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Have I got a Rootkit?

by catagiron-21641143377412376766431486358644 / April 8, 2006 5:33 AM PDT

I run a Windows XP SP 2 computer, and after hearing about Sony's rootkit fiasco I wanted to find out more about them, since they sound so extremely difficult to remove. An article on the Microsoft website mentioned RootkitRevealer, a tool for detecting possible rootkits, which I downloaded.

After running the program, I was alarmed to find 12 detections:













All the above items were timestamped 13/09/2004 08:10, all sized 0 bytes, and all said in the description: 'Key name contains embedded nulls (*)' They obviously appear to be related.

The help file says a program called RegDelNul can be used to remove this sort of hidden registry key, but also says that detections aren't neccesarily rootkits, so I thought I should try to find out what these are before I try to remove them.

If anyone can tell me anything about these registry keys, or could suggest somewhere to look them up, I would be very grateful.

Christopher J. Wright

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Can you make heads or tails out of this?
by NWRCS / April 8, 2006 5:40 AM PDT
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Slightly confused...

I'm afraid I don't quite understand this article either, and the term 'apartment' is new to me, too.

Thanks for showing me, anyway!
Christopher J. Wright

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by tomron / April 8, 2006 5:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Have I got a Rootkit?

I found this link that suggests a possible trojan,click HERE

Also install,update,and run EWIDO

As an additional layer of protection install SPYWARE BLASTER which is a preventer,not a scanner


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Thanks, Tom!
by catagiron-21641143377412376766431486358644 / April 9, 2006 12:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Chris

Thanks for the article about the trojan. In the article there are a couple of registry entries on the list called InprocServer32, but there are no other indications that I am infected by this trojan, and also the CLSID numbers are different, so I think it's something else.

It looks like these registry keys are related to Pinnacle Studio 9, as suggested by Edward O'Daniel in his post: CLICK HERE. If you know anything about this, I would be very grateful if you could let me know.

Thank you for your help!
Christopher J. Wright

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by tomron / April 9, 2006 12:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks, Tom!

Since you suspect a rootkit,why not verify.

Click HERE


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Thanks, again!
by catagiron-21641143377412376766431486358644 / April 10, 2006 3:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Chris

Thanks again for your help- luckily it looks like I'm clean! Grin

Christopher J. Wright

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(NT) (NT) Sounds good,thanx for posting back
by tomron / April 10, 2006 4:08 AM PDT
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by NWRCS / April 8, 2006 5:42 AM PDT
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Thanks, NWRCS!
by catagiron-21641143377412376766431486358644 / April 9, 2006 12:28 AM PDT
In reply to: CnBabe?

Thanks for the information about 'CnBabe'. Although in the article I notice on the list of added registry values there are a couple of mentions of InprocServer32, there are no other signs of infection on my computer, and also the CLSID number is different, so I think it must be something else.

It looks like the registry keys are related to Pinnacle Studio 9, as Edward O'Daniel suggested in his post: CLICK HERE. If you happen to know anything about this, I'd be very grateful to hear a reply.

Once again, thank you for your help!

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Did you ever install Pinnacle Studio 9...
by Edward ODaniel / April 8, 2006 7:23 AM PDT
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or a SONY DVD product?

Follow this link and take the time to read the posts.

The fifth from the top indicates a methos for removing the cloaked entry(s), but do read ALL posts involved.

You might do well to actually take the time to look at the referenced sysinternals.com forums cited too.

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Pinnacle Studio 9

Yes- Pinnacle Studio 9 came installed with my computer.

Thanks a lot for the link to the forum posts! I'm pretty sure that the registry keys I detected were from Pinnacle Studio 9- they all match the ones mentioned in that discussion, and I'm very grateful for your help.

So I know where they come from, but what I now need to know is whether or not they are a threat. I would really appreciate it if you, or anyone else reading this, could reply to let me know if I should remove them or not.

Christopher J. Wright

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Pinnacle Studio Publishers have...
by Edward ODaniel / April 9, 2006 3:39 AM PDT
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readily admitted the 12 entries are theirs and personally I would not fret about them. I would however keep using the rootkit revealer to monitor any possible additions that might be of concern.

I was pretty sure you would catch the identical list near the bottom of that discussion if you read the whole thing--now you can relax and "let the elephant off your chest" and breathe easier. Wink

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Thanks, Edward!

Phew- I'm very relieved to hear this isn't a problem.:D

Thank you again for all your help with this!
Christopher J. Wright

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Little suggestion
by shankru85 / April 9, 2006 8:16 PM PDT
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To be sure not get rootkits for the future , you could try this an useful software

Go to


I know that also Fsecure distribute a Freeware rootkit scanner , but this scans only running processes .

You may use Hijackthis & Systernal Process XP as well but be sure what you're doing .

Best Regards

White [ITA]

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Thanks, White!
by catagiron-21641143377412376766431486358644 / April 10, 2006 3:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Little suggestion

Thanks for your suggestions! In fact, it was a scan from RootkitRevealer that got me worried in the first place, but it looks like it's not a problem. Happy

Christopher J. Wright

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