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When I start Internet Explorer, a second window opens. The content of the new window varies, but most of the time it brings up a page from a "news-11-today.com" or else something mariginally related to something I searched for in the previous session.

I'm also having intermittent internet connection problems. When I start up, I will get a "limited or no connectivity" message from the networking icon in the systray. It is usually corrected by rebooting the computer and router.

Also intermittently, Windows XP is losing its theme and showing the old style taskbar and the XP style one is unavailable. This problem is also usually resolved with a reboot, but it keeps happening, seemingly in conjunction with the connectivity problem at this point.

Here is my latest MBAM log (no infections found):

Database version: 4174

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702

6/7/2010 12:46:23 AM

mbam-log-2010-06-07 (00-46-23).txt

Scan type: Full scan (C:\|)

Objects scanned: 265340

Time elapsed: 1 hour(s), 58 minute(s), 57 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0

Memory Modules Infected: 0

Registry Keys Infected: 0

Registry Values Infected: 0

Registry Data Items Infected: 0

Folders Infected: 0

Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

[end of log]

And here is the DDS log:

DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86

Run by Tom at 17:48:58.43 on Sat 06/05/2010

Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702

Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2046.1272 [GMT -4:00]

AV: Norton Security Suite *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {E10A9785-9598-4754-B552-92431C1C35F8}

FW: Norton Security Suite *enabled* {7C21A4C9-F61F-4AC4-B722-A6E19C16F220}

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

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch

svchost.exe

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

svchost.exe

svchost.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe

svchost.exe

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe

C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Creative Labs Shared\Service\CreativeLicensing.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.exe

C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exe

C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched.exe

C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\Iaantmon.exe

C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\3\lxdpserv.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\lxdpcoms.exe

C:\Program Files\Norton Security Suite\Engine\4.2.0.12\ccSvcHst.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe

C:\Program Files\Dell Support Center\bin\sprtsvc.exe

svchost.exe

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

C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllhost.exe

C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE

C:\Program Files\Norton Security Suite\Engine\4.2.0.12\ccSvcHst.exe

C:\WINDOWS\ehome\ehtray.exe

C:\WINDOWS\stsystra.exe

C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\Iaanotif.exe

C:\Program Files\Dell\Media Experience\DMXLauncher.exe

C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe

C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehmsas.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\Rundll32.exe

C:\Program Files\Creative\VoiceCenter\AndreaVC.exe

C:\WINDOWS\System32\DLA\DLACTRLW.EXE

C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe

C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe

C:\Program Files\Lexmark Z2300 Series\ezprint.exe

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe

C:\DOCUME~1\Tom\LOCALS~1\Temp\clclean.0001

C:\Program Files\Dell Support\DSAgnt.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe

C:\Program Files\Linksys EasyLink Advisor\LinksysAgent.exe

C:\Program Files\Digital Line Detect\DLG.exe

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k HTTPFilter

C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe

C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe

C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe

C:\Documents and Settings\Tom\Desktop\dds.scr

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

uStart Page = hxxp://www.comcast.net/

uSearch Page = hxxp://www.google.com/hws/sb/dell-usuk-rel/en/side.html?channel=us

uSearch Bar = hxxp://www.google.com/hws/sb/dell-usuk-rel/en/side.html?channel=us

uDefault_Page_URL = www.google.com/ig/dell?hl=en&client=dell-usuk-rel&channel=us&ibd=0061208

uInternet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = iexplore

mSearchAssistant = hxxp://www.google.com/hws/sb/dell-usuk-rel/en/side.html?channel=us

uURLSearchHooks: AVG Security Toolbar BHO: {a3bc75a2-1f87-4686-aa43-5347d756017c} - c:\program files\avg\avg9\toolbar\IEToolbar.dll

mURLSearchHooks: AVG Security Toolbar BHO: {a3bc75a2-1f87-4686-aa43-5347d756017c} - c:\program files\avg\avg9\toolbar\IEToolbar.dll

BHO: {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - No File

BHO: Symantec NCO BHO: {602adb0e-4aff-4217-8aa1-95dac4dfa408} - c:\program files\norton security suite\engine\4.2.0.12\coIEPlg.dll

BHO: Symantec Intrusion Prevention: {6d53ec84-6aae-4787-aeee-f4628f01010c} - c:\program files\norton security suite\engine\4.2.0.12\IPSBHO.DLL

BHO: SSVHelper Class: {761497bb-d6f0-462c-b6eb-d4daf1d92d43} - c:\program files\java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll

BHO: Google Toolbar Helper: {aa58ed58-01dd-4d91-8333-cf10577473f7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll

BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO: {af69de43-7d58-4638-b6fa-ce66b5ad205d} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbarnotifier\5.4.4525.1752\swg.dll

BHO: CBrowserHelperObject Object: {ca6319c0-31b7-401e-a518-a07c3db8f777} - c:\program files\bae\BAE.dll

TB: &Google: {2318c2b1-4965-11d4-9b18-009027a5cd4f} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll

TB: AVG Security Toolbar: {ccc7a320-b3ca-4199-b1a6-9f516dd69829} - c:\program files\avg\avg9\toolbar\IEToolbar.dll

TB: Norton Toolbar: {7febefe3-6b19-4349-98d2-ffb09d4b49ca} - c:\program files\norton security suite\engine\4.2.0.12\coIEPlg.dll

TB: {A057A204-BACC-4D26-9990-79A187E2698E} - No File

uRun: [setDefaultMIDI] MIDIDef.exe

uRun: [DellSupport] "c:\program files\dell support\DSAgnt.exe" /startup

uRun: [MSMSGS] "c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background

uRun: [ctfmon.exe] c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe

uRun: [EasyLinkAdvisor] "c:\program files\linksys easylink advisor\LinksysAgent.exe" /startup

mRun: [ehTray] c:\windows\ehome\ehtray.exe

mRun: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE c:\windows\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup

mRun: [sigmatelSysTrayApp] stsystra.exe

mRun: [iAAnotif] c:\program files\intel\intel matrix storage manager\Iaanotif.exe

mRun: [DMXLauncher] c:\program files\dell\media experience\DMXLauncher.exe

mRun: [CTSysVol] c:\program files\creative\sbaudigy\surround mixer\CTSysVol.exe /r

mRun: [MBMon] Rundll32 CTMBHA.DLL,MBMon

mRun: [updReg] c:\windows\UpdReg.EXE

mRun: [VoiceCenter] "c:\program files\creative\voicecenter\AndreaVC.exe" /tray

mRun: [DLA] c:\windows\system32\dla\DLACTRLW.EXE

mRun: [iSUSScheduler] "c:\program files\common files\installshield\updateservice\issch.exe" -start

mRun: [dscactivate] "c:\program files\dell support center\gs_agent\custom\dsca.exe"

mRun: [DellSupportCenter] "c:\program files\dell support center\bin\sprtcmd.exe" /P DellSupportCenter

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

mRun: [iTunesHelper] "c:\program files\itunes\iTunesHelper.exe"

mRun: [lxdpmon.exe] "c:\program files\lexmark z2300 series\lxdpmon.exe"

mRun: [EzPrint] "c:\program files\lexmark z2300 series\ezprint.exe"

mRun: [TkBellExe] "c:\program files\common files\real\update_ob\realsched.exe" -osboot

mRun: [iSUSPM Startup] c:\progra~1\common~1\instal~1\update~1\isuspm.exe -startup

dRun: [sansaDispatch] c:\documents and settings\localservice\application data\sandisk\sansa updater\SansaDispatch.exe

StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\adober~1.lnk - c:\program files\adobe\acrobat 7.0\reader\reader_sl.exe

StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\digita~1.lnk - c:\program files\digital line detect\DLG.exe

StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\micros~1.lnk - c:\program files\microsoft office\office\OSA9.EXE

IE: {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE}

IE: {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe

IE: {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe

IE: {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - {CAFEEFAC-0015-0000-0006-ABCDEFFEDCBC} - c:\program files\java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll

IE: {B205A35E-1FC4-4CE3-818B-899DBBB3388C} - {552781AF-37E4-4FEE-920A-CED9E648EADD} - c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\encarta search bar\ENCSBAR.DLL

Trusted Zone: internet

Trusted Zone: mcafee.com

DPF: {02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B} - hxxp://appldnld.apple.com.edgesuite.net/content.info.apple.com/QuickTime/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab

DPF: {362C56AA-6E4F-40C7-A0B5-85501DBDAD77} - hxxp://i.dell.com/images/global/js/scanner/SysProExe.cab

DPF: {42D06124-98A2-47EC-8098-3778B58CE7D5} - hxxps://actsvr.comcastonline.com/techtools/dl/Comcast%20Activation%20Controls.cab

DPF: {74E4A24D-5224-4F05-8A41-99445E0FC22B} - hxxp://www.gamehouse.com/games/gamehouse/ghplayer.cab

DPF: {7530BFB8-7293-4D34-9923-61A11451AFC5} - hxxp://download.eset.com/special/eos/OnlineScanner.cab

DPF: {8100D56A-5661-482C-BEE8-AFECE305D968} - hxxp://upload.facebook.com/controls/2009.07.28_v5.5.8.1/FacebookPhotoUploader55.cab

DPF: {8AD9C840-044E-11D1-B3E9-00805F499D93} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.5.0/jinstall-1_5_0_06-windows-i586.cab

DPF: {8FFBE65D-2C9C-4669-84BD-5829DC0B603C} - hxxp://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/ultrashim.cab

DPF: {BAC761D3-DFFD-4DB4-A01D-173346E090A7} - hxxp://chill.comcast.net/AspNet2.0/App/games/channel--110341560/lc--en/room--9031f769-0e95-4254-a2a9-e5414091b81b/online/zenerchi/en/ZenerchiWeb.1.0.0.10.cab

DPF: {BFF1950D-B1B4-4AE8-B842-B2CCF06D9A1B} - hxxp://game07.zylom.com/activex/zylomgamesplayer.cab

DPF: {C8AEB218-8B7A-4E15-AC17-0EE8D99B80EB} - hxxp://ak.g.gametap.com/static/cab_headless/GameTapWebUpdater.cab

DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0015-0000-0006-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.5.0/jinstall-1_5_0_06-windows-i586.cab

DPF: {CAFEEFAC-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.5.0/jinstall-1_5_0_06-windows-i586.cab

DPF: {D0C0F75C-683A-4390-A791-1ACFD5599AB8} - hxxp://chill.comcast.net/Gameshell/GameHost/1.0/OberonGameHost.cab

DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} - hxxp://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab

DPF: {DF780F87-FF2B-4DF8-92D0-73DB16A1543A} - hxxp://chill.comcast.net/GameShell/online/en/bejeweled_2/popcaploader_v10.cab

DPF: {E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7} - hxxp://platformdl.adobe.com/NOS/getPlusPlus/1.6/gp.cab

DPF: {EF791A6B-FC12-4C68-99EF-FB9E207A39E6} - hxxp://download.mcafee.com/molbin/iss-loc/mcfscan/2,2,0,5843/mcfscan.cab

Handler: cdo - {CD00020A-8B95-11D1-82DB-00C04FB1625D} - c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web folders\PKMCDO.DLL

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

R0 SymDS;Symantec Data Store;c:\windows\system32\drivers\n360\0402000.00c\symds.sys [2010-6-3 328752]

R0 SymEFA;Symantec Extended File Attributes;c:\windows\system32\drivers\n360\0402000.00c\symefa.sys [2010-6-3 173104]

R1 BHDrvx86;BHDrvx86;c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\norton\{0c55c096-0f1d-4f28-aaa2-85ef591126e7}\n360_4.0.0.127\definitions\bashdefs\20100429.001\BHDrvx86.sys [2010-4-29 537136]

R1 ccHP;Symantec Hash Provider;c:\windows\system32\drivers\n360\0402000.00c\cchpx86.sys [2010-6-3 501888]

R1 SymIRON;Symantec Iron Driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\n360\0402000.00c\ironx86.sys [2010-6-3 116784]

R2 hnmwrlspkt;HomeNet Manager Wireless Protocol;c:\windows\system32\drivers\hnm_wrls_pkt.sys [2006-7-14 13824]

R2 lxdp_device;lxdp_device;c:\windows\system32\lxdpcoms.exe -service --> c:\windows\system32\lxdpcoms.exe -service [?]

R2 lxdpCATSCustConnectService;lxdpCATSCustConnectService;c:\windows\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\lxdpserv.exe [2009-2-8 98984]

R2 McrdSvc;Media Center Extender Service;c:\windows\ehome\mcrdsvc.exe [2005-8-5 99328]

R2 N360;Norton Security Suite;c:\program files\norton security suite\engine\4.2.0.12\ccsvchst.exe [2010-6-3 126392]

R2 wsppkt;Wireless Security Protocol;c:\windows\system32\drivers\wsp_pkt.sys [2006-7-14 13696]

R3 EraserUtilRebootDrv;EraserUtilRebootDrv;c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\eengine\EraserUtilRebootDrv.sys [2010-6-3 102448]

R3 IDSxpx86;IDSxpx86;c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\norton\{0c55c096-0f1d-4f28-aaa2-85ef591126e7}\n360_4.0.0.127\definitions\ipsdefs\20100528.003\IDSXpx86.sys [2010-5-28 331640]

R3 NAVENG;NAVENG;c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\norton\{0c55c096-0f1d-4f28-aaa2-85ef591126e7}\n360_4.0.0.127\definitions\virusdefs\20100605.003\NAVENG.SYS [2010-6-5 85552]

R3 NAVEX15;NAVEX15;c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\norton\{0c55c096-0f1d-4f28-aaa2-85ef591126e7}\n360_4.0.0.127\definitions\virusdefs\20100605.003\NAVEX15.SYS [2010-6-5 1347504]

S2 avg8emc;AVG8 E-mail Scanner;c:\progra~1\avg\avg8\avgemc.exe --> c:\progra~1\avg\avg8\avgemc.exe [?]

S2 avg8wd;AVG8 WatchDog;c:\progra~1\avg\avg8\avgwdsvc.exe --> c:\progra~1\avg\avg8\avgwdsvc.exe [?]

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

2010-06-05 21:47:56 0 ----a-w- c:\documents and settings\tom\defogger_reenable

2010-06-03 03:36:20 0 d-----w- c:\windows\system32\LogFiles

2010-06-03 03:33:17 805 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\SYMEVENT.INF

2010-06-03 03:33:17 7443 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\SYMEVENT.CAT

2010-06-03 03:33:17 60808 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\S32EVNT1.DLL

2010-06-03 03:33:17 124976 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\SYMEVENT.SYS

2010-06-03 03:33:16 0 d-----w- c:\program files\Symantec

2010-06-03 03:33:16 0 d-----w- c:\program files\common files\Symantec Shared

2010-06-03 03:32:33 0 d-----w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\N360

2010-06-03 03:32:31 0 d-----w- c:\program files\Norton Security Suite

2010-06-03 03:32:14 0 d-----w- c:\program files\NortonInstaller

2010-06-03 03:32:14 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\NortonInstaller

2010-06-03 03:29:41 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\Norton

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

2010-06-04 02:23:01 3836 ----a-w- c:\docume~1\tom\applic~1\wklnhst.dat

2010-04-29 19:39:38 38224 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbamswissarmy.sys

2010-04-29 19:39:26 20952 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbam.sys

2010-03-10 06:15:52 420352 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\vbscript.dll

2010-03-10 06:15:52 420352 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\dllcache\vbscript.dll

2006-12-16 06:42:01 251 ----a-w- c:\program files\wt3d.ini

2008-10-09 13:19:53 32768 --sha-w- c:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\local settings\history\history.ie5\mshist012008100920081010\index.dat

============= FINISH: 17:50:35.71 ===============

I will also attack the Attach and ARK files.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

-Tom

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OK, I spent about five hours trying to get the scan to run and be able to save the log last night. The scan locked up several times, giving me the blue screen a couple of those, the few times the scan completed the computer locked up when I hit the save button. After about a dozen reboots, I even tried to restart XP in safe mode, but it gave me the blue screen and wouldn't start that way.

This morning the computer cooperated better and I was able to get the scan log. I misread your instructions though, so the scan was done with both system and sections checked. I hope it still has the info you need. Please see attached.

Thanks-

Tom

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Hi again,

Please visit this webpage for download links, and instructions for running ComboFix tool:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix

Please ensure you read this guide carefully first.

Please continue as follows:

  1. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix, link
    Remember to re-enable them afterwards.
  2. Click Yes to allow ComboFix to continue scanning for malware.

When the tool is finished, it will produce a report for you.

Please include the following reports for further review, and so we may continue cleansing the system:

C:\ComboFix.txt

New dds log.

A word of warning: Neither I nor sUBs are responsible for any damage you may have caused your machine by running ComboFix. This tool is not a toy and not for everyday use.

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After a couple of reboots, I still had no internet connection, but I tried to run ComboFix anyway. Obviously the RC installation failed, but the scan started. Part way through, I got the blue screen of death. This time, upon reboot my taskbar looked right and the internet connected, so I re-tried ComboFix and it went all the way through without a hitch. I've attached the log file.

However, now dds won't run. I double click on the icon, it brings up a command prompt looking window momentarily, but it goes away right away without creating any logs. I'm going to reboot ad try again, but I wanted to get the ComboFix log posted while the internet connection was working, just in case.

Thanks-

Tom

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Hi,

Use AVG remover to remove AVG remnants.

Uninstall old Adobe Reader versions and get the latest one (both 9.3 and update 9.3.2) here or get Foxit Reader here. Make sure you don't install toolbar if choose Foxit Reader! You may also check free readers introduced here.

Uninstall your current Macromedia shockwave player and get the fresh one here if needed.

Your Java is out of date. Older versions have vulnerabilities that malware can use to infect your system. Please follow these steps to remove older version Java components and update to the latest version...

Updating Java:

  • Download the latest version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 Update 20.
  • Click the
    Download
    button to the right.
  • Select Windows on platform combobox and check the box that says:
    Accept License Agreement. Click continue.
  • The page will refresh.
  • Click on the link to download Windows Offline Installation with or without Multi-language and save to your desktop.
  • Close any programs you may have running - especially your web browser.
  • Go to Start > Control Panel double-click on Add/Remove programs and remove all older versions of Java.
  • Check any item with Java Runtime Environment (JRE or J2SE) in the name.
  • Click the Remove or Change/Remove button.
  • Repeat as many times as necessary to remove each Java versions.
  • Reboot your computer once all Java components are removed.
  • Then from your desktop double-click on jre-6u20-windows-i586-p.exe to install the newest version. Uncheck Carbonite online backup trial if it's offered there.

Download ATF (Atribune Temp File) Cleaner

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Hi Tom,

Kaspersky finding is an already quarantined item. That will be removed when ComboFix is uninstalled :)

Are you still noticing any problems? If not, it's time to secure your system to prevent against further intrusions.

THESE STEPS ARE VERY IMPORTANT

Let's reset system restore

Reset and Re-enable your System Restore to remove infected files that have been backed up by Windows. The files in System Restore are protected to prevent any programs changing those files. This is the only way to clean these files: You will lose all previous restore points which are likely to be infected. Please note you need Administrator Access to do clean the restore points.

1. Turn off System Restore.

On the Desktop, right-click My Computer.

Click Properties.

Click the System Restore tab.

Check Turn off System Restore.

Click Apply, and then click OK.

2. Reboot.

3. Turn ON System Restore.

On the Desktop, right-click My Computer.

Click Properties.

Click the System Restore tab.

UN-Check *Turn off System Restore*.

Click Apply, and then click OK.

NOTE: only do this ONCE,NOT on a regular basis

Now lets uninstall ComboFix:

  • Click START then RUN
  • Now copy-paste Combofix /uninstall in the runbox and click OK

Please download OTC and save it to desktop.

  • Double-click OTC.exe.
  • Click the CleanUp! button.
  • Select Yes when the
    Begin cleanup Process?
    prompt appears.
  • If you are prompted to Reboot during the cleanup, select Yes.
  • The tool will delete itself once it finishes, if not delete it by yourself.

Note: If you receive a warning from your firewall or other security programs regarding OTC attempting to contact the internet, please allow it to do so.

UPDATING WINDOWS AND INTERNET EXPLORER

IMPORTANT: You Need to Update Windows and Internet Explorer to protect your computer from the malware that is around on the Internet. Please go to the windows update site to get the critical updates.

If you are running Microsoft Office, or any portion thereof, go to the Microsoft's Office Update site and make sure you have at least all the critical updates installed (Free) Microsoft Office Update.

Make your Internet Explorer more secure

This can be done by following these simple instructions:

From within Internet Explorer click on the Tools menu and then click on Options.

Click once on the Security tab

Click once on the Internet icon so it becomes highlighted.

Click once on the Custom Level button.

Change the Download signed ActiveX controls to Prompt

Change the Download unsigned ActiveX controls to Disable

Change the Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe to Disable

Change the Installation of desktop items to Prompt

Change the Launching programs and files in an IFRAME to Prompt

Change the Navigate sub-frames across different domains to Prompt

When all these settings have been made, click on the OK button.

If it prompts you as to whether or not you want to save the settings, press the Yes button.

Next press the Apply button and then the OK to exit the Internet Properties page.

The following are recommended third party programs that are designed to keep your computer clean. A link as well as a brief description is included with each item.

  • hosts file:
    • Every version of windows has a hosts file as part of them.
    • In a very basic sense, they are used to locate webpages.
    • We can customize a hosts file so that it blocks certain webpages.
    • However, it can slow down certain computers.
    • This is why using a hosts file is optional!!

    Download it here. Make sure you read the instructions on how to install the hosts file. There is a good tutorial here

    If you decide to download the hosts file, the slowdown problems can usually be avoided by following these steps:



    1. Click the start button (at the lower left hand corner of your screen)
    2. Click run
    3. In the dialog box, type services.msc
    4. hit enter, then locate dns client
    5. Highlight it, then double-click it.
    6. On the dropdown box, change the setting from automatic to manual.
    7. Click ok

    [*]Run Secunia vulnerability check here and fix its findings.

Just a final reminder for you. I am trying to stress these two points.

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!!! Make sure you do this about every 1-2 weeks.

Make sure all of your security programs are up to date.

Visit Microsoft's Windows Update Site Frequently - It is important that you visit http://www.windowsupdate.com regularly. This will ensure your computer has always the latest security updates available installed on your computer. If there are new updates to install, install them immediately, reboot your computer, and revisit the site until there are no more critical updates.

Once again, please post and tell me how things are going with your system... problems etc.

Have a great day,

Blade :)

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Hi Blade-

Computer seems to be working fine now and all of the cleanup and security updates seem to have worked properly.

One last question - Does actually visiting the Windows Update site do anything different than just having the Automatic Updates turned on in my machine?

Thanks again for all of your help.

-Tom

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Hi Blade-

Understood, thanks.

I am wondering one more thing. When I first noticed the trouble, I switched my antivirus protection from AVG Free to the Norton Security Suite that is included with my Comcast service. So AVG let in whatever this was, but once it was in, AVG, Norton and MBAM all couldn't see it. Is this particular virus/trojan/spyware something that is now known and will be caught by Norton, or is there another scan I should perform on a regular basis to check for this sort of infection?

Thanks again for all of your help.

-Tom

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Hi,

Malware changes daily and vendors try to stay in the rhythm as well as they can. Some scanners detect threat faster than others and vice versa. None of available protection products can guarantee 24/7 protection.

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