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#1 prichardson

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 10:37 AM

Hello everyone,

My problem sounds similar to most of the search engine problems posted. In my case the results from a search lead to what appear to be ad sights. If you do a search for "Yellowstone", all of the URL's are suspicious looking "www.click4less.com\yellowstone" etc. I have not clicked on any of these. If I use the search engine provided by my ISP (google powered), it works correctly.

I have ran AVG, MalwareBytes, and Kasparsky. Each have found nothing.

Any help appreciated.

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 11:16 AM

The problem may be associated with this problem. Serious problems with Google search. Please try again... the problem should now be resolved.

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 02:04 PM

Thanks for the reply,

I have had this issue for about a week. I know exactly how it happened. I was researching for a hiking guide, I clicked on a link that had a suspicous URL, but it was too late. The problem occurs using both google and yahoo.

Philip

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 05:45 PM

Ok... Let's start with Malwarebytes.

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 01 February 2009 - 11:50 AM

Thanks Rigel,

Nothing found, here is the log.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.33
Database version: 1713
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

2/1/2009 10:46:57 AM
mbam-log-2009-02-01 (10-46-57).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 65324
Time elapsed: 5 minute(s), 45 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 01 February 2009 - 12:08 PM

I'm having similar problems but the search results look legitimate, like real sites, but every once in a while it will take me to an advertisement site. This doesn't happen every time but when it does, it takes me forever to return to google. Also, the layout of google has sponsored links on the left hand side, as well as in yahoo and now wikipedia. I have McAfee, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Super Anti-Spyware. I've run all of them and quarantined and removed some trojans, spyware etc. but still am having this problem. Half of the google page is sponsored links and it's quite annoying. I'm using Mozilla and always have.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 01:13 PM

This is not the first time I've encountered this problem. A friend of mine got the exact same thing a few months back. Searches on Yahoo and Google only return URLs to ad sites. It was also the same in that a Google powered search engine on his ISP's web site works correctly. He just sent his machine to a local tech guy and had the hard drive erased and restored from square one. I'm not ready to do that...yet.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 02:14 PM

Your problem could still be a few things... Let's continue with this scan...

Please print out and follow these instructions: "How to use SDFix". <- This program is 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.
  • When done, 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.
  • Please copy and paste the contents of Report.txt in your next reply.
  • Be sure to renable you anti-virus and and other security programs before connecting to the Internet.
-- If the computer has been infected with the VirusAlert! malware warning from the clock and the Start Menu icons or drives are not visible, open the SDFix folder, right-click on either the XP_VirusAlert_Repair.inf or W2K VirusAlert_Repair.inf (depending on your version of Windows) and select Install from the Context menu. Then reboot to apply the changes.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 04:26 PM

Ran SDFix as requested. Problems with Google and Yahoo still exist. Very frustrating, but thanks for your help so far. Here is the report.

SDFix: Version 1.240
Run by Philip on Sun 02/01/2009 at 03:05 PM

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
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 2009-02-01 15:13:53
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 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 :




Authorized Application Key Export:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\system\currentcontrolset\services\sharedaccess\parameters\firewallpolicy\standardprofile\authorizedapplications\list]
"C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\sessmgr.exe"="C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\sessmgr.exe:*:Disabled:@xpsp2res.dll,-22019"
"C:\\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore.exe:*:Disabled:Internet Explorer"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\system\currentcontrolset\services\sharedaccess\parameters\firewallpolicy\domainprofile\authorizedapplications\list]
"%windir%\\system32\\sessmgr.exe"="%windir%\\system32\\sessmgr.exe:*:enabled:@xpsp2res.dll,-22019"

Remaining Files :



Files with Hidden Attributes :

Sat 24 Feb 2007 444 ...HR --- "C:\Documents and Settings\Philip\Application Data\SecuROM\UserData\securom_v7_01.bak"
Wed 21 Aug 2002 2,998 A..H. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\Philip\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Shortcut Bar\Des50.tmp"
Sat 3 Aug 2002 8,246 A..H. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\Philip\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Shortcut Bar\Off2h.tmp"
Sat 3 Aug 2002 8,246 A..H. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\Philip\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Shortcut Bar\Off2s.tmp"
Sun 11 Aug 2002 8,246 A..H. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\Philip\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Shortcut Bar\Off3h.tmp"
Sun 11 Aug 2002 8,246 A..H. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\Philip\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Shortcut Bar\Off3s.tmp"
Sun 1 Feb 2009 7,798 A..H. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\Philip\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Shortcut Bar\Off4.tmp"
Sat 29 Oct 2005 3,702 A..H. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\Philip\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Shortcut Bar\Off4h.tmp"
Sat 29 Oct 2005 3,702 A..H. --- "C:\Documents and Settings\Philip\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Shortcut Bar\Off4s.tmp"

Finished!

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 06:43 PM

Let's try one more scan...

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 02 February 2009 - 01:31 PM

Thanks for your help Rigel, but so far all scans are showing up clean. Here is the SAS log.

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

Generated 02/01/2009 at 10:24 PM

Application Version : 4.25.1012

Core Rules Database Version : 3739
Trace Rules Database Version: 1707

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 01:38:23

Memory items scanned : 258
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 6151
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 121840
File threats detected : 0

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 02:41 PM

I like the 0's Please update and rerun Malwarebytes and post a fresh log. Also, update your resident antivirus program and post its log. Thanks!

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 12:12 AM

I just ran a complete scan using updated AVGfree and MalwalreBytes. Both report nothing found. The MalwareBytes log is posted, I cannot locate the txt log from AVG. Unfortunately, I still have the same issue with Google and Yahoo searches. I've also posted the first few results returned in a search for "Denali National Park" as an example. What a mess.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.33
Database version: 1721
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

2/3/2009 6:52:48 PM
mbam-log-2009-02-03 (18-52-48).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 180298
Time elapsed: 1 hour(s), 17 minute(s), 27 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)


Denali National Park and Preserve - Denali National Park & Preserve ...
... north and the history of Alaska's first national park. more... Denali National Park & Preserve. P.O. Box 9. Denali Park, Alaska 99755. E-mail Us. Phone ...www.gmc.edmunds.com - Cached
Welcome to Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska - Official Site
Come Experience our Exciting Variety of Tours, Activities, Lodging and Dining in the Area, and let Denali Park Resorts help you get the most out of your trip to...www.findstuff.com/kl4
Activities and Events: Denali Park Resorts
Denali is a destination filled with Exciting Events, Authentic Encounters and a vast array of Outdoor Activities. Discover all that Denali Park Resorts has to offer.www.get5results.com
Denali National Park - Denali Park Travel Planning & Insider Tips
Plan your trip to Denali National Park with Alaska.org. ... Well, Denali National Park is Alaska's most popular land attraction—and with good reason. ...www.fittingdeals.com - 68k - Cached
Denali National Park Tours - Denali Park Tours | ALASKA.ORG
See our recommended Denali National Park Alaska tours including hiking, rafting, and flightseeing. ... Denali National Park's shuttle buses are perfect for the ...www.miami.bookit.com - 114k - Cached
Denali National Park photos, stock Photos of Denali, Alaska
DENALI NATIONAL PARK PHOTOS. Stock Photos of Denali National Park, Alaska. ... Tour Buses in Denali National Park. Teklanika River

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 06:38 AM

Hi! Just to let you know, the guys on this forum are excellent in resolving issues and most helpful!

I has a situation the last two days where whenever I did a search in Google and then clicked on the urls, I was redirected by "clickfraudmanager.com". I wound up on porn tube and various other sites - accept what I was looking for.

I run WinXP SP3 and NIS2009. NIS updated last night (4 items in all). I ran a quick scan and two suspect cookies were found in system hidden folders; I think C:\Documents and Settings\Cookies and C:\Documents and Settings\Local Services\Cookies. Obviously you have to unhide protected operating system files to try and view these. Once NIS removed them my problem appeared to be solved. I try several Google links and it returned fine results.

PS Prior to this I had the Vundo or Seneka trojan on my PC.

Good Luck.

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 08:15 AM

Well, it looks like my topic died.

I'm still having the same issue with Google and Yahoo searches. I have tried all of the online malware scanners except for ComboFix, and I have not used HiJackThis. Is this the next step?




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