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1. Download GMER saving it to your desktop:

»www.gmer.net/ (This link will download a randomly named file *recommended*)

  • Operating Systems: Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 - 32bit & 64bit

  • Disconnect from the Internet and close all running programs.
  • Temporarily disable any real-time active protection so your security programs will not conflict with gmer's driver.
  • Double-click on the randomly named GMER file (i.e. n7gmo46c.exe) and allow the gmer.sys driver to load if asked.
  • GMER will open to the Rootkit/Malware tab and perform an automatic quick scan when first run. (do not use the computer while the scan is in progress)
  • If you receive a WARNING!!! about rootkit activity and are asked to fully scan your system...click NO.
  • Now click the Scan button. If you see a rootkit warning window, click OK.
  • When the scan is finished, click the Save... button to save the scan results to your Desktop. Save the file as gmer.log.
  • Click the Copy button and paste the results into your next reply.
  • Exit GMER and be sure to re-enable your anti-virus, Firewall and any other security programs you had disabled.

Note: If you encounter any problems, try running GMER in Safe Mode. If GMER crashes or keeps resulting in a BSODs, uncheck Devices on the right side before scanning

2. Download Root Repeal saving it to your desktop:

  • Operating Systems: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 - 32bit only

  • Extract RootRepeal.exe from the archive (If you did not use the "Direct Download" mirror).
  • Open RootRepeal on your desktop.
  • Click the 'Report' tab.
  • Click the 'Scan' button.
  • Check all seven boxes
  • Push Ok
  • Check the box for your main system drive (Usually C:), and press Ok.

  • Allow RootRepeal to run a scan of your system. This may take some time.

  • Once the scan completes, push the 'Save Report' button.
  • Save the log to your desktop, using a distinctive name, such as RootRepeal.txt.
  • Include this report in your next reply

3. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool (previously Sophos Anti-rootkit) saving it to your desktop:

Note: If using the vendor's download site you will be asked to register with MySophos so an email containing an activation link can be sent to your email address.

  • Operating System: Windows XP/2000/2003/Vista/2008/Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)

  • Be sure to print out and read the Sophos Anti-Rookit User Manual and Release Notes

  • Double-click sar_15_sfx.exe to begin the installation, read the license agreement and click Accept.
  • Allow the default location of C:\Program Files\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Rootkit and click Install.
  • A message will appear "Sophos Anti-Rootkit was successfully installed. Click 'yes' to start it now".
  • Click Yes and allow the driver and its randomly named .tmp file (i.e. F.tmp) to load if asked.
  • If the scan did not start automatically, make sure the following are checked:
  • Running processes
  • Windows Registry
  • Local Hard Drives
  • Click Start scan.
  • Sophos Anti-Rootkit will scan the selected areas and display any suspicious files in the upper panel.
  • When the scan is complete, a pop-up screen will appear with "Rootkit Scan Results". Click OK to continue.
  • Click on the suspicious file to display more information about it in the lower panel which also includes whether the item is recommended for removal.
  • Files tagged as Removable: No are not marked for removal and cannot be removed.
  • Files tagged as Removable: Yes (clean up recommended) are marked for removal by default.
  • Files tagged as Removable: Yes (but clean up not recommended) are not marked for removal because Sophos did not recognize them. These files will require further investigation.
  • Select only items recommended for removal, then click "Clean up checked items". You will be asked to confirm, click Yes.
  • A pop up window will appear advising the cleanup will finish when you restart your computer. Click Restart Now.
  • After reboot, a dialog box displays the files you selected for removal and the action taken.
  • Click Empty list and then click Continue to re-scan your computer a second time to ensure everything was cleaned.
  • When done, go to Start > Run and type or copy/paste: %temp%\sarscan.log
  • This should open the log from the rootkit scan. Please post this log in your next reply. If you have a problem, you can find sarscan.log in C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Temp\.
    Before performing an ARK scan it is recommended to do the following to ensure more accurate results and avoid common issues that may cause false detections.
  • Disconnect from the Internet or physically unplug you Internet cable connection.
  • Close all open programs, scheduling/updating tasks and background processes that might activate during the scan including the screensaver.
  • Temporarily disable your anti-virus and real-time anti-spyware protection.
  • After starting the scan, do not use the computer until the scan has completed.
  • When finished, re-enable your anti-virus/anti-malware (or reboot) and then you can reconnect to the Internet.

4. Download TDSS Rootkit Removing Tool, saving it to your Desktop:
  • Operating System: Windows XP/2000/2003/Vista/2008/Windows 7/Windows 8 (32-bit, 64-bit)

  • Be sure to print out and follow all instructions for performing a scan or refer to these instructions with screenshots.
    • The link and instructions for downloading an running TDSKiller can be found in '1. How to disinfect a compromised system'

  • Double-click on TDSSKiller.exe to run the tool for known TDSS variants.
  • Vista/Windows 7 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.

  • When the program opens, click the Start Scan button.

  • Do not use the computer during the scan


  • If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue


  • If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.


  • If the scan completes with nothing found, click Close to exit.

  • If no reboot is require, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.

  • If a reboot is required a log file named TDSSKiller_version_date_time_log.txt (i.e. TDSSKiller. will be created and saved to the root directory (usually Local Disk C:).

  • Copy and paste the contents of that file in your next reply.


    -- If TDSSKiller does not run, try renaming it. To do this, right-click on TDSSKiller.exe, select Rename and give it a random name with the .com file extension (i.e. 123abc.com). If you do not see the file extension, please refer to How to change the file extension.

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    last modified: 2013-06-29 10:02:45