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I recently discovered I had 10 to 20 copies of dllhost.exe running in my task manager. I shut down my computer and restarted, and I had 10 to 20 copies of raptr_ep64.exe (a gaming program I don't use but which was bundled with a game I bought) running in the task manager.


Also, at one point I ran Paint Shop Pro and it informed me that an "OLE screen capture" is currently running. MSERT.exe also detected a Java/Obfuscator.W object.


Is my computer infected? McAfee scanner and Emsisoft scanner don't seem to detect anything. I've seen threads stating that multiple dllhost.exe tasks is the sign of a serious infection, which has me really worried. Attached are the requested log files. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

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Copy the below code to Notepad; Save As fixlist.txt to your Desktop.

Winlogon\Notify\SDWinLogon-x32: SDWinLogon.dll [X]
HKLM\...\Policies\Explorer: [NoControlPanel] 0
HKU\S-1-5-21-1857543906-2884715997-2832291398-1000\...\Run: [Google Update**.d<*>] => "C:\Users\Alan\AppData\Local\Google\Desktop\Install\{f5fb3f6d-693d-f50e-66f8-eb89ebb219bf}\d'x"Ù"\", &h#\. ùû[\{f5fb3f6d-693d-f50e-66f8-eb89ebb219bf}\GoogleUpdate.exe" > <===== ATTENTION (Value Name with invalid characters)
HKU\S-1-5-21-1857543906-2884715997-2832291398-1000\...409d6c4515e9\InprocServer32: [Default-shell32] \\?\globalroot\Device\HarddiskVolume4\Users\Alan\AppData\Local\Temp\spvcnmd\ssudrdx\wow.dll ATTENTION! ====> ZeroAccess?
HKU\S-1-5-18\...\Policies\Explorer: [NoControlPanel] 0
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer: Policy restriction <======= ATTENTION
HKU\S-1-5-21-1857543906-2884715997-2832291398-1000\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer: Policy restriction <======= ATTENTION
SearchScopes: HKLM - DefaultScope value is missing.
SearchScopes: HKLM-x32 - DefaultScope value is missing.
CustomCLSID: HKU\S-1-5-21-1857543906-2884715997-2832291398-1000_Classes\CLSID\{fbeb8a05-beee-4442-804e-409d6c4515e9}\InprocServer32 -> \\?\globalroot\Device\HarddiskVolume4\Users\Alan\AppData\Local\Temp\spvcnmd\ssudrdx\wow.dll No File
Close Notepad.

NOTE: It's important that both files, FRST64 and fixlist.txt are in the same location or the fix will not work.

NOTICE: This script was written specifically for this user, for use on that particular machine. Running this on another machine may cause damage to your operating system

Run FRST64 and press the Fix button just once and wait.

If the tool needed a restart please make sure you let the system to restart normally and let the tool complete its run after restart.

The tool will make a log on the Desktop (Fixlog.txt). Please attach it to your reply.

Note: If the tool warns you about an outdated version please download and run the updated version.

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Everything seems normal, but it's hard to know for sure. The symptom of 10-20 dllhost.exe or raptr tasks had stopped appearing after a few restarts even before I ran the fix, but I was worried that if a Trojan was causing them it'd still be lurking on my system. Is there a particular scanner I should use to confirm my system is clean of this particular infection?

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The site itself doesn't seem to be Hijacked. Could have been a malicious advertisement, or there could still be malware lurking on your system.

These next 2 tools target Adware & Junkware in general.

Download AdwCleaner and save it on your desktop.

  • Close all open programs and Internet browsers (you may want to print our or write down these instructions first).
  • Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click on the Scan button.
  • After the scan has finished, click on the Clean button.
  • Confirm each time with OK.
  • You will be prompted to restart your computer. A text file will open in Notepad after the restart (this is the log of what was removed), which you can save on your desktop.
  • Attach that log file to your reply by clicking the More Reply Options button to the lower-right of where you type in your reply.
  • If you lose that log file for any reason, you can find it at C:\AdwCleaner on your computer.
Download Junkware Removal Tool and save it on your desktop.
  • Shut down your anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall software now to avoid potential conflicts.
  • Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, right-click it and select Run as administrator.
  • The tool will open and start scanning your system.
  • Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.
  • On completion, a log is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
  • Attach the JRT log file to a reply by clicking the More Reply Options button to the lower-right of where you type in your reply.
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Thank you. Here are the two log files generated. After running Adwcleaner, the next time I opened internet explorer I received a notification saying that an unknown program wanted to change my default homepage to Bing. Is this normal? I closed the notification and it hasn't come back.

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Thanks, that cleared up the Java/Obfuscator.W notice and MSERT is now reading as clean.


Also, I took the time to run a full scan with McAfee (last time I did a smart scan), and it came up with a "RDN/Generic Exploit!1m3" Trojan notice. McAfee quarantined it, and after I ran another full scan came back with 0 infections detected.


My computer was running really slow at one point, and I noticed about 80% of my RAM was in use, possibly because I hadn't restarted in a long time and have been opening and closing a lot of different programs (the issue cleared up after I restarted my computer). Anyway, because of this I went into Resource Monitor, and noticed I had multiple instances (about 10) of dllhost.exe shown running in memory in Resource Monitor, even though only one instance was shown running in Task Manager. I'm not really familiar with Resource Monitor so I'm not sure if this is normal or not.

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You did have a dll file left over from a ZeroAccess Trojan infection. That could explain some of the issues you were experiencing.

Unless you are having problems, it is time to do the final steps.

Uninstall AdwCleaner:

  • Close all open programs and Internet browsers.
  • Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click on the Uninstall button.
  • Confirm by clicking Yes.
Delete the following from your Desktop: (If they exist)


Emsisoft Emergency Kit.lnk





Anything else I had you use

Delete the following folders: (If they exist)




Empty the Recycle Bin

Download to your Desktop:

- CCleaner Portable

  • UnZip CCleaner Portable to a folder on your Desktop named CCleaner
Run CCleaner
  • Open the CCleaner Folder on your Desktop and double click CCleaner.exe (32-bit) or CCleaner64.exe (64-bit)
  • The following should be selected by default, if not, please select:


  • Click 16jox2o.png and choose 5x3nu8.gif
  • Uncheck 2wlsw11.gif
  • Then go back to 2jb4qyb.gif and click nf47ev.gif to run it.
  • Exit CCleaner.
Turn off System restore to flush all your restore points then turn system restore back on. See How To Enable and Disable System Restore.

You can delete and uninstall any programs I had you download, that you do not wish to keep on the system.

Run Windows Update and update your Windows Operating System.

Install and run the Secunia Personal Software Inspector, this will inspect your system for software that is out-of-date and in need of updating. Update anything program/application detected as being out-dated.

Articles to read:

How to Protect Your Computer From Malware

How to keep you and your Windows PC happy

Web, email, chat, password and kids safety

10 Sources of Malware Infections

That should take care of everything.

Safe Surfing!

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Reason: Resolved

The procedures contained in this thread are for this user and this user only. Attempting to use the instructions in this thread on your system could result in damaging the Operating System beyond repair. Do Not use any of the tools mentioned in this thread without the supervision of a Malware Removal Specialist.

All posters requesting Malware Removal assistance are required to follow all procedures in the thread titled START HERE, if you don't we are just going to send you back to this thread.

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