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Alemod.c in wininit.dll

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Hey guys and girls...

I've been reading previous posts, which has started me down the right path. My boss' computer (XP Home, has never updated Windows since fall of 2001) has been struck with the alemod.c virus within the wininit.dll file. They ignored the repeated McAfee pop-ups (about one every 30 seconds) for a while, and then begged for help. After using McAfee and Spybot S & D, along with Windows Anti-Spyware to remove as much as I could, I saw how vulnerable the system was due to lack of updates.

Per your repeated request on previous posts, I updated Windows prior to posting a Hijack This log file. XP Home attempted to install no fewer than 40 critical updates on the first pass, but 8 of them failed. Now, whenever the computer starts, it gets to the desktop, flashes the icons for a second, then they disappear... then reappear... then disappear. Windows Task Manager can be brought up, and the McAfee warning re: alemod.c appears. Nothing else does. Basic programs can be run through New Processes in Task Manager, but nothing useful. I think it's trying to restart repeatedly and make the Windows Updates work, because, when started in Safe Mode, it repeatedly gives me the boilerplate Safe Mode warning about Safe Mode versus System Restore - no fewer than two or three times before it just goes to the black Safe Mode background.

I suppose this is technically two topics at once, then. Here is the content of the Hijack This log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 6:10:11 PM, on 8/8/2005
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\TopSpeed\2.0\aoltsmon.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Harold Smith\Desktop\Utilities - Temp\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,SearchAssistant = about:blank
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,SearchURL = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.SouthPeak.com
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,Default_Search_URL = http://www.hugesearch.net/bar.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = about:blank
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = ;
F1 - win.ini: run=fntldr.exe
F2 - REG:system.ini: Shell=Explorer.exe C:\WINDOWS\Nail.exe
O1 - Hosts: localhost
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O3 - Toolbar: AOL Toolbar - {4982D40A-C53B-4615-B15B-B5B5E98D167C} - C:\Program Files\AOL Toolbar\toolbar.dll
O3 - Toolbar: AIM Search - {40D41A8B-D79B-43d7-99A7-9EE0F344C385} - C:\Program Files\AIM Toolbar\AIMBar.dll
O3 - Toolbar: McAfee VirusScan - {BA52B914-B692-46c4-B683-905236F6F655} - c:\progra~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsshl.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HostManager] C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\1108664758\EE\AOLHostManager.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AOLDialer] C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLDial.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AOL Spyware Protection] "C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\AOLSPY~1\AOLSP Scheduler.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MPFExe] C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfTray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MCAgentExe] c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MCUpdateExe] c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\McUpdate.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ezShieldProtector for Px] C:\WINDOWS\System32\ezSP_Px.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hyandex] FLKPT.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RtlFindVal] abrek.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [System] C:\WINDOWS\System32\kernels32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hclean32.exe] C:\WINDOWS\System32\hclean32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VSOCheckTask] "c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcmnhdlr.exe" /checktask
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VirusScan Online] "c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsshld.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NI.UWFX5LP_0001_0715] "C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\CONFLICT.2\UWFX5LP_0001_0715NetInstaller.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Dinst] C:\WINDOWS\dinst.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NI.UWFX5LP_0001_0802] "C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\UWFX5LP_0001_0802NetInstaller.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\jusched.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [intel32.exe] C:\WINDOWS\System32\intel32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PSGuard] C:\Program Files\PSGuard\PSGuard.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [huxlzi] c:\windows\system32\gutuhtz.exe r
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [sn34dliebm] C:\WINDOWS\0rv7xaer0v.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Aida] C:\Documents and Settings\Harold Smith\Application Data\eetu.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Gug] C:\WINDOWS\System32\r?ndll32.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [comaddin] C:\WINDOWS\System32\comaddin.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Preliminary] keybdll.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [wormexe] MSTCPDLL.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [porka_] WhatsNewBot.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: &AIM Search - res://C:\Program Files\AIM Toolbar\AIMBar.dll/aimsearch.htm
O8 - Extra context menu item: &AOL Toolbar search - res://C:\Program Files\AOL Toolbar\toolbar.dll/SEARCH.HTML
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\npjpi150_04.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\npjpi150_04.dll
O9 - Extra button: Microsoft® JavaScript® Console - {3D6E0904-0A6F-4BB3-AADB-CB984BA7B938} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\COMDLG32.OCX
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: JavaScript Console - {3D6E0904-0A6F-4BB3-AADB-CB984BA7B938} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\COMDLG32.OCX
O9 - Extra button: AOL Toolbar - {4982D40A-C53B-4615-B15B-B5B5E98D167C} - C:\Program Files\AOL Toolbar\toolbar.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: AOL Toolbar - {4982D40A-C53B-4615-B15B-B5B5E98D167C} - C:\Program Files\AOL Toolbar\toolbar.dll
O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
O9 - Extra button: Real.com - {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\Shdocvw.dll
O9 - Extra button: Microsoft® JavaScript® Console - {3D6E0904-0A6F-4BB3-AADB-CB984BA7B938} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\COMDLG32.OCX (HKCU)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: JavaScript Console - {3D6E0904-0A6F-4BB3-AADB-CB984BA7B938} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\COMDLG32.OCX (HKCU)
O9 - Extra button: WeatherBug - {AF6CABAB-61F9-4f12-A198-B7D41EF1CB52} - C:\Program Files\AWS\WeatherBug\Weather.exe (file missing) (HKCU)
O14 - IERESET.INF: START_PAGE_URL=http://www.SouthPeak.com
O16 - DPF: {01111F00-3E00-11D2-8470-0060089874ED} (Support.com Installer) - http://softdev.adelp...ad/tgctlins.cab
O16 - DPF: {2BC66F54-93A8-11D3-BEB6-00105AA9B6AE} (Symantec AntiVirus scanner) - http://security.syma...bin/AvSniff.cab
O16 - DPF: {4ED9DDF0-7479-4BBE-9335-5A1EDB1D8A21} (McAfee.com Operating System Class) - https://objects.aol....83/mcinsctl.cab
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://update.micros...b?1123447617921
O16 - DPF: {644E432F-49D3-41A1-8DD5-E099162EEEC5} (Symantec RuFSI Utility Class) - http://security.syma...n/bin/cabsa.cab
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{02A7A584-4517-4455-A25F-696D8CFA622E}: NameServer =,
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{E1DD5073-1D9B-4BBD-AEB8-254DBF1B310B}: NameServer =,
O17 - HKLM\System\CS1\Services\Tcpip\..\{02A7A584-4517-4455-A25F-696D8CFA622E}: NameServer =,
O17 - HKLM\System\CS2\Services\Tcpip\..\{02A7A584-4517-4455-A25F-696D8CFA622E}: NameServer =,
O23 - Service: AOL Connectivity Service (AOL ACS) - America Online - C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLAcsd.exe
O23 - Service: AOL TopSpeed Monitor (AOL TopSpeedMonitor) - America Online, Inc - C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\TopSpeed\2.0\aoltsmon.exe
O23 - Service: AOL Spyware Protection Service (AOLService) - Unknown owner - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\AOLSPY~1\\aolserv.exe
O23 - Service: Kodak Camera Connection Software (KodakCCS) - Eastman Kodak Company - C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\KodakCCS.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee.com McShield (McShield) - Unknown owner - c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcshield.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee SecurityCenter Update Manager (mcupdmgr.exe) - Networks Associates Technology, Inc - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\Agent\mcupdmgr.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee.com VirusScan Online Realtime Engine (MCVSRte) - Networks Associates Technology, Inc - c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsrte.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee Personal Firewall Service (MpfService) - McAfee Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MPFSERVICE.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: PACSPTISVR - Sony Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\AVLib\PACSPTISVR.exe
O23 - Service: ScsiAccess - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\System32\ScsiAccess.EXE
O23 - Service: Sony SPTI Service (SPTISRV) - Sony Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\AVLib\SPTISRV.exe
O23 - Service: System Startup Service (SvcProc) - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\svcproc.exe
O23 - Service: WAN Miniport (ATW) Service (WANMiniportService) - America Online, Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\wanmpsvc.exe

The computer is a mess, and now with the rebooting problem, it's a mess that doesn't want to be operated on. Could the Repair Windows XP function on the CD-ROM undo the damage of the Updates, and allow me to follow through on the recommended steps for cleaning the computer. I have the install files for Ad-Aware, a Trend Housecall link, Hoster, CCSetup122.exe, Spybot S & D, Ewido, Panda ActiveScan link, TrojanHunter, KillBox, XoftSpy, SmitRem, and CWShredder ready to use, but I wanted to verify the order, and, as always, the specific items in Hijack This that can and should be fixed.

I can't tell you how many times reading posts has helped me out of minor IT jams... I just need some extra backup on this one.

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