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Protector.exe driveing McAfee (and Me) crazy.

Unread postby narnsmarn » October 4th, 2006, 8:37 am

Yesterday my son was using his computer and came to me complaining that there was a McAfee warning he could not get rid of.

Sure enough the message that c:windows/system32/protector.exe" is trying to access the internet was there. Selecting any of the options presented (ie. block all access) did nothing and the message pops up every 20-30 seconds.

I have updated and run McAfee virus scan and updated the firewall. No good, same message. I have also updated and run zoftspy, no good. Those two aps show the computer as being clean, but this problem persists.

I can find no process by this name in task manager and can locate no program by this name anywhere on the box.

I can find no useful information on this problem via Google and haven't come across a similar problem on this board (I will admit my search hasn't been exhaustive).

Has anyone heard of this in the past, and have you any idea where I should go from here?

Great board by the way. Nice to see y'all helping out folks like me.
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Unread postby ChrisRLG » October 4th, 2006, 8:58 am

We need a hijackthis log for diagnosis.

http://www.malwareremoval.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=39#39

At the bottom of that post is instructions on where to get HJT etc.
If you have a problem with it - check out the 'nellie2 on the web' link near the top of the forum - she has a very good tutorial.

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Will do.

Unread postby narnsmarn » October 4th, 2006, 9:24 am

As soon as I get home from work I'll do that. Thanks for the fast reply. I appreciate it.
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Unread postby narnsmarn » October 6th, 2006, 7:01 am

After doing a lot more reading on my problem, and coming across a few threads with the same difficulties I arrived at the conclusion the problem was rootkit related and a very serious breech of security. That being said I could not feel safe with removal as I had no idea what changes were made. That being the case I did a complete reformat and clean install of everything .

After numerous hours and a couple of late nights all is good again.

Thank-you ChrisRLG for your prompt offer of assistance.
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Unread postby ChrisRLG » October 6th, 2006, 8:03 am

do take a look in the public library room here - and particularly at the 'computer safety online' topic.

It has most of what advise we normally give when a victim has been cleaned.

If you had one of the bad trojans with a rootkit - that would probably have been our advise - R&R (Re-format & Restore.)

Thank you for telling us what you have done - lots don't and it is appreciated.
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