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Hope someone might be able to review these logs to determine if there is anything suspicious on my daughter's laptop before I send her back to college with it. Have been unable to start Windows Defender, clock/date will not synch to time.windows.com or other time servers, had to manually readjust...may be more problems that just haven't presented themselves yet....

The DDS file is as follows:

DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86

Run by Rachel at 12:06:53.92 on Tue 08/10/2010

Internet Explorer: 7.0.6002.18005 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_21

Microsoft

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Hi,

Download ComboFix from one of these locations:

Link 1

Link 2

* IMPORTANT !!! Save ComboFix.exe to your Desktop

  • Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right click on the System Tray icon. They may otherwise interfere with our tools. Here is a guide on how to disable them:
    Click me
    If you can't disable them then just continue on.
  • Double click on ComboFix.exe & follow the prompts.
  • As part of it's process, ComboFix will check to see if the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed. With malware infections being as they are today, it's strongly recommended to have this pre-installed on your machine before doing any malware removal. It will allow you to boot up into a special recovery/repair mode that will allow us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware.
  • Follow the prompts to allow ComboFix to download and install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console, and when prompted, agree to the End-User License Agreement to install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console.

**Please note: If the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is already installed, ComboFix will continue it's malware removal procedures.

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Once the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed using ComboFix, you should see the following message:

whatnext.png

Click on Yes, to continue scanning for malware.

When finished, it shall produce a log for you. Please include the C:\ComboFix.txt log in your next reply.

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Hi,

Please download OTM

  • Save it to your desktop.
  • Please double-click OTM to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
  • Copy the lines in the codebox below to the clipboard by highlighting ALL of them and pressing CTRL + C (or, after highlighting, right-click and choose Copy):
    :Processes

    :Services
    cayfrou

    :Reg

    :Files
    ipconfig /flushdns /c
    c:\windows\System32\drivers\ecfd.sys

    :Commands
    [purity]
    [resethosts]
    [emptytemp]
    [emptyflash]
    [createrestorepoint]
    [reboot]


  • Return to OTM, right click in the "Paste Instructions for Items to be Moved" window (under the yellow bar) and choose Paste.
  • Click the red Moveit! button.
  • Copy everything in the Results window (under the green bar) to the clipboard by highlighting ALL of them and pressing CTRL + C (or, after highlighting, right-click and choose copy), and paste it in your next reply.
  • Close OTM and reboot your PC.

Note: If a file or folder cannot be moved immediately you may be asked to reboot the machine to finish the move process. If you are asked to reboot the machine choose Yes. In this case, after the reboot, open Notepad (Start->All Programs->Accessories->Notepad), click File->Open, in the File Name box enter *.log and press the Enter key, navigate to the C:\_OTMoveIt\MovedFiles folder, and open the newest .log file present, and copy/paste the contents of that document back here in your next post.

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Start Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

  • Once the program has loaded, click the "Update" tab and click the "Check For updates" button.
  • Once the updates were downloaded, click the "Scanner" tab, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan.
  • The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
  • When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.(See Extra Note)
  • The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy&Paste the entire report in your next reply.

Extra Note:

If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process,if asked to restart the computer,please do so immediatly.

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I'd like us to scan your machine with ESET OnlineScan

  1. Hold down Control and click on the following link to open ESET OnlineScan in a new window.
    ESET OnlineScan
  2. Click the esetOnline.png button.
  3. For alternate browsers only: (Microsoft Internet Explorer users can skip these steps)

    1. Click on esetSmartInstall.png to download the ESET Smart Installer. Save it to your desktop.
    2. Double click on the esetSmartInstallDesktopIcon.png icon on your desktop.

    3. Check esetAcceptTerms.png
    4. Click the esetStart.png button.
    5. Accept any security warnings from your browser.
    6. Check esetScanArchives.png
    7. Push the Start button.
    8. ESET will then download updates for itself, install itself, and begin scanning your computer. Please be patient as this can take some time.
    9. When the scan completes, push esetListThreats.png
    10. Push esetExport.png, and save the file to your desktop using a unique name, such as ESETScan. Include the contents of this report in your next reply.
    11. Push the esetBack.png button.
    12. Push esetFinish.png

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Hi, Thank you for your continued assistance. I have completed the tasks you recommended with the following results. The ESET scan produced no infected files.

OTM...

All processes killed

========== PROCESSES ==========

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

Service cayfrou stopped successfully!

Service cayfrou deleted successfully!

========== REGISTRY ==========

========== FILES ==========

< ipconfig /flushdns /c >

Windows IP Configuration

Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.

C:\Users\Rachel\Desktop\cmd.bat deleted successfully.

C:\Users\Rachel\Desktop\cmd.txt deleted successfully.

File/Folder c:\windows\System32\drivers\ecfd.sys not found.

========== COMMANDS ==========

C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\Hosts moved successfully.

HOSTS file reset successfully

[EMPTYTEMP]

User: All Users

User: Default

->Temp folder emptied: 0 bytes

->Temporary Internet Files folder emptied: 67 bytes

User: Default User

->Temp folder emptied: 0 bytes

->Temporary Internet Files folder emptied: 0 bytes

User: Father

->Temp folder emptied: 0 bytes

->Temporary Internet Files folder emptied: 52276624 bytes

->Java cache emptied: 59514146 bytes

->FireFox cache emptied: 31056213 bytes

->Flash cache emptied: 756 bytes

User: Public

->Temp folder emptied: 0 bytes

User: Rachel

->Temp folder emptied: 391300 bytes

->Temporary Internet Files folder emptied: 210825 bytes

->Java cache emptied: 33488063 bytes

->FireFox cache emptied: 31632474 bytes

->Flash cache emptied: 3851599 bytes

%systemdrive% .tmp files removed: 0 bytes

%systemroot% .tmp files removed: 0 bytes

%systemroot%\System32 .tmp files removed: 0 bytes

%systemroot%\System32\drivers .tmp files removed: 0 bytes

Windows Temp folder emptied: 11322 bytes

%systemroot%\system32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files folder emptied: 32969 bytes

RecycleBin emptied: 96448395 bytes

Total Files Cleaned = 295.00 mb

Restore point Set: OTM Restore Point

OTM by OldTimer - Version 3.1.15.0 log created on 08152010_164232

Files moved on Reboot...

C:\Users\Rachel\AppData\Local\Temp\ehmsas.txt moved successfully.

Registry entries deleted on Reboot...

MBAM....

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.46

www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 4434

Windows 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2

Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18943

8/15/2010 5:11:56 PM

mbam-log-2010-08-15 (17-11-56).txt

Scan type: Quick scan

Objects scanned: 143501

Time elapsed: 12 minute(s), 52 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)

I'll await further instructions and guidance from you. Thank you again for your help.

mbam_log_2010_08_15__17_11_56_.txt

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Hi,

Your logs appears to be clean now. There is only a bit of cleanup that we will deal with in this post, as well as prevention from future infections. :thumbsup:

Remove Combofix now that we're done with it.

  • Please press the Windows Key and R on your keyboard. This will bring up the Run... command.
  • Now type in Combofix /Uninstall in the runbox and click OK. (Notice the space between the "x" and "/")
    CF_Uninstall-1.jpg
  • Please follow the prompts to uninstall Combofix.
  • You will then recieve a message saying Combofix was uninstalled successfully once it's done uninstalling itself.

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  • Download OTC to your desktop and run it
  • A list of tool components used in the Cleanup of malware will be downloaded.
  • If your Firewall or Real Time protection attempts to block OTC to reach the Internet, please allow the application to do so.
  • Click Yes to begin the Cleanup process and remove these components, including this application.
  • You will be asked to reboot the machine to finish the Cleanup process. If you are asked to reboot the machine choose Yes.

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Keep a backup of your important files

Now, more than ever, it's especially important to protect your digital files and memories. This article is full of good information on alternatives for home backup solutions.

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Make proper use of your anti-virus and firewall

You should keep your anti-virus and firewall guard enabled at all times, don't shut them off unless there's a specific reason to do so.

Also, regularly performing a full system scan with your anti-virus program is a good idea to make sure nothing has slipped through your protection. Once every two weeks works well for many people. You can set the scan to run during a time when you don't plan to use the computer and just leave it to complete on its own.

Keep in mind that anti-virus programs are far from perfect. They don't protect you against every piece of malware that's out there, so don't trust them blindly. If an anti-virus reports a file as 'clean' then it's doesn't necessarily has to mean it is.

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Keep all your software updated

It is important to keep up on system updates from Microsoft by regularly checking their website at: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/, as these patch critical security vulnerabilities and help to keep you safe.

It's also important to keep programs up to date so that malware doesn't exploit any old security flaws. FileHippo Update Checker is an extremely helpful program that will tell you which of your programs need to be updated. Java and Adobe Reader are two of the main security vulnerabilities. You can find the latest version of Java here, you will want the Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) one. You can find the latest version of Adobe Reader here.

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Use a safer web browser

Internet Explorer is not the most secure tool for browsing the web. It has been known to be very susceptible to infection, and there are a couple good free alternatives: Firefox and Opera. Both are excellent faster, safer, more powerful and functional free alternatives to Internet Explorer. It's definitely worth the short period of adjustment to start using one of these. If you wish to continue using Internet Explorer, it would be a good idea to follow the tutorial here which will help you to make IE much safer.

If you decide to use the Firefox browser, the McAfee SiteAdvisor add-on will nicely help to enhance your security. This add-on tells you whether the sites you are about to visit are safe or not. A must if you do a lot of Googling.

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Some other security programs

It is wise these days to have a few security programs installed and running on your machine except from just an anti-virus and a firewall. I will list some of them.

  • A good anti-spyware program installed on your pc is very important to help remove any spyware that may have gotten on your computer. I highly recommend Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware.
  • SpywareBlaster to help prevent spyware from installing in the first place.
  • MVPS Hosts file replaces your current HOSTS file with one containing well known ad sites and other bad sites. This prevents your computer from connecting to those sites in the future.

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Be careful

Having security programs installed is very helpful to you, but none of them have the gift of human thought. The best way to make sure you don't get infected is to exercise common sense. Be careful of what websites you visit - if a site looks suspicious, trust your instincts and get out of there. Be careful of what attachments you open in emails and files you download from websites - check them over carefully to make sure that you know what you're getting.

Using peer-to-peer programs (eg: LimeWire, BitTorrent, uTorrent, Kazaa) or downloading cracks and keygens is something else to avoid. These are the most common way to get infected. Malware writers use these programs to spread infections as it is the easiest way for them. The majority of infections we see in the Malware Removal forum are due to people using p2p programs to download cracks/keygens/warez. These are not only illegal, but will always contain some form of malware. You have no way of verifying that the things you download are legitimate or that they don't contain malware. Even with an up to date anti-virus and firewall, some of these things will still infect you. It is highly recommend that you uninstall all peer-to-peer programs. It just isn't worth it.

Other common ways of getting infected are dis-reputable sites forcing you to download and install a codec. Or viruses using Instant Messaging programs (Windows Live Messenger, MSN Messenger, AIM) to send a file claiming it to be "photos" from a friend, only for it to turn out to be a virus.

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Slow computer?

If your computer begins to slow down in the future for no particular reason, your first step should not be to come to the malware forum. As your computer ages and is used, it's parts wear, files and programs accumulate, and its performance can decrease. To restore your computer's performance to its best possible level, follow the steps in this page written by malware expert Miekiemoes.

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I'll leave this thread open for a couple days in case you come across any lingering problems that need fixing, then I'll close it up. If you need it reopened for any reason just shoot me a PM. It's been a pleasure working with you, now best of luck!

Cheers,

Gammo :cool:

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My apologies for the delay ... I have completed your latest instructions and everything worked as you described. I have not been able to examine the links you suggested but I fully intend to and would like to share that information with my young adult daughters to help them guard against unwanted intrusions on their computers. So, if you could keep this post active for a bit I would appreciate you delaying it's removal. Again, thank you for the very clear and understandable instructions. It has been a pleasure working with you and I appreciate your timely assistance and technical expertise in helping me to ensure this computer is clean again. All the best...

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Glad we could help. :)

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Other members who need assistance please start your own topic in a new thread. Thanks!

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