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Web Browser Results are not right!


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#1 moozak

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 06:26 PM

hi everyone...

i'm new to this forum and i'm from central indiana. sorry i didn't take the time to post in the "introductions" section... but i really need help.

whenever i do a simple search in Microsoft Internet Exporer (or even Mozilla Firefox) using Yahoo or Google... etc... i get a list of things that look right... but the links they refer to are all wrong... and it takes a long time for the results to materialize as well. when i compare this same simple search to any other computer i have... i get the right results... much faster... but on the desktop... it's all wrong. the descriptions look ok... but the LINKS under the descriptions are all wrong. i get a lot of references to "pricegrabber.com" and "findlinks.com", "wyp.net", "freeantivirus.com", "toseeka.net"... etc. if i page forward... all the results start to look more normal.

i learned about this forum from doing web searches trying to find out what's wrong. in fact, i referenced this topic and tried the software referenced therein:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/181520/constant-redirects-toseeka-dnshijacker-85255/

and also here:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/124461/malwarespyware-search-engine-redirection-eg-shopica-toseeka/

i tried things from both of the above links and i still have the same problem.

i have ran my PCTools Spyware with Antivirus engine (purchased software)... along with PCTools Registry Doctor (also purchased)... i have ran AdAware (free version)... SuperAnitSypware (free version)... Malwarebytes' AntiMalware (free version. the last one (Malwarebytes' AntiMalware) did find and remove something that said it was a "mini trojan?"...

but still i have the same problem. i feel like i've got an unrecognized browser hijack... or pehaps the remnants of a previously removed virus... i just don't know at this point... but i'm pulling my hair out. i've even tryed a system restore.

so... where do i go from here? what do i do? my gut tells me that something simply isn't right here and i really need some help.

anyone?

(i'll give this post a chance to generate some feedback and i'll check back tomorrow... thank you!)

Edited by moozak, 06 January 2009 - 06:29 PM.


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#2 Tehsplink

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 06:37 PM

i know you said you have scanned with MBAM, but please update again and then do a full scan.


Give me a log after :thumbsup:
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Posted 06 January 2009 - 07:34 PM

hi Tehsplink...

first of all... let me say that my wife and i were in london oct 2007 and we loved it! (also, loved the John Smiths Extra Smooth!)

anyway... i ran the MBAM... with the latest database version... and here's the results... although... i'm honestly not sure what this is gonna tell you... but here you go:



Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.32
Database version: 1625
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

1/6/2009 7:31:08 PM
mbam-log-2009-01-06 (19-31-08).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 95822
Time elapsed: 44 minute(s), 2 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)

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 07:44 PM

Hmmm, please go to the ESET online scan in Internet Explorer and do a scan to see if that detects anything.

http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/



please ensure that the remove detected threats and the remove potentially unwanted applications :thumbsup:


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#5 moozak

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 12:24 PM

honestly... i've already done that too. i pretty much did everything that was covered in the links the that i referenced in my first post.

it was only after all of that where i became frustrated because it seems i still have some sort of virus... or perhaps the remnants of one.

any other ideas?

should i post the output of HiJackThis?

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 07:39 PM

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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#7 moozak

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 06:15 AM

i will try this and get back with you.

also, let me ask... what is it that you think my computer has? does anyone have a clue? i mean ALL of my anti spy/virus software now says i'm clean.

thanks

Edited by moozak, 08 January 2009 - 06:08 PM.


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Posted 09 January 2009 - 07:32 AM

ok... i followed your instructions thoroughly.

no virus was found. i rebooted and did my basic search test and... still the same problem.

i can do the same search using yahoo or google in firefox or IE (i'm using the words "gibson guitars" for my test) on TWO different computers... and the search results all look the same... EXCEPT for the references to the weblinks... which are almost always these guys:

"pricegrabber.com" and "findlinks.com", "wyp.net", "freeantivirus.com", "toseeka.net"... etc

i just don't get this!

does anyone have any idea what might be going on here?

Edited by moozak, 09 January 2009 - 07:34 AM.


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Posted 09 January 2009 - 06:21 PM

anyone?

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 07:19 PM

If it was only one search engine doing this, I would blame it on the application, but since it's more than one you would have to suspect some type of redirect hijacker.
Seeing how everything comes back clean, if you want to pursue further I suggest that you follow the instructions and prepare a HJT log, here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/
Then post the log in the proper form here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/22/virus-trojan-spyware-and-malware-removal-logs/
Our team members are rather busy, so it may take a while to get to you
Be patient and good luck
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Posted 10 January 2009 - 06:07 AM

i suspect the same thing... so i will continue on with your instructions.

thanks for your time!

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 11:44 AM

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