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#1 turbine_guy

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 09:27 PM

I discovered that my Google searches are being hijacked. I found that searching for harbor freight brought up "headlines" about Harbor Freight, but the URL's are for cheap airline tickets and other misdirects. The real web site is: www.harborfreight.com

Searches from within the Google search bar on my Dell start page work ok.

I have a recent build of UBCD4WIN that I made, and I used several tools from this build, but no luck. I used Dr. Webcurit from safemode, and I thought it was fixed, but the problem returned.

I tried runscanner.exe and loaded the file to the web site for automated analysis, but nothing appears out of line.

My Norton 360 had expired when I picked up this bug. I have since installed the latest McAfee from my ISP, but no help here.

I suspect I need to run a program and upload a file for analysis.

Please advise.

Cheers,

Edited by Orange Blossom, 02 January 2009 - 10:04 PM.
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Posted 02 January 2009 - 11:07 PM

Hi and welcome to BleepingComputer :thumbsup:

The process of cleaning your computer may require temporarily disabliling some security programs. If you are using SpyBot Search and Destroy, please refer to Note 2 at the bottom of this page.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
alternate download link 1
alternate download link 2
  • 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.

Note 2:
-- MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you're using other security programs that detect registry changes (like Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere with the fix or alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please disable such programs until disinfection is complete or permit them to allow the changes. To disable these programs, please view this topic: How To Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus, Firewall And Anti-malware Programs

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 11:50 AM

Thank you for your help.

1. I ran Malwarebytes yesterday, and it discovered 390 adware problems. I deleted those files, and the problem still existted.

2. I ran Dr. Web Curit yesterday and found a problem that appeared to resolve the redirects. It worked perfectly on my first search, and then reverted back to the old behavior. The Dr. log reported the following, and I thought this was the problem.

c:\windows\downloaded program files\tvuax.dll - incurable - deleted

3. I ran Malwarebytes again today in safe mode with updated signature. No problems were found, and I cannot locate a log file.

4. I ran Dr. Web Curit in safe mode again today. No problems found.


Please advise.

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 12:18 PM

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop.
alternate download link DO NOT use yet.

Please download and install 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 and
    unzip into the program's folder.
    )
  • Under the "Configuration and Preferences", 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".

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".

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 03 January 2009 - 06:57 PM

I have performed these instructions as indicated.

No problems have been identified.

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

Generated 01/03/2009 at 06:37 PM

Application Version : 4.24.1004

Core Rules Database Version : 3694
Trace Rules Database Version: 1670

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:37:35

Memory items scanned : 241
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 5194
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 52097
File threats detected : 0

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 07:24 PM

Please download SmitfraudFix

Double-click SmitfraudFix.exe
Select option #1 - Search by typing 1 and press "Enter"; a text file will appear, which lists infected files (if present).
Please copy/paste the content of that report into your next reply.

Note : process.exe is detected by some antivirus programs (AntiVir, Dr.Web, Kaspersky) as a "RiskTool"; it is not a virus, but a program used to stop system processes. Antivirus programs cannot distinguish between "good" and "malicious" use of such programs, therefore they may alert the user.
http://www.beyondlogic.org/consulting/proc...processutil.htm

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 08:38 PM

Thanks again for looking at this:


SmitFraudFix v2.388

Scan done at 20:29:06.84, Sat 01/03/2009
Run from C:\SmitfraudFix
OS: Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600] - Windows_NT
The filesystem type is NTFS
Fix run in safe mode

Process

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:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MSC\mcmscsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\MPF\MPFSrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
C:\SmitfraudFix\Policies.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe

hosts


C:\


C:\WINDOWS


C:\WINDOWS\system


C:\WINDOWS\Web


C:\WINDOWS\system32


C:\WINDOWS\system32\LogFiles


C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator


C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1\LOCALS~1\Temp


C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data


Start Menu


C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1\FAVORI~1


Desktop


C:\Program Files


Corrupted keys


Desktop Components

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components\0]
"Source"="About:Home"
"SubscribedURL"="About:Home"
"FriendlyName"="My Current Home Page"


o4Patch
!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

o4Patch
Credits: Malware Analysis & Diagnostic
Code: S!Ri



IEDFix
!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

IEDFix
Credits: Malware Analysis & Diagnostic
Code: S!Ri



Agent.OMZ.Fix
!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

Agent.OMZ.Fix
Credits: Malware Analysis & Diagnostic
Code: S!Ri


VACFix
!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

VACFix
Credits: Malware Analysis & Diagnostic
Code: S!Ri


404Fix
!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

404Fix
Credits: Malware Analysis & Diagnostic
Code: S!Ri


Sharedtaskscheduler
!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

SrchSTS.exe by S!Ri
Search SharedTaskScheduler's .dll


AppInit_DLLs
!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows]
"AppInit_DLLs"="wxvault.dll C:\\PROGRA~1\\Google\\GOOGLE~1\\GOEC62~1.DLL"
"LoadAppInit_DLLs"=dword:00000001


Winlogon
!!!Attention, following keys are not inevitably infected!!!

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"Userinit"="C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\userinit.exe,"
"System"=""


RK



DNS

Description: Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection - Packet Scheduler Miniport
DNS Server Search Order: 192.168.1.1

HKLM\SYSTEM\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{905D7032-F75C-4BB5-B9D4-76C94D4A1230}: DhcpNameServer=192.168.1.1
HKLM\SYSTEM\CS2\Services\Tcpip\..\{905D7032-F75C-4BB5-B9D4-76C94D4A1230}: DhcpNameServer=192.168.1.1
HKLM\SYSTEM\CS3\Services\Tcpip\..\{905D7032-F75C-4BB5-B9D4-76C94D4A1230}: DhcpNameServer=192.168.1.1
HKLM\SYSTEM\CCS\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: DhcpNameServer=192.168.1.1
HKLM\SYSTEM\CS2\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: DhcpNameServer=192.168.1.1
HKLM\SYSTEM\CS3\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: DhcpNameServer=192.168.1.1


Scanning for wininet.dll infection


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Posted 03 January 2009 - 09:01 PM

I did some looking - tvuax.dll Is this the same file?

How are things runing?

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 10:01 PM

:thumbsup:

Thank you so much for your quick responses and following along with me on this.

I still had the redirect problem, so I decided to take on some risky behavior.

I downloaded combofix, installed the recovery console, and let it rip. I decided that I had the tools and disks to restore the computer if I damaged the operating system. I had been considering nuking the hard drive and putting the computer back to original delivery status. The computer is a project laptop under my control for now.

Now, my google searches are perfect for the moment.

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 12:22 AM

Whew... okay :thumbsup:

Combofix is a very powerful program. Please rerun Malwarebytes and post a fresh log. Thanks!

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 09:18 PM

I will paste in the latest Malwarebytes scan below. This was made Sunday evening with the latest download of the definition file.

I am disappointed that Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, and McAfee did not help with this problem or identify the cause. It was combofix that did the job, and I hope that it was complete.

Thank you again for taking the time to look at this for me.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31
Database version: 1615
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

2009-01-04 21:12:51
mbam-log-2009-01-04 (21-12-51).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 211823
Time elapsed: 34 minute(s), 32 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)

Edited by turbine_guy, 04 January 2009 - 09:20 PM.


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Posted 05 January 2009 - 12:58 PM

ComboFix is a very powerful piece of software. It can trash a computer if not used properly, and has other "options" as well. The others are good, but designed with end users in mind.

If there are no more problems or signs of infection, you should Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "Ok"
  • Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.
  • Click the "More Options" Tab.
  • Click the "Clean up" button under System Restore.
  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?"
  • Click Yes, then click Ok.
  • Click Yes again when prompted with "Are you sure you want to perform these actions?"
  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 07:31 PM

Thank you for all of your help.

I have performed the last instructiona. I have not found any further eveidence of problems.

Cheers

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