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#1 chickendude

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 04:28 PM

I had been using various distributions of Linux the past several years and, upon returning to Windows XP (service pack 3) after a harddrive failure, had forgotten exactly how easy it was to get your computer infected in Windows! I had a six-month subscription to some antivirus program (McAfee or something) and scanned every couple days with Spybot, but obviously it wasn't enough. I quickly found my computer filled with trojans/spyware/adware such as the infamous VirtuMonde, probably from having visited slightly less-than-reputable torrent sites, and went back and forth between having viruses pile up and trying to beat them down with dozens of different (free) antivirus programs. I ended up getting it to where I thought I had it all taken care of, but then left my laptop aside for several months (that's to say: it remained off for several months).

When I turned it back on things seemed normal, but I quickly started to notice signs of trouble. Pages started getting redirected, pop-ups advertising anti-virus software, pop-ups from the taskbar telling me my virus was infected, and so on. What really frightened me was, within one day of having turned on my computer and not having visited any websites that I would consider potentially dangerous (wikipedia, my gmail account, and some websites on teaching english as a second language), firefox slowed down to a crawl (everything else was fine) and all of a sudden the computer BSOD'd, shut off, and refused to restart. I ended up loading an old System Restore point and being able to reboot, but of course my laptop was in bad shape. After running scans on all the anti-virus/anti-spyware software I had installed, I had a fun time trying to keep my computer on long enough to update any of the programs. Anyway, I think I've gotten it at least somewhat "stable", as in my computer doesn't appear to be on the verge of crashing anymore.

Right now I have up-to-date versions of (and done scans, one at a time, from all of them within the last 24 hours):
AVG
avast!
ad-aware
spybot
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
SuperAntiSpyware

I also have HiJackThis and ComboFix installed (but haven't run them).

My current symptoms are:
-Firefox sometimes will slow down, but usually after running some scans and restarting it is fixed.
-Clicking on the links to many of my searches in Google will send me to a different site, sometimes it just sends me back to google.com with a URL like this:
[url=http://www.google.com/webhp?sa=t&ct=res&cd=2&ved=undefined&url=http://www.mexonline.com/revolution.htm&ei=2TBmSrSPJ4isswO-sdHoDg&usg=AFQjCNHOJo-nFkfn3gpPFC7cPLRZvkMsrw]http://www.google.com/webhp?sa=t&ct=re...PFC7cPLRZvkMsrw[/url]
The original link:
[url=http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=2&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mexonline.com%2Frevolution.htm&ei=2TBmSrSPJ4isswO-sdHoDg&usg=AFQjCNHOJo-nFkfn3gpPFC7cPLRZvkMsrw]http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=...PFC7cPLRZvkMsrw[/url]

Sometimes if I hit back and click on the link again it will load the correct page, sometimes not. Same thing with clicking on Google's cache of the page, sometimes it redirects sometimes not. It doesn't seem to be an issue in Internet Explorer though, but I'm not 100% positive of this.

Oh! And I had downloaded Pareto AV not realizing that it would only scan and not fix the computer, but it popped up with several things that none of the free programs saw (not cookies, they appeared to be legitimate viruses). I don't really know what to do from here, this computer has been continually infected for 7 months, maybe more and I'm ready for it to finally be clean!

Any help anyone can offer would be amazing, thank you all!

Also: please forgive me if I have misused any terms (virus, trojan, etc.)

EDIT: One last thing, I have CCleaner installed if it would help to clear my temporary files, cookies, and stuff before moving on.

Edited by Orange Blossom, 28 July 2009 - 09:43 PM.
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Posted 21 July 2009 - 09:52 PM

If you use Spybot's Teatimer function, disable it for now

Update mbam and run a FULL scan
Please post the results


Then run ATF and Superantispyware

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop.
  • 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".

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Follow that up with a Dr. Web CureIt scan

Please download Dr.Web CureIt, the free version & 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 launch.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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#3 chickendude

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 01:49 AM

Thank you for getting back to me so quickly! And here's the information you requested:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.39
Database version: 2483
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

22/07/2009 06:53:22 p.m.
mbam-log-2009-07-22 (18-53-22).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 160864
Time elapsed: 45 minute(s), 39 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)

SmitfraudFix.exe\SmitfraudFix\Process.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\chickendude\Desktop\SmitfraudFix.exe;Tool.Prockill;;
SmitfraudFix.exe\SmitfraudFix\restart.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\chickendude\Desktop\SmitfraudFix.exe;Tool.ShutDown.14;;
SmitfraudFix.exe;C:\Documents and Settings\chickendude\Desktop;Archivo comprimido contiene objetos infectados;Movido.;
A0000303.exe\SmitfraudFix\Process.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{BB53A2CB-DF0B-41A1-A428-20CF4CC18FC0}\RP4\A0000303.exe;Tool.Prockill;;
A0000303.exe\SmitfraudFix\restart.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{BB53A2CB-DF0B-41A1-A428-20CF4CC18FC0}\RP4\A0000303.exe;Tool.ShutDown.14;;
A0000303.exe;C:\System Volume Information\_restore{BB53A2CB-DF0B-41A1-A428-20CF4CC18FC0}\RP4;Archivo comprimido contiene objetos infectados;Movido.;

(Both errors say: "Compressed file contains infected objects; moved.")

Thank you again for the help, garmanma!

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 03:47 PM

Check superantispyware for updates and run a scan
Then try this

Please download
HERE, and download RootRepeal.zip to your Desktop.
Tutorial with images ,if needed >> L@@K.
Unzip that,(7-zip tool if needed) and then click RootRepeal.exe to open the scanner.
Next click on the Report tab, now click on Scan. A Window will open asking what to include in the scan. Check all of the below and then click OK.

Drivers
Files
Processes
SSDT
Stealth Objects
Hidden Services


Now you'll be asked which drive to scan. Check C: and click OK again and the scan will start. Please be patient as the scan runs. When the scan has finished, click on Save Report.
Name the log RootRepeal.txt and save it to your Documents folder (it should automatically save it there).
Please copy and paste that into your next reply.
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Posted 23 July 2009 - 07:53 PM

Alright, here's the results of the RootRepeal scan (after updating/rescanning with Superantispyware):

ROOTREPEAL © AD, 2007-2009
==================================================
Scan Start Time: 2009/07/23 17:07
Program Version: Version 1.3.2.0
Windows Version: Windows XP SP3
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Drivers
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Name: rootrepeal.sys
Image Path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\rootrepeal.sys
Address: 0xAAFC9000 Size: 49152 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

Hidden/Locked Files
-------------------
Path: C:\hiberfil.sys
Status: Locked to the Windows API!

Path: C:\WINDOWS\$hf_mig$\{29F8DDC1-9487-49b8-B27E-3E0C3C1298FF}
Status: Locked to the Windows API!

Path: C:\WINDOWS\Temp\_avast4_\unp27388109.tmp
Status: Locked to the Windows API!

Path: c:\documents and settings\chickendude\local settings\temp\etilqs_5ghvnb7ry3hp9fj9h6k4
Status: Allocation size mismatch (API: 8192, Raw: 4096)

Path: c:\documents and settings\chickendude\local settings\temp\etilqs_ycxd9awcjefm4elgsuea
Status: Allocation size mismatch (API: 32768, Raw: 16384)

SSDT
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#: 025 Function Name: NtClose
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\aswSP.SYS" at address 0xb4eaa6b8

#: 041 Function Name: NtCreateKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\aswSP.SYS" at address 0xb4eaa574

#: 065 Function Name: NtDeleteValueKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\aswSP.SYS" at address 0xb4eaaa52

#: 068 Function Name: NtDuplicateObject
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\aswSP.SYS" at address 0xb4eaa14c

#: 119 Function Name: NtOpenKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\aswSP.SYS" at address 0xb4eaa64e

#: 122 Function Name: NtOpenProcess
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\aswSP.SYS" at address 0xb4eaa08c

#: 128 Function Name: NtOpenThread
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\aswSP.SYS" at address 0xb4eaa0f0

#: 177 Function Name: NtQueryValueKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\aswSP.SYS" at address 0xb4eaa76e

#: 204 Function Name: NtRestoreKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\aswSP.SYS" at address 0xb4eaa72e

#: 247 Function Name: NtSetValueKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\aswSP.SYS" at address 0xb4eaa8ae

#: 257 Function Name: NtTerminateProcess
Status: Hooked by "C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SASKUTIL.sys" at address 0xb6e6bdf0

==EOF==



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Posted 28 July 2009 - 12:27 AM

Hey! I don't mean to be impatient, but I was just wondering if there was anything else I should do or any other information I should share? Thanks!

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 07:08 PM

I'm sorry I missed your last post.I don't know how that happened
These scans are missing something and I'm not sure what
I recommend that you submit a DDS / HJT scan


Please read the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log". If you cannot complete a step, then skip it and continue with the next. In Step 6 there are instructions for downloading and running DDS which will create a Pseudo HJT Report as part of its log.

When you have done that, post your log in the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal forum, NOT here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts. A member of the Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer. If you post your log back in this thread, the response from the HJT Team will be delayed because your post will have to be moved. This means it will fall in line behind any others posted that same day.


They are very busy over there so there is a bit of a wait
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 09:46 PM

Hello,

Now that you have posted a log here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/245161/getting-redirected-in-google-searches/ 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 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. Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response but your log will be reviewed and answered as soon as possible

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

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