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Hijacked by PSGuard! [CLOSED]

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Hi. My computer has been under attack for a couple of days now. It started with a black desktop that says "Warning! Your computer might be infected with spyware or adware...". Now my desktop flickers between this, my regular desktop picture, and the Compaq default desktop. Also, every so often I get a message from the system saying that my "Active Desktop file cannot be located." There's also an annoying button on my taskbar that pops up saying "Your computer is infected!" Should I just buy the stupid PSGuard software and get rid of this annoying problem? I hope not, and I hope you can help.

I took most of the initial steps recommended. Here's my Hijack This logfile.

Thanks very much for your help!

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:36:34 PM, on 8/7/2005
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Compaq\Compaq Advisor\bin\compaq-rba.exe
C:\Program Files\Netviews Wireless Monitor\WLService.exe
C:\Program Files\Netviews Wireless Monitor\WLanCfgG.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mmtask.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Netviews Wireless Monitor\InfoMyCa.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Palm\HOTSYNC.EXE
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Nikhilesh\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = res://shdocsv.dll/asst.htm
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: QuickSearch SearchBar - {82315A18-6CFB-44a7-BDFD-90E36537C252} - C:\Program Files\QuickSearch\QuickSearchBar3_28.dll
O2 - BHO: Tubby - {9EAC0102-5E61-2312-BC2D-4D54434D5443} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\MTC.dll (file missing)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {D714A94F-123A-45CC-8F03-040BCAF82AD6} - C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\SbCIe02a.dll (file missing)
O3 - Toolbar: QuickSearch SearchBar - {82315A18-6CFB-44a7-BDFD-90E36537C252} - C:\Program Files\QuickSearch\QuickSearchBar3_28.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Search Toolbar - {9EAC0102-5E61-2312-BC2D-4D54434D5443} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\MTC.dll (file missing)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MMTray] C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [mmtask] C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mmtask.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LoadMSvcmm] C:\WINDOWS\System32\msvcmm32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATIPTA] atiptaxx.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [InfoMyCa.exe] C:\Program Files\Netviews Wireless Monitor\InfoMyCa.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [intell32.exe] C:\WINDOWS\System32\intell32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PSGuard] C:\Program Files\PSGuard\PSGuard.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe /STARTUP
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_EMC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [Compaq_RBA] C:\Program Files\Compaq\Compaq Advisor\bin\compaq-rba.exe -z
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - Startup: HotSync Manager.lnk = C:\Program Files\Palm\HOTSYNC.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: HotSync Manager.lnk = C:\Program Files\Palm\HOTSYNC.EXE
O12 - Plugin for .asx: C:\Program Files\Compaq\Netscape Custom NA XP\PLUGINS\npdsplay.dll
O12 - Plugin for .wmv: C:\Program Files\Compaq\Netscape Custom NA XP\PLUGINS\npdsplay.dll
O16 - DPF: {106E49CF-797A-11D2-81A2-00E02C015623} (AlternaTIFF ActiveX) - http://www.alternati.../00/alttiff.cab
O16 - DPF: {2C970395-272E-40F6-AFD8-108A9C729FCF} (adoramapix.ctlupload) - http://www.adoramapi.../adoramapix.cab
O16 - DPF: {427273CC-764E-11D3-823D-006097F90453} (Pixami Image Editor Control) - http://www.photowork...ImageEditor.cab
O16 - DPF: {5E943D9C-F8DC-4258-8E3F-A61BB3405A33} (ZingBatchAXDwnl Class) - http://www.imagestat...ion=4,3,2,20802
O16 - DPF: {613E4C32-2100-4F57-BF9F-CCF26DF9BB4C} (MCCommand Class) - https://southwest.mo...agerInstall.cab
O16 - DPF: {640B39C1-D713-464F-92C3-75BD972B95EE} - http://www.sidestep....00719/sb02a.cab
O16 - DPF: {70647AB5-18FD-4142-82B0-5852478DD0D4} (Vividence Connector Launcher) - http://user.vividenc...torLauncher.cab
O16 - DPF: {7B461720-5910-45A3-B617-3B53A972F209} (Pixami-PhotoWorks Upload UI Control) - http://services.phot...SFWUploader.cab
O16 - DPF: {9A9307A0-7DA4-4DAF-B042-5009F29E09E1} (ActiveScan Installer Class) - http://www.pandasoft...free/asinst.cab
O16 - DPF: {C915801D-6F00-49CD-8A9A-8DE5C11ADDC1} (Pixami Drag/Drop Upload UI Control) - http://www.photowork...ropUploader.cab
O16 - DPF: {ED28050F-D713-43BA-A376-DCC5C35407D5} (MsnMusicAx Class) - http://entimg.msn.co...snmusax2602.cab
O16 - DPF: {F229AB32-7BF9-4225-B78F-B4680AE6FC23} (Snapfish File Upload ActiveX Control) - http://www.snapfish....pfishUpload.cab
O18 - Protocol: x-atng - {7E8717B0-D862-11D5-8C9E-00010304F989} - C:\Program Files\Fidelity Investments\Fidelity Active Trader\System\atngprot.dll
O23 - Service: AOL Connectivity Service (AOL ACS) - America Online, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\acsd.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Alert Manager Server (Avg7Alrt) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Update Service (Avg7UpdSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Compaq Advisor (Compaq_RBA) - NeoPlanet - C:\Program Files\Compaq\Compaq Advisor\bin\compaq-rba.exe
O23 - Service: iPod Service (iPodService) - Apple Computer, Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
O23 - Service: Wireless 802.11g PC Card Adapter (Netviews Wireless Service) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Netviews Wireless Monitor\WLService.exe
O23 - Service: ScsiAccess - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\System32\ScsiAccess.EXE
O23 - Service: WAN Miniport (ATW) Service (WANMiniportService) - America Online, Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\wanmpsvc.exe
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Hello nmk12,

Welcome to GeekstoGo my name is Snickets and I will be helping you today!!!

Please read this post completely, it may make it easier for you if you copy and paste this post to a new text document or print it for reference later.

Download smitRem.exe and save the file to your desktop.
Double click on the file to extract it to it's own folder on the desktop.

Download about:buster by RubbeRDuckY Here.
Update About:Buster
  • Unzip the contents of AboutBuster.zip and an AboutBuster directory will be created.
  • Navigate to the AboutBuster directory and double-click on AboutBuster.exe.
  • Click "OK" at the prompt with instructions.
  • Click "Update" and then "Check For Update" to begin the update process.
  • If any updates exist please download them by clicking "Download Update" then click the X to close that window.
  • Now close About:Buster
Download CWShredder Here.
Update CWShredder
  • Open CWShredder and click I AGREE
  • Click Check For Update
  • Close CWShredder
Place a shortcut to Panda ActiveScan on your desktop.

Please download the trial version of Ewido Security Suite here:

Please read Ewido Setup Instructions
Install it, and update the definitions to the newest files. Do NOT run a scan yet.

If you have not already installed Ad-Aware SE 1.06, follow these download and setup instructions, otherwise, check for updates:
Ad-Aware SE Setup
Don't run it yet!

Next, please reboot your computer in SafeMode by doing the following:
  • Restart your computer
  • After hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, press F8.
  • Instead of Windows loading as normal, a menu should appear
  • Select the first option, to run Windows in Safe Mode.
Please run about:buster by RubbeRDuckY:
  • Click Start and then OK to allow AboutBuster to scan for Alternate Data Streams.
  • Click Yes to allow it to shutdown explorer.exe.
  • It will begin to check your computer for malicious files. If it asks if you would like to do a second pass, allow it to do so.
  • When it has finished, click Save Log. Make sure you save it as I may need a copy of it later.
  • Reboot your computer into safe mode again
Run about:buster again following the same instructions as above, this time without the restart at the end.

Now run CWShredder. Click I Agree, then Fix and then Next, let it fix everything it asks about.

Now scan with HJT and place a checkmark next to each of the following items:
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = res://shdocsv.dll/asst.htm
O2 - BHO: QuickSearch SearchBar - {82315A18-6CFB-44a7-BDFD-90E36537C252} - C:\Program Files\QuickSearch\QuickSearchBar3_28.dll
O2 - BHO: Tubby - {9EAC0102-5E61-2312-BC2D-4D54434D5443} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\MTC.dll (file missing)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {D714A94F-123A-45CC-8F03-040BCAF82AD6} - C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\SbCIe02a.dll (file missing)
O3 - Toolbar: QuickSearch SearchBar - {82315A18-6CFB-44a7-BDFD-90E36537C252} - C:\Program Files\QuickSearch\QuickSearchBar3_28.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Search Toolbar - {9EAC0102-5E61-2312-BC2D-4D54434D5443} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\MTC.dll (file missing)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [intell32.exe] C:\WINDOWS\System32\intell32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PSGuard] C:\Program Files\PSGuard\PSGuard.exe
O16 - DPF: {640B39C1-D713-464F-92C3-75BD972B95EE} - http://www.sidestep....00719/sb02a.cab

After checking these entries CLOSE ALL open windows [browsers and programs] EXCEPT HijackThis and click "Fix Checked."

Open the smitRem folder, then double click the RunThis.bat file to start the tool. Follow the prompts on screen.
Wait for the tool to complete and disk cleanup to finish.

The tool will create a log named smitfiles.txt in the root of your drive, eg; Local Disk C: or partition where your operating system is installed. Please post that log along with all others requested in your next reply.

Open Ad-aware and do a full scan. Remove all it finds.

Run Ewido:
  • Click on scanner
  • Click on Complete System Scan and the scan will begin.
  • NOTE: During some scans with ewido it is finding cases of false positives.
  • You will need to step through the process of cleaning files one-by-one.
  • If ewido detects a file you KNOW to be legitimate, select none as the action.
  • DO NOT select "Perform action on all infections"
  • If you are unsure of any entry found select none for now.
  • When the scan is finished, click the Save report button at the bottom of the screen.
  • Save the report to your desktop
Close Ewido

Next go to Control Panel click Display > Desktop > Customize Desktop > Web > Uncheck "Security Info" if present.

Please remove these entries from Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel(if present).
QuickSearch SearchBar

Please note any other programs that you dont recognize in that list in your next response

Please delete these files and folders using Windows Explorer(if present):

C:\Program Files\QuickSearch\
C:\Program Files\PSGuard\
C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\SbCIe02a.dll

Reboot back into Normal Windows and click the Panda ActiveScan shortcut, then do a full system scan. Make sure the autoclean box is checked!
Save the scan log and post it along with a new HijackThis Log, the contents of the smitfiles.txt log and the Ewido Log by using Add Reply.
Let us know if any problems persist.

Thank you,


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Hi Snickets.

Thanks for the reply, which I just got. Will try tomorrow and post results.
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