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  • 5.0 stars

    "tool locates tasks others cannot"

    December 5, 2004  |  

    Summary

    A coworker's system (XP home) was infected with everything under the sun. By rights, I should have just wiped and reinstalled, but it's interesting to me to know how to eradicate pests, so I spent time on it. I wound up with one ineradicable DLL, mad.dll, a piece of the TV Media malware. It wasn't launching a visible process, but even in safe mode, it could not be removed from the registry. It detected removal and reloaded itself at once. I wound up needing to unload it by booting the box from another live system. I might have been able to do the same with work on the key's permissions, though.

    However, of all the tools I ran - AdAware, Spybot S & D, the command line Sophos scanner - only STM could even tell me that this dll was loading and persisting. I've just grabbed a copy to add to my work toolkit as well.

    (Of the tools, I think their effectiveness would be ranked:
    Sophos CLI in safe mode;
    STM;
    Ad-Aware;
    Spybot.)

    You sort of have to start with an aggressive tool to hose the worst offenders off the OS, then you can start looking for the remaining cruft.

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