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Mystery executables flagged by Spysweeper

by tl_henry / February 8, 2006 6:31 AM PST

OS: xp pro sp2
Spysweeper, Symantec AV 2005, Spybot, Ccleaner, Ewido

I've been attempting to clean one of the bosses personal computers of tons of adware/spyware/trojans. It's never had any windows updates posted since new (I think) and was infested with one of everything. I got it because it started locking up on him every 20 minutes. I also think they clicked on and installed every bogus adblocker, spyware blocker, pop-up blocker that popped up on their browser (and you know what that results in...)

The computer has Spysweeper installed and everytime I start up the machine a screen pops up listing unknown startup programs. When I click on the details link to the right of each one, it comes up with 'unknown' for these two programs:

Name: drhuol
location: c:\windows\system32\qyrpee.exe

Name: vmhsdwx
Location: c:\windows\system32\rprmst.exe

Never having used Spysweeper I'd like to know what it's trying to tell me and also how to respond. I tried googling the filenames and got nothing, which sets off alarm bells right there.

Neither filename shows up as a startup item in MSCONFIG. Nor do the files show up in the file list in Windows Explorer.

Any suggestions or pointers? I'd be very grateful.


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Mystery executables flagged by Spysweeper
by Marianna Schmudlach / February 8, 2006 9:41 AM PST

Hi Terry,

I can't find anything either.

Make sure you can view hidden and system files: Instructions here

Then Boot to safe mode: Instructions here

and find and delete:

c:\windows\system32\qyrpee.exe <--file


c:\windows\system32\rprmst.exe <---file


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RE: mystery executables
by tl_henry / February 8, 2006 10:35 PM PST

I've been trying to find them and can't. I even did a registry search for them to find where they're starting up (since they're not in win.ini, boot.ini, or referenced at all in msconfig) and the only registry entry I can find is the one where spysweeper has flagged the file and is waiting for a response. Could this be a leftover program registry entry?

Here's something else weird: This machine has 2 user profiles, both set up as administrators. One appears to be working fairly normally. The other has a plain white background that periodically glows brighter and dimmer. Properties clicking on the desktop only shows a bitmap property page. I've never seen that before. Have you? Seems like they've got something here that has hijacked the desktop on one profile, even though Spysweeper, Ad-aware, Ewido, and Symantec all say it's clean. I suppose I could just be dealing with the remains of the infections now.

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