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My niece's laptop is having some problems.

Running Windows 7 Pro

1) It no longer will connect to internet, whether wireless or wired

2) The USB ports are no longer being recognized by the system

3) When running various programs including DDS, I get the following error

The specified device does not exist as an installed service

I was able to copy over "HijackThis" from another computer and run it.

Note: When running HijackThis, the following error/warning was experienced

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"For some reason your system denied write access to the Hosts file. If any hijacked domains are in this file. HijackThis may NOT

be able to fix this.

If that happens, you need to edit the file yourself. To do this, click Start, Run and type

notepad C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts and press enter

Find the line(s) Hijackthis reports and delete them. Save the file as "hosts" and reboot. "

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I was not able to find any lines in that file related to HijackThis. Here is the resulting logfile from the run which does not

look like a full log to me.

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4

Scan saved at 1:38:21 PM, on 11/16/2012

Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)

MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16450)

Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:

C:\Windows\system32\taskhost.exe

C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe

C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE

C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan Enterprise\SHSTAT.EXE

C:\Users\T61p\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox\bin\Dropbox.exe

C:\Users\T61p\Desktop\HiJackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = https://www.google.com/

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896

R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157

R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =

R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =

F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=userinit.exe,

O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll

O2 - BHO: Java™ Plug-In SSV Helper - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\ssv.dll

O2 - BHO: scriptproxy - {7DB2D5A0-7241-4E79-B68D-6309F01C5231} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\SystemCore\ScriptSn.20111004203608.dll

O2 - BHO: Java™ Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll

O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (cleanup)] rundll32.exe "C:\ProgramData\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\cleanup.dll",ProcessCleanupScript

O4 - Startup: Dropbox.lnk = C:\Users\T61p\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox\bin\Dropbox.exe

O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~1\Office12\EXCEL.EXE/3000

O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~1\Office12\REFIEBAR.DLL

O11 - Options group: [ACCELERATED_GRAPHICS] Accelerated graphics

O23 - Service: McAfee Framework Service (McAfeeFramework) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe

O23 - Service: McAfee McShield (McShield) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\SystemCore\\mcshield.exe

O23 - Service: McAfee Task Manager (McTaskManager) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan Enterprise\VsTskMgr.exe

O23 - Service: McAfee Validation Trust Protection Service (mfevtp) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\Windows\system32\mfevtps.exe

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End of file - 2992 bytes

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:welcome: I am TheDarkKnight and will be assisting you. Please ask questions if anything is unclear. :)

Please download OTL.exe by OldTimer to your Desktop.

  • Close all windows and double click OTL.exe.
  • In the "Custom Scans/Fixes" window (under the light green bar) paste the following in bold:
    netsvcs
    drivers32
    %SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.*
    %systemroot%\*. /mp /s
    CREATERESTOREPOINT
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update\Results\Install|LastSuccessTime /rs
  • Click Run Scan and let the program run uninterrupted.
  • When the scan completes, it will open two Notepad windows. OTL.txt and Extras.txt. These are saved in the same location as OTL. Post both logs in this thread.
  • You may need to use two posts to get it all.

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Also, please download Farbar Service Scanner and run it on the computer with the issue.

  • Make sure the following options are checked:
    • Internet Services
    • Windows Firewall
    • System Restore
    • Security Center/Action Center
    • Windows Update
    • Windows Defender

    [*]Press "Scan".

    [*]It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.

    [*]Please copy and paste the log to your reply.

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In your reply please post the contents of the following logs:

  • OTL.txt.
  • Extras.txt.
  • FSS.txt.

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Hey BigGreenEgg,

Please consider using these ideas to help secure your computer. While there is no way to guarantee safety when you use a computer, these steps will make it much less likely that you will need to endure another infection. While we really like to help people, we would rather help you protect yourself so that you won't need that help in the future. :thumbup:

IMPORTANT: Please enable Automatic Updates under Start > Control Panel > Automatic Updates to ensure your Windows updates regularly. This is extremely important in ensuring you remain protected against vulnerabilities and infections. This is a crucial security measure.

As a minimum, you need at least an antivirus, firewall and some type of anti-spyware program.

Please consider installing and running the following program (there is a free version available):

SpywareBlaster

A tutorial on using SpywareBlaster to prevent malware from ever installing on your computer may be found here.

Please keep these programs up-to-date and run them whenever you suspect a problem to prevent malware problems. A number of programs have resident protection and it is a good idea to run the resident protection of one of each type of program to maintain protection. However, it is important to run only one resident program of each type since they can conflict and become less effective. That means only one antivirus, firewall and scanning anti-spyware program at a time. Passive protectors, like SpywareBlaster, can be run with any of them.

Note that there are a lot of rogue programs out there that want to scare you into giving them your money and some malware actually claims to be security programs. If you get a popup for a security program that you did not install yourself, do NOT click on it and ask for help immediately. It is very important to run an antivirus and firewall, but you can't always rely on reviews and ads for information. Ask in a security forum that you trust if you are not sure. If you are unsure and looking for anti-spyware programs, you may be able to find out if it is a rogue here:

http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm

A similar category of programs is now called "scareware." Scareware programs are active infections that will pop-up on your computer and tell you that you are infected. If you look closely, it will usually have a name that looks like it might be legitimate, but it is NOT one of the programs you installed. It tells you to click and install it right away. If you click on any part of it, including the 'X' to close it, you may actually help it infect your computer further. Keeping protection updated and running resident protection can help prevent these infections. If it happens anyway, get offline as quickly as you can. Pull the internet connection cable or shut down the computer if you have to. Contact someone to help by using another computer if possible. These programs are also sometimes called 'rogues', but they are different than the older version of rogues mentioned above.

Please consider using an alternate browser. Mozilla's Firefox browser is a very good alternative. In addition to being generally more secure than Internet Explorer, it has a very good built-in popup blocker and Add-ons, like Adblock Plus and NoScript, can make it even more secure. To avoid dangerous sites Web of Trust or McAfee SiteAdvisor can be installed. Google Chrome or Opera are other good options.

Two useful programs for keeping your programs up-to-date are FileHippo or Secunia PSI. Running one of these regularly will help you obtain the latest program updates.

Please also read Tony Klein's excellent article: How did I get infected in the first place.

Hopefully these steps will help to keep you error free. If you run into more difficulty, we will certainly do what we can to help. :)

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Glad we could help. :)

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