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Windows 7: What is the strange registry entry and how can I delete it?

24 Oct 2011   #1

What is the strange registry entry and how can I delete it?

I have the following registry key that appears to do nothing but keeps re-creating itself:


This key contains a Shell value that points to an empty directory on my system:


If I delete this value it immediately gets recreated. If I use Autoruns to disable it, it still gets recreated. The specified folder in AppData\Local does not exist. I did a registry search for bc53345c and could not find any other instances of it, so how is it getting recreated?

I am reluctant to delete the Winlogon key because I don't know how critical it is.

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24 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x86

You have some variant of a ZeroAccess rootkit on your machine.

You need this...

Anti-rootkit utility TDSSKiller
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24 Oct 2011   #3


Thanks Murmatron - tried that but it found nothing. I'll check out a couple of other rootkit killers and see if they find something.
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24 Oct 2011   #4


I tried a couple of other rootkit killers. My system is Windows 7-64 so several of them did not run. But ComboFIx did run and found the problem....and fixed it.

Running ComboFIx is a bit puts up a DOS-like window while it runs more than 50 separate checks. Then it reboots and puts up another DOS window that says "wait until the report is produced." The report shows all sorts of odd things, including files that ComboFix deletes, some of which it apparently puts back (like MSCONFIG.EXE).

After that I did a manual reboot and things appear to be OK now.

I also ran Stinger after completing ComboFix and it reported a trojan in the QuickBooks Patch.exe program. I have never run this so I don't know if the Patch program is really bugged or not, but Stinger deleted it anyway.

Thanks for the tip. I hadn't suspected a rootkit.
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