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#1 scheu

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:37 PM

I have been battling this for a week or so. Running Win XP, sp3; IE 7.05xxx exclusively

For 6 or 7 days, the search result text has been accurate, but the links to unrelated link farm sites.
Yesterday, this problem appeared to vanish, (searches accurate and useful) but today it has returned with both text and links appearing to be authentic, but the links re-direct to unrelated sites. The "back" button then goes to the correct links, no re-direct.

I am currently running AVG anti-virus (free edition). I have attempted removal of malware using updated versions of:
SuperAntispyware; Spybot SEarch and Destroy; Malwarebytes Anti-Malware; F-Secure's Online Cleaner, and a few others.

Thanks in advance for your help. I will be online for an hour or so, then off-line until tomorrow.
THX

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 01:41 AM

Try this scan:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/131299/how-to-use-sdfix/
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 03:16 PM

thanks Budapest

I have downloaded and unpacked SDFix into a folder on C:

When I boot to safe mode and open Start / Run and type C:\SDFix\RunThis.bat into the Open: dialog,
the screen flashes and cycles back to the dialog yes to stay in safe mode/no to do a System Restore.

So no go, yet...

None of the fixes in the "common problems/messages seems to pertain.

If I had hair, I would be considering pulling some out... B^)

Edited by scheu, 26 February 2009 - 03:17 PM.


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Posted 26 February 2009 - 04:45 PM

Before we start fixing anything you should print out these instructions or copy them to a NotePad file so they will be accessible. Some steps will require you to disconnect from the Internet or use Safe Mode and you will not have access to this page.

Please download DrWeb-CureIt and save it to your desktop. DO NOT perform a scan 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 Dr.Web CureIt as follows:
  • Double-click on drweb-cureit.exe to open the program and click Start. (There is no need to update if you just downloaded the most current version
  • Read the Virus check by DrWeb scanner prompt and click Ok where asked to Start scan now? Allow the setup.exe to load if asked by any of your security programs.
  • The Express scan will automatically begin.
    (This is a short scan of files currently running in memory, boot sectors, and targeted folders).
  • If prompted to dowload the Full version Free Trial, ignore and click the X to close the window.
  • If an infected object is found, you will be prompted to move anything that cannot be cured. Click Yes to All.
  • When complete, click Select All, then choose Cure > Move incurable.
    (This will move any detected files to the C:\Documents and Settings\userprofile\DoctorWeb\Quarantine folder if they can't be cured)
  • Now put a check next to Complete scan to scan all local disks and removable media.
  • In the top menu, click Settings > Change settings, and UNcheck "Heuristic analysis" under the "Scanning" tab, then click Ok.
  • Back at the main window, click the green arrow "Start Scanning" button on the right under the Dr.Web logo.
  • When the scan is complete, a message will be displayed at the bottom indicating if any viruses were found.
  • Click "Yes to all" if asked to cure or move the file(s) and select "Move incurable".
  • In the top menu, click file and choose save report list.
  • Save the DrWeb.csv report to your desktop.
  • Exit Dr.Web Cureit when done.
  • Important! Reboot your computer because it could be possible that files in use will be moved/deleted during reboot.
  • After reboot, post the contents of the log from Dr.Web in your next reply. (You can use Notepad to open the DrWeb.cvs report)

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:05 PM

Thanks Budapest

Dr.Web seems to have run successfully, though it appears to have found only artifacts of the SDFix (unless I'm reading it incorrectly. Here's the logfile:

SDFix.exe\SDFix\apps\Process.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\User\Desktop\Cleaners\SDFix.exe;Tool.Prockill;;
SDFix.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\User\Desktop\Cleaners;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
Process.exe;C:\SDFix\apps;Tool.Prockill;Incurable.Moved.;
A0000449.exe\SDFix\apps\Process.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{0323F0B1-B3EB-437A-9CB0-5AF90018A9FF}\RP11\A0000449.exe;Tool.Prockill;;
A0000449.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{0323F0B1-B3EB-437A-9CB0-5AF90018A9FF}\RP11;Archive contains infected objects;Moved.;
A0000306.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{0323F0B1-B3EB-437A-9CB0-5AF90018A9FF}\RP9;Tool.Prockill;Incurable.Moved.;
A0000308.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{0323F0B1-B3EB-437A-9CB0-5AF90018A9FF}\RP9;Tool.ShutDown.14;Incurable.Moved.;

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 10:19 PM

Download HostsXpert - Hosts File Manager
  • Extract (unzip) HostsXpert.zip to a a permanent folder on your hard drive such as C:\HostsXpert
  • Double-click HostsXpert.exe to start the program.
  • When the program opens, click the "Restore MS Hosts File" button in the left pane.
  • Click "Make Hosts Writable?" (if available).
  • Click "Restore Microsoft's Hosts file" when prompted and then click "OK".
  • Exit Hoster when done.
Note: If you were using a custom Hosts file you will need to replace any of those entries yourself.
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 10:28 PM

THX

HostsExpert Run successfully.

I'm afraid search results are still being re-directed...

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 10:42 PM

Update Malwarebytes, run a Quick Scan and post the log.
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 11:17 PM

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.34
Database version: 1807
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

2/26/2009 8:16:07 PM
mbam-log-2009-02-26 (20-16-07).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 69435
Time elapsed: 4 minute(s), 12 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 26 February 2009 - 11:54 PM

I think it's time to head on over to the HijackThis forum for a closer look.

Preparation Guide for use before posting a HijackThis Log

Go straight to Step 6. Be sure to include a link to this thread so they can see what has already been tried.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are EXTREMELY busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

If after 5 days you still have received no response, then post a link to your HJT log in the thread titled "Haven't Had A Reply In Five Days?".
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Posted 27 February 2009 - 08:13 PM

Thanks Budapest

I appreciate your help to this point.

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 08:50 PM

I have been fighting on my own to clean this up for several weeks but it's very persistent!

Please see http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...view=getnewpost for the most recent efforts.

I can not get dds.scr to run (it just flashes the black screen and dies) though I have no script blocking active to my knowledge.

HJT will run - I will wait until asked to run a fresh scan and post the log.

THX!

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 12:29 AM

Hello scheu,

I merged your topic you posted in the HiJack This forum to your previously existing topic here in the Am I infected forum as you didn't post any logs.

Since you weren't able to run DDS, please try this:

Download RSIT by random/random and save it to your Desktop.
Note: You will need to run this tool while connected to the Internet so it can download HijackThis if it is not located on your system. If you get a warning from your firewall or other security programs regarding Rist attempting to contact the Internet, please allow the connection.
  • Close all applications and windows so that you have nothing open and are at your Desktop.
  • Double-click on RSIT.exe to start the program.
  • If using Windows Vista, be sure to Run As Administrator.
  • Click Continue after reading the disclaimer screen.
  • Leave the drop down box set to default: "List/folders created or modified in the last 1 month (30 days).
  • When the scan is complete, a text file named log.txt will automatically open in Notepad.
  • Please start a new topic and post your log in the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal forum, NOT here.
  • Be sure to mention that you tried to follow the Prep Guide but were unable to get DDS to run.
If RSIT did not work, then reply back here.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:24 AM

Ah, good. I see that you were successful in running RSIT and that you have posted your new topic here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/207225/browser-hijack-escalation/

Now that you have a log posted, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a HJT Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic. Good luck with your log.

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