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Removing items from MSCONFIG after WMF exploit

OK, so, I’m busy killing off running processes and fire up MSConfig to try to keep them from coming back on the next boot. To launch msconfig go to start, run… type in msconfig and click ok. The startup tab is where we’re looking for programs running at startup (makes sense…) This is a bit easier and more straightforward than visiting the run entry in the registry. It does combine a few locations into one place.


That much said, one or two visits I made were in the registry currentversion/run key that msconfig gives a listing for. Anyway, here’s what I found THERE….

There was an entry called system which was set to c:windowswsystem32kernels64.exe and xp_system which is set to c:windowsinet20001winlogon.exe in addition winstall.exe was run from c:winstall.exe

I was able to get rid of kernels64.exe and winstall.exe (they had been killed from memory using task manager.) Winlogon was running (two copies, system process and user process, the user process was coming from the strange directory inet20001 which is not a legit windows directory.)

The process of disabling did take a couple boots and the registry fix to run Task Manager had to be run each time as I tried to “kill” off running processes.

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Posted by on December 29, 2005.

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Categories: Computers, Security, Spyware, Tech Support, Uncategorized, Viruses, Windows

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