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#1 FeO2E

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 05:07 PM

I have chronicled a thread in the Winows XP forum for a while

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/212199/searchalligatorcom/


I have totally wiped the hard drive (filling the drive with random 1 or zeroes dd if=/dev/random of = /dev/hda)

Installed windows XP using only the drivers supplied by DELL

Performed Windows Updates from Microsoft.

The
redirect to search alligator.com occurs when a bad url or a search term
is entered in the address bar of a browser (Firefox, Chrome or IE).
The default search engine for all of these browsers is www.google.com.

The redirect only occurs when using a wireless connection with the 3945abg.

The redirect does not occur when using another wireless adapter.

The redirect does not occur when using a hard wired Ethernet connection.



I have ran Spybot, Adaware, Malwarebytes and Prevx and no spyware has been detected.

I have ran Sophos and Clamav Antivirus products and no virii have been detected.


The redirect occurs independent of the wireless network in which I connect.

Edited by FeO2E, 29 April 2009 - 05:08 PM.


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Posted 29 April 2009 - 05:25 PM

Is it possible that your router is infected? You could try resetting your router (usually done by sticking a paperclip or small object into the hole on the back of the router for a few seconds).

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 11:01 AM

The redirect occures regardles of the wireless network that i connect to

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 04:26 PM

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 01 May 2009 - 01:21 PM

Thanks for the reply

I had already performed the actions described above - but repeated them today additionally turning off the system restore. All that was found was some tracking cookies. The redirect remains. :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 12:44 PM

Please run a BitDefender Online Scan
  • Click I Agree to agree to the EULA.
  • Allow the ActiveX control to install when prompted.
  • Click Click here to scan to begin the scan.
  • Please refrain from using the computer until the scan is finished. This might take a while to run, but it is important that nothing else is running while you scan.
  • When the scan is finished, click on Click here to export the scan results.
  • Save the report to your desktop so you can post it in your next reply.


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Posted 08 May 2009 - 06:59 AM

The problem remains - No problems were found







BitDefender Online Scanner






Scan report generated at: Fri, May 08, 2009 - 00:36:23





Scan path: C:\;D:\;







Statistics

Time
02:27:58

Files
2369632

Folders
15222

Boot Sectors
0

Archives
32947

Packed Files
66057




Results

Identified Viruses
0

Infected Files
0

Suspect Files
0

Warnings
0

Disinfected
0

Deleted Files
0




Engines Info

Virus Definitions
2902305

Engine build
AVCORE v1.7 (build 8314.19) (i386) (Sep 29 2008 17:19:14)

Scan plugins
17

Archive plugins
45

Unpack plugins
7

E-mail plugins
6

System plugins
4




Scan Settings

First Action
Disinfect

Second Action
Delete

Heuristics
Yes

Enable Warnings
Yes

Scanned Extensions
*;

Exclude Extensions


Scan Emails
Yes

Scan Archives
Yes

Scan Packed
Yes

Scan Files
Yes

Scan Boot
Yes




Scanned File
Status

No virus found.

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 10:04 AM

I'm having this same problem as well. Work computer, AV installed, wired connection, no other computers appear to have the issue, just mine.

Things I can think of that I recently did on this computer:
installed:
google toolbar
chrome
YIM
Programmers notepad
jedit
filezilla


I also started accessing facebook on it.

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 07:01 PM

Keepiru, please start your own topic. What you are doing is referred to as "Thread Hijacking" and is not proper etiquette.

As for FeO2E,

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 start the program.
  • Cancel any prompts to download the latest CureIt version and click Start.
  • At the prompt to "Start scan now", click Ok. Allow the setup.exe/driver 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 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 08 May 2009 - 08:12 PM

Hello, it seems to me that after a full wipe ( although I think you can use a stronger tool)which should have killed all malware, that you may have reapplied an infection.
Perhaps the USB was/is infected. Run this on the USB and PC and any PC that this USB contacted.

Download and Run FlashDisinfector

You may a flash drive infection. These worms travel through your portable drives. If they have been connected to other machines, they may now be infected.
Please download Flash_Disinfector.exe by sUBs and save it to your desktop.
Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it and follow any prompts that may appear.
The utility may ask you to insert your flash drive and/or other removable drives including your mobile phone. Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well.
Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.
Reboot your computer when done.

Note: Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive plugged in when you ran it. Don't delete this folder. It will help protect your drives from future infection.
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Posted 08 May 2009 - 10:01 PM

I'm not hijacking a thread if I'm talking about the same issue. This is not off topic if more than one person is having the same problem. We should compare notes and figure out what the similarity is that is causing the issue.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?...hread%20Jacking

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 01:24 PM

I downloaded and ran DR web in SAFE mode per your instructions. No virii or malware were detected. The latest free version seems to lack the ability to save the csv file so I cannot post the file.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 03:06 PM

I'm not hijacking a thread if I'm talking about the same issue. This is not off topic if more than one person is having the same problem. We should compare notes and figure out what the similarity is that is causing the issue.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?...hread%20Jacking


We here at Bleeping Computer request that each individual to start their own topic so that you can get personalized help. You may have some of the same infection, but you most likely have differences too which must be handled accordingly. Please begin a new topic.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 08:30 PM

Ok, good progress . Let's see what 's left.
Next run MBAM:
Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.36) 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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Posted 12 May 2009 - 02:47 PM

I performed a quick scan and then a detailed scan - no malware was found. The redirect remains



Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.36
Database version: 2117
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

5/12/2009 2:43:27 PM
mbam-log-2009-05-12 (14-43-27).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 230921
Time elapsed: 1 hour(s), 1 minute(s), 22 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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