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google redirect virus turned into something worse

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#1 killersnowmen


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Posted 28 January 2009 - 04:06 AM

First of all, my I am running a Windows XP OS. My computer was weird in that it had the virus where any search inquiry would be redirected to some bogus websites. I tried finding a program that would help fix this, but I think I inadvertently downloaded a malignant antiviral program (i think it was pc tools, because popups would keep occuring, and sometimes it was from them). Avast starting bringup warning signs of a trojan, but as soon as I tried to delete it, another warning would come up.
this was the warning..
C:\Documents and Settings\Daniel\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\Q0B87V23\flist[1].js [L] JS:FakeAV-G [Trj] (0)
File will be deleted during the next system start...

i ran combofix, but that was before i came to this forum and read that we really shouldn't have. for now my computer seems to be running without any popups, but I wanted to make sure my computer was completely purged. if there is any other information that you guys need, don't hesitate to ask.


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#2 garmanma


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Posted 28 January 2009 - 11:38 AM

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.
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  • 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.
-- 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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#3 killersnowmen

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 07:37 PM

hello again. I did what you asked and heres the log report.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.33
Database version: 1703
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

1/28/2009 4:36:38 PM
mbam-log-2009-01-28 (16-36-38).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 57370
Time elapsed: 2 minute(s), 26 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 4
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:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\nowstarter.nowstarterctrl.1 (Adware.CWS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{072039ab-2117-4ed5-a85f-9b9eb903e021} (Adware.CWS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{072039ab-2117-4ed5-a85f-9b9eb903e021} (Adware.CWS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Code Store Database\Distribution Units\{072039ab-2117-4ed5-a85f-9b9eb903e021} (Adware.CWS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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)

#4 simbasmamichi


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Posted 29 January 2009 - 11:56 AM

Hi Killer,

I found this post b/c I had googled JS:FakeAV-G after receiving an alert from Avast. At the time I was downloading Comodo Firewall and even though I had paused the Firewall scan, Avast could not take care of the trojan. Anyhoo, I just want to say that I don't think your MBAM scan got rid of it. I ended up rebooting my computer into Safe Mode and then ran MBAM and it found something, but not the trojan. I then ran Avast (still in Safe Mode) and it then found it, and allowed me to remove it. So, I suggest you do something similar to make sure you have gotten rid of the trojan.

Hope that helps!

Edited by simbasmamichi, 29 January 2009 - 11:57 AM.

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 12:22 PM

BTW- I had the same weird Google redirecting problem a few days ago and had also downloaded MSN's Spy Doctor for free. After much effort I finally was able to download and run MBAM and Super AntiSpyware, and that seemed to take care of that problem.

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