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"ringz studio" and qttask.exe- quickest removal method?


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kitanother

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hello everyone-

think I have quite a common problem but a quick fix would be appreciated. I have run all the processes reccomended in the faq, rebooted and will post my hijack redout below. I foolishly downloaded a pack of codecs made by "ringz studio" and now can't get rid of them. Have ran the uninstall program wizard which has prevented them from coming up on that list, but they are still in the program files lists. When I try a straight delete from program files I get an error message "cannot delete qttask.exe. access denied the source file may be in use". which is wierd because I thought qttask was part of quicktime and the icon that sits on the taskbar....

one last thing- I 'accidentally' deleted url search hook. any ideas how to um retrieve it?

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 03:40:34, on 05/11/2005
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\csrss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\ibmpmsvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoguard.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\hidserv.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\mcshield.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\vstskmgr.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\regsvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\MSTask.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\NETWOR~1\COMMON~1\naPrdMgr.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\WBEM\WinMgmt.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINNT\system32\tp4mon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\RunDll32.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\PRPCUI.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\ThinkPad\UTILIT~1\EzEjMnAp.Exe
C:\PROGRA~1\ThinkPad\PkgMgr\HOTKEY\TPHKMGR.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\SHSTAT.EXE
C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\PkgMgr\HOTKEY\TPONSCR.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\UpdaterUI.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Network Associates\TalkBack\tbmon.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Ringz Studio\Storm Codec\qttask.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\internat.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
C:\Program Files\Wireless LAN Utility\WlanUtility.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktopIndex.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktopDisplay.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktopOE.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ADMINISTRATOR\DESKTOP\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://g.msn.co.uk/0SEENGB/SAOS01
R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINNT\system32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: MSN Toolbar - {BDAD1DAD-C946-4A17-ADC1-64B5B4FF55D0} - C:\Program Files\MSN Toolbar\01.01.2607.0\msgr.en-us.en-gb\msntb.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TrackPointSrv] tp4mon.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Synchronization Manager] mobsync.exe /logon
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [BMMGAG] RunDll32 C:\PROGRA~1\ThinkPad\UTILIT~1\pwrmonit.dll,StartPwrMonitor
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [BMMLREF] C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\Utilities\BMMLREF.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [BMMMONWND] rundll32.exe C:\PROGRA~1\ThinkPad\UTILIT~1\BatInfEx.dll,BMMAutonomicMonitor
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PRPCMonitor] PRPCUI.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [EZEJMNAP] C:\PROGRA~1\ThinkPad\UTILIT~1\EzEjMnAp.Exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TPHOTKEY] C:\PROGRA~1\ThinkPad\PkgMgr\HOTKEY\TPHKMGR.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ShStatEXE] "C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\SHSTAT.EXE" /STANDALONE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [McAfeeUpdaterUI] "C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\UpdaterUI.exe" /StartedFromRunKey
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Network Associates Error Reporting Service] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Network Associates\TalkBack\tbmon.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\Ringz Studio\Storm Codec\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [THGuard] "C:\Program Files\TrojanHunter 4.2\THGuard.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [internat.exe] internat.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Google Desktop Search] "C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe" /startup
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Symantec Fax Starter Edition Port.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\1033\OLFSNT40.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Wireless Lan Utility.lnk = C:\Program Files\Wireless LAN Utility\WlanUtility.exe
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://update.micros...b?1130240893108
O20 - Winlogon Notify: tphotkey - C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\tphklock.dll
O23 - Service: Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service (dmadmin) - VERITAS Software Corp. - C:\WINNT\System32\dmadmin.exe
O23 - Service: ewido security suite control - ewido networks - C:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoctrl.exe
O23 - Service: ewido security suite guard - ewido networks - C:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoguard.exe
O23 - Service: IBM PM Service (IBMPMSVC) - Unknown owner - C:\WINNT\system32\ibmpmsvc.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: iPodService - Apple Computer, Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee Framework Service (McAfeeFramework) - Network Associates, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
O23 - Service: Network Associates McShield (McShield) - Network Associates, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\mcshield.exe
O23 - Service: Network Associates Task Manager (McTaskManager) - Network Associates, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\vstskmgr.exe
O23 - Service: Pml Driver HPZ12 - HP - C:\WINNT\system32\HPZipm12.exe
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In the future when you delete something like that make a zipped copy of it in the folder so you can recover it if need be. As far as the ever annoying qttask.exe, it is the Quick Time Task Manager, and it runs in the background. You can shut it down in Task Manager and may be able to delete it before it starts again. However you may need to turn off system restore and remove your restore points for it not to return. It might be easier to either disable it in msconfig or remove it from the startup menu ian the registry.
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true true. zip first but i'll know next time. Is it a critical component? Anyway, if i remove qttask by one of the methods described, does that mean that I should be able to simply delete ringz studio from the program file list? if not how should i go about it?
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Thanks! Disabling qttask.exe with task manager worked and I have successfully removed the ringz studio files. However quicktime and itunes are out of action, and having gone through the uninstall process and reinstalled I get an 'error code -3' which still prevents them from running. (this is when qttask.exe is allowed to run normally). the version in question is qt 7. any ideas?
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you're gonna have to reinstall quicktime....the version of qttask that you had showing in that hjt log was in the wrong locatioin...which probably means that when you installed the offending program it removed the real qttask...now that you've deleted the offending program and it's associated folder...you no longer have a qttask instance on your machine....reinstalling quicktime will probably fix this problem (and since itunes rellies heavily on quicktime...both made by apple...then that should fix your itunes as well)

you should also keep tabs on your thread in the malware forum..if you started one...if you havent...go ahead and post an hjt log in the malware forum
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Thanks very much. Reinstalling itunes worked, and qtime is up and running again.
I haven't posted in the malware forum, but would a hijack this log be relevant now that the problem is fixed? Should I copy the one posted above while the rogue qttask.exe was still on my system?

Thanks for your help.
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go ahead and post a fresh hjt log in the malware forum....i would be willilng to be that whatever you had...is still lurking around....and if it isn't...well...at least you'll know that you're clean.
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