing as well as they used to.

    thanks for all your help though :)

    i would ask about the files moved by OTM, but they'll be removed during the windows format.
  23. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,256   +383

    All files listed in OTM were removed.
  24. demonofsarila

    demonofsarila TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    then something went wonky, because they were moved to C:\_OTM
    now i've reinstalled windows so they're gone but yeah.
  25. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,256   +383

    We'd removed those, but since you did reinstall...
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