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#1 Scatapult

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 07:57 PM

I have recently started getting my links redirected on both IE and Firefox. I believe it started with an Adobe Reader exploit because it started after a site opened Adobe reader and locked up one day. I have tried everthing since ive run virus scans and downloaded several spyware and malware programs and run them but none have identified the problem. Please help heres the HJT log....BTW for some reason my computer lock up if I try to boot in safe mode
I am running win xp pro
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:51:47 PM, on 10/5/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
D:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
D:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
D:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
D:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
D:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
D:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
D:\Program Files\Google\Update\1.2.183.7\GoogleCrashHandler.exe
D:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
D:\Program Files\RALINK\Common\RalinkRegistryWriter.exe
D:\Program Files\Cyberlink\Shared files\RichVideo.exe
D:\Program Files\LClock\LClock.exe
D:\Program Files\Unlocker\UnlockerAssistant.exe
D:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast4\ashDisp.exe
D:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
D:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
D:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\sqlwriter.exe
D:\Program Files\Zune\ZuneLauncher.exe
D:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
D:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\cli.exe
D:\Program Files\Zamaan's Software\Browser Hijack Retaliator 4.5\BHR.exe
D:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
D:\Documents and Settings\Firestarter_8686\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
D:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNSCFG.exe
D:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exe
D:\Program Files\RALINK\Common\RaUI.exe
D:\Program Files\Styler\Styler.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\ZuneBusEnum.exe
D:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe
D:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe
D:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\cli.exe
D:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\cli.exe
D:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
D:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
D:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
D:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
O2 - BHO: RealPlayer Download and Record Plugin for Internet Explorer - {3049C3E9-B461-4BC5-8870-4C09146192CA} - C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\rpbrowserrecordplugin.dll
O2 - BHO: Java™ Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - D:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl - {E7E6F031-17CE-4C07-BC86-EABFE594F69C} - D:\Program Files\Java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie\jqs_plugin.dll
O3 - Toolbar: StylerToolBar - {D2F8F919-690B-4EA2-9FA7-A203D1E04F75} - D:\Program Files\Styler\TB\StylerTB.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LClock] D:\Program Files\LClock\LClock.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UnlockerAssistant] "D:\Program Files\Unlocker\UnlockerAssistant.exe" -H
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [avast!] D:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast4\ashDisp.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "D:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE D:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE D:\WINDOWS\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Zune Launcher] "D:\Program Files\Zune\ZuneLauncher.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "D:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "D:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AtiPTA] atiptaxx.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATICCC] "D:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\cli.exe" runtime -Delay
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (reboot)] "D:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe" /runcleanupscript
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [BHR] D:\Program Files\Zamaan's Software\Browser Hijack Retaliator 4.5\BHR.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Sidebar] D:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] D:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Google Update] "D:\Documents and Settings\Firestarter_8686\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [WMPNSCFG] D:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNSCFG.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SUPERAntiSpyware] D:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exe
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\RunOnce: [nltide_3] rundll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSectionEx nLite.inf,C,,4,N (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\RunOnce: [ShowDeskFix] regsvr32 /s /n /i:u shell32 (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [DWQueuedReporting] "D:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\MICROS~1\DW\dwtrig20.exe" -t (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\RunOnce: [nltide_3] rundll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSectionEx nLite.inf,C,,4,N (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [DWQueuedReporting] "D:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\MICROS~1\DW\dwtrig20.exe" -t (User 'Default user')
O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\RunOnce: [nltide_3] rundll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSectionEx nLite.inf,C,,4,N (User 'Default user')
O4 - Startup: Styler.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: Ralink Wireless Utility.lnk = D:\Program Files\RALINK\Common\RaUI.exe
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {09C04DA7-5B76-4EBC-BBEE-B25EAC5965F5} - D:\Program Files\Google\Google Gears\Internet Explorer\0.5.32.0\gears.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &Gears Settings - {09C04DA7-5B76-4EBC-BBEE-B25EAC5965F5} - D:\Program Files\Google\Google Gears\Internet Explorer\0.5.32.0\gears.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - D:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - D:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O20 - Winlogon Notify: !SASWinLogon - D:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SASWINLO.dll
O23 - Service: Application Layer Gateway Service (ALG) - Unknown owner - D:\WINDOWS\System32\alg.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: avast! iAVS4 Control Service (aswUpdSv) - ALWIL Software - D:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
O23 - Service: Ati HotKey Poller - ATI Technologies Inc. - D:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
O23 - Service: ATI Smart - Unknown owner - D:\WINDOWS\system32\ati2sgag.exe
O23 - Service: avast! Antivirus - ALWIL Software - D:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
O23 - Service: avast! Mail Scanner - ALWIL Software - D:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe
O23 - Service: avast! Web Scanner - ALWIL Software - D:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate1c9a06e552d6a7a) (gupdate1c9a06e552d6a7a) - Google Inc. - D:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - D:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: Java Quick Starter (JavaQuickStarterService) - Sun Microsystems, Inc. - D:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - D:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: Ralink Registry Writer (RalinkRegistryWriter) - Ralink Technology, Corp. - D:\Program Files\RALINK\Common\RalinkRegistryWriter.exe
O23 - Service: Cyberlink RichVideo Service(CRVS) (RichVideo) - Unknown owner - D:\Program Files\Cyberlink\Shared files\RichVideo.exe
O24 - Desktop Component 1: (no name) - http://www.google.com/
O24 - Desktop Component 2: (no name) - D:\Documents and Settings\Firestarter_8686\Desktop\realistic-water-effect-194\realistic-water-effect-194.htm
O24 - Desktop Component 3: (no name) - D:\Documents and Settings\Firestarter_8686\Desktop\planet-calendar-90\planet-calendar-90.htm

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Edited by Scatapult, 05 October 2009 - 08:27 PM.


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Posted 10 October 2009 - 07:43 PM

Well because I never got a response I figured it out on my own but I thought Id explain how so others may learn from it
Let me explain my situation first.....
First of all I run 2 operating systems on my computer XP Pro 64 and XP Pro
I usually use XP Pro because finding certain 64 bit xp drivers is impossible
Now I started getting browser redirects after an attack site opened adobe reader and I suppose it infected me because computer locked up and the following problems started: 1. my google search results would occasional redirect to other malware and ad sites 2. my computer would hang up if I tried to boot in safe mode (only on the infected xp pro OS the XP pro 64 still was ok)
So after exhausting every malware program I could find and several virus scans I couldn't find anything and needless to say this forum was of no use so it occurred to me because I couldn't boot in safe mode why not go to XP Pro 64 OS and do a few scans of the XP Pro partition that way nothing should interfere with a clean scan of XP Pro. Viola, I located 2 trojans Win32:DNSChanger-VJ [Trj] (which was located in the c:/Pagefile.sys file) and Win32:Patched-LF [Trj] (which was located in the C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\nvatabus.sys file)
OK so Ive diagnosed the problem but it has raised another problem you cant simply delete or quarantine the pagefile.sys or nvatabus.sys as these are both critical to the OS starting up in the first place
So Ill start with the pagefile.sys: All I had to do here is boot into the infected XP Pro OS, go to control panel, go to system, advanced, performance settings, advanced, change virtual memory, then select "no paging file" then restart. (you can set this back to default later if your performance changes for the worse)
Now on to the nvatabus.sys: This file is actually a driver file for your the parallel and serial ata controllers and you don't want to just delete so I went to the device manager (right click my computer, select properties, hardware) and found out the type of driver I needed (in my case nforce3 250, which is nvidia). So I went to Nvidia's website found the driver file and downloaded it. I ran the driver and let it extract all its files to a folder, but stopped short of letting it install because I just need the nvatabus.sys file. So I went to the folder the drivers installed into and found it. Now what i did was reboot into my secondary OS Win XP Pro 64 and opened the C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\ folder and moved the nvatabus.sys file to a backup folder just in case I needed to put it back, then I copied the nvatabus.sys file from the driver installer back into the F:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers folder

and that was all my problems were solved I didn't have to reinstall windows and I got a proud sense of achievement
BTW I used Avast to detect these problems and nothing else because not many malware programs are XP Pro 64 compatible

Edited by Scatapult, 10 October 2009 - 07:45 PM.


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Posted 22 October 2009 - 06:48 PM

Glad you could solve it. :(


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