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#1 desco1

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 05:43 PM

XP Pro 2BG Mem 250GB HD 40% free
Clicking on any link displayed in google results page sends the browser to a nonexistant URL named newserversearch.com or message may be random in the Server not found error box. example but not always the same. sample is ssrheewrveencra.com
A copy to clipboard copies all of the text in the error windows correctly EXCEPT for the domain name. the copy will always be newserversearch.com in place of the displayed domain.

Typed URL goes to correct URL. Clicked links from outlook mail, bookmark, or favorites, etc also go to correct URL.

Run Malwarebytes, and avg, and MS malicious software removal tool. Nothing reported.

The error appears on one computer using either IE6 or Firefox 3.5.2
2nd computer on same router to internet connection has no error.

Registry search and HD search using explorer returns no find match for newserver.
Using Zone Alarm for firewall.
Rootkit revealer returns no flags.
Hijackthis log shows no process running on the infected computer compared to the non infected log. [That I have seen. :-)]
Any suggestions?

Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Edited by Animal, 21 December 2009 - 06:31 PM.


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Posted 21 December 2009 - 05:55 PM

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop. alternate download link DO NOT use yet.
Please download and install SUPERAntiSpyware Free
  • Double-click SUPERAntiSypware.exe and use the default settings for installation.
  • An icon will be created on your desktop. Double-click that icon to launch the program.
  • If asked to update the program definitions, click "Yes". If not, update the definitions before scanning by selecting "Check for Updates". (If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and unzip into the program's folder.)
  • Under the "Configuration and Preferences", click the Preferences... button.
  • Click the "General and Startup" tab, and under Start-up Options, make sure "Start SUPERAntiSpyware when Windows starts" box is unchecked.
  • Click the "Scanning Control" tab, and 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.
  • Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program.
  • Do not run a scan just 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".

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 browser click Firefox 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.
  • If you use Opera browser click Opera 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.
Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".

Scan with SUPERAntiSpyware as follows:
  • Launch the program and back on the main screen, under "Scan for Harmful Software" click Scan your computer.
  • On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
  • On the right, under "Complete Scan", choose Perform Complete Scan and click "Next".
  • After the scan is complete, a Scan Summary box will appear with potentially harmful items that were detected. Click "OK".
  • Make sure everything has a checkmark next to it and click "Next".
  • A notification will appear that "Quarantine and Removal is Complete". Click "OK" and then click the "Finish" button to return to the main menu.
  • 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.

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 10:48 AM

Attempted 'fastreply' but have not seen it post.

Followed instructions above in post #2.
2 files were found and removed. confirmed.
However the original problem has not changed.
Following is the requested log:
SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 12/21/2009 at 10:22 PM

Application Version : 4.32.1000

Core Rules Database Version : 4379
Trace Rules Database Version: 0

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 02:25:12

Memory items scanned : 235
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 5014
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 54341
File threats detected : 2

TimeSink (TSAdBot)
C:\TMP\TSADBOT.EXE= primary boot SATA HD
M:\TMP\TSADBOT.EXE = second IDE HD not just a logical drive letter

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 04:08 PM

Before we start fixing anything you should print out these instructions or copy them to a NotePad file so they will be accessible. Some steps will require you to disconnect from the Internet or use Safe Mode and you will not have access to this page.

Please download Dr.Web CureIt and save it to your desktop. DO NOT perform a scan yet.
alternate download link
Note: The file will be randomly named (i.e. 5mkuvc4z.exe).

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 the randomly named file 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. (This will move any detected files to the C:\Documents and Settings\userprofile\DoctorWeb\Quarantine folder if they can't be cured)
  • After the Express Scan is finished, 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 Apply, Ok.
  • Back at the main window, click the green arrow "Start Scanning" button on the right under the Dr.Web logo.
  • Please be patient as this scan could take a long time to complete.
  • When the scan has finished, a message will be displayed at the bottom indicating if any viruses were found.
  • Click Select All, then choose Cure > 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 22 December 2009 - 05:50 PM

cnet.com provided a 14.5kb file that stated was 168 days old. update? yes goes to ftp://ftp.drweb.com/pub/drweb/cureit/launch.exe = 24.1MB update?
1 87.242.75.131 Succeed Russian Federation MASTERHOST-COLOCATION Masterhost is a hosting and technical support organization. 87.242.72.0 87.242.79.255 Yes MASTERHOST NOC .masterhost, Lyalin lane 3, bld 3, 105062 Moscow, Russia noc@masterhost.ru abuse@masterhost.ru +7 495 7729720 +7 495 7729723 RIPE NCC ftp.drweb.com

% This is the RIPE Database query service.
% The objects are in RPSL format.
A file called launch.exe 24.1 mb

Safe? coming from Russia I'm not so sure.

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 05:57 PM

I have used DrWebCureIt many times with no problems.

Try this link:

http://dw.com.com/redir?edId=3&siteId=...40a7d0821b41cfa

It should be a 14MB download.
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Posted 23 December 2009 - 06:28 PM

The small 14k program refused to into full scan mode because the option was grayed out.
Update downloaded a larger file called launch.exe also identified as DrWeb that did do a full scan. The log is 62.3 meg. I have posted below the start and summary but not the itemized part.

About 6-8 files were moved apparently the scan also sets up a scandisk after boot. I also had to increase the log file limit because the first scan aborted with a log file full.

The original problem remains.

I do appreciate you help and prompt replies. !

Master Boot Record HDD1 - OK
Active OS/2 or WinNT Boot Sector HDD1 - OK
Master Boot Record HDD2 - OK
Active OS/2 or WinNT Boot Sector HDD2 - OK

[Scan path] C:\
C:\Attach-dds.txt - OK
C:\AUTOEXEC.BAT - OK
C:\Boot.bak - OK
C:\boot.ini - OK
C:\boot.test - OK
C:\cc_20091221_091824.reg - OK
C:\cmldr - OK
C:\ComboFix2.txt - OK
C:\CONFIG.SYS - OK
C:\CureIt-1.log - OK
C:\IO.SYS - OK
C:\lan.log - OK
C:\MSDOS.SYS - OK
C:\net.txt - OK
C:\NTDETECT.COM - OK
C:\ntldr - OK
C:\realtek.log - OK
C:\RHDSetup.log - OK
C:\RootRepeal report 12-21-09 (15-36-42).txt - OK
C:\rootrepeal-log.txt - OK
C:\SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log - 12-21-2009 - 22-22-53.log - OK
C:\TEMPM006.PRN - OK
C:\TMP-CK-R.PRN - OK
C:\$AVG8.VAULT$\vvfolder.idx - OK

Detail truncated to shorten this post.


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Scan statistics
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Scanned: 620330
Infected: 3
Modifications: 0
Suspicious: 0
Adware: 1
Dialers: 0
Jokes: 0
Riskware: 0
Hacktools: 2
Cured: 0
Deleted: 0
Renamed: 0
Moved: 4
Ignored: 0
Scan speed: 223 Kb/s
Scan time: 05:03:48
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

=============================================================================
Total session statistics
=============================================================================
Scanned: 620663
Infected: 3
Modifications: 0
Suspicious: 0
Adware: 1
Dialers: 0
Jokes: 0
Riskware: 0
Hacktools: 2
Cured: 0
Deleted: 0
Renamed: 0
Moved: 4
Ignored: 0
Scan speed: 224 Kb/s
Scan time: 05:04:18
=============================================================================

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 07:23 PM

How's your computer running now?
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Posted 24 December 2009 - 01:48 PM

The original redirect to newserversearce.com only from a supplied link by google search using either IE or Firefox is still an issue.
Copying the text that contains the link to Word where I right click to edit the hidden url link. Then copying the hidden link and pasting to the address bar of either browser retrieves the correct web page.

Double clicking the link in a google web search will always send the browser to the non-existent 'newserversearch.com'.
Anything else to try short of reformat?

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 04:53 PM

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
  • Push Ok
  • 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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Posted 26 December 2009 - 03:11 PM

ROOTREPEAL AD, 2007-2009
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Scan Start Time: 2009/12/26 15:08
Program Version: Version 1.3.5.0
Windows Version: Windows XP SP3
==================================================

Edited by desco1, 26 December 2009 - 03:36 PM.


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Posted 26 December 2009 - 03:17 PM

Pull report. Incorrectly run - revising
Sorry for the haste.

ROOTREPEAL © AD, 2007-2009
==================================================
Scan Start Time: 2009/12/26 15:08
Program Version: Version 1.3.5.0
Windows Version: Windows XP SP3
==================================================

Drivers
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Posted 26 December 2009 - 05:48 PM

Valid Log :-)

ROOTREPEAL © AD, 2007-2009
==================================================
Scan Start Time: 2009/12/26 15:14
Program Version: Version 1.3.5.0
Windows Version: Windows XP SP3
==================================================

Drivers
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Name: dump_atapi.sys
Image Path: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\dump_atapi.sys
Address: 0xA82D7000 Size: 98304 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

Name: dump_WMILIB.SYS
Image Path: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\dump_WMILIB.SYS
Address: 0xBA63E000 Size: 8192 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

Name: rootrepeal.sys
Image Path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\rootrepeal.sys
Address: 0xA7D08000 Size: 49152 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

Name: srescan.sys
Image Path: srescan.sys
Address: 0xB9E06000 Size: 81920 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

Hidden/Locked Files
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Path: c:\documents and settings\user one\local settings\temp\offfd.tmp
Status: Allocation size mismatch (API: 131072, Raw: 0)

Path: c:\documents and settings\user one\local settings\temp\offfe.tmp
Status: Allocation size mismatch (API: 16384, Raw: 0)

Path: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\avg8\Log\04AFBC~1
Status: Locked to the Windows API!

Path: C:\G_Net\wrdfile\z42\NEWS\Resource\Locating the Law_5th.pdf:{4c8cc155-6c1e-11d1-8e41-00c04fb9386d}
Status: Visible to the Windows API, but not on disk.

SSDT
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#: 031 Function Name: NtConnectPort
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa846bfc0

#: 037 Function Name: NtCreateFile
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa8468c80

#: 041 Function Name: NtCreateKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa8483170

#: 046 Function Name: NtCreatePort
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa846c580

#: 047 Function Name: NtCreateProcess
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa8480900

#: 048 Function Name: NtCreateProcessEx
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa8480b10

#: 050 Function Name: NtCreateSection
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa8484b10

#: 056 Function Name: NtCreateWaitablePort
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa846c670

#: 062 Function Name: NtDeleteFile
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa8469210

#: 063 Function Name: NtDeleteKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa84839f0

#: 065 Function Name: NtDeleteValueKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa84837a0

#: 068 Function Name: NtDuplicateObject
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa8480280

#: 098 Function Name: NtLoadKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa8483f10

#: 099 Function Name: NtLoadKey2
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa8483f90

#: 116 Function Name: NtOpenFile
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa8469070

#: 122 Function Name: NtOpenProcess
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa8482180

#: 128 Function Name: NtOpenThread
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa8481f40

#: 192 Function Name: NtRenameKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa84846f0

#: 193 Function Name: NtReplaceKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa8484150

#: 200 Function Name: NtRequestWaitReplyPort
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa846bbe0

#: 204 Function Name: NtRestoreKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa8484540

#: 210 Function Name: NtSecureConnectPort
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa846c190

#: 224 Function Name: NtSetInformationFile
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa8469440

#: 247 Function Name: NtSetValueKey
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa84834e0

#: 255 Function Name: NtSystemDebugControl
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa8481200

#: 257 Function Name: NtTerminateProcess
Status: Hooked by "C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SASKUTIL.sys" at address 0xa840c0b0

Shadow SSDT
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#: 460 Function Name: NtUserMessageCall
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa846ae70

#: 475 Function Name: NtUserPostMessage
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa846af20

#: 476 Function Name: NtUserPostThreadMessage
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa846afe0

#: 491 Function Name: NtUserRegisterRawInputDevices
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa8469d60

#: 502 Function Name: NtUserSendInput
Status: Hooked by "C:\WINDOWS\System32\vsdatant.sys" at address 0xa846b250

==EOF==

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 06:05 PM

I think it's time to head on over to the HijackThis forum for a closer look.

Preparation Guide for use before posting a HijackThis Log

Go straight to Step 6.

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.
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Posted 26 December 2009 - 06:36 PM

Thank you for all your help. I have discovered some new anti-malware programs in the process.
Your responses have been professional and and much quicker than expected.




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