lsass.exe Virus - HELP!!!

Reply Sun 2 May, 2004 10:50 am

Anyone know how to get rid of the virus causing thisa message? I have tried a bunch of virus scanners but they all miss it.

"This system is shutting down. Please save all... This shutdown was initiated by NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM.

Message: The system process 'c:\windows\system32\lsass.exe' terminated unexpectedly with the status code -1073741676. The system will now shut down and restart."


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Craven de Kere
Reply Sun 2 May, 2004 03:36 pm

This seems like a brand new virus and A2K is getting thousands of hits from it because it gives a similar message as the blaster worm.

It seems like the major AVC software vendors can't remove it yet (though they should be able to soon) so right now we are in the dark and have to guess at manual means for removal.

http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/10108/solution/ That site describes a vulnerability that probably started all this for you. You should patch that.

See if the trojan dumped the files listed on this Mcafee write up:


I'm also finding references to these files in searches:










Some report notepad.exe being overwriten so try to use notepad and if it doesn't work delete notepad.exe

If the restarts are coming too fast for you to work on anything run msconfig and from the services tab uncheck "Windows
Security Update (Manufacturer: unknown)".

I have yet to aee anyone report a solution or fix, and not having this infection makes it hard for me to guess while in the dark but this is what I'd do given the info I have:

1) I'd do the msconfig trick above.
2) I'd update my AV defnitions.
3) I'd do a windows update
4) I'd search for the files mentioned above and copy them to a disk and delete them (copying just in case they are false positives).
5) I'd run a full system scan using both your existing AV software and online ones (let me know if you need links for online ones).
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Craven de Kere
Reply Sun 2 May, 2004 03:39 pm
Here is another write up (in case this is the W32.Sasser.Worm).


Try using Stinger ( http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger ) to remove it as it seems like they updated it within the last few days.
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Craven de Kere
Reply Sun 2 May, 2004 04:37 pm

Here's the best that I found so far, and it was just updated today:

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