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I have been having several problems with the coolwebsearch variant Searchx. I have used HJT, CWS shredder, and Adaware, all the new version, I might add. Each time they willl find the problem and delete it restoring about 6 web pages, but everytime i reboot my computer and open IE, I am once again redirected to about:blank. I have tried redifining my home page, deleting my cookies, history, and temporary internet files in conjunction with CWS shredder, HJT, and Ad-aware, to no avail. I am going to post my HJT log. Maybe someone can help me. This is the HJT log before I use CWS shredder and the other programs to temporarily kill the Searchx trojan.


File of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 9:52:02 PM, on 9/6/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\NISUM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\progra~1\steam\steam.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\devldr32.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ccPxySvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\MsPMSPSv.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Documents and Settings\Dreg\Desktop\CWShredder.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Dreg\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = about:blank
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,HomeOldSP = about:blank
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {6CADB8D1-D14E-4A65-9B84-5CA4197FBDE2} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\cfbbbaa.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Explorer] C:\WINDOWS\system32\explorer.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Symantec NetDriver Monitor] C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\SNDMon.EXE
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Steam] "c:\progra~1\steam\steam.exe" -silent
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SPYKILLER] C:\Program Files\Anonymizer\sk\SpyWareKiller.exe /BOOT
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://active.macromedia.com/flash2/cabs/swflash.cab

Enjoy, and please help me if you can, I am very tired of this damn virus and I know some of you know how to fix it, please help me :sad:

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Hi

First you need to update Hijackthis to the current version, which you can find here

Then you need to unzip Hijackthis.exe into a permanent folder of its own, called something like Hijackthis. This is so you wont lose any backups hjt makes.

Then post a new log here.

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Here's the updated one, enjoy

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 6:24:03 PM, on 9/7/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\NISUM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\progra~1\steam\steam.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\devldr32.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ccPxySvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\MsPMSPSv.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Dreg\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = about:blank
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,HomeOldSP = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,HomeOldSP = about:blank
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {6CADB8D1-D14E-4A65-9B84-5CA4197FBDE2} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\cfbbbaa.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Explorer] C:\WINDOWS\system32\explorer.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Symantec NetDriver Monitor] C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\SNDMon.EXE
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Steam] "c:\progra~1\steam\steam.exe" -silent
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SPYKILLER] C:\Program Files\Anonymizer\sk\SpyWareKiller.exe /BOOT
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - (no file)
O18 - Filter: text/html - {551D59C1-FD9D-4D8F-B54D-70963D9A7FAE} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\cfbbbaa.dll
O18 - Filter: text/plain - {551D59C1-FD9D-4D8F-B54D-70963D9A7FAE} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\cfbbbaa.dll

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With all browsers closed, run hijackthis then tick and fix the below entries:


R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = about:blank
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = file://C:\DOCUME~1\Dreg\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,HomeOldSP = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,HomeOldSP = about:blank
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {6CADB8D1-D14E-4A65-9B84-5CA4197FBDE2} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\cfbbbaa.dll
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - (no file)O18 - Filter: text/html - {551D59C1-FD9D-4D8F-B54D-70963D9A7FAE} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\cfbbbaa.dll
O18 - Filter: text/plain - {551D59C1-FD9D-4D8F-B54D-70963D9A7FAE} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\cfbbbaa.dll

Now clear out your Temporary Internet Files, and everything in C:\Documents and Settings\Dreg\Local Settings\Tempbut not the folder itself.

reboot then post a new log.

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 6:45:44 PM, on 9/8/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\NISUM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\progra~1\steam\steam.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\devldr32.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ccPxySvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\MsPMSPSv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Dreg\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Explorer] C:\WINDOWS\system32\explorer.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Symantec NetDriver Monitor] C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\SNDMon.EXE
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Steam] "c:\progra~1\steam\steam.exe" -silent

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Sorry, this needs to be fixed too.

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Explorer] C:\WINDOWS\system32\explorer.exe

Then boot into safe mode then navigate to and delete the following:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\explorer.exe <--file

Make sure your delete the one in system32 and not the one in Window which is the legit file.

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Sorry, this needs to be fixed too.

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Explorer] C:\WINDOWS\system32\explorer.exe

Then boot into safe mode then navigate to and delete the following:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\explorer.exe <--file

Make sure your delete the one in system32 and not the one in Window which is the legit file.

You absolutely sure that's the wrong explorer? If it's not and i go deleting it, my pc is ******.

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Yes im sure.

The real microsoft explorer.exe resides in the C:Windows in XP.

The one in System32 is dropped in by a Trojan.

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You absolutely sure that's the wrong explorer? If it's not and i go deleting it, my pc is ******.

Dreg_02. Please do not use inappropriate language as this is a public forum!

P3-450 is correct regarding the deletion of that file.

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sorry, no offense intended crunchie

I tiked it in HJT, ran an ad-aware, and did a CWS rip on my C drive. It was fine for a bit, turned on my PC today and the about:blank was back. Fixed it again, although it was under a BHO this time and a dll referance, then I played CS for an hour or two, and wha-la it is back again. Anyone know how to fix this? I've tried the basic stuff and it DOES NOT WORK. It hasn't worked for the past couple of months and is not working now, anyone? anyone at all?

BTW: the only websites i have been going to are yahoo and ebay, so unless one of them has spyware, it is a trojan or something already on my pc

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Can you post a new log please.

Just did a complete Ad-aware/CWS/HJT wipe on my HD, I am now using Mozilla instead of IE. I ran into some interesting dll and temp files named, "jmd.dll" and "sp.htm", the dll in my system 32 folder and the other in my temp folder. I killed em both, but I still feel that this virus is just going to come back regardless, anyway here's the new log. It may look good but it can't be if I am experiencing the same prob over and over


Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 2:16:13 AM, on 9/30/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\NISUM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ccPxySvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\MsPMSPSv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\devldr32.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Documents and Settings\Dreg\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.afes.com/
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Symantec NetDriver Monitor] C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\SNDMon.EXE
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Steam] "c:\progra~1\steam\steam.exe" -silent
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsearch.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward Links - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmbacklinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Cached Snapshot of Page - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmcache.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Similar Pages - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsimilar.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate into English - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmtrans.html
O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Pool 2 - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/pote_x.cab

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Try this to see if it will find the trojan:
First go to:
http://www.resplendence.com/reglite
Download and install Registrar Lite, and then run the program. Copy and paste this line to reglite's address bar:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\\AppInit_DLLs

and hit the "GO" tab. On the right side panel find the "Appinit_Dlls" value; double-click it (if you don't double-click, it won't work), and then copy and post the information that comes up in the "Value" field here in this thread for instructions on what to do next.

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Try this to see if it will find the trojan:
First go to:
http://www.resplendence.com/reglite
Download and install Registrar Lite, and then run the program. Copy and paste this line to reglite's address bar:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\\AppInit_DLLs

and hit the "GO" tab. On the right side panel find the "Appinit_Dlls" value; double-click it (if you don't double-click, it won't work), and then copy and post the information that comes up in the "Value" field here in this thread for instructions on what to do next.

Here's what was in the Value spot:

C:\WINDOWS\System32\mshepg.dll


I'll await the next set of instructions.

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-Run reglite : type--
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\\AppInit_DLLs
into the address bar, or expand the same key.

-Rename the Folder Windows
to NotWindows highlighted as a purple folder
in the left hand pane of reglite.

-Click "AppInit_DLLs" again and clear the data value:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\mshepg.dll (random named dll) <- delete this line ,
'Apply' and 'ok' to set.

-Rename the NotWindows folder back to its
original name Windows

-Restart computer

Check in the system32 folder if the culprit dll is visible & delete it.

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-Run reglite : type--
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\\AppInit_DLLs
into the address bar, or expand the same key.

-Rename the Folder Windows
to NotWindows highlighted as a purple folder
in the left hand pane of reglite.

-Click "AppInit_DLLs" again and clear the data value:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\mshepg.dll (random named dll) <- delete this line ,
'Apply' and 'ok' to set.

-Rename the NotWindows folder back to its
original name Windows

-Restart computer

Check in the system32 folder if the culprit dll is visible & delete it.

I did as you said, but the dll will not delete, it is in use in regular mode and safe mode so i cannot delete it, any suggestions how to delete it another way?

Also, I'll let you know how that registry fix worked, it usually takes a day or two for the virus to reappear, so I'll see if it does, thanks!

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Open hijackthis & go to config\misc tools\delete a file on reboot & paste in C:\WINDOWS\System32\mshepg.dll then reboot.

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