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#1 wah

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 01:31 PM

I was just infected by Vundo and a host of other nasties a month or so ago, but I've since cleaned them off. However, now I'm having a problem with Google-- sometimes when I search for things, instead of getting the correct page, I get links to bizrate, shopica and findstuff. Sometimes I get redirected to the pages of local businesses. When I go back and click on the result again, it's the right result, but as you can imagine this is quite troubling.

I've scanned with SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes Anti Malware, Spybot S&D, AdAware, Windows Defender, and I have gone as far as to use ComboFix and Smitfraud fix. I don't want to reformat since this is only a little thing, but it sure is hard to kill. What should I do?

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 02:20 PM

Vundo is very difficult to remove. Let's start with malwarebytes. Please update and rerun the program following these instructions...

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 09 February 2009 - 02:27 PM

The scan found nothing. Here's the log, but I doubt there's much of anything there:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.33
Database version: 1742
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

2009/02/09 14:26:31
mbam-log-2009-02-09 (14-26-31).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 55832
Time elapsed: 1 minute(s), 9 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 09 February 2009 - 02:44 PM

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 09 February 2009 - 04:54 PM

Here's the log from the scan. Not sure if it really found anything.

I just did a quick test on google and stuff like Shopica is still popping up when I do some generic searches.

EDIT: I just updated to Firefox 3 to see if that would help. I did the same generic search, clicked on the first result and it began redirecting me to a search site. Though, before it got there it sent me to the StopZilla site... is that Firefox being nice or more spyware?

EDIT AGAIN: did another test with a generic keyword, clicked on the first result, was sent to another search page.

SDFix: Version 1.240
Run by Administrator on 02/09/2009 Mon at 16:06

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
Running From: D:\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 2009-02-09 16:46:53
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 NTFS

scanning hidden processes ...

scanning hidden services & system hive ...

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sptd\Cfg]
"s1"=dword:2df9c43f
"s2"=dword:110480d0
"h0"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sptd\Cfg\19659239224E364682FA4BAF72C53EA4]
"h0"=dword:00000000
"khjeh"=hex:4c,51,76,0d,68,59,aa,61,75,bf,10,ea,d4,3c,a5,18,49,64,35,1a,1c,..
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Services\sptd\Cfg\19659239224E364682FA4BAF72C53EA4]
"h0"=dword:00000000
"khjeh"=hex:4c,51,76,0d,68,59,aa,61,75,bf,10,ea,d4,3c,a5,18,49,64,35,1a,1c,..

scanning hidden registry entries ...

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\Folders]
"D:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Faヒde\?"=""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts]
"\xff86nigma Scrawl (BRK) (TrueType)"="aescrawl.ttf"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes]
"\31jィ\16f\35g?"="-3 "
"\31jィ\xff740\xff770\xff830\xff6f0?"="-3 \x30b4\x30b7\x30c3\x30af"
"\xff740\xff770\xff830\xff6f0"="-3 \x30b4\x30b7\x30c3\x30af"
"z\xf8f3\x30fb|\xf8f3o\xf8f3x\xf8f3?"="-3 \x30b4\x30b7\x30c3\x30af"
"x\xf8f3p\xf8f3\x30fbt\xf8f3?"="Courier"
"\x80\xf8f3r\xf8f3\x30fb}\xf8f3\x30fb\x30fb\x30fb\x30fb?????"="Times New Roman"
"\x30fb\x30fb\x30fb\x30fb\x30fbv\xf8f3?????"="Arial"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MenuOrder\Start Menu2\Programs\Faヒde]
"Order"=hex:08,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,7a,01,00,00,01,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,7e,..

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]
"%windir%\\system32\\sessmgr.exe"="%windir%\\system32\\sessmgr.exe:*:enabled:@xpsp2res.dll,-22019"
"%windir%\\Network Diagnostic\\xpnetdiag.exe"="%windir%\\Network Diagnostic\\xpnetdiag.exe:*:Enabled:@xpsp3res.dll,-20000"
"D:\\Program Files\\AVG\\AVG8\\avgupd.exe"="D:\\Program Files\\AVG\\AVG8\\avgupd.exe:*:Enabled:avgupd.exe"
"D:\\Program Files\\AVG\\AVG8\\avgemc.exe"="D:\\Program Files\\AVG\\AVG8\\avgemc.exe:*:Enabled:avgemc.exe"
"C:\\Program Files\\Trillian\\trillian.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Trillian\\trillian.exe:*:Enabled:Trillian"
"D:\\Program Files\\DNA\\btdna.exe"="D:\\Program Files\\DNA\\btdna.exe:*:Enabled:DNA"
"C:\\Program Files\\BitTorrent\\bittorrent.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\BitTorrent\\bittorrent.exe:*:Enabled:BitTorrent"
"C:\\Program Files\\Share10_ex2\\Share.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Share10_ex2\\Share.exe:*:Enabled:Share"
"C:\\Program Files\\Winny2\\Winny.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Winny2\\Winny.exe:*:Enabled:Winny"
"D:\\Program Files\\Perfect Dark\\perfect dark.exe"="D:\\Program Files\\Perfect Dark\\perfect dark.exe:*:Enabled:perfect dark"
"C:\\Program Files\\WS_FTP\\WS_FTP95.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\WS_FTP\\WS_FTP95.exe:*:Enabled:WS_FTP 95"
"C:\\Program Files\\iTunes\\iTunes.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\iTunes\\iTunes.exe:*:Enabled:iTunes"
"C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Adobe Version Cue CS2\\bin\\VersionCueCS2.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Adobe Version Cue CS2\\bin\\VersionCueCS2.exe:*:Enabled:Adobe Version Cue CS2"
"C:\\Program Files\\KeyHoleTV\\KeyHoleTV.exe"="C:\\Program Files\\KeyHoleTV\\KeyHoleTV.exe:*:Enabled:KeyHole TV Main Application"
"D:\\Program Files\\Bonjour\\mDNSResponder.exe"="D:\\Program Files\\Bonjour\\mDNSResponder.exe:*:Enabled:Bonjour"
"D:\\Program Files\\Skype\\Phone\\Skype.exe"="D:\\Program Files\\Skype\\Phone\\Skype.exe:*:Enabled:Skype"
"D:\\Program Files\\Mozilla Firefox\\firefox.exe"="D:\\Program Files\\Mozilla Firefox\\firefox.exe:*:Enabled:Firefox"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\system\currentcontrolset\services\sharedaccess\parameters\firewallpolicy\domainprofile\authorizedapplications\list]
"%windir%\\system32\\sessmgr.exe"="%windir%\\system32\\sessmgr.exe:*:enabled:@xpsp2res.dll,-22019"
"%windir%\\Network Diagnostic\\xpnetdiag.exe"="%windir%\\Network Diagnostic\\xpnetdiag.exe:*:Enabled:@xpsp3res.dll,-20000"

Remaining Files :



Files with Hidden Attributes :

Wed 6 Aug 2008 8 ..SHR --- "D:\WINDOWS\system32\03D3E52286.sys"
Wed 6 Aug 2008 952 A.SH. --- "D:\WINDOWS\system32\KGyGaAvL.sys"
Mon 6 Mar 2006 794,624 A..H. --- "D:\School stuffs\IB\Extended Essay\~WRL2670.tmp"
Mon 3 Nov 2008 0 A.SH. --- "D:\Documents and Settings\All Users\DRM\Cache\Indiv01.tmp"

Finished!

Edited by wah, 09 February 2009 - 05:15 PM.


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Posted 09 February 2009 - 06:05 PM

Let's try a Full scan with Malwarebytes. Make sure the D drive is selected.

Also run this procedure. Make sure all drives are selected as well.

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 09 February 2009 - 10:29 PM

Thanks for all the help so far. SAS and MBAM are scanning right now, and should be done in the morning (a full MBAM scan takes about 13 hours for me)

I did some research and it seems that this may well be a side effect of my Vundo infection.

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 08:33 AM

Both scans found nothing. Here's logs regardless--

MBAM

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.33
Database version: 1742
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

2/10/2009 08:16:58
mbam-log-2009-02-10 (08-16-58).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|D:\|)
Objects scanned: 488838
Time elapsed: 10 hour(s), 59 minute(s), 59 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)

SAS

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

Generated 02/10/2009 at 00:42 AM

Application Version : 4.25.1012

Core Rules Database Version : 3688
Trace Rules Database Version: 1664

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 03:25:59

Memory items scanned : 318
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 5128
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 34730
File threats detected : 0

I know there's not much on there :/

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 09:40 AM

Excuse the triple post, but I think I've fixed it. After searching around, I found another thread on this same forum in which someone had a similar issue. They were told to use gooredfix. I downloaded it, scanned, and it found something suspect. I cleaned it off. I've done some quick testing, and things seem to be fine, but I won't really know after browsing for a few days. Google results load a lot faster, though.

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 01:19 PM

Awesome! Thanks for letting us know.

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 10 February 2009 - 01:39 PM

Thanks for the tips. I'm doing that now.

Seems this spyware is pretty new. I hope the guys at MBAM or SAS do something about it soon.




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