I run windows xp pro with avira personal virus protection.

My desktop wallpaper has been replaced with a red screen that contains the following message:

"Warning your computer is under attack. Your computer is infected by anonymous spyware program.

Operating system has several fatal errors due to spyware activity. It is strongly recommended to install anti-spyware software to eliminate all security vulnerabilities. Click HERE to protect your PC".

The word HERE in the above statement is a link to http://antispyspider.us/130 When I go to the Desktop tab in the Display Properties Box I find a new background, "index". The mini icon preceding it is an Internet Explorer icon.

I am constantly barraged by a variety of pop ups that take me to the same link when I close them or jump automatically when I ignore them.

Another symptom seems to be that the attacking software will not allow me to download a program called smitfraudfix.exe from any of the sights I found that provide it. I have had no problem in downloading other programs, but I get a message saying something along that Foxfire can not find the file. I have been able to download the program on an uncontaminated computer.

When I press the cntl/alt/del keys I am told that the Task Manager has been disabled by the System Administrator. (Is there any way to reactivate the Task Manager?) I am also told that the system administrator has disabled Regedit. I have been able to enable both programs but they are disabled again almost immediately.

When I start depressing the F8 key after the first beep during startup, I am presented with the option of choosing the boot device from a list of Floppy, IDE-0, IDE-1, CDRom, or Network. When I select the IDE-0, the system goes directly to normal start up without presenting a menu that includes safe mode. (Is there an alternate way of invoking safe mode?)

After downloading, installing, and updating Spybot, I ran my first scan. The process seemed to be proceeding normally until the status line showed this message: "Running bot check [156787/156787: Firefox - default - bookmarks]. The program seemed to be locked at this point. After more that 15 minutes of no apparent activity, I stopped the scan. The list of critical problem conditions included a couple of dozen critical threats. I hit the Fix selected problems button. The program started to correct the problems but after a brief period locked up. I was told that it was no longer responding.

I have just spent 15 hours doing the Kaspersky scan. It completed, but there was no "Save as text" button anywhere to be found. When I passed my cursor over the window that the scan ran it, the message "Error on page" appears in the status line. The summary was: Total scanned objects – 631782, Number of viruses found – 20, Number of infected objects – 144.

I ran the Spybot scan again. I encountered the same problem when it was almost complete with it hanging on the Firefox default bookmarks message. This time when I stopped the scan, the report showed 24 critica problems with 161 entries. I again hit the Fix Selected Problems Button. This time the program was able to correct all the errors. I grabbed the program log and terminated the program.

Problems identified by Spybot: AdRevolver, Advertising.com, BFast, BurstMedia, CasaleMedia, Commission Junction, CoreMetrics, DoubleClick, Excite, FastClick HitBox LinkSynergy, Matchcraft, MediaPlex, Microsoft.Windows.Security.InternetExplorer, Microsoft.Windows.Security.Center.Registry, Microsoft.Windows.Security.Center.TaskManager, right Media, Statcounter, TargetNet, ValueClick, WebTrends live, WildTangent, Win32.Bancos.zm, Zedo. The three Microsoft problems all refered to registry changes. I fixed all of the problems.

I ran Spybot program again this morning and it found only six critical errors (one occurrence each): DoubleClick, Statcounter, Microsoft.Windows.Security.InternetExplorer, Microsoft.Windows.Security.Center.Registry, Microsoft.Windows.Security.Center.TaskManager, Win32.Bancos.zm. I fixed all of the problems again.

I have also run the sfc command from the run menu and have produced a HijackThis report that I will append to the end of this message. I don’ t have a lot for three days effort.

I have been discussing the problem up to this point with drragostea at this thread:


****** HijackThis Log *******
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:38:43 PM, on 6/6/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedul2.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\sched.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avguard.exe
C:\Program Files\Iomega\DriveIcons\ImgIcon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerVCRII\Agent.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Distillr\Acrotray.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avgnt.exe
C:\Program Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TimounterMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedhlp.exe
C:\Program Files\SanDisk\Sansa Updater\SansaDispatch.exe
C:\Program Files\WeatherMate\WeatherMate.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\Program Files\SEC\MagicTune 2.5\GammaTray.exe
C:\Program Files\SEC\Natural Color\NaturalColorLoad.exe
C:\Program Files\V-Stream Multimedia\TV883LP Utilities\C8XRCtl.exe
C:\Program Files\Dropbox\dropbox.exe
C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\bin\mpbtn.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\agent.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 2003\OFFICE11\WINWORD.EXE
C:\Program Files\MWSnap\MWSnap.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://cgi.verizon.net/bookmarks/bmr...1&bm=ho_search
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = file://c:/windows/homepage.html
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = file://c:/windows/homepage.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = file://c:/windows/homepage.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = file://c:/windows/homepage.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = file://c:/windows/homepage.html
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = file://c:/windows/homepage.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,First Home Page = file://c:/windows/homepage.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by Verizon Online
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride =
N3 - Netscape 7: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://my.yahoo.com/"); (C:\Documents and Settings\BOSELA\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\8650wqji.slt\prefs.js)
N3 - Netscape 7: user_pref("browser.search.defaultengine", "engine://C%3A%5CProgram%20Files%5CNetscape%5CNetscape%5Csearchplugins%5CSBWeb_01.src"); (C:\Documents and Settings\BOSELA\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\8650wqji.slt\prefs.js)
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: Verizon Broadband Toolbar - {4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-D0FC-E57AF4D5FA7D} - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\VERIZO~1\SFP\vzbb.dll
O2 - BHO: Spybot-S&D IE Protection - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Conversion Toolbar Helper - {AE7CD045-E861-484f-8273-0445EE161910} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll
O2 - BHO: Microsoft copyright - {FFFFFFFF-BBBB-4146-86FD-A722E8AB3489} - sockins32.dll (file missing)
O3 - Toolbar: Adobe PDF - {47833539-D0C5-4125-9FA8-0819E2EAAC93} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Verizon Broadband Toolbar - {4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-D0FC-E57AF4D5FA7D} - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\VERIZO~1\SFP\vzbb.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Iomega Startup Options] C:\Program Files\Iomega\Common\ImgStart.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Iomega Drive Icons] C:\Program Files\Iomega\DriveIcons\ImgIcon.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PCTVOICE] pctspk.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VTPreset] VTPreset.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ISUSPM Startup] C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\UPDATE~1\ISUSPM.exe -startup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ISUSScheduler] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe" -start
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Microsoft Works Update Detection] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\WkUFind.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Remote_Agent] C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerVCRII\RemoteAgent.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroFilterCheck] C:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Agent] C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerVCRII\Agent.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Acrobat Assistant 7.0] "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Distillr\Acrotray.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Motive SmartBridge] C:\PROGRA~1\VERIZO~1\SMARTB~1\MotiveSB.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [avgnt] "C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avgnt.exe" /min
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TrueImageMonitor.exe] C:\Program Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageMonitor.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AcronisTimounterMonitor] C:\Program Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TimounterMonitor.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Acronis Scheduler2 Service] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedhlp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SansaDispatch] C:\Program Files\SanDisk\Sansa Updater\SansaDispatch.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WeatherMate] "C:\Program Files\WeatherMate\WeatherMate.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [PhotoShow Deluxe Media Manager] C:\PROGRA~1\Ahead\NEROPH~2\data\Xtras\mssysmgr.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ISUSPM] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.exe" -scheduler
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpybotSD TeaTimer] C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\RunOnce: [SpybotDeletingD3267] cmd /c del "C:\WINDOWS\wt\WDInUsePlugin.dll"
O4 - HKCU\..\RunOnce: [SpybotDeletingB569] command /c del "C:\WINDOWS\wt\webdriver.dll"
O4 - HKCU\..\RunOnce: [SpybotDeletingD2370] cmd /c del "C:\WINDOWS\wt\webdriver.dll"
O4 - Startup: Dropbox.lnk = C:\Program Files\Dropbox\dropbox.exe
O4 - Startup: PowerReg SchedulerV2.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Acrobat Speed Launcher.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Color Calibration.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: NaturalColorLoad.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: TV883LP Remote Control.lnk = C:\Program Files\V-Stream Multimedia\TV883LP Utilities\C8XRCtl.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Verizon Online Support Center.lnk = C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\bin\matcli.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: Add this link to WebWhacker... - C:\Program Files\Blue Squirrel\WebWhacker 5.0\Art\wwieextlink.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Add this page to WebWhacker... - C:\Program Files\Blue Squirrel\WebWhacker 5.0\Art\wwieext.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert link target to Adobe PDF - res://C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIECapture.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert link target to existing PDF - res://C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIEAppend.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert selected links to Adobe PDF - res://C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIECaptureSelLinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert selected links to existing PDF - res://C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIEAppendSelLinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert selection to Adobe PDF - res://C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIECapture.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert selection to existing PDF - res://C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIEAppend.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert to Adobe PDF - res://C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIECapture.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert to existing PDF - res://C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIEAppend.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~4\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: Net2Phone - {4B30061A-5B39-11D3-80F8-0090276F843F} - C:\Program Files\Net2Phone\Net2fone.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Net2Phone - {4B30061A-5B39-11D3-80F8-0090276F843F} - C:\Program Files\Net2Phone\Net2fone.exe
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~4\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Spybot - Search && Destroy Configuration - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra button: WebWhacker - {E5336D32-0CBE-4E1F-A2C7-38DCAA8B07EF} - C:\Program Files\Blue Squirrel\WebWhacker 5.0\Art\wwietb.html
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O15 - Trusted Zone: http://www.advancedanalyzer.com
O16 - DPF: {01A88BB1-1174-41EC-ACCB-963509EAE56B} (SysProWmi Class) - http://support.dell.com/systemprofiler/SysPro.CAB
O16 - DPF: {065FD296-2A8A-48C3-9634-7E167BF2C6C2} (RealTick OCX) - http://www.terranovaonline.com/inves...TNInvestor.cab
O16 - DPF: {0EB0E74A-2A76-4AB3-A7FB-9BD8C29F7F75} (CKAVWebScan Object) - http://www.kaspersky.com/kos/eng/par...an_unicode.cab
O16 - DPF: {11B2C0D3-DFFB-11D3-9253-00500498D7E5} (ShowSetupObj5 Class) - http://invite.mshow.com/(mfyklj45kv3...ShowSetup5.cab
O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool) - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=39204
O16 - DPF: {54BA1E8F-818D-407F-949D-BAE1692C5C18} (Attribute Class) - http://gemal.dk/browserspy/capicom.dll
O16 - DPF: {56336BCB-3D8A-11D6-A00B-0050DA18DE71} - http://software-dl.real.com/06f89839...p/RdxIE601.cab
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://www.update.microsoft.com/wind...?1200531392005
O16 - DPF: {82774781-8F4E-11D1-AB1C-0000F8773BF0} (DLC Class) - http://transfers.one.microsoft.com/F...ansferCtrl.cab
O16 - DPF: {90C9629E-CD32-11D3-BBFB-00105A1F0D68} (InstallShield International Setup Player) - http://www.lizardtech.com/download/f...all/isetup.cab
O16 - DPF: {B8BE5E93-A60C-4D26-A2DC-220313175592} (ZoneIntro Class) - http://zone.msn.com/binFramework/v10...o.cab34246.cab
O16 - DPF: {C946EF6D-296D-4907-A6E1-ED0E8E5AF024} (LycosMail Upload Control) - http://mail.lycos.com/hanmail-ax/AttachMail.cab
O16 - DPF: {CD69D6AB-0D0D-4082-B3CF-6E5381FA227B} (MigrationAdvisor Class) - http://www.detto.com/hpadvisor/DTMigAdv.cab
O16 - DPF: {DF780F87-FF2B-4DF8-92D0-73DB16A1543A} (PopCapLoader Object) - http://zone.msn.com/bingame/dim2/def...ploader_v6.cab
O16 - DPF: {E06E2E99-0AA1-11D4-ABA6-0060082AA75C} (GpcContainer Class) - https://terranova.webex.com/client/v...ex/ieatgpc.cab
O16 - DPF: {F0FCC76D-767E-4759-A447-62289CA775AA} (Coreport SSO Client) - http://www.nwcet.org/coreport/v51/ie...tSsoClient.cab
O21 - SSODL: WebProxy - {66186F05-BBBB-4a39-864F-72D84615C679} - sockins32.dll (file missing)
O23 - Service: Acronis Scheduler2 Service (AcrSch2Svc) - Acronis - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedul2.exe
O23 - Service: Adobe LM Service - Adobe Systems - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe Systems Shared\Service\Adobelmsvc.exe
O23 - Service: AntiVir Scheduler (AntiVirScheduler) - Avira GmbH - C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\sched.exe
O23 - Service: AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic Service (AntiVirService) - Avira GmbH - C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avguard.exe
O23 - Service: Microsoft ASPI Manager (aspimgr) - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\system32\aspimgr.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: IomegaAccess - Iomega Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\System32\IomegaAccess.exe
O23 - Service: Macromedia Licensing Service - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Macromedia Shared\Service\Macromedia Licensing.exe
O23 - Service: ProtexisLicensing - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\system32\PSIService.exe
O23 - Service: ZipToA - Iomega Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\System32\ZipToA.exe

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