Help Please: ishost and spyware

By Gory51
Aug 31, 2006
  1. Hi Guys, First of all this is my first post here. I had to do a bit of research to find out about ishost and ismon which recently popped up on my sytem and I kept getting pointed to his site. You guys seem to be the best. I have read a lot of the threads to try and get an understanding of what is going on and have seen that they all started in a similar way.

    I run Norton Internet Security 2005 and check for updates each day. I have done a full scan with this.

    I have deleted all cookies as requested, I have run Smitfraud, Virtumundobegone and then L2M destroyer. I then followed the Ewido instructions to the T. Finally I ran HJT

    Ishost and ismon seem to have gone , but there were many other nasty things removed and quarantined along teh way.

    I kindly ask that you please have a look through these logs now and tell me what more needs to be done to clean up my system.

    Finally, just a quick question, but I have have around 6 instances of svchost.exe running. Is this correct?

    Thanks in advance guys.

    HJT and Ewido logs in txt format attached
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    You might want to copy and paste these instructions into a notepad file. Then you can have the file open in safe mode, so you can follow the instructions easier.

    Turn off system restore.(XP/ME only) See how here.>

    Boot into safe mode, under your normal user name(NOT THE ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT). See how here.>

    In Windows Explorer, turn on "Show all files and folders, including hidden and system". See how here.>

    Go to add remove programmes in your control panel and uninstall anything to do with(if there).


    Close control panel.

    Open your task manager, by holding down the ctrl and alt keys and pressing the delete key.

    Click on the processes tab and end process for(if there).


    Close task manager.

    Run HJT with no other programmes open(except notepad). Click the scan button. Have HJT fix the following, by placing a tick in the little box next to(if there).

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VVSN] C:\Program Files\VVSN\VVSN.exe

    O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe (file missing)

    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe (file missing)

    Click on the fix checked button.

    Close HJT.

    Locate and delete the following bold files and/or directories(if there).

    C:\Program Files\VVSN

    Reboot into normal mode and turn system restore back on and rehide your protected OS files.

    Other than the above, your HJT log is clean.

    If you have any further virus/spyware problems, please post in this thread.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

    This thread is for the use of Gory51 only. Please don`t post your own virus/spyware problems in this thread. Instead, open a new thread in our security and the web forum.
  3. Gory51

    Gory51 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi Many thanks Howard
    One quick thing...I could not find any folders or file names called VVSN on my system, except for the one that HJT detected. Anyway, I did as you said and everything seems fine again.

  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    That`s nothing to worry about. The uninstall probably got rid of them.

    Regards Howard :)
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