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I've been tried to clear malware from this laptop, and I've used Malwarebyte to remove any suspect files post-full scan.

I'm still not able to see my desktop icons nornally, although they can be made to show within an Explorer window. I've used an unhide.exe to make sure the problem isn't with the file attributes.

Any ideas on what I can try next, I've run out of ideas here!



DDS Logfile:


DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86

Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.19088

Run by Lynbrook at 22:17:09 on 2012-06-08

Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Basic 6.0.6001.1.1252.44.1033.18.3000.1685 [GMT 1:00]


AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {9765EA51-0D3C-7DFB-6091-10E4E1F341F6}

SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}

SP: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {2C040BB5-2B06-7275-5A21-2B969A740B4B}


============== Running Processes ===============




C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\MsMpEng.exe

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k GPSvcGroup


C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService


C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork





C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkServiceNetworkRestricted

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k WerSvcGroup


C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDWinSec.exe

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe


C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe

C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe


C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe







============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============


uStart Page = hxxp://home.mywebsearch.com/index.jhtml?n=77DE8857&ptnrS=YNxdm004YYgb&ptb=537E0420-990C-41AD-B25E-50BE138E0C00

uDefault_Page_URL = hxxp://homepage.acer.com/rdr.aspx?b=ACAW&l=0809&s=2&o=vb32&d=1208&m=aspire_5735

mStart Page = hxxp://homepage.acer.com/rdr.aspx?b=ACAW&l=0809&s=2&o=vb32&d=1208&m=aspire_5735

mDefault_Page_URL = hxxp://homepage.acer.com/rdr.aspx?b=ACAW&l=0809&s=2&o=vb32&d=1208&m=aspire_5735

uInternet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local

uURLSearchHooks: H - No File

BHO: {02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670} - No File

BHO: Adobe PDF Link Helper: {18df081c-e8ad-4283-a596-fa578c2ebdc3} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEHelperShim.dll

BHO: {5C255C8A-E604-49b4-9D64-90988571CECB} - No File

BHO: {83A2F9B1-01A2-4AA5-87D1-45B6B8505E96} - No File

BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper: {9030d464-4c02-4abf-8ecc-5164760863c6} - c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\windows live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll

BHO: Google Toolbar Helper: {aa58ed58-01dd-4d91-8333-cf10577473f7} - c:\program files\google\google toolbar\GoogleToolbar_32.dll

BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO: {af69de43-7d58-4638-b6fa-ce66b5ad205d} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbarnotifier\5.7.7227.1100\swg.dll

TB: Google Toolbar: {2318c2b1-4965-11d4-9b18-009027a5cd4f} - c:\program files\google\google toolbar\GoogleToolbar_32.dll

TB: {D40B90B4-D3B1-4D6B-A5D7-DC041C1B76C0} - No File

mRun: [MSC] "c:\program files\microsoft security client\msseces.exe" -hide -runkey

mRun: [APSDaemon] "c:\program files\common files\apple\apple application support\APSDaemon.exe"

mRun: [QuickTime Task] "c:\program files\quicktime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime

mPolicies-system: EnableUIADesktopToggle = 0 (0x0)

TCP: DhcpNameServer =

TCP: Interfaces\{10D18B7F-D1FC-4248-945E-04E63B1D91C8} : DhcpNameServer =

TCP: Interfaces\{8A94E716-C8F5-46DC-A924-9D46FC21A221} : DhcpNameServer =

Notify: igfxcui - igfxdev.dll

AppInit_DLLs: c:\progra~1\google\google~1\GOEC62~1.DLL


================= FIREFOX ===================


FF - ProfilePath - c:\users\lynbrook\appdata\roaming\mozilla\firefox\profiles\d8zo4wht.default\

FF - prefs.js: browser.search.defaulturl - hxxp://www.bing.com/search?FORM=IEFM1&q=

FF - prefs.js: browser.startup.homepage - hxxp://www.aol.co.uk/

FF - prefs.js: keyword.URL - hxxp://www.google.co.uk/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8&q=

FF - component: c:\users\lynbrook\appdata\roaming\mozilla\firefox\profiles\d8zo4wht.default\extensions\{d40b90b4-d3b1-4d6b-a5d7-dc041c1b76c0}\components\FFExternalAlert.dll

FF - component: c:\users\lynbrook\appdata\roaming\mozilla\firefox\profiles\d8zo4wht.default\extensions\{d40b90b4-d3b1-4d6b-a5d7-dc041c1b76c0}\components\RadioWMPCore.dll

FF - plugin: c:\program files\google\update\\npGoogleUpdate3.dll

FF - plugin: c:\program files\vistacodecpack\rm\browser\plugins\nppl3260.dll

FF - plugin: c:\program files\vistacodecpack\rm\browser\plugins\nprpjplug.dll

FF - plugin: c:\windows\system32\macromed\flash\NPSWF32_11_2_202_235.dll


============= SERVICES / DRIVERS ===============


R0 MpFilter;Microsoft Malware Protection Driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\MpFilter.sys [2012-3-20 171064]

R2 SBSDWSCService;SBSD Security Center Service;c:\program files\spybot - search & destroy\SDWinSec.exe [2012-4-4 1153368]

R3 MBAMSwissArmy;MBAMSwissArmy;c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbamswissarmy.sys [2012-6-8 40776]

R3 netr28;Ralink 802.11n Wireless Driver for Windows Vista;c:\windows\system32\drivers\netr28.sys [2008-12-21 388096]

S2 clr_optimization_v4.0.30319_32;Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN v4.0.30319_X86;c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v4.0.30319\mscorsvw.exe [2010-3-18 130384]

S2 gupdate;Google Update Service (gupdate);c:\program files\google\update\GoogleUpdate.exe [2010-3-15 135664]

S3 b57nd60x;Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet - NDIS 6.0;c:\windows\system32\drivers\b57nd60x.sys [2008-1-21 179712]

S3 gupdatem;Google Update Service (gupdatem);c:\program files\google\update\GoogleUpdate.exe [2010-3-15 135664]

S3 MozillaMaintenance;Mozilla Maintenance Service;c:\program files\mozilla maintenance service\maintenanceservice.exe [2012-5-18 129976]

S3 NisDrv;Microsoft Network Inspection System;c:\windows\system32\drivers\NisDrvWFP.sys [2012-3-20 74112]

S3 NisSrv;Microsoft Network Inspection;c:\program files\microsoft security client\NisSrv.exe [2012-3-26 214952]

S3 WPFFontCache_v0400;Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache;c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v4.0.30319\wpf\WPFFontCache_v0400.exe [2010-3-18 753504]


=============== Created Last 30 ================


2012-06-08 21:07:20 40776 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbamswissarmy.sys

2012-06-08 21:02:57 6737808 ----a-w- c:\programdata\microsoft\microsoft antimalware\definition updates\{2c00d222-48f9-426a-af66-98ed61ecc5b8}\mpengine.dll

2012-06-07 22:25:15 -------- d-----w- c:\users\lynbrook\appdata\roaming\Malwarebytes

2012-06-07 22:25:02 -------- d-----w- c:\programdata\Malwarebytes

2012-06-07 22:25:00 22344 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbam.sys

2012-06-07 22:25:00 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

2012-06-07 22:04:27 70304 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\FlashPlayerCPLApp.cpl

2012-06-07 22:04:27 419488 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\FlashPlayerApp.exe

2012-06-07 21:00:33 713784 ------w- c:\programdata\microsoft\microsoft antimalware\definition updates\{4772dd14-5245-4c55-a860-92e9d2121dfd}\gapaengine.dll

2012-06-07 21:00:24 6737808 ------w- c:\programdata\microsoft\microsoft antimalware\definition updates\backup\mpengine.dll

2012-06-07 20:52:05 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\Microsoft Security Client

2012-06-07 20:49:53 6737808 ----a-w- c:\programdata\microsoft\windows defender\definition updates\{9db90d2b-464f-42fb-9642-cf3f06199d61}\mpengine.dll

2012-06-07 19:24:36 -------- d-----w- c:\windows\pss

2012-06-07 14:29:02 -------- d-----w- c:\users\lynbrook\appdata\local\LogMeIn Rescue Applet

2012-05-18 22:15:45 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\Mozilla Maintenance Service

2012-05-18 22:15:44 157352 ----a-w- c:\program files\mozilla firefox\maintenanceservice_installer.exe

2012-05-18 22:15:44 129976 ----a-w- c:\program files\mozilla firefox\maintenanceservice.exe


==================== Find3M ====================


2012-04-18 19:56:30 94208 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\QuickTimeVR.qtx

2012-04-18 19:56:30 69632 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\QuickTime.qts

2012-03-20 19:44:12 74112 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\NisDrvWFP.sys

2012-03-20 19:44:12 171064 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\MpFilter.sys


============= FINISH: 22:18:13.97 ===============

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Hello Tarpey and welcome to MalwareBytes forums.

Please do as much as you can of the following.

Step 1

1. Go >> Here << and download ERUNT

(ERUNT (Emergency Recovery Utility NT) is a free program that allows you to keep a complete backup of your registry and restore it when needed.)

2. Install ERUNT by following the prompts

(use the default install settings but say no to the portion that asks you to add ERUNT to the start-up folder, if you like you can enable this option later)

3. Start ERUNT by doing a Right-Click on it & select Run As Admisnistrator

4. Choose a location for the backup

(the default location is C:\WINDOWS\ERDNT which is acceptable).

5. Make sure that at least the first two check boxes are ticked

6. Press OK

7. Press YES to create the folder.

Step 2

Show all files:

  • Click the Start button, and then click Computer.
  • On the Organize menu, click Folder and Search Options.
  • Click the View tab.
  • Locate and uncheck Hide file extensions for known file types.
  • Locate and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).
  • Locate and click Show hidden files and folders.
  • Click Apply > OK.

Step 3

Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right click on the System Tray icon. They may otherwise interfere with our tools

For directions on how, see How To Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus, Firewall And Anti-malware Programs

Do NOT turn off the firewall

Download aswMBR.exe ( 511KB ) to your desktop.

On Windows 7 or Vista, RIGHT click on aswMBR.exe and select Run As Administrator to start.

On Windows XP, double click the exe to start.

change the a-v scan to None.

uncheck trace disk IO calls

Click the "Scan" button to start scan

On completion of the scan (Note if the Fix button is enabled (not the FixMBR button) and tell me) click save log, save it to your desktop and post in your next reply

Step 4

b]Please read carefully and follow these steps.

  • Delete the prior copies of TDSSKILLER.zip & TDSSKILLER.exe that you may have.
  • Download TDSSKiller and save it to your Desktop.
  • If on Windows 7 or Vista, RIGHT-Click on TDSSKiller.exe and select Run As Administrator to run the application.
    If on Windows XP, double-click to start.
  • Click on "Change parameters" and place a checkmark next to Verify Driver Digital Signature and Detect TDLFS file system, then click OK
  • Then press Start Scan

When the scan is done, it will display a summary screen.

  • If no reboot is require, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.
  • If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory, (usually C:\ folder) in the form of "TDSSKiller.[Version]_[Date]_[Time]_log.txt". Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.

Step 5

Create a new folder on your C drive, name it ARK ===> C:\\ARK

Go Here and click the "Download EXE" button & Save the file to ARK folder

RIGHT-click the exe and select Run As Administrator to launch the program. (If you get an immediate message about rootkit activity, ignore and proceed with instructuions please)

Click on the Rootkit/Malware Tab &

then, on the far right side, untick the Registry box,

then click Scan.

Scan progress will be shown at bottom of the program screen. Have "infinite" patience while it runs.

Once the scan is done, press the Copy button, then open NOTEPAD, Paste to it, and Save the file as Gmer.log in your ARK folder.

Attach the results here in your reply.

Step 6

RE-Enable your antivirus program. :excl:

Download OTL by OldTimer to your desktop: http://oldtimer.geekstogo.com/OTL.exe

  • Close all open windows on the Task Bar. Click the icon (for Vista, or Windows 7 Right click the icon and Run as Administrator) to start the program.
  • In the lower right corner, checkmark "LOP Check" and checkmark "Purity Check".
  • Now click Run Scan at Top left and let the program run uninterrupted. It will take about 4 minutes.
  • It will produce two logs for you, one will pop up called OTL.txt, the other will be saved on your desktop and called Extras.txt.
  • Exit Notepad. Remember where you've saved these 2 files as we will need both of them shortly!
  • Exit OTL by clicking the X at top right.

Download Security Check by screen317 and save it to your Desktop: here or here

  • Run Security Check
  • Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the command window.
  • A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; close Notepad. We will need this log, too, so remember where you've saved it!
eusa_hand.gifIf one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.
Then copy/paste the following into your post (in order):
  • the contents of aswMBR report;
  • the contents of TDSSKILLER log;
  • the contents of GMER log;
  • the contents of OTL.txt;
  • the contents of Extras.txt ; and
  • the contents of checkup.txt

Be sure to do a Preview prior to pressing Submit because all reports may not fit into 1 single reply. You may have to do more than 1 reply.

Do not use the attachment feature to place any of your reports. Always put them in-line inside the body of reply.

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