A Nasty little infection

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Hi All,

Hopefully someone out there can give some advise on this one...

My nephew is visiting whilst on his round the world trip, but it would appear that he has picked up some nasty little critters on his notebook whilst in the process.

First off he has a MSI U115 hybrid notebook running XP home sp3

I am not able to boot to safe mode. I am not able to get into Task manager, regedit, Ctrl Alt Dlt or command prompt it says that "*.* has been disabled by administrator" even though i am logged on as admin.

I can not access computer management in admin tools, it says "the snap-in below, referenced in this doc has been restricted by policy"

I have tried to install the following to no avail, they keep getting blocked or timed out... AVG, mailwarebytes, spybot, Pctools, adaware. when I try to go to AV websites they get shut down saying internet explorer can not display this page......

I used the MSI recovery tool to wipe the C drive and re-install windows hoping that this would clear it but it didnt?

I have attached HJT log below in the hope that someone can shed some lite on this one for me.

Thanks in advance


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 23:35:15, on 08/11/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\System Control Manager\MSIService.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Search Enhancement Pack\SeaPort\SeaPort.exe
C:\program files\internet explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Program Files\System Control Manager\MGSysCtrl.exe
D:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\pctsAuxs.exe
D:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\pctsSvc.exe
D:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\pctsGui.exe
D:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\BDT\BDTUpdateService.exe
D:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\BDT\FGuard.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoftcom/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.msicom
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoftcom/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoftcom/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoftcom/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoftcom/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R3 - URLSearchHook: PC Tools Browser Guard - {472734EA-242A-422b-ADF8-83D1E48CC825} - D:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\BDT\PCTBrowserDefender.dll
F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=C:\WINDOWS\userinit.exe
O2 - BHO: Browser Defender BHO - {2A0F3D1B-0909-4FF4-B272-609CCE6054E7} - D:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\BDT\PCTBrowserDefender.dll
O2 - BHO: Windows Live OneCare Family Safety Browser Helper - {4f3ed5cd-0726-42a9-87f5-d13f3d2976ac} - C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Family Safety\fssbho.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {5C255C8A-E604-49b4-9D64-90988571CECB} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: Search Helper - {6EBF7485-159F-4bff-A14F-B9E3AAC4465B} - C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Search Enhancement Pack\Search Helper\SearchHelper.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: Windows Live Toolbar Helper - {E15A8DC0-8516-42A1-81EA-DC94EC1ACF10} - C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Toolbar\wltcore.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Windows Live Toolbar - {21FA44EF-376D-4D53-9B0F-8A89D3229068} - C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Toolbar\wltcore.dll
O3 - Toolbar: PC Tools Browser Guard - {472734EA-242A-422B-ADF8-83D1E48CC825} - D:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\BDT\PCTBrowserDefender.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IgfxTray] C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HotKeysCmds] C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PersistenceThread] C:\WINDOWS\system32\PersistenceThread.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Alcmtr] ALCMTR.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MGSysCtrl] C:\Program Files\System Control Manager\MGSysCtrl.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ISTray] "D:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\pctsGui.exe" /hideGUI
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PCTools FGuard] D:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\BDT\FGuard.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [pikachu] C:\WINDOWS\nacl.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpySweeper] "D:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeper.exe" /0
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'Default user')
O4 - Startup: Recycled.vbs
O7 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System, DisableRegedit=1
O9 - Extra button: Blog This - {219C3416-8CB2-491a-A3C7-D9FCDDC9D600} - C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Writer\WriterBrowserExtension.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &Blog This in Windows Live Writer - {219C3416-8CB2-491a-A3C7-D9FCDDC9D600} - C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Writer\WriterBrowserExtension.dll (file missing)
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.msicom
O20 - Winlogon Notify: igdlogin - igdlogin.dll (file missing)
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: ASPNET State Service (aspnet_state) - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\MicrosoftNET\Framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_state.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Browser Defender Update Service - Unknown owner - D:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\BDT\BDTUpdateService.exe
O23 - Service: Micro Star SCM - Micro-Star Int'l Co., Ltd. - C:\Program Files\System Control Manager\MSIService.exe
O23 - Service: PC Tools Auxiliary Service (sdAuxService) - PC Tools - D:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\pctsAuxs.exe
O23 - Service: PC Tools Security Service (sdCoreService) - PC Tools - D:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\pctsSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Windows Recycled Services - Unknown owner - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\MICROS~1\MSInfo\Recycled.scr

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Post 3+ Months Ago

You just described something that I just cleaned up on a laptop last Thursday. Sounds exactly the same. It turned out to be a rootkit: win32/alureon.h

The only way I was able to find it was to run the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal tool. If you have your Windows updates current it can be found in c:\WINDOWS\system32\MRT.exe

Typically it is updated and runs once each month as part of the critical Windows updates, but you can run it as a stand-a-lone. (When you run it choose to run the full scan). If you don't have it on the computer it can be downloaded here. Surprisingly to date it is the best tool I have found for discovering and removing rootkits.

If it discovers and fixes any rookits, you should be able to remove any lingering malware with the normal tools you appear to already be familiar with.
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F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=C:\WINDOWS\userinit.exe

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

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

O4 - Startup: Recycled.vbs

O7 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System, DisableRegedit=1
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hi Atno,

Thanks for that, will give it a shot and let you know how I go.


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