Wins, DNS, and DHCP problems!

Posted on 2004-11-23
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Last Modified: 2010-03-18
My W2k DC server crashed this pass weekend while doing a virus scan.  After booting, the System Task-Service Controller and WINS services would not start.  The System Task-Service Controller service was new to me; System Task-Service Controller service executable path is c:\winnt\system32\services.exe.

After disabling System Task-Service Controller service, I noticed that it was now the path changed to c:\winnt\system32\service.exe.  Indicate that is maybe a trojan virus.  I download the most recent verision of Symantec Corporate Editon virus definitations, installed them, reboot and performed a clean scan on my server.

I updated the registry and changed the System Task-Service Controller back to c:\winnt\system32\services.exe.  Now WINS is not working.  DNS and DHCP services are started to have errors.  Has anyone expirenced these types of problems?

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The correct executable is "services.exe" - I suspect the "service.exe" is the trojan.

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Can be more than one trojan with the name service.exe
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Yan, I tried to verify system files  recommend in the tech note and ran into version conflicts on system files and could not reboot even in safe mode.  Anyway, I had to reinstall the OS and restore the AD configuration from the System State backup.   Now, I am back online with networking services.

The service.exe or the System Task-Service Controller no longer appears in the Services control panel.  However, there is another service that is new to me Svhost service with an executable path as c:\winnt\system32\svchost2.exe.  Any ideas on how to resolve this issue?  It appears to be some kind of virus.

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Yes, it's a virus.

Why don't you install latest security patches from Microsoft? The rpc vulnerability is well known and repaired. If you have AGOBOT chanses are that it has already infected more than one computer.

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Sorry, I thought I closed already.  It was a trojan.  I scanned my box in safe-mode to resolved the problem

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