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Pretty sure my pc has a search engine virus

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#1 wepwawet


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Posted 01 April 2009 - 12:31 PM

For the past few days I haven't been able to use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Ask. I can enter a search, for example spyware removal, but the search results are leading me to weird sites (mostly other search engines), rather than the actual website indicated in the findings. These sites usually have adds about malicious software removal tools and the like.

Example when using www.google.com:

I type in google help desk - This leads to a temporary link: <hxxp://getsearch0330.com/?q=google help desk>

After which I am redirected to Greenpoweredsearch: showing various hits concerning help desk related software.

Other websites seem to work normally, and offline everything appears normal as well. The only other thing I notice besides the odd search engine results is a frequent error popping up every now and then:
Even when not on the internet my browser (Internet Explorer 7) opens automatically, giving HTTP 404 errors. This happens both with the browser open and closed, and without any attempt to actually type a website in the browser.

I tried running Spybot Search and Destroy, which found loads of cookies, and a few Trojans - these were removed - and now nothing is found

Norton 360 - found a Trojan, which was removed and gives the all clear as well

I also did Avast Boot check. Here 5 different infected files were found. I tried to repair these, but ended up having to delete them. After restarting the pc, the problem is still there.

Rigth now I am stumped as to what the problem could be?

I would really appreciate any help you could provide me - especially with making sure that my pc really is clean. If more info is needed, then please let me know.

Edited by Orange Blossom, 11 February 2013 - 04:46 AM.
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Posted 03 April 2009 - 08:11 AM

I have the exact same problem...can anyone help us???

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 09:30 AM

I also have this virus and have struggled to get rid of it so far. I got it sent to me in an e-mail within my facebook account. I unfortunately only just a few days earlier deleted my AVG antivirus as it was seriously slowing down my pc and then ended up getting this virus.

Any help???

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 01:13 PM

To all here please run MBAM below.

@ wepwawet and getridofvirus
post your logs into a new thread it will be tooo confusing to work three machines in the same thread.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.35) and save it to your desktop.
alternate download link 1
alternate download link 2
If you have a previous version of MBAM, remove it via Add/Remove Programs and download a fresh copy.
  • 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. Alternatively, you can update through MBAM's interface from a clean computer, copy the definitions (rules.ref) located in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from that system to a usb stick or CD and then copy it to the infected machine.
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. MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.
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