How to get rid of spoof A-V SW?

Lenovo 3000
January 9, 2009 at 04:53:34
Specs: XP, SP3, 1.8GHz Celeron/512MB
Well, a spoof anti-virus program has finally made its way into my PC. First there were balloons popping up from near the system tray, warning me that my PC is infected; then a splash window at the center of the screen which could not be minimized or dragged out of the way. Then my (empty) floppy drive began to rev up every minute or so. I ran Spyware Terminator, and it found the following files:
IntCodec (Adware)
PSWTool.RAS.a (unclassified)
However, I was unable to delete these two.
I also ran AVG Anti-Virus but it found nothing.
While rebooting my PC I received a message: "rdl27.tmp has encountered a problem and needs to close."
Next, I booted up the PC in Linux in an attempt to locate the rogue sw but couldn't find anything that looked suspicious. Back in Windows I opened Task Manager but the software responsible for the spoof anti-virus SW was not on the list of running programs.
The PC is still functional but I'd just as soon excise this spoof a-v SW from it.
Any suggestions? If I were to regress Windows to a date prior to when this spoof a-v showed up, would that get rid of it?

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January 9, 2009 at 18:37:03
No it would not, you would be worse off in the long run.

Run the following scans and post their logs.

Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from one of these sites:



Rename the setup file, mbam-setup.exe, before you download it. To do that once the "enter name of file to save to" box appears as the download begins in the filename box rename mbam-setup.exe to tool.exe> click save.

1. Double Click tool.exe to install the application.
2. Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
3. If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
4. Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan. The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
5. When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
6. Make sure that everything found is checked, and click Remove Selected.
7. When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart. If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process,if asked to restart the computer,please do so immediately.
8. The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
9. Copy&Paste the entire report in your next reply.

Please download and install the latest version of HijackThis v2.0.2:

Download the "HijackThis" Installer from this link:
Hijack This

Rename the setup file, HJTInstall.exe, before you download it. To do that once the "enter name of file to save to" box appears as the download begins in the filename box rename HJTInstall.exe to tools.exe> click save.
1. Save " tools.exe" to your desktop.
2. Double click on tools.exe to run the program.
3. By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis.
4. Accept the license agreement by clicking the "I Accept" button.
5.Click on the "Do a system scan and save a log file" button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
6. Click "Save log" to save the log file and then the log will open in Notepad.
7. Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" to copy the entire contents of the log.
8. Paste the log in your next reply.
9. Do NOT have HijackThis fix anything yet! Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.

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January 12, 2009 at 15:59:24
Many thanks, Jabuck. The MBAM scan report follows:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.32
Database version: 1635
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

1/12/2009 6:53:02 PM
mbam-log-2009-01-12 (18-53-02).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 112769
Time elapsed: 32 minute(s), 32 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

I've run it two or three times. It appears that it found and destroyed the remnants of the Anti-Virus 2009 spoof. Prior to MBAM, I ran another respected A-V program, AVG; it found nothing!!

Next, I'll download and install Hijack This.

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