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Pretty Sure I am Infected but What?


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#1 rerun6177

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 01:55 PM

I am at a loss and have no idea what direction to take this. I have run so many programs to try and fix this problem, but nothing seems to kill it. I recently had a HIJACKTHIS session and thought it was going to be the success I was looking for, but the one major symptom remained... browser history.

THE PROBLEM IS THIS:

I can delete my history, temp files etc etc... but a few select websites still appear in my web browser (thr drop down bar). After I delete the history, I go back and check and my history and temp files are deleted. I even went to regedit and nothing is in the file but yet if I type a "G" in the address bar an old google search I did auto completes in the drop down bar.... this happens with about half a dozen select sites. It is all from one particular browsing session, because all the sites I visted in an hour span have kind of been locked in time. And none of the sites are malicious, they are all well known sites (no porn or anything crazy like that).

I have tried everything I can think of. I have tried clearing Auto Complete, Windows Washer (which typically cleans out the entire browsing history/address bar), I treid ATF, I have tried deleting the history/temp files manually, I tried deleting it in regedit, I looked over my favorites to ensure that nothing was saved there and it's clear and finally after running two spyware programs and Norton scans I turned it over to HiJackThis. I went through the whole process and cleared the machine out. I was certain that when we were done, the browsing history (bar) would go away, but it hasn't.

The only explanation I can come up with is that it is malware of some sort.... it all happened right around the same time a trojan showed up on my computer. And the sites stuck in auto complete are all from the same browsing session.

Thoughts, advice, help??

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 09:59 PM

This link tells you how to delete certain links using the registry to edit them
http://www.mydigitallife.info/2006/03/26/d...ss-bar-history/
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#3 rerun6177

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 12:13 PM

This link tells you how to delete certain links using the registry to edit them
http://www.mydigitallife.info/2006/03/26/d...ss-bar-history/


Yeah, I tried that already. None of the websites I speak of is in that "typed url" file. Actually, I don't think those websites having anything to do with "history"... since nothing shows up in history and not even in the regedit "typed url" file. I think these sites like the "google" one may have been stored on my computer somehow. And I think auto complete in the IE browser is just searching my computer for documents, not browser history (although it does that too). Because my IE does that... for example, if I type up "B" a spreadsheet on my desktop called "Baseball stats" will auto complete.

But I have tried a search and can't find the documents... nobody seems to have an answer. I have some unheard of problem I guess. Everyone always suggests things I have already done... I just don't know what to do from here.

Edited by rerun6177, 01 April 2009 - 12:25 PM.


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Posted 01 April 2009 - 06:16 PM

Let's try some scans and see what shows up[.b]
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The process of cleaning your computer may require you to temporarily disable 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.
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  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
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Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:11 PM

Hello rerun6177,

I see that you have an HJT log posted here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/215980/hijack-this-log-please-help/

We do not allow more than one topic for the same computer and the same issue as this causes confusion, and in this case may make the disinfection process more difficult.

This leaves you with a choice:

1) Have this thread reopened and the HiJack This log topic deleted

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2) Keep this thread closed and wait for assistance in the HiJack This log forum. Please note that that forum is VERY busy.

Please send a Private Message indicating your choice.

Assuming you wish assistance in the HiJack This forum, 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.

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.

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

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