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Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by adpucci, Oct 10, 2003.

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  1. adpucci

    adpucci Thread Starter

    Oct 10, 2003
    hello there,

    I got gator bundled in some package ages ago, I must admit that since I'm a netscape 4.8 user I find it quite handy to "switch on" at will.

    problem is, I can't stop gmt.exe loading up at startup. I know the easiest would be to simply uninstall gator and gmt.exe from the face of my computer's universe. but let's say it's not really an option.

    where and what by is this blasted gmt.exe process called, please?

    my o/s is windows/2000 fixpack 3.



    :mad: :eek: :mad:
  2. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Dec 14, 2002
    First Name:
    go to http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/files/hijackthis.zip , and download 'Hijack This!'.
    Unzip, doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan".

    When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will change into a "Save Log" button.
    Press that, save the log somewhere, and please copy & paste its contents to the forum.

    It will possibly show issues deserving our attention, but most of what it lists will be harmless or

    even required, so do NOT fix anything yet.
    Someone here will be happy to help you analyze the results.
  3. adpucci

    adpucci Thread Starter

    Oct 10, 2003
    Thank you Derek.

    Here's the log file, I'm aware of the gozilla stuff - my pain in the neck is the blasted gmt.exe file that starts up automatically and I have to kill in the task manager processes.

    I have tried a regedit but I can't find anything that means gator to me...

    Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.3
    Scan saved at 00:15:30, on 12/10/2003
    Platform: Windows 2000 SP2 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

    Running processes:
    C:\Program Files\NavNT\defwatch.exe
    C:\Program Files\NavNT\rtvscan.exe
    C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
    C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\eAcceleration\download.exe
    C:\Program Files\NavNT\vptray.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\eAcceleration\systimer.exe
    C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\CMEII\CMESys.exe
    C:\Program Files\Nokia\Nokia PC Suite 5\DataLayer.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Nokia\NCLTools\NclTray.exe
    C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zonealarm.exe
    C:\Program Files\DragStrip\DragStrip.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Nokia\Services\ServiceLayer.exe
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Netscape\Communicator\Program\netscape.exe
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
    C:\Program Files\BitTorrent\btdownloadgui.exe
    C:\Program Files\SoulSeek\slsk.exe
    C:\Program Files\BitTorrent\btdownloadgui.exe
    C:\Program Files\DC++\DCPlusPlus.exe
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
    C:\Documents and Settings\adell\Local Settings\Temp\HijackThis.exe

    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://home.netscape.com/home/winsearch.html
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Microsoft Internet Explorer
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = http://keyword.netscape.com/keyword/%s
    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Stationery\Blank.htm
    N1 - Netscape 4: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "www.thehungersite.com"); (C:\Program Files\Netscape\Users\aurora\prefs.js)
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
    O2 - BHO: Webster Toolbar - {9E1128F1-53FA-11d5-8490-0048548030CA} - C:\WINNT\Downloaded Program Files\m-wtoolbar.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {C1E58A84-95B3-4630-B8C2-D06B77B7A0FC} - C:\Program Files\NavExcel\NavHelper\v2.0.4\NHelper.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {CD4C3CF0-4B15-11D1-ABED-709549C10000} - C:\Program Files\Go!Zilla\GoIEHlp.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: Merriam-Webster - {9E1128F1-53FA-11D5-8490-0048548030CA} - C:\WINNT\Downloaded Program Files\m-wtoolbar.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINNT\System32\msdxm.ocx
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Synchronization Manager] mobsync.exe /logon
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE NvQTwk,NvCplDaemon initialize
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinVNC] "C:\Program Files\ORL\VNC\WinVNC.exe" -servicehelper
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AtiPTA] Atiptaxx.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SynTPLpr] C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SynTPEnh] C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RegShave] C:\Progra~1\REGSHAVE\REGSHAVE.EXE /autorun
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TCASUTIEXE] TCAUDIAG.exe -off
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Eac_Download] C:\Program Files\Common Files\eAcceleration\download.exe -k
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Net-It Launcher] C:\WINNT\System32\NILaunch.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [vptray] C:\Program Files\NavNT\vptray.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AdaptecDirectCD] "C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CMESys] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\CMEII\CMESys.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\evntsvc.exe -osboot
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LoadQM] loadqm.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DataLayer] C:\Program Files\Nokia\Nokia PC Suite 5\DataLayer.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Nokia Tray Application] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Nokia\NCLTools\NclTray.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PinnacleDriverCheck] C:\WINNT\System32\PSDrvCheck.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [GSICONEXE] gsicon.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DSLAGENTEXE] dslagent.exe USB
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PRPCMonitor] PRPCUI.exe
    O4 - Startup: DragStrip AutoStart.lnk = C:\Program Files\DragStrip\DragStrip.exe
    O4 - Startup: Internet Explorer.lnk = C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
    O4 - Startup: Netscape Navigator.lnk = C:\Program Files\Netscape\Communicator\Program\netscape.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: ZoneAlarm.lnk = C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zonealarm.exe
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Collegiate &Dictionary - C:\Program files\Merriam-Webster Toolbar\dictionary.htm
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Collegiate &Thesaurus - C:\Program files\Merriam-Webster Toolbar\thesaurus.htm
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Download with Go!Zilla - file://C:\Program Files\Go!Zilla\download-with-gozilla.html
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: Net2Phone (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Net2Phone (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: Merriam-Webster (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: Real.com (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: Yahoo! Messenger (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Yahoo! Messenger (HKLM)
    O12 - Plugin for .mid: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\PLUGINS\npqtplugin.dll
    O12 - Plugin for .mov: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\PLUGINS\npqtplugin.dll
    O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
    O16 - DPF: {018B7EC3-EECA-11D3-8E71-0000E82C6C0D} - http://mp3.zonebg.com/mp3_downloader.exe
    O16 - DPF: {8522F9B3-38C5-4AA4-AE40-7401F1BBC851} - http://www.toilet.com/free_mp3.exe
    O16 - DPF: {90A29DA5-D020-4B18-8660-6689520C7CD7} (DmiReader Class) - http://support.euro.dell.com/global/apps/systemprofiler/PROFILER.CAB
    O16 - DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} (Update Class) - http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/CAB/x86/unicode/iuctl.CAB?37515.2234837963
    O16 - DPF: {C606BA60-AB76-48B6-96A7-2C4D5C386F70} (PreQualifier Class) - http://www.sc-server1.bt.com/broadband/MotivePreQual.cab
    O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
    O16 - DPF: {F798683C-FE05-436C-B0FF-35B9122E9787} - http://www.merriam-webster.com/tools/toolbar/cabs/m-w.cab
    O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{2E4555E3-3323-48E9-91B3-EDA1680D074A}: NameServer =
    O17 - HKLM\System\CS1\Services\Tcpip\..\{2E4555E3-3323-48E9-91B3-EDA1680D074A}: NameServer =
  4. $teve


    Oct 9, 2001
    Welcome to T.S.G:)


    Download AdAware 6 181 from here: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/
    Before you scan with AdAware, check for updates of the reference file by using the "webupdate".
    Then ........

    Make sure the following settings are made and on -------"ON=GREEN"
    From main window :Click "Start" then " Activate in-depth scan"


    click "Use custom scanning options>Customize" and have these options on: "Scan within archives" ,"Scan active processes","Scan registry", "Deep scan registry" ,"Scan my IE Favorites for banned URL" and "Scan my host-files"


    go to settings(the gear on top of AdAware)>Tweak>Scanning engine and tick "Unload recognized processes during scanning" ...........then........"Cleaning engine" and tick "Automaticly try to unregister objects prior to deletion" and "Let windows remove files in use at next reboot"

    then...... click "proceed" to save your settings.

    Now to scan it´s just to click the "Scan" button.

    When scan is finished, mark everything for removal and get rid of it.

    Download Spybot - Search & Destroy from http://security.kolla.de

    After installing, first press Online, and search for, put a check mark at, and install all updates.
    Next, close all Internet Explorer and OE windows, hit 'Check for Problems', and have SpyBot remove all it finds that is marked in RED

    Run an online antivirus check from at least one of the following sites

    then post a new hijackthis log to check what is left.

  5. adpucci

    adpucci Thread Starter

    Oct 10, 2003
    "Welcome to T.S.G


    Download AdAware 6 181 from here: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/
    Before you scan with AdAware, check for updates of the reference file by using the "webupdate".
    Then ........"

    Hi Steve,

    thank you both for your welcome and for the reply.

    I am in doubt here however, I do have Ad-aware and I use it quite regularly.

    However, it is "trained" to ignore references to gator / GMT.exe, because as I mentioned in my first mail at the beginning of this thread, unfortunately deleting it off the face of my computer is not an option.

    This leads me to think that simply scanning my computer might not be very helpful.

    Am I talking rubbish - or does this make sense?

    Thanks and ciao.

  6. $teve


    Oct 9, 2001
    Well......it will sort of makes sence to someone but not me:D..............but i would rather chew my own arm off than have gator anywhere near my computer.

    Explain why you want to keep it.....we may be able to point you to an alternative.
  7. winchester73


    Aug 18, 2003
    I assume by "trained" you mean you put the Gator objects in the Ad-Aware ignore list ...

    Gator tracks the sites that you visit and forwards that data back to the company's servers. Gator sells the use of this information to advertisers. You may be interested in looking into Roboform http://www.roboform.com/

    You can import your Gator data to it. Check this out Convert Your Gator http://www.roboform.com/gator.html#convert
  8. adpucci

    adpucci Thread Starter

    Oct 10, 2003

    you're both absolutely right.

    Fact is, there are LOTS of websites for which I have passwords that I CANNOT REMEMBER nor change.

    My problem at this moment is trying to prevent GMT.EXE from loading at startup as a process. Gator is never active unless I need to access one of these idiotic websites and my routine now is:

    1. start the pc
    2. go to task manager
    3. kill the gmt.exe process
    4. get on with my work

    if I DO need to use the horrid monster, then I start gator (which starts gmt.exe), access the website with the stupid password I don't know but IT does, then close gator, go back to points 3 and 4 above.

    This last bit I can cope with (although I am going to look into roboform, I've just never had the time so far).

    having to perform 3 and 4 every single bloody time I log onto my pc is making my life miserable... and that's what I'm hoping somebody may help me prevent...
  9. adpucci

    adpucci Thread Starter

    Oct 10, 2003

    following your advice (and the link from cnet.com who'd publicised it 3 weeks ago), I finally downloaded Roboform.

    I then discovered what you probably knew all along, and that is that I have been able to import all my gator settings in there, so I've removed the nasty little horrid monster from my pc and I'm happy as a monkey on a tree.


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