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Search engine results redirect to z43523673.cn + lots of scrambled numbers and letters

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#1 ballchain


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Posted 06 October 2009 - 09:49 AM

Okay everyone, here's what I'm dealing with...

This started two days ago, and I'm not sure why. It's similar to the winshield2009.com browser hijack except it only kicks on when I get search results via Google, Bing, etc and click on a result.

If I type a domain name in, it doesn't affect anything. Here's an example of what is happening:

I use google to search "z43523673.cn"

Google returns results (this forum being one of the first) so I click on it. I get redirected to a page URL starting with z43523673.cn, and sometimes it stops there as an undeliverable page. Other times it may cycle through several URLs before landing on a final page. I just did this again and here's where I ended up:


It's apparently hijacking the browser to generate clicks to its affiliates. Real scumbags must be running this thing.

Things I've tried:

MalwareBytes - Runs it course, finds issues, cleans them, but the problem remains.
HijackThis - same as MalwareBytes

I realize this is a pretty new thing, and help may not come for a while, but I would like to avoid a complete reformat. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Edited by Orange Blossom, 08 June 2010 - 08:25 PM.
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#2 garmanma


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Posted 06 October 2009 - 02:10 PM

Update mbam and run a FULL scan
Please post the results

We Need to check for Rootkits with RootRepeal
  • Download RootRepeal from the following location and save it to your desktop.
  • Extract RootRepeal.exe from the archive (If you did not use the "Direct Download" mirror).
  • Open Posted Image on your desktop.
  • Click the Posted Image tab.
  • Click the Posted Image button.
  • Check all seven boxes: Posted Image
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  • Check the box for your main system drive (Usually C:), and press Ok.
  • Allow RootRepeal to run a scan of your system. This may take some time.
  • Once the scan completes, push the Posted Image button. Save the log to your desktop, using a distinctive name, such as RootRepeal.txt. Include this report in your next reply, please.


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Also try: right-click on rootrepeal.exe and rename it to tatertot.scr
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#3 marlionelino


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Posted 06 June 2010 - 12:50 PM


i hope it is o.k. to open this old post, but i am having the same problem and was wondering if i could copy the report generate by rootrepeal here into a post? i do not know what to do with the data...

in my case the problem started after the rogue antivirus "security center" was on my laptop (win xp, sp3, ie7). i got rid of it, or most of it, with the help of malwarebytes' anti-malware, spyware doctor, superantispyware and a few others and by uninstalling java. i believe java was used to get that thing into my laptop. but i still have redirects (i have ie 8 installed now, thought it might help, but it didn't), or my browser just opens a window by itself, to those sites like "ballchain" explains in his post and in addition i can't access the windows update page. not in ie 8, google chrome or firefox. all other pages are o.k.

not being able to access the windows update page, is also a problem for this user here:
...nobody could help him yet and i wanted to pst there, too, but have not received my new user confirmation mail yet.

i have seen rogue antivirus programms before and was able to clean the pc (friends, family and my own laptop a year ago) but this one is really something: disabeling task manger and system restore, shutting down my antivirus programm (avira, updated every day), not letting me open any programm, not letting me open any websites i wanted to go to and so on...

so again: could i post my report here in this older post?

and one more question: it should be possible to find that creator of that hellish thing through his affiliate-id, right?

thank you


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