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Yahoo! and google search results are being altered


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#1 r2g

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 03:36 AM

My apologies, I just reposted this in a more appropriate area:

BleepingComputer.com > Internet & Networking > Web Browsing/Email and Other Internet Applications




My search results in Yahoo! and google are being "pirated" by, I believe, a script. For instance, when I do a search for "Johnny Cash" in Yahoo!, I receive these results when using IE 6.0.2800.1106 with SP1

Johnny Cash
Official site for Johnny Cash features career information, discography, reviews, photos, and forums.
moneypowercenter.com

JohnnyCash.Com (THE OFFICIAL JOHNNY CASH SITE)
2006 JohnnyCash.Com. All Rights Reserved. Subscribe to JohnnyCash.com Newsletter: Subscribe ...
www.911forpayday.com - Cached

Johnny Cash - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wikipedia article on Johnny Cash, including a detailed biography, discography, award information, his legacy, and more.
www.mycashnow.com - 152k - Cached

Those are with IE settings in Tools>Internet Options>Security = Medium. However, when I change Tools>Internet Options>Security to HIGH, I get these results:

Johnny Cash
Official site for Johnny Cash features career information, discography, reviews, photos, and forums.
www.johnnycash.com - Cached

JohnnyCash.Com (THE OFFICIAL JOHNNY CASH SITE)
2006 JohnnyCash.Com. All Rights Reserved. Subscribe to JohnnyCash.com Newsletter: Subscribe ...
www.johnnycash.com/cash.html - Cached

Johnny Cash - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wikipedia article on Johnny Cash, including a detailed biography, discography, award information, his legacy, and more.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Cash - 152k - Cached

Johnny Cash
The official website of Johnny Cash. Here you'll find the latest news, music, videos, albums, events and more for Johnny Cash.
www.johnnycashonline.com - Cached

Note in the bold text how with Security settings on MEDIUM the links returned do not match the search result. However, with Security settings on HIGH, the correct link is returned below the search result. I had the same problem while using FireFox and eliminated it by installing the NoScript plug-in.

So far I have downloaded and run:

- SpyBot Search & Destroy
- FixWareOut

Neither have fixed the problem. A full system scan by AVG 7.5 comes up blank for any viruses. My OS is Windows 2000 which I regularly update from Microsoft's site.

Hopefully this is not an uncommon problem...

Thank you!
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Edited by r2g, 30 December 2008 - 04:15 AM.


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#2 garmanma

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 07:55 AM

This is an infection. I'm moving you to Am I Infected
Try this scan for starters If you are using Spybot's Teatimer, disable it for now
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Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue. If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
  • On the Scanner tab:
    • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
    • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
  • Back at the main Scanner screen, click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply and exit MBAM.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you may be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. Regardless if prompted to restart the computer or not, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware. MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you're using other security programs that detect registry changes, they may alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please permit the program to allow the changes.

Edited by garmanma, 30 December 2008 - 07:57 AM.

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#3 r2g

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 10:44 PM

Thank you; Cleveland Rocks! Here's the log file:

--begin paste--

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31
Database version: 1571
Windows 5.0.2195 Service Pack 4

12/30/2008 1:03:26 AM
mbam-log-2008-12-30 (01-03-26).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|D:\|E:\|F:\|)
Objects scanned: 111705
Time elapsed: 1 hour(s), 1 minute(s), 43 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 5
Registry Values Infected: 1
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 2

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\minibugtransporter.minibugtransporterx (Adware.Minibug) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{3c2d2a1e-031f-4397-9614-87c932a848e0} (Adware.Minibug) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{04a38f6b-006f-4247-ba4c-02a139d5531c} (Adware.Minibug) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2b96d5cc-c5b5-49a5-a69d-cc0a30f9028c} (Adware.Minibug) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\minibugtransporter.minibugtransporterx.1 (Adware.Minibug) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDLLs\C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\WeatherBug\MiniBugTransporter.dll (Adware.Minibug) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\WeatherBug\MiniBugTransporter.dll (Adware.Minibug) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINNT\system32\sysaudio.sys (Rootkit.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.


--end paste--

And here's the log file of another scan after the malware was removed:

--begin paste--

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31
Database version: 1580
Windows 5.0.2195 Service Pack 4

12/30/2008 7:47:35 PM
mbam-log-2008-12-30 (19-47-35).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|D:\|E:\|F:\|G:\|H:\|)
Objects scanned: 112048
Time elapsed: 58 minute(s), 46 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)


-- end paste--

With the malware removed, the problem still persists.

#4 garmanma

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 08:57 AM

ATF
Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop.
  • Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
  • Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
  • If you use Firefox browser click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • If you use Opera browser click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".

Now SAS,may need an hour
Please download and scan with SUPERAntiSpyware Free
  • Double-click SUPERAntiSypware.exe and use the default settings for installation.
  • An icon will be created on your desktop. Double-click that icon to launch the program.
  • If asked to update the program definitions, click "Yes". If not, update the definitions before scanning by selecting "Check for Updates". (If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here. Double-click on the hyperlink for Download Installer and save SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to your desktop. Then double-click on SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to install the definitions.)
  • In the Main Menu, click the Preferences... button.
  • Click the "General and Startup" tab, and under Start-up Options, make sure "Start SUPERAntiSpyware when Windows starts" box is unchecked.
  • Click the "Scanning Control" tab, and under Scanner Options, make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):
    • Close browsers before scanning.
    • Scan for tracking cookies.
    • Terminate memory threats before quarantining.
  • Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program.
  • Do not run a scan just yet.
Reboot your computer in "Safe Mode" using the F8 method. To do this, restart your computer and after hearing your computer beep once during startup (but before the Windows icon appears) press the F8 key repeatedly. A menu will appear with several options. Use the arrow keys to navigate and select the option to run Windows in "Safe Mode".

Scan with SUPERAntiSpyware as follows:
  • Launch the program and back on the main screen, under "Scan for Harmful Software" click Scan your computer.
  • On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
  • On the right, under "Complete Scan", choose Perform Complete Scan and click "Next".
  • After the scan is complete, a Scan Summary box will appear with potentially harmful items that were detected. Click "OK".
  • Make sure everything has a checkmark next to it and click "Next".
  • A notification will appear that "Quarantine and Removal is Complete". Click "OK" and then click the "Finish" button to return to the main menu.
  • If asked if you want to reboot, click "Yes" and reboot normally.
  • To retrieve the removal information after reboot, launch SUPERAntispyware again.
    • Click Preferences, then click the Statistics/Logs tab.
    • Under Scanner Logs, double-click SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log.
    • If there are several logs, click the current dated log and press View log. A text file will open in your default text editor.
    • Please copy and paste the Scan Log results in your next reply.
  • Click Close to exit the program.

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 10:00 PM

Done and done. Here's the SAS log file:


--begin paste--

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 12/31/2008 at 06:56 PM

Application Version : 4.24.1004

Core Rules Database Version : 3693
Trace Rules Database Version: 1669

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:45:07

Memory items scanned : 127
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 4889
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 69624
File threats detected : 2

Trojan.Malware
D:\DOWNLOADS\MALWARE\MW_INSTALL.EXE

Parasite.SpyAxe/Installer
D:\DOWNLOADS\SA1.EXE


--end paste--



Still have the problem.

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 11:08 PM

If you are using XP
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http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/131299/how-to-use-sdfix/


Please print out and follow these instructions: "How to use SDFix". <- for Windows 2000/XP ONLY.
When using this tool, you must use the Administrator's account or an account with "Administrative rights"
  • Disconnect from the Internet and temporarily disable your anti-virus, script blocking and any real time protection programs before performing a scan.
  • Please be patient as the scan may take up to 20 minutes to complete.
  • When the process is complete, the SDFix report log will open in Notepad and automatically be saved in the SDFix folder as Report.txt.
  • If SDFix is unable to run after rebooting from Safe Mode, run SDFix in either Mode, and type F, then press Enter for it to finish the final stage and produce the report.
  • The SDFix report log (Report.txt) will open in Notepad and automatically be saved in the SDFix folder.
  • Please copy and paste the contents of Report.txt in your next reply.
  • Be sure to re-enable you anti-virus and and other security programs before connecting to the Internet.

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 06:53 PM

SDFix results:


--begin paste--

SDFix: Version 1.240
Run on Thu 01/01/2009 at 3:33p

Microsoft Windows 2000 [Version 5.00.2195]
Running From: C:\SDFix

Checking Services :


Restoring Default Security Values
Restoring Default Hosts File

Rebooting


Checking Files :

No Trojan Files Found






Removing Temp Files

ADS Check :



Final Check :

catchme 0.3.1361.2 W2K/XP/Vista - rootkit/stealth malware detector by Gmer, http://www.gmer.net
Rootkit scan 2009-01-01 15:41:47
Windows 5.0.2195 Service Pack 4 NTFS

scanning hidden processes ...

scanning hidden services & system hive ...

scanning hidden registry entries ...

scanning hidden files ...

scan completed successfully
hidden processes: 0
hidden services: 0
hidden files: 0


Remaining Services :



Remaining Files :



Files with Hidden Attributes :

Tue 17 Oct 2006 304,736 A..H. --- "C:\Program Files\Canon\MP Navigator 3.0\Maint.exe"
Tue 17 Oct 2006 61,440 A..H. --- "C:\Program Files\Canon\MP Navigator 3.0\uinstrsc.dll"

Finished!

--end paste--

Still have the problem in IE.

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 07:51 PM

It looks like you have a stubborn rootkit infection. I recommend submitting a HJT log by following the preparation guide:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/
Then post it in the proper forum, here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/22/virus-trojan-spyware-and-malware-removal-logs/
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Posted 02 January 2009 - 12:40 AM

Hello r2g,

Now that you have a log posted here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/191364/possible-rootkit-infection/ you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a HJT Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are EXTREMELY busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

If after 5 days you still have received no response, then post a link to your HJT log in the thread titled "Haven't Had A Reply In Five Days?".

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic. Good luck with your log.

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