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Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by vpblue, Jul 2, 2007.

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  1. vpblue

    vpblue Thread Starter

    Jul 2, 2007
    Good morning all,

    I am stuggling to get rid of svcchosst.exe. I have run HijackThis and here is the log:

    Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
    Scan saved at 11:06:08, on 02/07/2007
    Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

    Running processes:
    C:\Program Files\AOL\Active Virus Shield\avp.exe
    C:\Program Files\AOL\Active Virus Shield\avp.exe
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    C:\Program Files\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.tiscali.co.uk/broadband
    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
    O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
    O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_11\bin\ssv.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
    O3 - Toolbar: Popup Killer - {2D58DD23-2759-4C7B-9351-D68AF7D0D868} - C:\PROGRA~1\PROTEC~1\POPUPR~1\popup.dll
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [aol] "C:\Program Files\AOL\Active Virus Shield\avp.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [Auto File System Conversion Utility] C:\WINDOWS\System32\wbem\scricon.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\RunServices: [Auto File System Conversion Utility] C:\WINDOWS\System32\wbem\scricon.exe
    O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_11\bin\ssv.dll
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_11\bin\ssv.dll
    O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
    O9 - Extra button: Related - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Show &Related Links - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm
    O16 - DPF: {0EB0E74A-2A76-4AB3-A7FB-9BD8C29F7F75} (CKAVWebScan Object) - http://www.kaspersky.com/kos/eng/partner/default/kavwebscan_unicode.cab
    O16 - DPF: {67DABFBF-D0AB-41FA-9C46-CC0F21721616} (DivXBrowserPlugin Object) - http://go.divx.com/plugin/DivXBrowserPlugin.cab
    O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{1E0DDEDF-0705-4CC3-9743-0045078BB47C}: NameServer =
    O20 - Winlogon Notify: klogon - C:\WINDOWS\System32\klogon.dll
    O23 - Service: Active Virus Shield (AVP) - AOL - C:\Program Files\AOL\Active Virus Shield\avp.exe

    I have identified one problem, which seems to be svcchosst.exe, but I do not manage to get rid of it and/or there might be other problems that I cannot identify. Can someone help?

    Thank you

  2. Goku


    May 17, 2007
    Welcome to TSG vpblue.:)

    I want to correct you in a few matters:-

    1)It is svchost.exe and not svcchost.exe.
    2)svchost.exe cannot be ended as it is a necessary system/network/local service and not a virus/spyware/trojan/etc.It is very necessary for Windows.
    3)Post your HJT logs only in the Security forum so you may only get expert advice from the experts.
    4)If you are confused,then please be clearer so that we may further assist you.
    5)If you think the problem is same,then please mark the thread Solved by using it from the Thread Tools link on the top of this page because you will be searching for answer that will harm your computer more than it will benefit.

    Please don't take it for wrong.I am just correcting you.Good Luck.
  3. Blackmirror


    Dec 5, 2006
    hello Vpblue

    Is there any reason you are running xp with no service packs

    Is this a legal copy of windows
  4. shamim


    Apr 15, 2007
    It may be the case that Vpblue isn't making a mistake with his spelling.
    I am quite sure I have seen svcchosst.exe run before along with the regular svchost.
    It was a virus and when I resotred my system to an earlier date, it was fixed.

    But, vpblue can assure us whether there is a spelling mistake or something else..
  5. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Dec 14, 2002
    First Name:
    Hi VPblue

    before we go any further
    why are you running XP with no service packs & updates

    • Please go here using Internet Explorer.
    • Click on "Windows Validation Assistant"
    • Click on the "Validate Now" button.
    • Be patient while the ActiveX loads, do not click on any links.
    • Read the instructions on this page while it's loading. You will be prompted to install - click YES.
    • Enter your product key then click "continue"
    • When it says "Validation Complete" please click "Continue to return to your previous activity"
    • Copy what it says and paste it here.
  6. vpblue

    vpblue Thread Starter

    Jul 2, 2007
    thank you for your reply. You are right, I am not making a mistake, svcchosst.exe is in fact a Trojan that tries to use a very similar extension as the very essential ones used in Windows, quite clever! However, Goku might think it is a mistake because when I checked the log I have sent, svcchosst.exe does not apear, so it might have confused him/her too. I will now get a service pack and update. As for the authenticity of my windows, I can only guess it is since the machine was a present already set up. I will keep you updated on the outcome. Thanks again
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