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Google Redirecting to searchfindsite.com in IE8


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#1 svenfjord

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 03:33 PM

Hi,
I'm running WinXP Home Ver 5.1.2600 SP2 & IE8. Within the past week, I noticed while searching on Google that when I click on search results, my IE is redirecting to a site searchfindsite.com. The redirect does not occur every time I search within Google. I am not noticing the same problem in Firefox.

I appreciate anybody's help to identify what I have here, and how to fix.

Thanks,
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Posted 29 December 2009 - 04:33 PM

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is Computer Pro and I will be helping you with your issues.

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Please download Dr. Web the free version & save it to your desktop. DO NOT perform a scan yet.

Scan with Dr. Web Cureit as follows:
Double-click on launch.exe 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.
When complete, click Select All, then choose Cure > Move incurable.
(This will move any detected files to the C:\Documents and Settings\userprofile\DoctorWeb\Quarantine folder if they can't be cured)
Now 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 Ok.
Back at the main window, click the green arrow "Start Scanning" button on the right under the Dr.Web logo.
When the scan is complete, a message will be displayed at the bottom indicating if any viruses were found.
Click "Yes to all" if asked to cure or move the file(s) and select "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 30 December 2009 - 07:52 PM

Computer Addict,

Thanks for your help here! Followed all instructions...below is Dr.Web Cureit report list

mwau.exe;c:\recycler\s-1-5-21-5884605470-5954138447-879642869-0191;Trojan.Packed.688;Deleted.;
{64EE50D7-6D26-426F-9401-A42D676A7E5C}.qbd\data001;C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Norton\{0C55C096-0F1D-4F28-AAA2-85EF591126E7}\Norton\QBackup\{1D1DCCE5-C1A;Trojan.NtRootKit.2892;;
{64EE50D7-6D26-426F-9401-A42D676A7E5C}.qbd;C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Norton\{0C55C096-0F1D-4F28-AAA2-85EF591126E7}\Norton\QBackup\{1D1DCCE5-C1A;Container contains infected objects;Moved.;

Looks like whatever my problem is....is still here.
Had to do a few google searches, but it finally redirected... this time to questbooster.com ... which looks the exact same page as the previous one I was getting searchfilesite.com. I have noticed now since posting my original, that occasionally I get some different sites that this is redirecting too.

Thanks again.

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 08:01 PM

Lets run TDSS Killer by Kaspersky.

-Download TDSS Killer and save to your Desktop. Also print out those instructions on the same page for running the scan.

-Extract (unzip) the file to your desktop and make sure TDSSKiller.exe (the contents of the zipped file) is on the Desktop itself, not within a folder on the desktop.

-Go to Start ->Run. Type/Copy and Paste the following text into the prompt:

"%userprofile%\Desktop\TDSSKiller.exe" -l C:\report.txt -v

-Click OK.
-If malicious services or files have been detected, the utility will prompt to reboot the PC in order to complete the disinfection procedure. Please reboot when prompted.

-After reboot, the driver will delete malicious registry keys and files as well as remove itself from the services list.
-A log file named report.txt should have been created and saved to the root directory (usually C:\report.txt).
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#5 svenfjord

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 08:24 PM

OK. Ran TDSS Killer. All clear on that.
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Posted 30 December 2009 - 08:30 PM

OH... just noticed that "start log failed". maybe doing something wrong? copied your run command
"%userprofile%\Desktop\TDSSKiller.exe" -l C:\report.txt -v

let me know if I'm doing something wrong there. there was no report log in c:\.

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 01:00 AM

Hello,

I am not hijacking this thread, I just wanted to say I have the exact same issue except I am having the redirects in my Firefox bowser. I also TDSS Killer and got the same message. I have ran pretty much every malware/antivirus software I could get my hands on and still no luck. I am really looking forward to a solution to this problem. (my wife will not get off my back about this)

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 11:32 AM

Packer fan, please start your own topic to avoid confusion.

svenfjord, Are the redirects happening in IE and Firefox, or just Firefox?
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Posted 31 December 2009 - 01:25 PM

The real problem is with IE, NOT Firefox. I don't really use Firefox on this machine. I did fire up Firefox to test and see if the problem existed there too, but after several google search attempts, NO redirects in Firefox.

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 06:54 PM

Onnellista Uutta Vuotta!!!! :thumbsup:

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 08:41 PM

I am sorry but English please on the last post?

Try to reset your Internet Explorer and see if the problem exists.

Edited by Computer Pro, 01 January 2010 - 12:59 PM.

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 03:40 PM

Well, I think we got it. After first following your instructions to "Reset IE", which I did, I subsequently experienced another re-direct to searchfindsite.com. During the reset process, I noticed the other IE addon's that were listed, and decided to go ahead an uninstall Google Toolbar. Did that, rebooted the computer, and as of now, am not experiencing the re-directs.

So...sorry or doing too many things at once, but the good news is... I think it's gone.

I really appreciate your help! :thumbsup:

Sven

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 03:18 PM

One more scan to make sure everything is clear:

Lets take a look with Malwarebytes

Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from here:
Malwarebytes
Please rename the file BEFORE downloading to zztoy.exe instead of mbam-setup.exe

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.

Double Click zztoy.exe to install the application.
* Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Full Scan", then click Scan.
* The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
* When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.(See Extra Note)
* The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
* Copy&Paste the entire MBAM report (even if it does not find anything) in your next reply

Extra Note:
If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process, if asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately.


If Malwarebytes won't install or run

Some types of malware will disable MBAM and other security tools. If MBAM will not install, try renaming it. Right-click on the mbam-setup.exe file and change the .exe extension to .bat, .com, .pif, or .scr and then double-click on it to run.

If after installation, MBAM will not run, open the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder in Program Files, right-click on mbam.exe and change the .exe as noted above. Then double-click on it to run.
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Posted 03 January 2010 - 02:28 PM

Computer Pro, Thanks for your diligence. I experienced a couple more redirects this morning. Loaded and ran Malwarebytes, mbam log posted below:

mbam-log-2010-01-03 (14-06-10).txt

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.43
Database version: 3488
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702

1/3/2010 2:06:10 PM
mbam-log-2010-01-03 (14-06-10).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 197120
Time elapsed: 1 hour(s), 14 minute(s), 18 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 1
Registry Keys Infected: 2
Registry Values Infected: 1
Registry Data Items Infected: 3
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 2

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\iciqatar.dll (Trojan.Vundo) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\{494e6cec-7483-a4ee-0938-895519a84bc7} (Backdoor.Bot) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-18\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\{494e6cec-7483-a4ee-0938-895519a84bc7} (Backdoor.Bot) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\oromucovotuket (Trojan.Vundo) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell (Hijack.Shell) -> Bad: (explorer.exe,C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-5884605470-5954138447-879642869-0191\mwau.exe) Good: (Explorer.exe) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\FirewallDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\UpdatesDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\iciqatar.dll (Trojan.Vundo) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\RECYCLER\NPROTECT\00070419.exe (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 06:19 PM

Then SAS:

Please 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 2: 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 Edition

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.
Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program. DO NOT run yet.



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.

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.
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