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#1 ranscon

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 11:06 AM

I saw another post about this but I don't beleive it has been resolved yet so I hope it is ok to start another post about this.

My OS is Vista. Yesterday my google searches began getting redirected through overclick.cn. Also, my system restore has been turned off and all previous restore points erased. How can an infection do this and is there any way to protect my restore points to keep this from happening again once it is fixed? I have run a few scans trying to fix this myself. Mbam found nothing, Adaware also found nothing, Spybot s&d only found and erased tracking cookies. Not sure what to do next. I will post a HJT log below. Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jeff


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Posted 02 July 2009 - 01:17 PM

Hello and :thumbup2: to Bleeping Computer

We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here
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If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine.

If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.


Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.

If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.
Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.

Thanks and again sorry for the delay
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We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:
  • Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.
  • Double click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.
  • A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.
  • Notepad will open with the results.
  • Follow the instructions that pop up for posting the results.
  • Close the program window, and delete the program from your desktop.

Please note: You may have to disable any script protection running if the scan fails to run. After downloading the tool, disconnect from the internet and disable all antivirus protection. Run the scan, enable your A/V and reconnect to the internet.

Information on A/V control HERE


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Posted 02 July 2009 - 04:13 PM

Hi Net Surfer,
All my Google searches are being redirected through OVERCLICK.CN. It keeps sending me to add pages and such. Mbam, Adaware and Spybot s&d scans turned up nothing. I'm not sure what else to do. I would really appreciate any help you can offer on this issue. I will post the DDS file for you to check out. Thanks again, Jeff

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 07:23 PM

Hi ranscon,

Welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is m0le and I will be helping you with your log.
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Overclick is popular at the moment.

Firstly, a word about a possible cause for your problems

The log shows that you have been using so called peer-to-peer or file-sharing programmes (in your case uTorrent and Limewire). These programmes allow to share files between users as the name(s) suggest. In today's world the cyber crime has come a long way and any means is used to infect personal computers to make use of their stored data or machine power for further propagation of their malware files. A popular means is the use of file-sharing tools as a tremendous amount of prospective victims can be reached through it.

It is therefore possible to be infected by downloading manipulated files via peer-to-peer tools and thus suggested to be used with intense care. Some further readings on this subject, along the included links, are as follows: "File-Sharing, otherwise known as Peer To Peer" and "Risks of File-Sharing Technology."

It is also important to note that sharing entertainment files and proprietary software infringes the copyright laws in many countries over the world and you are putting yourself at risk of being indicted through organisations watching over the rights of the authors of such files (i.e. the RIAA for music files, or the MPAA for movie files in the USA) or the authors of the files themselves.

Naturally there are also legal ways to use these services, such as downloading Linux distributions or office suites such as "Open Office."

Okay, to the fix

Please download ComboFix from one of these locations:* IMPORTANT !!! Save ComboFix.exe to your Desktop but rename it Combo-Fix.exe
  • Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right click on the System Tray icon. They may otherwise interfere with our tools. (Click on this link to see a list of programs that should be disabled. The list is not all inclusive.)
  • Double click on Combo-Fix.exe & follow the prompts.
  • As part of it's process, ComboFix will check to see if the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed. With malware infections being as they are today, it's strongly recommended to have this pre-installed on your machine before doing any malware removal. It will allow you to boot up into a special recovery/repair mode that will allow us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware.
  • Follow the prompts to allow ComboFix to download and install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console, and when prompted, agree to the End-User License Agreement to install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console.
**Please note: If the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is already installed, ComboFix will continue it's malware removal procedures.

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Once the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed using ComboFix, you should see the following message:

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Click on Yes, to continue scanning for malware.

When finished, it shall produce a log for you. Please include the C:\ComboFix.txt in your next reply.

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 12:31 PM

Ok, Combofix seems to have fixed the redirect. but now, when I try to open spybot to turn the teatimer back on, it will not open up. Do I need the teatimer? If it protects the "current system settings" how can these infections change them? Is there a way to protect my system restore points? I have had a few infections over the last couple of years that have turned off system restore and erased all my previous restore points. Also, there are so many protection programs. Which ones do you recommend? I will post the Combofix log below. Please let me know if there are still problems or if I need to do anything else.

Thanks again, Jeff
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 02:59 PM

Ok, Combofix seems to have fixed the redirect. but now, when I try to open spybot to turn the teatimer back on, it will not open up. Do I need the teatimer? If it protects the "current system settings" how can these infections change them? Is there a way to protect my system restore points? I have had a few infections over the last couple of years that have turned off system restore and erased all my previous restore points. Also, there are so many protection programs. Which ones do you recommend?


Whoa, there's some questions :)

Some of these will be dealt with in my final instructions once we're clean.

Spybot doesn't get everything. No security product can as it's an ever-changing arena. If I were you I would uninstall Spybot at this stage. You can install it again - or something else - after we're done. Teatimer is a realtime control but stops all changes and when you are fixing changes this can be self-defeating.

Back to the fix

There is a clean log on Combofix now that the bad driver has gone.

We need to run another scanner to check for other stuff.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application or, if you are using Vista, right-click and select Run As Administrator 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.
  • On the Scanner tab:
    • Make sure the "Perform Full 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 you're using other security programs that detect registry changes, they may alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please permit the program to allow the changes.

Please post a new DDS log also.

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 03:14 PM

That's SKYNET gone. :thumbup2:

We need to run Combofix again.

1. Close any open browsers.

2. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.

3. Open notepad and copy/paste the text in the quotebox below into it:

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c:\windows\{8E0CEF58-6DF7-44EC-AE4C-7A8072D70BFB}.dat
c:\windows\System32\{8798AA98-80FF-4860-BDFA-97400FE82781}.dat

Registry::
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"????r"=-


Save this as CFScript.txt, in the same location as ComboFix.exe


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Refering to the picture above, drag CFScript into ComboFix.exe

When finished, it shall produce a log for you at C:\ComboFix.txt which I will require in your next reply.

Then

Please run MBAM on full scan. Let's see what's left.

Please also let me know how the PC is running in your next post.
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 07:19 PM

Here is the requested logs. MBAM found 0 infections. Yes, it seems to be running fine now.
Thanks again, Jeff
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 07:26 PM

Well, it's looking clean, Ranscon :thumbup2:

Good stuff! :)

Let's firstly do some housekeeping

Your Java is out of date. Older versions have vulnerabilities that malicious sites can use to exploit and infect your system. Please follow these steps to remove older version Java components and update:
  • Download the latest version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 6 and save it to your desktop.
  • Look for "Java Runtime Environment (JRE)" JRE 6 Update 14.
  • Click the Download button to the right.
  • Select your Platform: "Windows".
  • Select your Language: "Multi-language".
  • Read the License Agreement, and then check the box that says: "Accept License Agreement".
  • Click Continue and the page will refresh.
  • Under Required Files, check the box for Windows Offline Installation, click the link below it and save the file to your desktop.
  • Close any programs you may have running - especially your web browser.
Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel, double-click on Add/Remove Programs and remove all older versions of Java.
  • Check (highlight) any item with Java Runtime Environment (JRE or J2SE) in the name.
  • Click the Remove or Change/Remove button and follow the onscreen instructions for the Java uninstaller.
  • Repeat as many times as necessary to remove each Java versions.
  • Reboot your computer once all Java components are removed.
  • Then from your desktop double-click on jre-6u14-windows-i586-p.exe to install the newest version.
-- If using Windows Vista and the installer refuses to launch due to insufficient user permissions, then Run As Administrator.
-- If you choose to update via the Java applet in Control Panel, uncheck the option to install the Toolbar unless you want it.
-- The uninstaller incorporated in this release removes previous Updates 10 and above, but does not remove older versions, so they still need to be removed manually.


Note: The Java Quick Starter (JQS.exe) adds a service to improve the initial startup time of Java applets and applications. To disable the JQS service if you don't want to use it, go to Start > Control Panel > Java > Advanced > Miscellaneous and uncheck the box for Java Quick Starter. Click Ok and reboot your computer.


Delete ComboFix and Clean Up
Click Start > Run and type combofix /u click OK (Note the space between combofix and /u)
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Please advise if this step is missed for any reason as it performs some important actions.


Download and Run OTC

We will now remove the tools we used during this fix using OTC.
  • Download OTC by OldTimer and save it to your desktop.
  • Double click Posted Image icon to start the program. If you are using Vista, please right-click and choose run as administrator
  • Then Click the big Posted Image button.
  • You will get a prompt saying "Being Cleanup Process". Please select Yes.
  • Restart your computer when prompted.

Here's some advice on how you can keep your PC clean

Update your AntiVirus Software

It is imperative that you update your Antivirus software at least once a week (Even more if you wish). If you do not update your antivirus software then it will not be able to catch any of the new variants that may come out. If you use a commercial antivirus program you must make sure you keep renewing your subscription. Otherwise, once your subscription runs out, you may not be able to update the programs virus definitions.


Make sure your applications have all of their updates

It is also possible for other programs on your computer to have security vulnerability that can allow malware to infect you. Therefore, it is also a good idea to check for the latest versions of commonly installed applications that are regularly patched to fix vulnerabilities. You can check these by visiting Secunia Software Inspector and Calendar of Updates.


Use a Firewall

I can not stress how important it is that you use a Firewall on your computer. Without a firewall your computer is susceptible to being hacked and taken over. I am very serious about this and see it happen almost every day with my clients. Simply using a Firewall in its default configuration can lower your risk greatly.

For a tutorial on Firewalls and a listing of some available ones see the link below:

Understanding and Using Firewalls


Install an AntiSpyware Program

A highly recommended AntiSpyware program is SuperAntiSpyware. You can download the free Home Version. or the Pro version for a 15 day trial period.

Other recommended, and free, AntiSpyware programs are Spybot - Search and Destroy and Ad-Aware Personal.

Installing these programs will provide spyware & hijacker protection on your computer alongside your virus protection. You should scan your computer with an AntiSpyware program on a regular basis just as you would an antivirus software.

Tutorials on using these programs can be found below:

Using Spybot - Search & Destroy to remove Spyware , Malware, and Hijackers

Using Ad-aware to remove Spyware, Malware, & Hijackers from Your Computer


That's it Ranscon, happy surfing!

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 09:21 PM

Thanks Mole,:thumbup2:
I was unable to delete combofix as Vista does not have a "run" command (if it does, I'm not sure where it is) as my other OS's did. Why do we need to delete this? Will it harm anything by just being there? Should I delete with "add/remove programs"?
Thanks VERY VERY much again Mole. I really do appreciate your time with this. Jeff

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 12:53 PM

You do need to remove Combofix and you can use add/remove.

It is important as it performs some useful (and secretive) functions.

Glad I could help with your PC, Jeff :thumbup2:
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Posted 11 July 2009 - 07:14 AM

Since this issue appears to be resolved ... this topic has been closed. Glad we could help. :thumbup2:

If you're the topic starter, and need this topic reopened, please contact me via pm with the address of the thread.

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