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#1 tom_rand

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 11:39 AM

I've been battling infections for a week now and I think everything is cleared out except this Google redirect. My hosts file is fine (just the one line), but no scanner (Norton, Trend Micro (which found problems but could not eliminate all of them), Exterminate (which did eliminate the problems)) has detected the Google redirect problem. I'm running both IE8 (with no addons or BHOs enabled) and Safari, and the problem happens in both - Google search results, when clicked, get redirected to uniqsearch8.com and related sites.

Present issues: Google redirect, MBAM won't install. XP, SP3.

What do I do next?

thanks in advance.

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 04:54 PM

I'm having the same problem...any click on a search result (Google, Yahoo etc) results in a redirect to "uniqsearch8.com", which then redirects me to other sites with adverts for businesses. Be careful it doesn't redirect you to "/maatoor.com", it did this to me once and all the other viruses I've just managed to get rid of, AntiVirusPlus etc. were redownloaded. If you see maatoor.com in your browser address window I suggest cutting your connection to the internet off by any means possible...like turning off your wireless switch or unplugging your network cable. Good luck.

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 05:01 PM

Did you try the ESET online scanner?
http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/
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Posted 22 November 2009 - 06:33 PM

Trying eset now. As soon as I see the redirect I hit the back button. Cached pages work fine.

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 08:34 PM

eset found and cleaned 4 problems:

W97M/Wazzu.01 in a very old .doc file
JS/Kryptik.B
Win32/Adware Virtumonde application
another JS/Kryptik.BBO variant

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 08:50 PM

Rebooted following the eset run. The problem is still there. It's easy to see it within IE8, since mousing over the link shows the redirect URL without having to click it.

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 09:05 AM

for the others hitting this problem -

In c:\windows\system32\ I found two new hidden files named miwihisi.exe and vulidiva. I don't know if these came via the removal attempts or the infection itself. Do you have similar symptoms? Neither of them shows up in the registry.

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 01:54 PM

Did you try installing Malwarebytes after doing the ESET scan?
You should also try SuperAntiSpyware.

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 02:37 PM

As suggested...
Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):

NOTE: Before saving MBAM please rename it to zztoy.exe....now save it to your desktop.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.

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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.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.
  • Exit MBAM when done.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be asked to reboot your computer so MBAM can proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.


Next run ATF and SAS:
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: 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 Version. 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
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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
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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
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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.


Please ask any needed questions,post logs and Let us know how the PC is running now.
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Posted 23 November 2009 - 03:46 PM

Scanning now. This is the first time the install worked; every prior time it would go through the install but then at the end it would not be able to find the mbam.exe file. Thanks!

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 07:05 PM

I was disconnected for the first pass of MB, so it was with an older database. Then I connected to the net, did the update, and ran a second scan. The second MB scan did the trick - the redirects are gone. I'll go do the other scans next. In the second log, why was no action taken on the ntuser.dll?


Here's the first log:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.41
Database version: 2775
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

11/23/2009 4:03:25 PM
mbam-log-2009-11-23 (16-03-25).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 116088
Time elapsed: 16 minute(s), 59 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 5
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 1
Folders Infected: 1
Files Infected: 5

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\main.bho (Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\main.bho.1 (Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{986a8ac1-ab4d-4f41-9068-4b01c0197867} (Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{42f2c9ba-614f-47c0-b3e3-ecfd34eed658} (Adware.ISTBar) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{b64f4a7c-97c9-11da-8bde-f66bad1e3f3a} (Rogue.WinAntiVirus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\UpdatesDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
C:\Program Files\svhost (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\MSINET.oca (Malware.Trace) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Common\helper.dll (Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Common\helper.sig (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Temp\nsrbgxod.bak (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\wr.txt (Malware.Trace) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

==============================================
And the second log:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.41
Database version: 3220
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

11/23/2009 6:55:18 PM
mbam-log-2009-11-23 (18-55-07).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 126853
Time elapsed: 17 minute(s), 33 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 6
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 1

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:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{22c00a2b-4b86-4866-afa4-435e4a0e8163}\NameServer (Trojan.DNSChanger) -> Data: 77.74.48.113 -> No action taken.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{2be5b63a-19ef-43de-9ae0-11581cdfcaf8}\NameServer (Trojan.DNSChanger) -> Data: 77.74.48.113 -> No action taken.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{22c00a2b-4b86-4866-afa4-435e4a0e8163}\NameServer (Trojan.DNSChanger) -> Data: 77.74.48.113 -> No action taken.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{2be5b63a-19ef-43de-9ae0-11581cdfcaf8}\NameServer (Trojan.DNSChanger) -> Data: 77.74.48.113 -> No action taken.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet004\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{22c00a2b-4b86-4866-afa4-435e4a0e8163}\NameServer (Trojan.DNSChanger) -> Data: 77.74.48.113 -> No action taken.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet004\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{2be5b63a-19ef-43de-9ae0-11581cdfcaf8}\NameServer (Trojan.DNSChanger) -> Data: 77.74.48.113 -> No action taken.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\NetworkService\ntuser.dll (Trojan.Agent) -> No action taken.

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 07:30 PM

Help needed. I can download and configure SAS and ATF, but I cannot start in safe mode. When do the F8 startup option and choose Safe Mode I get a blue screen telling me that it can't start because of a possible infection, chkdsk recommended.

Any help?

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 08:26 PM

Hi,Ok. The No Action Taken is either you did not click Remove Selected prior to a reboot or you copied the log prior to rebooting.
If the 1st is accurate rerun the scan.

SAS>> Some Malware is still active ... Here's what we do . First run RKill then immediately SAS in normal mode. Get the log. Then try booting to Safe Mode and run ATF and SAS.

Please download Rkill by Grinler and save it to your desktop.Link 2
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  • Double-click on the Rkill desktop icon to run the tool.
  • If using Vista, right-click on it and Run As Administrator.
  • A black DOS box will briefly flash and then disappear. This is normal and indicates the tool ran successfully.
  • If not, delete the file, then download and use the one provided in Link 2.
  • If it does not work, repeat the process and attempt to use one of the remaining links until the tool runs.
  • If the tool does not run from any of the links provided, please let me know.
You will need to run the application again if rebooting the computer occurs along the way.
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Posted 24 November 2009 - 09:33 AM

Ran rkill with the first link. Then ran a SAS quick scan that picked up two registry keys (Vundo adware) and some tracking cookies.

But I still can't boot in safe mode. I get the blue screen saying a problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to the computer.

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Technical information:
*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF7B4E528, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

"

Any thoughts?

Thanks

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 12:02 PM

This is usually the result of:
1) Not entering safe mode properly. If you are doing it properly,then the next item (2) could be a recent hardware installation. Followed by (3) a corrupted windows.
Remove any recent hardware install,if this was the case and see if it is remedied. If hardware was not the case then you will need to format and reinstall Windows.
One more note. If during the re installation you encounter errors with copying files, or errors formatting your hard disk drive, then the drive may be bad. In any case it is time to back up your important files now.


Safe mode with command prompt

Can you get in to safe mode with command prompt?
See if you can, type C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe in to the command prompt and press return. This should allow you to run system restore to an earlier date.
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