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Posted on 2004-08-26
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Have executables running in processes window. Remove one and another returns in it's place.
- Zlou4r.exe
- Llq0.exe
- Kxino.exe
- Nnu5Dv7.exe
- LixY2.exe
- QfkM07.exe

I have shown hidden files and extensions and searched for these. Results are 0. If I search for all *.exe files, I can see all others, just not these.

I can not remove them because I can't find them or the root that is generating them.

I have already run Spybot, Ad-Aware, Trojan Remover, and HijackThis and they find nothing. Shows system clean.

HijackThis did find 2 others Wvs4.exe and Tpws.exe. When I remove one the other returns.

I also found a suspicious executable in WINNT
- crazykatie.exe

Please Advise for next step. Have you seen any of these process? I have searched various search engines on all of the above processes and found nothing.

Please Help - Thank You
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Hello nsdhouston =)

Download HijackThis v1.98.2, run it, Save the LOG file and Post it here:
http://tools.radiosplace.com/HijackThis.exe
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Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 4:22:45 PM, on 8/26/2004
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\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\regsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\SavRoam.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\MSTask.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\stisvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\WBEM\WinMgmt.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\mspmspsv.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~2\VPTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hposol08.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpoevm08.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\HPZipm12.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\Bin\hpoSTS08.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\Zlou4R.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\Zlou4R.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\cisvc.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\cidaemon.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Documents and Settings\nsd.LEANDER\Desktop\Spyware Kit\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O3 - Toolbar: @msdxmLC.dll,-1@1033,&Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINNT\System32\msdxm.ocx
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Synchronization Manager] mobsync.exe /logon
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [vptray] C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~2\VPTray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [3FRY64C568#SJF] C:\WINNT\system32\Tpws.exe
O4 - Global Startup: EPSON Background Monitor.lnk = C:\ESM2\STMS.exe
O4 - Global Startup: hpoddt01.exe.lnk = C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Office Startup.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: officejet 6100.lnk = C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hposol08.exe
O16 - DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} (Update Class) - http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/CAB/x86/unicode/iuctl.CAB?38169.3600347222
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: Domain = ci.leander.tx.us
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{0428003F-3483-4395-9A9A-0099FF8C733C}: NameServer = 192.168.100.20,65.163.16.130,65.163.16.138
O17 - HKLM\System\CS1\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: Domain = ci.leander.tx.us
O17 - HKLM\System\CS1\Services\Tcpip\..\{0428003F-3483-4395-9A9A-0099FF8C733C}: NameServer = 192.168.100.20,65.163.16.130,65.163.16.138
O17 - HKLM\System\CS2\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: Domain = ci.leander.tx.us
O17 - HKLM\System\CS2\Services\Tcpip\..\{0428003F-3483-4395-9A9A-0099FF8C733C}: NameServer = 192.168.100.20,65.163.16.130,65.163.16.138

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>> O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [3FRY64C568#SJF] C:\WINNT\system32\Tpws.exe

u are having a peper trojan..... so download this fix and run it in safemode >> http://downloads.subratam.org/PeperFix.exe
Also....

Peper Trojan Removal Instructions:
http://www.kephyr.com/spywarescanner/library/pepertrojan/index.phtml
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by:nsdhouston
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Thanks -  I'll give it a try.
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O.K. - That did seem to find some things, but now there are new ones that I hav'nt seen yet. Here's my log.


Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 4:43:22 PM, on 8/26/2004
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\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\cisvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\regsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\SavRoam.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\MSTask.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\stisvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\WBEM\WinMgmt.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\mspmspsv.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~2\VPTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hposol08.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpoevm08.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\HPZipm12.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\Bin\hpoSTS08.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\cidaemon.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Documents and Settings\nsd.LEANDER\Desktop\Spyware Kit\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O3 - Toolbar: @msdxmLC.dll,-1@1033,&Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINNT\System32\msdxm.ocx
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Synchronization Manager] mobsync.exe /logon
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [vptray] C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~2\VPTray.exe
O4 - Global Startup: EPSON Background Monitor.lnk = C:\ESM2\STMS.exe
O4 - Global Startup: hpoddt01.exe.lnk = C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Office Startup.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: officejet 6100.lnk = C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hposol08.exe
O16 - DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} (Update Class) - http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/CAB/x86/unicode/iuctl.CAB?38169.3600347222
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: Domain = ci.leander.tx.us
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{0428003F-3483-4395-9A9A-0099FF8C733C}: NameServer = 192.168.100.20,65.163.16.130,65.163.16.138
O17 - HKLM\System\CS1\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: Domain = ci.leander.tx.us
O17 - HKLM\System\CS1\Services\Tcpip\..\{0428003F-3483-4395-9A9A-0099FF8C733C}: NameServer = 192.168.100.20,65.163.16.130,65.163.16.138
O17 - HKLM\System\CS2\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: Domain = ci.leander.tx.us
O17 - HKLM\System\CS2\Services\Tcpip\..\{0428003F-3483-4395-9A9A-0099FF8C733C}: NameServer = 192.168.100.20,65.163.16.130,65.163.16.138

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nah.... ur LOG is perfectly OK now.... not any Junk item or process.... all are Legit and Known processes :)
are u facing any type of problem ??
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Hav'nt experienced any pop ups yet. When I opened HijackThis after running the pepper fix and rebooting, the Tpws.exe had started again. I removed it and did not regenerate. I was just curious if it is going to start again at next boot up.
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did u run peperfix in safemode.... it was necessary !!!!
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Yes. Just rebooted. Everything looks good now. Nothing returned.

Thanks for your help. This one really had me stumped.
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Great :)
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