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Had A Google Redirect Malware (coolwwwsearch?)


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#1 jengman

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Posted 02 September 2008 - 12:09 AM

UPDATE: I just ran HouseCall on my Windows/System and Windows/System32 file and it found RTKT_Stitch.E and RTKT_Stich.E (tdssserf.dll and tdssadw.dll). I cleaned both. Let me know if you need an updated HJT log file or if there are things I should look out for...

Hi all,

I'm usually a careful web downloader, but I must've gotten nailed while trying to download a what turned out to be a bad DirectX9 redist file (thanksalot MS for trying to keep an iron grip on the OS with validation, forcing decent users who had to upgrade hardware with only the underground for files...).

Enough whining... I ended with what looks like a CoolWWWSearch (at least that's what SpyBot told me). If you're curious about what it did and maybe how it did it, read on, but if you're short on time, the HT file is below if someone has a moment to glance at it to make sure I'm clean (THANKS!).

First indication after running the program was Windows Firewall alerting me that it had been shut off. I turned it back on and it indicated that I should keep blocking svchost.exe which I did. I then found that the malware (virus?) redirected all google searches to a strange mix of link farms (abcjump.com) and commercial sites (army.com, ebay, thestreet, Monster marketplace).

Looking at my Firefox history, they mostly used the following URLs to redirect:

http://64.111.196.117/c.php?s=eNotU8cOq0gA...NkoALEU_wU-TjmR

(with a different value after c.php?re=1& for each different search result and a couple other IPs, but 64.111.196.117 was the main one)

or

http://go.google.com/?u=0i6co1DsXcKGzpgpdu...F711.691.111.46

(with a different value after c.php?re=1& for each different search result).

Manually entering websites would yield a could not connect error. I could get to a few sites without being redirected by clicking the cached link in Google, and from there I tried downloading some programs, but somehow the bug only let me download anywhere from 50-500 kb of any file before cutting off the download, so I wasn't able to download HT, which I didn't have installed on the computer. I did have Spybot, and it caught CoolWWWSearch.svchost32 with a few registry changes and an overwritten svchost32.exe (along with the firewall and antivirus bypass registry changes). Spybot cleaned and indicated that it was clean, and nothing was listed, but the redirects persisted. I tried CWShredder 2.19, but that didn't pick up anything after the Spybot cleanup. Nothing looked out of the ordinary with either my system processes or my startup services, so I panicked and tried doing System Restore, but the bugger wouldn't let it run. I then restarted into safe mode before I could run system restore to the previous day, which seems to have killed the redirects. Phew. But now to play it safe, I downloaded HT, and if someone could just look at the below and let me know if anything still looks off, let me know and I'll be eternally grateful to you. Thanks thanks thanks! Please let me know if you have any questions.

(I've cleaned temp files and ran HT with no running programs. I have AVG but the license expired. Windows XP Pro, SP2 with all updates. Main browser is Firefox 3.0.1.)

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 1:02:27 AM, on 9/2/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\SSL VPN Client\agent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgemc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\MMTaskbar\MultiMon.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\devldr32.exe
C:\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = 127.0.0.1
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: CitiUS Shared Browser Helper Object - {387EDF53-1CF2-4523-BC2F-13462651BE8C} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: Mouse Gestures - {A6A49249-57AE-4295-8D4D-18A9502C7D8E} - C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\Drowse\MouseGestures.dll
O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {E0E899AB-F487-11D5-8D29-0050BA6940E3} - (no file)
O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {DE9C389F-3316-41A7-809B-AA305ED9D922} - (no file)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [AVG7_Run] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgw.exe /RUNONCE (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [AVG7_Run] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgw.exe /RUNONCE (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [AVG7_Run] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgw.exe /RUNONCE (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [AVG7_Run] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgw.exe /RUNONCE (User 'Default user')
O4 - Global Startup: MultiMon Taskbar.lnk = C:\Program Files\MMTaskbar\MultiMon.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {4E660F19-E91E-41e1-88EF-D1DFAB118F67} - C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\Drowse\MouseGestures.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Mouse Gestures... - {4E660F19-E91E-41e1-88EF-D1DFAB118F67} - C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\Drowse\MouseGestures.dll
O9 - Extra button: AOL Instant Messenger (SM) - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - C:\Program Files\AIM95\aim.exe
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool) - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=39204
O16 - DPF: {39B0684F-D7BF-4743-B050-FDC3F48F7E3B} - http://www.fileplanet.com/fpdlmgr/cabs/FPDC_2.2.1.87.cab
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/...b?1136596381593
O16 - DPF: {A2E05F45-F127-4092-B9F7-9A02C3E04C77} (HGPlugin7USA Class) - http://gamedownload.ijjimax.com/gamedownlo...GPlugin7USA.cab
O16 - DPF: {A922B6AB-3B87-11D3-B3C2-0008C7DA6CB9} (InetDownload Class) - https://media.pineconeresearch.com/ActiveX/...loadcontrol.cab
O16 - DPF: {BC5E698E-77CF-45EF-80A3-090A4B6AAF83} (HGPlugin8USA Class) - http://gamedownload.ijjimax.com/gamedownlo...GPlugin8USA.cab
O16 - DPF: {CD995117-98E5-4169-9920-6C12D4C0B548} (HGPlugin9USA Class) - http://gamedownload.ijjimax.com/gamedownlo...GPlugin9USA.cab
O23 - Service: Adobe LM Service - Adobe Systems - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe Systems Shared\Service\Adobelmsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Apple Mobile Device - Apple, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Alert Manager Server (Avg7Alrt) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Update Service (Avg7UpdSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exe
O23 - Service: AVG E-mail Scanner (AVGEMS) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgemc.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: iPodService - Apple Computer, Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: Pantech&Curitel Utility Service - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\UTStarcom\Sprint\Sprint PCS Connection Manager\PnCUtilityService.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Cisco Systems, Inc. STC Agent (STCAgent) - Cisco Systems, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\SSL VPN Client\agent.exe

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End of file - 6781 bytes

Edited by jengman, 02 September 2008 - 01:23 AM.


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Posted 19 September 2008 - 05:41 AM

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