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Hi MBAM Team

Unusual activity on our laptop (only) noticed today but perhaps prevalent for a few days.

What we are seeing in Windows Task Manager (WTM) is that data is being sent and received (in "equal" amounts) between our laptop (with inbuilt wireless modem) and wireless router. The same behaviour is not noticed with our wirelessly connected PC.

I have run MBAM, Spybot and Norton 360 scans but no malware shows up. On the wireless router, a Netgear DGN3500, only the wireless "beacon" LED is flashing while this is happening rather than the internet activity LED. My ISP internet usage stats also do not indicate any unusual internet usage to reflect what I am seeing on the WTM graphs and stats ... I'm just concerned about the (apparent) data flow through the laptop. Attached is what we are seeing on WTM.

Yes, we are on a secure password encrypted home wireless network and this type of activity has not been noticed before.

Please find attached the HijackThis log for the relevant laptop initiated while the unusual behaviour was being noticed:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4

Scan saved at 4:09:51 PM, on 8/07/2011

Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)

MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)

Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:

C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe

C:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\S24EvMon.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\agrsmsvc.exe

C:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\EvtEng.exe

C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe

C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE

C:\Program Files\Norton 360\Engine\5.1.0.29\ccSvcHst.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\o2flash.exe

C:\Program Files\Softex\OmniPass\Omniserv.exe

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\WirelessCommon\RegSrvc.exe

C:\Program Files\CyberLink\Shared Files\RichVideo.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe

C:\Program Files\Softex\OmniPass\OPXPApp.exe

C:\Program Files\Norton 360\Engine\5.1.0.29\ccSvcHst.exe

C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE

C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe

C:\WINDOWS\RTHDCPL.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\AGRSMMSG.exe

C:\Program Files\Softex\OmniPass\scureapp.exe

C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\Fujitsu Hotkey Utility\IndicatorUty.exe

C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\Application Panel\QuickTouch.exe

C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\BtnHnd\BtnHnd.exe

C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\SSUtility\FJSSDMN.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxsrvc.exe

C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\FUJ02E3\FUJ02E3.exe

C:\Program Files\BillP Studios\WinPatrol\winpatrol.exe

C:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\ZCfgSvc.exe

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\WirelessCommon\iFrmewrk.exe

C:\Program Files\Uniblue\ProcessQuickLink 2\ProcessQuickLink2.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\unsecapp.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\taskmgr.exe

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

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

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

C:\WINDOWS\system32\NOTEPAD.EXE

D:\Downloaded Software\HijackThis.exe

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://www.mywestnet.com.au/

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/

R3 - URLSearchHook: Yahoo! Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - (no file)

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

O2 - BHO: IE to GetRight Helper - {31FF080D-12A3-439A-A2EF-4BA95A3148E8} - C:\Program Files\GetRight\xx2gr.dll

O2 - BHO: Spybot-S&D IE Protection - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {5C255C8A-E604-49b4-9D64-90988571CECB} - (no file)

O2 - BHO: Symantec NCO BHO - {602ADB0E-4AFF-4217-8AA1-95DAC4DFA408} - C:\Program Files\Norton 360\Engine\5.1.0.29\coIEPlg.dll

O2 - BHO: Symantec Intrusion Prevention - {6D53EC84-6AAE-4787-AEEE-F4628F01010C} - C:\Program Files\Norton 360\Engine\5.1.0.29\IPS\IPSBHO.DLL

O2 - BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll

O2 - BHO: Encarta Web Companion Helper Object - {955BE0B8-BC85-4CAF-856E-8E0D8B610560} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Encarta Web Companion\2007\ENCWCBAR.DLL

O2 - BHO: SkypeIEPluginBHO - {AE805869-2E5C-4ED4-8F7B-F1F7851A4497} - C:\Program Files\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\skypeieplugin.dll

O2 - BHO: WOT Helper - {C920E44A-7F78-4E64-BDD7-A57026E7FEB7} - C:\Program Files\WOT\WOT.dll

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

O2 - BHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl - {E7E6F031-17CE-4C07-BC86-EABFE594F69C} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie\jqs_plugin.dll

O3 - Toolbar: Encarta Web Companion - {147D6308-0614-4112-89B1-31402F9B82C4} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Encarta Web Companion\2007\ENCWCBAR.DLL

O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {E0E899AB-F487-11D5-8D29-0050BA6940E3} - (no file)

O3 - Toolbar: Norton Toolbar - {7FEBEFE3-6B19-4349-98D2-FFB09D4B49CA} - C:\Program Files\Norton 360\Engine\5.1.0.29\coIEPlg.dll

O3 - Toolbar: WOT - {71576546-354D-41c9-AAE8-31F2EC22BF0D} - C:\Program Files\WOT\WOT.dll

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [synTPEnh] C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RTHDCPL] RTHDCPL.EXE

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [skyTel] SkyTel.EXE

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AGRSMMSG] AGRSMMSG.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [OmniPass] C:\Program Files\Softex\OmniPass\scureapp.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [indicatorUtility] C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\Fujitsu Hotkey Utility\IndicatorUty.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LoadFujitsuQuickTouch] C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\Application Panel\QuickTouch.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LoadBtnHnd] C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\BtnHnd\BtnHnd.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [sSUtility] C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\SSUtility\FJSSDMN.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PCDrProfiler] "C:\Program Files\Fujitsu Hardware Diagnostics Tool\RunProfiler.exe" -r

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [igfxTray] C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HotKeysCmds] C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Persistence] C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LoadFUJ02E3] C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\FUJ02E3\FUJ02E3.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinPatrol] C:\Program Files\BillP Studios\WinPatrol\winpatrol.exe -expressboot

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [intelZeroConfig] "C:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\ZCfgSvc.exe"

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [intelWireless] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\WirelessCommon\iFrmewrk.exe" /tf Intel Wireless Tray

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [uniblue ProcessQuickLink 2] "C:\Program Files\Uniblue\ProcessQuickLink 2\ProcessQuickLink2.exe" /autostart

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [spywareBlaster] C:\Program Files\SpywareBlaster\spywareblaster.exe

O8 - Extra context menu item: Download with GetRight - C:\Program Files\GetRight\GRdownload.htm

O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000

O8 - Extra context menu item: Open with GetRight Browser - C:\Program Files\GetRight\GRbrowse.htm

O9 - Extra button: Skype Plug-In - {898EA8C8-E7FF-479B-8935-AEC46303B9E5} - C:\Program Files\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\skypeieplugin.dll

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Skype Plug-In - {898EA8C8-E7FF-479B-8935-AEC46303B9E5} - C:\Program Files\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\skypeieplugin.dll

O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL

O9 - Extra button: Encarta Search Bar - {B205A35E-1FC4-4CE3-818B-899DBBB3388C} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Encarta Search Bar\ENCSBAR.DLL

O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Spybot - Search & Destroy Configuration - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll

O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe

O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe

O14 - IERESET.INF: START_PAGE_URL=http://www.pc-ap.fujitsu.com/

O16 - DPF: {140E4DF8-9E14-4A34-9577-C77561ED7883} (SysInfo Class) - http://content.systemrequirementslab.com.s3.amazonaws.com/global/bin/srldetect_cyri_4.1.71.0.cab

O16 - DPF: {2EDF75C0-5ABD-49f9-BAB6-220476A32034} (System Requirements Lab) - http://intel-drv-cdn.systemrequirementslab.com/multi/bin/sysreqlab_srlx.cab

O16 - DPF: {44990301-3C9D-426D-81DF-AAB636FA4345} (Symantec Script Runner Class) - https://www-secure.symantec.com/techsupp/asa/ss/sa/sa_cabs/tgctlsr.cab

O16 - DPF: {5727FF4C-EF4E-4d96-A96C-03AD91910448} (System Requirements Lab) - http://www.srtest.com/srl_bin/sysreqlab_ind.cab

O16 - DPF: {644E432F-49D3-41A1-8DD5-E099162EEEC5} (Symantec RuFSI Utility Class) - http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/SharedContent/common/bin/cabsa.cab

O16 - DPF: {6A344D34-5231-452A-8A57-D064AC9B7862} (Symantec Download Manager) - https://webdl.symantec.com/activex/symdlmgr.cab

O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/muweb_site.cab?1222514835000

O16 - DPF: {CF84DAC5-A4F5-419E-A0BA-C01FFD71112F} (SysInfo Class) - http://content.systemrequirementslab.com.s3.amazonaws.com/global/bin/srldetect_intel_4.4.24.0.cab

O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://fpdownload2.macromedia.com/get/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab

O16 - DPF: {E6F480FC-BD44-4CBA-B74A-89AF7842937D} (SysInfo Class) - http://content.systemrequirementslab.com.s3.amazonaws.com/global/bin/srldetect_cyri_4.4.21.0.cab

O18 - Protocol: skype-ie-addon-data - {91774881-D725-4E58-B298-07617B9B86A8} - C:\Program Files\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\skypeieplugin.dll

O18 - Protocol: wot - {C2A44D6B-CB9F-4663-88A6-DF2F26E4D952} - C:\Program Files\WOT\WOT.dll

O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Browseui preloader - {438755C2-A8BA-11D1-B96B-00A0C90312E1} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll

O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Component Categories cache daemon - {8C7461EF-2B13-11d2-BE35-3078302C2030} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll

O23 - Service: Agere Modem Call Progress Audio (AgereModemAudio) - Agere Systems - C:\WINDOWS\system32\agrsmsvc.exe

O23 - Service: Intel® PROSet/Wireless Event Log (EvtEng) - Intel® Corporation - C:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\EvtEng.exe

O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate1c9dc59d9d70ade) (gupdate1c9dc59d9d70ade) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe

O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdatem) (gupdatem) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe

O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\1050\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe

O23 - Service: Java Quick Starter (JavaQuickStarterService) - Sun Microsystems, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe

O23 - Service: Norton 360 (N360) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton 360\Engine\5.1.0.29\ccSvcHst.exe

O23 - Service: O2Micro Flash Memory (O2Flash) - O2Micro International - C:\WINDOWS\system32\o2flash.exe

O23 - Service: Softex OmniPass Service (omniserv) - Softex Inc. - C:\Program Files\Softex\OmniPass\Omniserv.exe

O23 - Service: Intel® PROSet/Wireless Registry Service (RegSrvc) - Intel® Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\WirelessCommon\RegSrvc.exe

O23 - Service: Cyberlink RichVideo Service(CRVS) (RichVideo) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\CyberLink\Shared Files\RichVideo.exe

O23 - Service: Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Service (S24EventMonitor) - Intel® Corporation - C:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\S24EvMon.exe

O23 - Service: Symantec RemoteAssist - Symantec, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Support Controls\ssrc.exe

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End of file - 11990 bytes

I look forward to your feedback on the logs.

Cheers

Perth2008

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Hi Chris

Thanks for your response.

I checked the 2 PCs that are part of this home network: one direct LAN and the other via USB wireless. Neither of these (nor the laptop itself) showed any issues with MBAM, Spybot S&D, Norton 360 or WinPatrol. The only symptom is that described in my original post. As noted it did not appear that data was being sent/received on the internet per se, although I did suspect that perhaps the laptop was being used as a "mule" with external data passing through my laptop/router. For all other intents and purposes the laptop was working fine and accessed the internet without redirects or noticeable issues.

Having spent most of the weekend on this I can confirm that the issue seems to be solely between the laptop with inbuilt Intel PRO/Set Wireless WiFi and its connection to the Netgear DGN3500 router. I spent the weekend trying different things in terms of configuring (a) the router and (b) the laptop settings. It appears that either (a) increased wireless usage in our neighbourhood perhaps causing interference, and/or (b) a recent firmware upgrade to the router may be the cause RATHER THAN any malware or virus. By trial and error changing the wireless channel and communications protocol mode from "up to 270Mbps" to "up to 130Mbps" the problem now appears to have been solved.

So unless you can see anything "odd" in the HijackThis log that needs to be addressed I suggest this thread be closed as solved.

Apologies for distracting the MBAM team from more serious real malware issues others may be having.

Regards

Perth2008

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