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Hijacked Google Search and Can't Run Exe Files


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#1 doubledown715

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 06:38 PM

I first noticed this problem this morning when i booted up my laptop (lenovo). I'm running Windows Vista and recently (like 2 days ago) downloaded a rather large update from Microsoft which included an upgrade from IE7 to IE 8.

After booting up the desktop it contained numerous error message widows all containing the same message: Debugger detected [97]. I then tried to get on to the internet, and found when I clicked on the shortcut icon, I got another error message saying the same thing. In fact, when I try to run any .exe file at all, I can't, the debugger detected 97 message pops up.

I then figured I could change the .exe extension to .com and run it. So I am able to now get on the internet via firefox.com I downloaded malwarebytes and changed the exe to .com and ran it. I ran the full scan and it hung up around 100k objects. I ran the quick scan and it hung around 30k objects. I've tried to run it numerous times and it won't let me get though a scan without freezing up. I've download adaware and tried to run it but it hangs too. I downloaded hijack this and am able to produce a log. Please let me know if you need it.

Another issue I have is that when I perform a google search and click on the result, i'm transferred to a different website that does not correspond to the search result link. I think I have some kind of malware infection that is hijacking my computer. I am NOT getting a pop up ad for a virus removal program as I've read many do. Just a redirection to seemingly random sites. Also, I have something called desote.exe running on my pc. I believe it has something to do with my problem.

Any advice would be highly appreciated!

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 06:47 PM

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Please download Dr. Web 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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Posted 30 August 2009 - 07:14 PM

I have the same problem too, I can't even run Dr. Web Cureit, the msg Debugger 97 error pop up everytimes I tried to run it.

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 08:08 PM

Forever681,

Please start your own topic to avoid confusion.
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Posted 30 August 2009 - 11:18 PM

I downloaded Dr Web CureIt and went into Safe Mode prior to starting/installing it. When I click on the icon , I get the Debugger Detected [97] error that I mentioned. My work around has been to rename exe files with .com extension, which I tried in this case but it still will not run. For whatever reason the changing of the extension will not work in this particular case. And I think I failed to mention but I tried to do Safe Mode originally to troubleshoot and found I couldn't start any applications in that mode either.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 11:31 AM

I too have this same issue. Going to try and solve it tonight. Will let you know if I find a solution.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 09:43 PM

@ JJasura,

Please start your own topic.

@ doubledown715,

Now that you have posted a log here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/253980/my-log-google-redirectcant-run-exe-files/ 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 several days, perhaps less, to get a response but your log will be reviewed and answered as soon as possible. I advise checking your topic once a day for responses.

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

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