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I have a problem with a computer that is connecting to foreign ip addresses with explorer.exe.


It started with a component that was installed from a website, then Norton blocked a web attack (web attack exploit toolkit website 5). Norton has continued to block attacks from websites and attempts to download trojans


Since then explorer.exe has been running very slow. We noticed multiple connections to foreign ip addresses in the resource monitor. I have created firewall rules to block explorer.exe from connecting to the ip addresses, but new connections continue to pop up.


We also noticed Internet Explorer was not connecting to some websites...resetting defaults and disabling add-ons fixed this.


I have run a few tools to try and remove the problem but nothing of significance has been found. Here are the tools previously run:



MalwareBytes AntiRootKit

MalwareBytes AntiMalware



I have attached the FRST.txt, Addition.txt, ComboFix log, and RougeKiller log.


Any help would be appreciated, thank you.






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FRST.gif Fix with Farbar Recovery Scan Tool

icon_exclaim.gif This fix was created for this user for use on that particular machine. icon_exclaim.gif
icon_exclaim.gif Running it on another one may cause damage and render the system unstable. icon_exclaim.gif

Download attached fixlist.txt file and save it to the Desktop:
Both files, FRST and fixlist.txt have to be in the same location or the fix will not work!

  • Right-click on FRST.gif icon and select RunAsAdmin.jpg Run as Administrator to start the tool.
    (XP users click run after receipt of Windows Security Warning - Open File).
  • Press the Fix button just once and wait.
  • If for some reason the tool needs a restart, please make sure you let the system restart normally. After that let the tool complete its run.
  • When finished FRST will generate a log on the Desktop, called Fixlog.txt.

Please post it to your reply.
Please re-run 51a46ae42d560-malwarebytes_anti_malware. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware.

  • Click the History tab.
  • Click Application Logs and double-click the newest Protection Log.
  • At the bottom click Export and choose Text file.

Save the file to your desktop and include its content in your next reply.


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Hi TwinHeadedEagle :)


Thanks for your quick reply. I have ran Farbar with fixlist.txt and Malwarebytes. I have included the text from both requested files below.





==== Start of Fixlog.txt ====


Fix result of Farbar Recovery Tool (FRST written by Farbar) (x64) Version: 23-10-2014
Ran by Lisa at 2014-10-24 08:15:50 Run:1
Running from D:\Download\FRST
Loaded Profiles: Lisa & ReportServer & SQLSERVERAGENT & MSSQLSERVER (Available profiles: Lisa & ReportServer & SQLSERVERAGENT & MSSQLSERVER & Classic .NET AppPool & DefaultAppPool & VMS & ASP.NET v4.0)
Boot Mode: Normal
Content of fixlist:
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=ie&ar=iesearch
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = https://www.google.com/
StartMenuInternet: IEXPLORE.EXE - C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
SearchScopes: HKLM - DefaultScope {D4716CE9-6C6D-4A5F-9ECE-3613EC519EB1} URL = http://www.bing.com/search?q={searchTerms}&form=IE10TR&src=IE10TR&pc=MDDCJS
SearchScopes: HKLM - {0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A} URL = 
SearchScopes: HKLM - {D4716CE9-6C6D-4A5F-9ECE-3613EC519EB1} URL = http://www.bing.com/search?q={searchTerms}&form=IE10TR&src=IE10TR&pc=MDDCJS
SearchScopes: HKLM-x32 - DefaultScope {D4716CE9-6C6D-4A5F-9ECE-3613EC519EB1} URL = http://www.bing.com/search?q={searchTerms}&form=IE10TR&src=IE10TR&pc=MDDCJS
SearchScopes: HKLM-x32 - {0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A} URL = 
SearchScopes: HKLM-x32 - {D4716CE9-6C6D-4A5F-9ECE-3613EC519EB1} URL = http://www.bing.com/search?q={searchTerms}&form=IE10TR&src=IE10TR&pc=MDDCJS
SearchScopes: HKCU - {D4716CE9-6C6D-4A5F-9ECE-3613EC519EB1} URL = 
S3 catchme; \??\C:\combofix\catchme.sys [X]
Processes closed successfully.
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\\Search Page => Value was restored successfully.
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\\Start Page => Value was restored successfully.
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\IEXPLORE.EXE\shell\open\command\\Default => Value was restored successfully.
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\\DefaultScope => Value was restored successfully.
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}" => Key deleted successfully.
"HKCR\CLSID\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}" => Key not found.
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{D4716CE9-6C6D-4A5F-9ECE-3613EC519EB1}" => Key deleted successfully.
"HKCR\CLSID\{D4716CE9-6C6D-4A5F-9ECE-3613EC519EB1}" => Key not found.
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\\DefaultScope => Value was restored successfully.
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}" => Key deleted successfully.
"HKCR\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}" => Key not found.
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{D4716CE9-6C6D-4A5F-9ECE-3613EC519EB1}" => Key deleted successfully.
"HKCR\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{D4716CE9-6C6D-4A5F-9ECE-3613EC519EB1}" => Key not found.
"HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{AFBCB7E0-F91A-4951-9F31-58FEE57A25C4}" => Key deleted successfully.
"HKCR\CLSID\{AFBCB7E0-F91A-4951-9F31-58FEE57A25C4}" => Key not found.
"HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{D4716CE9-6C6D-4A5F-9ECE-3613EC519EB1}" => Key deleted successfully.
"HKCR\CLSID\{D4716CE9-6C6D-4A5F-9ECE-3613EC519EB1}" => Key not found.
catchme => Service deleted successfully.
EmptyTemp: => Removed 359.7 MB temporary data.
The system needed a reboot. 
==== End of Fixlog ====
==== Start of Malwarebytes Protection Log ====
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Update, 10/24/2014 8:29:06 AM, SYSTEM, RAVEN, Manual, Malware Database, 2014.10.24.1, 2014.10.24.5, 
Scan, 10/24/2014 8:34:22 AM, SYSTEM, RAVEN, Manual, Start:10/24/2014 8:29:06 AM, Duration:5 min 15 sec, Threat Scan, Completed, 0 Malware Detections, 0 Non-Malware Detections, 


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I've been monitoring the pc for a few hours and there hasn't been any strange activity...explorer is running faster, no multiple connections to foreign ip addresses, and Norton isn't blocking attacks.


Looks like things are back to normal!  I'll keep monitoring the pc for the rest of the day.

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Glad I could help. We will delete all used tools and I'll give you some tips to harden your security and learn how to protect yourself :)

Recommended reading:

icon_exclaim.gifMUST READ - security tips:

icon_exclaim.gifMUST READ - general maintenance:

The Importance of Software Updating:

In order to stay protected it is very important that you regularly update all of your software. Cybercriminals depend on the apathy of users around software updates to keep their malicious endeavor running.

Operating systems, such as Windows, and applications, such as Adobe Reader or JAVA, are used by tens of millions of computers and devices around the world, making them a huge target for cybercriminals. Downloading updates and installing them can sometimes be tedious, but the advantages you get from the updates are certainly worth it.

Recommended additional software:

icon_arrow.gifTFC - to clean unneeded temporary files.
icon_arrow.gifMalwarebytes' Anti-Malware - to scan your system from time to time in search for malware.
icon_arrow.gifMalwarebytes' Anti-Exploit - to prevent plenty of mostly exploited vulnerabilities.
icon_arrow.gifMcShield - to prevent infections spread by removable media.
icon_arrow.gifUnchecky - to prevent from installing additional foistware, implemented in legitimate installations.
icon_arrow.gifFiheHippo.com Update Checker - to keep your programs up-to-date.
icon_arrow.gifAdblock - to surf the web without annoying ads!

Post-cleanup procedures:

Download DelFix by Xplode and save it to your desktop.

  • Run the tool by right click on the 51a5ce45263de-delfix.png icon and Run as administrator option.
  • Make sure that these ones are checked:
    • Remove disinfection tools
    • Purge system restore
    • Reset system settings
  • Push Run and wait until the tool completes his work.
  • All tools we used should be gone. Tool will create an report for you (C:\DelFix.txt)

The tool will also record healthy state of registry and make a backup using ERUNT program in %windir%\ERUNT\DelFix
Tool deletes old system restore points and create a fresh system restore point after cleaning.


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Glad we could help. :)

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