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#1 rafter

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 03:55 PM

Regardless of which browser or search engine I use, I get redirected after clicking on the search results. Clicking on a search result takes me to a different site than the intended search result, such as Tazinga, Findstuff and Shopicana etc..
If I type the address manually in the browser or click on a favorite than I'm taken to the correct site.

Using XP, IE 8 and AVG.
I downloaded Sophos Anti Root kit and have also downloaded Malwarebyte.
Any help appreciated

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 05:01 PM

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Lets take a look with Malwarebytes

Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from here:
Malwarebytes
Please rename the file BEFORE downloading to zztoy.exe instead of mbam-setup.exe

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. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.

Double Click zztoy.exe to install the application.
* Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Full Scan", then click Scan.
* The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
* When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.(See Extra Note)
* The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
* Copy&Paste the entire MBAM report (even if it does not find anything) in your next reply

Extra Note:
If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process, if asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately.


If Malwarebytes won't install or run

Some types of malware will disable MBAM and other security tools. If MBAM will not install, try renaming it. Right-click on the mbam-setup.exe file and change the .exe extension to .bat, .com, .pif, or .scr and then double-click on it to run.

If after installation, MBAM will not run, open the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder in Program Files, right-click on mbam.exe and change the .exe as noted above. Then double-click on it to run.
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Posted 12 August 2009 - 06:56 PM

Here is log file from MBAM

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.40
Database version: 2614
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

8/12/2009 8:41:52 PM
mbam-log-2009-08-12 (20-41-52).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (A:\|C:\|D:\|)
Objects scanned: 117849
Time elapsed: 34 minute(s), 5 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: 4

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:
C:\Documents and Settings\Me\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\u6q0wtn1.default\Cache\9B5ECF13d01 (Rogue.Installer) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Me\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\u6q0wtn1.default\Cache\9B5EFF13d01 (Rogue.Installer) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Me\Local Settings\Temp\LJbcyHXO.exe.part (Rogue.Installer) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Me\Local Settings\Temp\PbVLkm0h.exe.part (Rogue.Installer) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 06:58 PM

Ok, lets run SAS:

Please run ATF and SAS:
Credits to Boopme

Note.. SAS doesn't open the registry hives for other user accounts on the system, so scans should be done from each user account.

Note 2: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".

From your regular user account..
Download Attribune's ATF Cleaner and then SUPERAntiSpyware, Free Home Edition

Save both to desktop ..
DO NOT run yet.
Open SUPER from icon and install and Update it
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 yet.

Now reboot into Safe Mode: How to enter safe mode(XP)
Using the F8 Method
Restart your computer.
When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into 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 or Opera browser click that browser 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.

NOW Scan with SUPER
Open from the desktop icon or the program Files list
On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
Perform a Complete scan. After scan,Verify they are all checked.
Click OK on the summary screen to quarantine all found items.
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 13 August 2009 - 06:58 AM

Scanned in Safe Mode with AFT and deleted all selected files.
Scanned in Safe Mode with SAS attached is logfile, no threats found

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 08/12/2009 at 11:18 PM

Application Version : 4.27.1002

Core Rules Database Version : 4053
Trace Rules Database Version: 1993

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 01:41:45

Memory items scanned : 227
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 4312
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 31830
File threats detected : 0

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 11:20 AM

Ok, how are things now?
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Posted 13 August 2009 - 12:19 PM

Dam still the same Redirecting unless I click on a favourite or type address in.

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 03:01 PM

Ok RootRepeal time,

Please install RootRepeal

Go HERE, and download RootRepeal.zip to your Desktop.
Tutorial with images ,if needed >> L@@K
Unzip that to your Desktop and then click RootRepeal.exe to open the scanner.

*Open the folder and double-click on RootRepeal.exe to launch it. If using Vista, right-click and Run as Administrator...
* Click on the FILES tab, then click the Scan button.
* In the Select Drives, dialog Please select drives to scan: select all drives showing, then click OK.
* When the scan has completed, a list of files will be generated in the RootRepeal window.
* Click on the Save Report button and save it as rootrepeal.txt to your desktop or the same location where you ran the tool from.
* Open rootrepeal.txt in Notepad and copy/paste its contents in your next reply.
* Exit RootRepeal and be sure to re-enable your anti-virus, Firewall and any other security programs you had disabled.

Please note: If Rootrepeal fails to run, try this step: Click Settings - Options. Set the Disk Access slider to High


Note 2: If RootRepeal cannot complete a scan and results in a crash report, try repeating the scan in "Safe Mode".
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Posted 13 August 2009 - 03:32 PM

It gives me the error can't read boo sector regardless of the slider setting.

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 03:42 PM

Please download Sophos Anti-rootkit& save it to your desktop.
Note: If using the vendor's download site you will be asked to register with MySophos so an email containing an activation link can be sent to your email address.

Credits to DaChew
Be sure to print out and read the User Manualand Release Notes
Double-click sar_15_sfx.exe to begin the installation, read the license agreement and click Accept.
Allow the default location of C:\Program Files\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Rootkit and click Install.
A message will appear "Sophos Anti-Rootkit was successfully installed. Click 'yes' to start it now". Click Yes.
Make sure the following are checked:
o Running processes
o Windows Registry
o Local Hard Drives

Click Start scan.
Sophos Anti-Rootkit will scan the selected areas and display any suspicious files in the upper panel.
When the scan is complete, a pop-up screen will appear with "Rootkit Scan Results". Click OK to continue.
Click on the suspicious file to display more information about it in the lower panel which also includes whether the item is recommended for removal.
o Files tagged as Removable: No are not marked for removal and cannot be removed.
o Files tagged as Removable: Yes (clean up recommended) are marked for removal by default.
o Files tagged as Removable: Yes (but clean up not recommended) are not marked for removal because Sophos did not recognize them. These files will require further investigation.
Select only items recommended for removal, then click "Clean up checked items". You will be asked to confirm, click Yes.
A pop up window will appear advising the cleanup will finish when you restart your computer. Click Restart Now.
After reboot, a dialog box displays the files you selected for removal and the action taken.
Click Empty list and then click Continue to re-scan your computer a second time to ensure everything was cleaned.
When done, go to Start > Run and type or copy/paste: %temp%\sarscan.log
This should open the log from the rootkit scan. Please post this log in your next reply. If you have a problem, you can find sarscan.log in C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Temp\.
Before performing an ARK scan it is recommended to do the following to ensure more accurate results and avoid common issues that may cause false detections.
Disconnect from the Internet or physically unplug you Internet cable connection.
Clean out your temporary files.
Close all open programs, scheduling/updating tasks and background processes that might activate during the scan including the screensaver.
Temporarily disable your anti-virus and real-time anti-spyware protection.
After starting the scan, do not use the computer until the scan has completed.
When finished, re-enable your anti-virus/anti-malware (or reboot) and then you can reconnect to the Internet.
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Posted 13 August 2009 - 04:31 PM

Report fromSops Anti Rootkit; all files can be removed but cleanup not recommended

Sophos Anti-Rootkit Version 1.5.0 © 2009 Sophos Plc
Started logging on 8/13/2009 at 17:57:09 PM
User "Me" on computer "R-VA8YHVAS0KKX0"
Windows version 5.1 SP 3.0 Service Pack 3 build 2600 SM=0x300 PT=0x1 Win32
Info: Starting process scan.
Info: Starting registry scan.
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\ytasfwfflyhnym
Hidden: registry item \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\ytasfwfflyhnym
Info: Starting disk scan of C: (NTFS).
Hidden: file C:\WINDOWS\system32\ytasfwfyunqbou.dll
Hidden: file C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\ytasfwxcvxduty.sys
Hidden: file C:\WINDOWS\system32\ytasfwwwodrlrk.dat
Hidden: file C:\WINDOWS\system32\ytasfwegwhhwlp.dll
Hidden: file C:\WINDOWS\system32\ytasfwaqgycmrv.dat
Stopped logging on 8/13/2009 at 18:15:59 PM

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 04:52 PM

Hidden: file C:\WINDOWS\system32\ytasfwfyunqbou.dll
Hidden: file C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\ytasfwxcvxduty.sys
Hidden: file C:\WINDOWS\system32\ytasfwwwodrlrk.dat
Hidden: file C:\WINDOWS\system32\ytasfwegwhhwlp.dll
Hidden: file C:\WINDOWS\system32\ytasfwaqgycmrv.dat


Please select for all of these files to be removed, then reboot, and then open Malwarebytes. Make sure to update using the Update Tab, and then run a Quick Scan with Malwarebytes and post the log.
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Posted 13 August 2009 - 05:34 PM

Checked and cleaned the selected items from Sophos AntiRebootkit
Rebooted; updated Malwarebytes and ran quick scan attached is log file

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.40
Database version: 2617
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

8/13/2009 7:25:46 PM
mbam-log-2009-08-13 (19-25-46).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 82934
Time elapsed: 8 minute(s), 5 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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Posted 13 August 2009 - 05:52 PM

Ok, very good. How are things running now?
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Posted 13 August 2009 - 06:11 PM

I just did 10 searches and each time I clicked on the search result, I was directed to the correct site. No more redirecting.

It appears to be working great again.
Tks so much very much appreciated.

Anything else I should do.




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