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Old 2009-09-10, 06:23   Link #1
Eclipze
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Double instances of explorer.exe (vista)

I noticed that I have 2 instances of explorer.exe running when I took a look at my task manager.

explorer.exe 24,596K
explorer.exe 22,160K

My Computer > Folder Options > View > [ ] Launch Folder Windows in a separate process

...is already unselected by default, so that's not the problem. I have Norton 360 running at all times, and so far the only thing it has detected is Tracking Cookies, which I clean off regularly. A comprehensive scan found nothing as well. I have tried searching through google about this problem, but most of them point to the above.

Any idea whether this is indeed a known trojan, or is there some other step I can take to prevent the second instance of explorer.exe from popping up again? This is a problem for me since it seems to slow down my PC quite a bit (most noticeable when I'm playing games).

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 2009-09-10, 06:26   Link #2
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Have you tried running Hijackthis and Process Explorer to see if any one of them is a legitimate explorer.exe file?
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Old 2009-09-10, 07:44   Link #3
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Here's my hjackthis log:

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:42:48 PM, on 10/9/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18813)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP MAINSTREAM KEYBOARD\ModLEDKey.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Odometer\hpsysdrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP MAINSTREAM KEYBOARD\CNYHKEY.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\HEWLET~1\HPREMO~1\HPREMO~1.EXE
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\TouchSmart\Media\TSMAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\TouchSmart\Media\Kernel\CLML\CLMLSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Media\DVD\DVDAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP MediaSmart\SmartMenu.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Portrait Displays\Pivot Software\wpCtrl.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\Veoh Networks\VeohWebPlayer\veohwebplayer.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Contacts\wlcomm.exe
C:\Program Files\Portrait Displays\Pivot Software\floater.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqSTE08.exe
C:\Windows\system32\conime.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqbam08.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqgpc01.exe
C:\Program Files\Xfire\Xfire.exe
C:\Windows\explorer.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Windows\system32\DllHost.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee Security Scan\1.0.150\SSScheduler.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://ie.redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TY...vilion&pf=cndt
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://ie.redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TY...vilion&pf=cndt
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://ie.redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TY...vilion&pf=cndt
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
O1 - Hosts: ::1 localhost
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: RealPlayer Download and Record Plugin for Internet Explorer - {3049C3E9-B461-4BC5-8870-4C09146192CA} - C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\rpbrowserrecordplugin.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {5C255C8A-E604-49b4-9D64-90988571CECB} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: NCO 2.0 IE BHO - {602ADB0E-4AFF-4217-8AA1-95DAC4DFA408} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\coShared\Browser\2.6\coIEPlg.dll
O2 - BHO: Symantec Intrusion Prevention - {6D53EC84-6AAE-4787-AEEE-F4628F01010C} - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\SYMANT~1\IDS\IPSBHO.dll
O2 - BHO: Groove GFS Browser Helper - {72853161-30C5-4D22-B7F9-0BBC1D38A37E} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\Office12\GRA8E1~1.DLL
O2 - BHO: AOL Toolbar BHO - {7C554162-8CB7-45A4-B8F4-8EA1C75885F9} - C:\Program Files\AOL\AOL Toolbar 5.0\aoltb.dll
O2 - BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: HP Smart BHO Class - {FFFFFFFF-CF4E-4F2B-BDC2-0E72E116A856} - C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\Smart Web Printing\hpswp_BHO.dll
O3 - Toolbar: AOL Toolbar - {DE9C389F-3316-41A7-809B-AA305ED9D922} - C:\Program Files\AOL\AOL Toolbar 5.0\aoltb.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Show Norton Toolbar - {7FEBEFE3-6B19-4349-98D2-FFB09D4B49CA} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\coShared\Browser\2.6\CoIEPlg.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Veoh Web Player Video Finder - {0FBB9689-D3D7-4f7a-A2E2-585B10099BFC} - C:\Program Files\Veoh Networks\VeohWebPlayer\VeohIEToolbar.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Defender] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe -hide
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hpsysdrv] c:\program files\hewlett-packard\HP odometer\hpsysdrv.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LaunchHPOSIAPP] C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP MAINSTREAM KEYBOARD\CNYHKEY.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Remote Software] C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Remote\HP REMOTE V1.0.5.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Health Check Scheduler] c:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Health Check\HPHC_Scheduler.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UpdateP2GoShortCut] "c:\Program Files\CyberLink\Power2Go\MUITransfer\MUIStartMenu. exe" "c:\Program Files\CyberLink\Power2Go" UpdateWithCreateOnce "SOFTWARE\CyberLink\Power2Go\6.0"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UpdateLBPShortCut] "c:\Program Files\CyberLink\LabelPrint\MUITransfer\MUIStartMen u.exe" "c:\Program Files\CyberLink\LabelPrint" UpdateWithCreateOnce "Software\CyberLink\LabelPrint\2.5"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UpdatePDIRShortCut] "c:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDirector\MUITransfer\MUIStart Menu.exe" "c:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDirector" UpdateWithCreateOnce "SOFTWARE\CyberLink\PowerDirector\7.0"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UpdatePSTShortCut] "c:\Program Files\CyberLink\CyberLink DVD Suite Deluxe\MUITransfer\MUIStartMenu.exe" "c:\Program Files\CyberLink\CyberLink DVD Suite Deluxe" UpdateWithCreateOnce "Software\CyberLink\PowerStarter"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TSMAgent] "c:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\TouchSmart\Media\TSMAgent.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CLMLServer for HP TouchSmart] "c:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\TouchSmart\Media\Kernel\CLML\CLMLSvc.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DVDAgent] "c:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Media\DVD\DVDAgent.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SmartMenu] %ProgramFiles%\Hewlett-Packard\HP MediaSmart\SmartMenu.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Software Update] C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [osCheck] "C:\Program Files\Norton 360\osCheck.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\Windows\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PivotSoftware] "C:\Program Files\Portrait Displays\Pivot Software\wpctrl.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hpqSRMon] C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqSRMon.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [GrooveMonitor] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [Uninstall Adobe Download Manager] "C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe" "C:\Program Files\NOS\bin\getPlus_Helper.dll",Uninstall /Get1noarp
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Sidebar] C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [msnmsgr] "C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [WMPNSCFG] C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNSCFG.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [VeohPlugin] "C:\Program Files\Veoh Networks\VeohWebPlayer\veohwebplayer.exe"
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [WindowsWelcomeCenter] rundll32.exe oobefldr.dll,ShowWelcomeCenter (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - Startup: Adobe Gamma.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O4 - Global Startup: HP Digital Imaging Monitor.lnk = C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
O4 - Global Startup: McAfee Security Scan.lnk = ?
O8 - Extra context menu item: &AOL Toolbar Search - C:\ProgramData\AOL\ieToolbar\resources\en-SG\local\search.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\Office12\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: Send to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: S&end to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\Office12\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: HP Smart Select - {DDE87865-83C5-48c4-8357-2F5B1AA84522} - C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\Smart Web Printing\hpswp_BHO.dll
O13 - Gopher Prefix:
O18 - Protocol: grooveLocalGWS - {88FED34C-F0CA-4636-A375-3CB6248B04CD} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\Office12\GR99D3~1.DLL
O23 - Service: Adobe LM Service - Adobe Systems - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe Systems Shared\Service\Adobelmsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\AluSchedulerSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager (ccEvtMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Settings Manager (ccSetMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Lic NetConnect service (CLTNetCnService) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
O23 - Service: COM Host (comHost) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\VAScanner\comHost.exe
O23 - Service: GameConsoleService - WildTangent, Inc. - C:\Program Files\HP Games\HP Game Console\GameConsoleService.exe
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate1ca25b21879ccc7) (gupdate1ca25b21879ccc7) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
O23 - Service: HP Health Check Service - Hewlett-Packard - c:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Health Check\hphc_service.exe
O23 - Service: LightScribeService Direct Disc Labeling Service (LightScribeService) - Hewlett-Packard Company - c:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
O23 - Service: LiveUpdate - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\LuComServer_3_4.EXE
O23 - Service: LiveUpdate Notice - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
O23 - Service: Norton Internet Security - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Engine\16.0.0.125\ccSvcHst.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (nvsvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\Windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Portrait Displays SDK Service (PdiService) - Portrait Displays, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Portrait Displays\Drivers\pdisrvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Core LC - Unknown owner - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\SYMANT~1\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
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Old 2009-09-11, 03:39   Link #4
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The following entry in that log has been classed as nasty by the hijackthis.de analyser (although you should check this out yourself through google just in case the information is incorrect)

O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [Uninstall Adobe Download Manager] "C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe" "C:\Program Files\NOS\bin\getPlus_Helper.dll",Uninstall /Get1noarp
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Old 2009-09-12, 08:45   Link #5
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Congratulations! Looks like you caught yourself a trojan.

I suspect it would be the same one I have got, maybe a new variant of the Alureon.

Run a windows search, and the explorer.exe running under the system32 folder is the fake one. But don't remove it yet.

Download and run GMER. Disable a process that goes along <randomname.sys> to buy yourself some time.

You are still probably in the early stages of infection unlike me, so do some data salvage by burning your data onto multiple DVD-Rs (it is able to attack external HDs, even those without an OS).

Secondly, wipe any thumbdrive, MP3, PSP or any storage you have recently transferred to your PC. Don't reinstall their OS yet, leave them be.

Finally, do a format. And I mean a 100% wipe.

When you are done, quickly download or install an antivirus, and test by shifting back ONE of the files. If it is infected, you have just lost all your data like me. If not, you are lucky.


FOUND A SOLUTION (or at least for now).

I ran Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool in safemode, deleted my temp files (X:\Documents and Settings\XUSER\Local Settings\Temp) using Simple File Shredder, restarted my PC and ran GMER again. It is gone. I will keep updated on this.
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Old 2009-09-13, 01:22   Link #6
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The following entry in that log has been classed as nasty by the hijackthis.de analyser (although you should check this out yourself through google just in case the information is incorrect)

O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [Uninstall Adobe Download Manager] "C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe" "C:\Program Files\NOS\bin\getPlus_Helper.dll",Uninstall /Get1noarp
Googled that, but it seems to be a common item found in hjackthis logs.

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Originally Posted by SaintessHeart View Post
Congratulations! Looks like you caught yourself a trojan.

I suspect it would be the same one I have got, maybe a new variant of the Alureon.

Run a windows search, and the explorer.exe running under the system32 folder is the fake one. But don't remove it yet.

Download and run GMER. Disable a process that goes along <randomname.sys> to buy yourself some time.

You are still probably in the early stages of infection unlike me, so do some data salvage by burning your data onto multiple DVD-Rs (it is able to attack external HDs, even those without an OS).

Secondly, wipe any thumbdrive, MP3, PSP or any storage you have recently transferred to your PC. Don't reinstall their OS yet, leave them be.

Finally, do a format. And I mean a 100% wipe.

When you are done, quickly download or install an antivirus, and test by shifting back ONE of the files. If it is infected, you have just lost all your data like me. If not, you are lucky.


FOUND A SOLUTION (or at least for now).

I ran Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool in safemode, deleted my temp files (X:\Documents and Settings\XUSER\Local Settings\Temp) using Simple File Shredder, restarted my PC and ran GMER again. It is gone. I will keep updated on this.
Its kinda weird, but I haven't been seeing this (second explorer) for awhile. I think it pops up when I open too many instances of windows folders. I did a search - there is only 1 explorer.exe found, listed under HP (C: ) > Windows.

I'm still open to any possibilities though.
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Old 2009-09-13, 05:08   Link #7
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Googled that, but it seems to be a common item found in hjackthis logs.


Its kinda weird, but I haven't been seeing this (second explorer) for awhile. I think it pops up when I open too many instances of windows folders. I did a search - there is only 1 explorer.exe found, listed under HP (C: ) > Windows.

I'm still open to any possibilities though.
You ran MSRT in safemode already? Sorry I am restringing a guitar as I am typing....might not be available for this night. Keep me updated.
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Most of all, you have to be disciplined and you have to save, even if you hate our current financial system. Because if you don't save, then you're guaranteed to end up with nothing.
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Old 2009-09-16, 02:13   Link #8
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You ran MSRT in safemode already? Sorry I am restringing a guitar as I am typing....might not be available for this night. Keep me updated.
Sorry for the late reply. I ran MSRT in safemode, nothing was found.
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