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Search Results being hijacked after a malware attack


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#1 Nin

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 11:43 AM

I had a malware attack yesterday where somehow I kept getting messages about installing Antivirus Pro. I didn't click on anything else. But the malware would hijack any exe launches and not let it run. I couldn't even run task manager. It would then launch some porno and viagra websites automatically.

I ran antimalware bytes software and it found 6 things that it cleaned. Then I went to services using msconfig and disabled something like "c:/windows/efeck...exe", then I deleted it and I restarted. I didn't see that problem yet.

However, now when I do a search in google and click on results (even some clicks from my yahoo mail) open some weird malware sites. I read somewhere that I could use Spybot. I installed it and ran it, it found some things that it deleted. But the problem still exists.

Can you please help?? thanks so much.

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 01:14 PM

Hello and welcome. I am moving this from XP to the Am I Infected forum.

Let's do this..

Rerun MBAM (MalwareBytes) like this:

Open MBAM in normal mode and click Update tab, select Check for Updates,when done
click Scanner tab,select Quick scan and scan (normal mode).
After scan click Remove Selected, Post new scan log and Reboot into normal mode.


Next run ATF and SAS:

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 30 November 2009 - 02:29 PM

Thanks for the detailed info. I have started the malwarebytes quick scan and it is running. SO far it found 2 objects infected. Here is the log from mbam.

Also, I had tried to do the safe mode restart yesterday by pressing F8. However, some text messages scroll down, a flashing screen appears and the computer reboots again asking me to choose an option (so it never really starts in safe mode). Any idea why?

Here's the log (I couldn't find an option to add file while replying, so sorry about this long message)

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.41
Database version: 3262
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

11/30/2009 2:28:28 PM
mbam-log-2009-11-30 (14-28-28).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 167491
Time elapsed: 26 minute(s), 11 second(s)

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

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{4d1c4e81-a32a-416b-bc

db-33b3ef3617d3} (Adware.Need2Find) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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\ninad.tambe\Local Settings\Temp\579.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert) ->

Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Edited by Nin, 30 November 2009 - 02:32 PM.


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Posted 30 November 2009 - 03:45 PM

Ok this was good let's see what SAS says. How is it after that?
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Posted 30 November 2009 - 06:37 PM

Still running SAS (almost 3 hrs 48 minutes now). So far it detected 1 registry item and 48 file items. I will update this as soon as it finishes. Thanks for standing by and your help...

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 07:44 PM

Ok. Here's the thing. I ran SAS, it cleared few things, asked me to reboot, which i did. However, after reboot, I went to www.google.com and another new window opened up with some junk site.

For some reason, from that computer I am unable to login to bleepingcomputer.com, not sure if my username/password are being hijacked before they get to bleepingcomputer.com. I always get the page asking me to register. After running that previous tool, ATF Cleaner, it cleaned out my session too.

I am trying to get that log from the infected computer over to this laptop (don't want to login to any email accounts as I am afraid that the password might be hijacked). Any ideas till that happens? thanks.

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 07:56 PM

Okay. Things are worse now. My screensaver is hijacked by a green desktop with message saying "Your System is Infected". My task manager is disabled and I get WARNING pop-up messages (windows-like messages).

Any ideas? thanks.

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 10:11 PM

Hi, OK try this run RKill.... It may take several attempts. Then immediately run MBAM.

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 30 November 2009 - 11:02 PM

Thanks, I ran the rkill.pif and it seems to have finished. I will run Malware bytes now and will let you know. thanks.

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 11:21 AM

OK then run the ATF and SAS also,thanks.
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Posted 02 December 2009 - 09:52 PM

Sorry it took so long. I couldn't get to this last night due to work. I did all of steps that you mentioned. Malware found 11 things to fix. SAS couldn't find anything.
My desktop is hijacked (I get a white screen with message saying I should restore Active Desktop (when i click on it, I get a javascript error). The google search result is still hijacked.

Any ideas (besides having to reformat my HD)? thanks so much.

Here is the log from Malware


Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.41
Database version: 3262
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

12/2/2009 7:41:20 PM
mbam-log-2009-12-02 (19-41-20).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 143717
Time elapsed: 10 minute(s), 14 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 1
Registry Data Items Infected: 6
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 5

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General\wallpaper (Hijack.Wallpaper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop\NoChangingWallpaper (Hijack.DisplayProperties) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoActiveDesktopChanges (Hijack.DisplayProperties) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoSetActiveDesktop (Hijack.DisplayProperties) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\activedesktop\NoChangingWallpaper (Hijack.DisplayProperties) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoActiveDesktopChanges (Hijack.DisplayProperties) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoSetActiveDesktop (Hijack.DisplayProperties) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\AVR10.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winhelper86.dll (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\41.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\ninad.tambe\Local Settings\Temp\e.exe (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Winlogon86.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 10:56 PM

Well sorry it appears to be buried deep. We will need to use the HJT forum...
ou will need to run HJT/DDS.
Please follow this guide. go and do steps 6 thru 8 ,, Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Hijackthis. Then go here HijackThis Logs and Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal ,click New Topic,give it a relevant Title and post that complete log.

Let me know if it went OK.
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Posted 03 December 2009 - 06:26 PM

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/276163/nins-logs/

Removed DDS and RootRepeal logs from this thread and added to the above thread. thanks

Edited by Nin, 03 December 2009 - 08:10 PM.


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Posted 03 December 2009 - 08:49 PM

Now that your log is properly posted, 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 continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it 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 very 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.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic.
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