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    my parents got pawned ... root kit

    i found this on the system.

    usual symptoms ... weird processes that won't go down ... all around slow

    what can i do to kill processes that i know are rootkit servers but even though i'm an admin it won't let me ...

    i mean there's gotta be SOMETHING i can do to kill them (short of boot in linux and deleting them)

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    good luck with the mess... remember to clear the
    prefetch
    system save files
    temp files
    boot into safe mode
    scan for trojans/viruses

    use this utility:
    http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/PsKill.html

    That is the answer to how to kill the crap. make sure you get spybot and adaware downloaded and updated before you start the adventure
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    what i have seen in such cases that the system never attains the same performance after the removal of rootkit or anyother malicious code. The best case would be to make a backup of the data and try to make a fresh install.

    Just my thoughts
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    You might want to tell everyone upfont
    That zip file contains a RootKit

    ( not just imply it. ) I know, everyone should know better, and it is zipped so it shouldn't create a problem unless they open it and run it, but you know how that goes ... someone will infect their system!

    Trend Micro identifies it as BKDR_HACDEF.GEN

    Spyrus's suggestion about PsKill should kill the process ( I don't have a box to infect to find out ) but there may be other files that spawned it still there lurking. Try Trend's solution at the link above, and if that doesn't work ... there's always mmkhan's solution.
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    Originally posted here by Spyrus

    ... remember to clear the ...

    system save files ...
    I know about the others, but where are the system save files in XP Pro? I have only one partition. Is it something to do with Page File? I know that I can clear that as a "one off" (I don't routinely clear it on close down).

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    Howdy..

    Oh my you can get this root kit in the AO downloads section, it's an old old skiddy tool, nearly all AV's will pick it up..

    Other then that i would get them to do a fresh install at least then you can have a little more confidence that the problem should be gone...

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    how could something like this get on their system

    they are swearing up and down that they didn't d/l and ran anything

    could it be becasue of the lack of running windows update or via web pages w/ malicious active x or such

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    Well, if they didn't patch against the good old WMF vuln that definately could have been an attack vector for a hacker.

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    thats the beauty *and downfall* of windows and software in general...

    you dont always have to click "yes" to run something.

    would you belive this.. once i bought an off brand NIC for a comp i was building... the driver disc came with spyware... killed my system..

    so that shows ANYTHING can be a potential ticking bomb...

    Do your parents share pictures with friends/family over email? I have seen infected computers latch there virus onto pictures in the past.
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    Nowadays anything can be a vector for a virus, especially if you're unpatched. It pays to stay up to date.

    I recommend you reinstall windows and turn on Automatic Updates for a start, then install some kind of security suite software, I personally like ZoneAlarm Security Suite, but most of them are pretty good.

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