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Z-Connect Virus Trouble

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I seem to have a virus or something like it, a trojan perhaps? That is making my life a living hell basically. My Internet connection is a 3G wireless broadband connection which dials up to make a connection, etc. Lately for no reason at all I seem to have acquired some nasty virus that keeps disconnecting my Internet, creating a connection called z-connect and then trying to dial it.

The strange thing is, the z-connect connection tries to dial 000 which is the emergency number for Australia (instead of 911 like the U.S).

I've scanned with Malwarebytes, AVG and Spybot Search & Destroy in safe mode to no avail. I don't wan to have to format my PC for such a trivial issue that plain bugs me.

In my c:\ directory files with weird names like this b6h8e7i9h3v2.exe keep showing up even after deleting them, same with the connection. The connection recreates itself even after I've deleted it.
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I would suggest either downloading ComboFix from : http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix and save it as jabba.exe or with another name. Then disable your existing antivirus and run it. After ComboFix has created a log, please send that log to us and reenable your antivirus protection. Now, scan with MalwareBytes again.
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Or the other option is Dr Web CureIt Live CD: http://www.freedrweb.com/livecd/ . Download the ISO file and burn it as an image on a blank CD. Boot your PC using this disk and scan for viruses. If Dr Web finds viruses, then select all and click on cure. After its done, reboot your PC in safe mode and scan with MalwareBytes again.
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There's some good information on this virus here.
http://www.ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/virus.aspx?id=77600
It is also known as:  W32.Waledac (Symantec), Trojan:Win32/Waledac.D (MS OneCare).
You might try scanning with either of those virus suites in Safe Mode. If you don't have either of those suites AVG may be able to remove it.
It's free and available from:
http://free.avg.com/
Symantec's removal instructions can be located here.
http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2008-122308-1429-99&tabid=3


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by:dwaynecharrington
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Thank you for the information. AVG did not remove it, and neither did Avast! either. The only software that detected it was Privx for some reason, it was worth the investment.

Thank you for your help though.
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HI I had a problem with the zconnect virus. I took your advice, downloaded and run combofix. Please take a look at my log and advise accordingly.
ComboFix.txt
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I got rid of the z-connect virus by using Privx. It removed it when nothing else would.
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