GAC_64 desktop.ini and Win:64.a(?) infection

By djhitman ยท 58 replies
Sep 5, 2012
  1. djhitman

    djhitman TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 40

    # AdwCleaner v2.001 - Logfile created 09/16/2012 at 22:32:29
    # Updated 09/09/2012 by Xplode
    # Operating system : Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (64 bits)
    # User : Hitman - HITMAN-HP
    # Boot Mode : Normal
    # Running from : C:\Users\Hitman\Desktop\adwcleaner.exe
    # Option [Delete]

    ***** [Services] *****

    Stopped & Deleted : Browser Manager

    ***** [Files / Folders] *****

    Deleted on reboot : C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\AVG Secure Search
    Deleted on reboot : C:\ProgramData\Browser Manager
    File Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins\avg-secure-search.xml
    File Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins\babylon.xml
    File Deleted : C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\eBay.lnk
    File Deleted : C:\user.js
    Folder Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG Secure Search
    Folder Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\Conduit
    Folder Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\Funmoods
    Folder Deleted : C:\ProgramData\AVG Secure Search
    Folder Deleted : C:\ProgramData\Babylon
    Folder Deleted : C:\ProgramData\blekko toolbars
    Folder Deleted : C:\ProgramData\boost_interprocess
    Folder Deleted : C:\ProgramData\IBUpdaterService
    Folder Deleted : C:\ProgramData\Tarma Installer
    Folder Deleted : C:\ProgramData\Trymedia
    Folder Deleted : C:\ProgramData\WeCareReminder
    Folder Deleted : C:\Users\Hitman\AppData\Local\AVG Secure Search
    Folder Deleted : C:\Users\Hitman\AppData\Local\Conduit
    Folder Deleted : C:\Users\Hitman\AppData\LocalLow\AVG Secure Search
    Folder Deleted : C:\Users\Hitman\AppData\LocalLow\BabylonToolbar
    Folder Deleted : C:\Users\Hitman\AppData\LocalLow\Conduit
    Folder Deleted : C:\Users\Hitman\AppData\LocalLow\Funmoods
    Folder Deleted : C:\Users\Hitman\AppData\LocalLow\searchquband
    Folder Deleted : C:\Users\Hitman\AppData\Roaming\Babylon
    Folder Deleted : C:\Users\Hitman\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Browser Manager
    Folder Deleted : C:\Users\Hitman\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\zly12i6x.default\extensions\
    Folder Deleted : C:\Users\Hitman\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\zly12i6x.default\extensions\
    Folder Deleted : C:\Users\Hitman\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\zly12i6x.default\extensions\staged

    ***** [Registry] *****

    Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\ConduitSearchScopes
    Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\Crossrider
    Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\I Want This
    Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\searchqutoolbar
    Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\SmartBar
    Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AVG Secure Search
    Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\bProtector
    Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Funmoods
    Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Softonic
    Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\wecarereminder
    Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\AVG Secure Search
    Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\Babylon
    Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\bProtector
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{1FDFF5A2-7BB1-48E1-8081-7236812B12B2}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{4E1E9D45-8BF9-4139-915C-9F83CC3D5921}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{960DF771-CFCB-4E53-A5B5-6EF2BBE6E706}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{BB711CB0-C70B-482E-9852-EC05EBD71DBB}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{BDB69379-802F-4EAF-B541-F8DE92DD98DB}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{CFDAFE39-20CE-451D-BD45-A37452F39CF0}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{D7EE8177-D51E-4F89-92B6-83EA2EC40800}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{EA28B360-05E0-4F93-8150-02891F1D8D3C}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\escortApp.DLL
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\escorTlbr.DLL
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\ScriptHelper.EXE
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\ViProtocol.DLL
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\YontooIEClient.DLL
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AVG Secure Search.BrowserWndAPI
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AVG Secure Search.BrowserWndAPI.1
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AVG Secure Search.PugiObj
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AVG Secure Search.PugiObj.1
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\escort.escrtBtn.1
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\PROTOCOLS\Handler\viprotocol
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\S
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\ScriptHelper.ScriptHelperApi
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\ScriptHelper.ScriptHelperApi.1
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Toolbar.CT3227982
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{74FB6AFD-DD77-4CEB-83BD-AB2B63E63C93}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{9C049BA6-EA47-4AC3-AED6-A66D8DC9E1D8}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{C2AC8A0E-E48E-484B-A71C-C7A937FAAB94}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\ViProtocol.ViProtocolOLE
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\ViProtocol.ViProtocolOLE.1
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\YontooIEClient.Api
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\YontooIEClient.Api.1
    Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\Conduit
    Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\Funmoods
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\SearchquMediaBar_RASAPI32
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\SearchquMediaBar_RASMANCS
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\SetupDataMngr_Searchqu_RASAPI32
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\SetupDataMngr_Searchqu_RASMANCS
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\PreApproved\{C6FDD0C3-266A-4DC3-B459-28C697C44CDC}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\PreApproved\{F25AF245-4A81-40DC-92F9-E9021F207706}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\MozillaPlugins\ SiteSafety plugin,version=,application/x-avg-sitesafety-plugin
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{10DE7085-6A1E-4D41-A7BF-9AF93E351401}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{4E92DB5F-AAD9-49D3-8EAB-B40CBE5B1FF7}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{80922EE0-8A76-46AE-95D5-BD3C3FE0708D}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{B658800C-F66E-4EF3-AB85-6C0C227862A9}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{CC5AD34C-6F10-4CB3-B74A-C2DD4D5060A3}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{D824F0DE-3D60-4F57-9EB1-66033ECD8ABB}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{DF7770F7-832F-4BDF-B144-100EDDD0C3AE}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{E46C8196-B634-44A1-AF6E-957C64278AB1}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{E7DF6BFF-55A5-4EB7-A673-4ED3E9456D39}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{F25AF245-4A81-40DC-92F9-E9021F207706}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\Interface\{03E2A1F3-4402-4121-8B35-733216D61217}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\Interface\{10DE7085-6A1E-4D41-A7BF-9AF93E351401}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\Interface\{1AD27395-1659-4DFF-A319-2CFA243861A5}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\Interface\{23C70BCA-6E23-4A65-AD2E-1389062074F1}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\Interface\{23D8EEF7-0E13-4000-B9C4-6603C1E912D1}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\Interface\{295CACB4-51F5-46FD-914E-C72BAAE1B672}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\Interface\{2CE5C4B9-6DBE-4528-96FA-C9FF38EF1762}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\Interface\{34C1FDF7-02C1-4F23-B393-F48B16E071D1}
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    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\Interface\{54291324-7A3D-4F11-B707-3FB6A2C97BD9}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\Interface\{59C63F11-D4E5-46E7-9B8A-EE158DCA83A8}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\Interface\{5DA22CBD-0029-4A09-B757-CF0FAFC488ED}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\Interface\{77A6E7D4-4A83-4A9B-A2A0-EF3B125DC29D}
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    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\Interface\{D8242E89-2F81-484A-AE5B-BA8CAD5B7347}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\Interface\{EF0588D6-1621-4A75-B8BE-F4BC34794136}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{E7DF6BFF-55A5-4EB7-A673-4ED3E9456D39}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{F25AF245-4A81-40DC-92F9-E9021F207706}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{9BB47C17-9C68-4BB3-B188-DD9AF0FD2406}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{03E2A1F3-4402-4121-8B35-733216D61217}
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    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{66666666-6666-6666-6666-660066226658}
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    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{C401D2CE-DC27-45C7-BC0C-8E6EA7F085D6}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{D8242E89-2F81-484A-AE5B-BA8CAD5B7347}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{EF0588D6-1621-4A75-B8BE-F4BC34794136}
    Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{9BB47C17-9C68-4BB3-B188-DD9AF0FD2406}
    Value Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser [{E7DF6BFF-55A5-4EB7-A673-4ED3E9456D39}]
    Value Deleted : HKCU\Software\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions [{b64982b1-d112-42b5-b1e4-d3867c4533f8}]
    Value Deleted : HKCU\Software\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions []
    Value Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\New Windows\Allow [*]
    Value Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions [Avg@toolbar]

    ***** [Internet Browsers] *****

    -\\ Internet Explorer v9.0.8112.16421

    Restored : [HKCU\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes - DefaultScope]
    Restored : [HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes - DefaultScope]
    Restored : [HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes - DefaultScope]
    Restored : [HKU\S-1-5-18\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes - DefaultScope]
    Restored : [HKU\S-1-5-19\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes - DefaultScope]
    Restored : [HKU\S-1-5-20\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes - DefaultScope]

    -\\ Mozilla Firefox v12.0 (en-US)

    Profile name : default
    File : C:\Users\Hitman\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\zly12i6x.default\prefs.js

    C:\Users\Hitman\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\zly12i6x.default\user.js ... Deleted !

    Deleted : user_pref("", "AVG Secure Search");
    Deleted : user_pref("", "AVG Secure Search");
    Deleted : user_pref("keyword.URL", "hxxp://[...]
    Deleted : user_pref("", "Search the web (Babylon)");
    Deleted : user_pref("", "Search the web (Babylon)");
    Deleted : user_pref("", "Search the web (Babylon)");
    Deleted : user_pref("keyword.URL", "hxxp://[...]
    Deleted : user_pref("browser.newtab.url", "hxxp://[...]
    Deleted : user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "hxxp://[...]
    Deleted : user_pref("keyword.URL", "hxxp://[...]

    -\\ Google Chrome v21.0.1180.89

    File : C:\Users\Hitman\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Preferences

    Deleted [l.40] : icon_url = "hxxps://",
    Deleted [l.43] : keyword = "",
    Deleted [l.46] : search_url = "hxxps://{7D18717E-C8BA-4755-B837-72071D7EE1CA}&mid=&lang=&ds=&pr=&d=&v=&sap=dsp&q={searchTerms}",


    AdwCleaner[R1].txt - [30648 octets] - [12/09/2012 16:30:10]
    AdwCleaner[S1].txt - [13937 octets] - [16/09/2012 22:32:29]

    ########## EOF - C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt - [13998 octets] ##########
  2. djhitman

    djhitman TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Farbar Service Scanner Version: 06-08-2012
    Ran by Hitman (administrator) on 16-09-2012 at 22:58:59
    Running from "C:\Users\Hitman\Desktop"
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (X64)
    Boot Mode: Normal

    Internet Services:

    Connection Status:
    Localhost is accessible.
    LAN connected.
    Google IP is accessible. is accessible.
    Yahoo IP is accessible. is accessible.

    Windows Firewall:
    MpsSvc Service is not running. Checking service configuration:
    The start type of MpsSvc service is OK.
    The ImagePath of MpsSvc service is OK.
    The ServiceDll of MpsSvc service is OK.

    Firewall Disabled Policy:

    System Restore:

    System Restore Disabled Policy:

    Action Center:

    Windows Update:

    Windows Autoupdate Disabled Policy:

    Windows Defender:
    WinDefend Service is not running. Checking service configuration:
    The start type of WinDefend service is set to Demand. The default start type is Auto.
    The ImagePath of WinDefend service is OK.
    The ServiceDll of WinDefend service is OK.

    Windows Defender Disabled Policy:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender]

    Other Services:

    File Check:
    C:\Windows\System32\nsisvc.dll => MD5 is legit
    C:\Windows\System32\drivers\nsiproxy.sys => MD5 is legit
    C:\Windows\System32\dhcpcore.dll => MD5 is legit
    C:\Windows\System32\drivers\afd.sys => MD5 is legit
    C:\Windows\System32\drivers\tdx.sys => MD5 is legit
    [2012-09-12 19:53] - [2012-08-22 14:12] - 1913200 ____A (Microsoft Corporation) F782CAD3CEDBB3F9FFE3BF2775D92DDC

    C:\Windows\System32\dnsrslvr.dll => MD5 is legit
    C:\Windows\System32\mpssvc.dll => MD5 is legit
    C:\Windows\System32\bfe.dll => MD5 is legit
    C:\Windows\System32\drivers\mpsdrv.sys => MD5 is legit
    C:\Windows\System32\SDRSVC.dll => MD5 is legit
    C:\Windows\System32\vssvc.exe => MD5 is legit
    C:\Windows\System32\wscsvc.dll => MD5 is legit
    C:\Windows\System32\wbem\WMIsvc.dll => MD5 is legit
    C:\Windows\System32\wuaueng.dll => MD5 is legit
    C:\Windows\System32\qmgr.dll => MD5 is legit
    C:\Windows\System32\es.dll => MD5 is legit
    C:\Windows\System32\cryptsvc.dll => MD5 is legit
    C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MpSvc.dll => MD5 is legit
    C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe => MD5 is legit
    C:\Windows\System32\rpcss.dll => MD5 is legit

    **** End of log ****
  3. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,257   +383

    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, using following OTL script:

    Run OTL

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

    • Then click the Run Fix button at the top
    • Let the program run unhindered, reboot the PC when it is done
    • Post resulting log.

    2. Now, we'll remove all tools, we used during our cleaning process

    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.

    3. Make sure, Windows Updates are current.

    4. If any trojans, rootkits or bootkits were listed among your infection(s), make sure, you change all of your on-line important passwords (bank account(s), secured web sites, etc.) immediately!

    5. Download, and install WOT (Web OF Trust): It'll warn you (in most cases) about dangerous web sites.

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

    7. Run Temporary File Cleaner (TFC) weekly.

    8. Download and install Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI): 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.

    9. (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 to see if there are any newer releases.

    10. (Windows XP only) Run defrag at your convenience.

    11. When installing\updating ANY program, make sure you always select "Custom " installation, so you can UN-check any possible "drive-by-install" (foistware), like toolbars etc., which may try to install along with the legitimate program. Do NOT click "Next" button without looking at any given page.

    12. Read:
    How did I get infected?, With steps so it does not happen again!:
    Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the Internet:

    13. Please, let me know, how your computer is doing.
  4. djhitman

    djhitman TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Thanks for all of you help! I still can't get internet explorer to run, it keeps closing and restarting. I've reset it a few times with no help, any more suggestions?
    thanks again!
  5. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,257   +383

    Uninstall it. It'll roll back to previously installed version.
    See if you have same issue.
  6. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,257   +383

    The issue seems to be resolved.
  7. djhitman

    djhitman TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 40

    I am very sorry for not responding! I have just moved 1500 miles from home, and haven't had the chance to respond til now...I am having wireless problems to boot!
    Thanks for all you help, the laptop you helped me with seems to be working great!
  8. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,257   +383

    Thank you for getting back to me :)
  9. djhitman

    djhitman TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 40

    No problem, just sorry it took so long.. I am very appreciative for all your help!

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