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My browser randomly redirects me to a webpage that tells me that I have a virus. I think I have some type of rootkit...about a week ago my AVIRA didn't start like it normally does...Windows told me that my antivirus was turned off when it was actually running. I think that's when the rootkit embedded. Can you help me? The malwarebytes log and hijack this log are attached.



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Please download The Comedian.exe by Rorschach112 to your desktop

  • Please disable all of your antivirus/firewall before doing this step. Please visit HERE if you don't know how..
  • Double click the program to run it. It will only take around several minutes to run.
  • It will do a series of tasks and tell you when each one is finished.
  • You will be prompted to press any key after each step
  • When it is done it will close and exit itself automatically.
  • You can delete The_Comedian.exe once it is finished

STOP! if you can't complete this step.. Tell me more about it..


Please download OTS by OldTimer and unzip it to your Desktop..

Note: You must be logged on to the system with an account that has Administrator privileges to run this program.

  • Double-click on OTS to start the program (if you are running on Vista then right-click the program and choose Run as Administrator).
  • At the top, tick on Scan All Users section
  • At File Age set it to 90 Days
  • In the Processes, Modules, Services, Drivers and Registry section, please set on Safe List.
  • In the Files Created Within and Files Modified Within section, set it to File Age
  • At the bottom, tick on all Safe List and Use Company Name WhiteList option
  • Under Additional Scans, tick on the "Extras" button and then click the checkboxes in front of the following items to select them:
    • Reg - Disabled MS Config Items
      Reg - Drivers32
      Reg - Ext
      Reg - IE Explorer Bar
      Reg - NetSvcs
      Reg - Safeboot Minimal
      Reg - Safeboot Network
      File - Lop Check
      File - Purity Scan

    • Please copy/paste below script into Custom Scans box
      %systemroot%\*. /mp /s
      %systemroot%\system32\*.dll /lockedfiles
      %systemroot%\Tasks\*.job /lockedfiles
      %systemroot%\system32\drivers\*.sys /lockedfiles

    [*]Do NOT change any other settings.

    [*]Now click the Run Scan button on the toolbar.

    [*]Let it run unhindered until it finishes.

    [*]When the scan is complete Notepad will open with the report file loaded in it.

    [*]Click the Format menu and make sure that Wordwrap is not checked. If it is then click on it to uncheck it.

Attach the log in your next replies.. Don't post it.. It will be too large to fit into a single post..


Please download GMER and unzip it to your Desktop. <<mirror>>

Please rename the random filename or GMER into GAMERS

[*]Open the renamed program and click on the Rootkit tab.

[*]Make sure all the boxes on the right of the screen are checked, EXCEPT for

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I was able to get the comedian and OTS to run with no problems. In the midst of the first attempt of GMER...the scan was interrupted. The computer rebooted and I tried to run it again with no luck. It sat all night without making any progress. I've attached the OTS results...what should I do now? Do I have to run OTS again to get GMER to work properly or is there an alternative to GMER?


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Please download TDSSKiller.zip and unzip it to your Desktop

Run the TDSSKiller and wait until it finishes (should be just a few seconds or below a minute).. Then find the log at your %systemdrive% (drive that contains Windows)

The log shall be named something like this one..

(TDSSKiller.version_date_time_log) for example.. (TDSSKiller.2.1.1_22.12.2009_19.33.44_log)

Please download ComboFix by sUBs from HERE or HERE and save it to your Desktop.

During the download, rename Combofix to Combo-Fix as follows:



It is important you rename Combofix during the download, but not after.

**NOTE: If you are using Firefox, make sure that your download settings are as follows:

  • Tools->Options->Main tab
  • Set to "Always ask me where to Save the files".

After that, double-click and run Combo-Fix. Let it finish its job and post the log here

If ComboFix asked you to install Recovery Console, please do so.. It will be your best interest..

Note: DON'T do anything with your computer while ComboFix is running.. Let ComboFix finishes its job..

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Update and run a full scan with Malwarebytes' again >> remove everything that it found >> post the log here ;)

Please run a free online scan with the ESET Online Scanner

Note: You will need to use Internet Explorer for this scan.

  1. Tick the box next to YES, I accept the Terms of Use.
  2. Click Start
  3. When asked, allow the ActiveX control to install
  4. Click Start
  5. Make sure that the options Remove found threats and the option Scan unwanted applications is checked
  6. Click Scan
    Wait for the scan to finish
  7. Use Notepad to open the logfile located at C:\Program Files\EsetOnlineScanner\log.txt
  8. Copy and paste that log as a reply to this topic

How's the computer now? :)

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Looks good to me.. Lets do some cleanup...

Please download OTC and save it to Desktop.

  • Make sure you have internet connection..
  • Double-click OTC
  • Click the CleanUp! button.
  • Select Yes when the "Begin cleanup Process?" prompt appears.
  • If you are prompted to Reboot during the cleanup, select Yes

Please read these excellent articles write by my friends:

Preventing Malware and Safe Computing by Rorschach112

What makes your machine slow? by Artellos

Also, please read these excellent articles by miekiemoes :

Help! My computer is slow!

How to prevent Malware

Read these great info's about safe internet surfing..



Please reply to this thread once more and tell us about the computer behaviour before we can close this thread ;)

Have a safe and happy computing day!



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