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I visited a web site and got a warning from Avira.


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#1 skyfish

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 07:41 PM

Hi :thumbsup:

I visited a web site last night to check if the address had already been taken.

When I arrived at the site I got a pop-up saying I had been hacked and then got a warning from Avira in the mozilla cache folder. I selected the option to deny access.

The offending site's address: hxxp://nexus.webs.com (if I am not allowed to post the address, I'll edit the post) - is there a way for someone here to please tell me what exactly the website did to my computer?

Did it install a keylogger on my computer? I'm on a different computer at the moment just to be safe.

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Thank you

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:46 PM

Hello, the first thing to do is Update your Avira and run a Safe Mode scan. You can post the log here for review.

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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Next:Please download TFC by Old Timer and save it to your desktop.
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Save any unsaved work. TFC will close ALL open programs including your browser!
Double-click on TFC.exe to run it. If you are using Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator.
Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process and let it run uninterrupted to completion.
Important! If TFC prompts you to reboot, please do so immediately. If not prompted, manually reboot the machine anyway to ensure a complete clean.


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.
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 11:18 PM

Thanks. I will try that soon.

I reported the suspicious site to the webs.com abuse team. Is there a way to safely scan the original site to see what it's supposed to do(if I'm worrying over nothing)?

So far, I ran a smart scan (it took a few hours) with A-Squared Anti-Malware but nothing turned up.

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 11:32 PM

Try Link Advisor

http://download.cnet.com/Link-Advisor/3000...4-10592095.html
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Posted 10 January 2010 - 09:55 PM

Okay.

I ran a Deep Scan with A-squared Anti-malware and it found a few things in the Java temp area. I'm not sure if they were really harmful or not, but I wanted to remove them just to be safe. I tried to quarantine them but it wouldn't let me, so I went to the Java options in the Control panel and selected the option to delete Java temp files and that worked.

I downloaded TFC.exe like you said. I wish it would have listed everything it was about to erase. Not sure what it deleted but it freed up 2.2gb of space. I restarted the computer when prompted.

I then ran a full Avira scan which didn't find anything other than some quarantined files from another virus program. I quarantined those.

I downloaded and installed link advisor. It didn't help. :thumbsup: With that program, you hover over a link and it says if the site is verified or not. Unfortunately, when I hovered over a link to nexus.webs.com it only gave me the information for the main site (webs.com) and showed it as safe.

How can I find out what that site really does when visited?

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 03:38 AM

Update: I asked someone to look at the site for me but he said it wasn't there anymore. :thumbsup: The site nexus.webs.com has been SUSPENDED by the webs.com staff!

Since you suggested it, I downloaded Malwarebytes and scanned my computer. It took 2hrs and 50minutes. Malwarebytes detected a problem with an uninstall program that's been on my computer for a few months, but I know that wasn't installed after visiting the site.

I also downloaded ZoneAlarm to see if that would help against any potential keylogger. However, after downloading so many anti-virus programs my computer started to act up. I started to get a message "content encoding error" in Firefox and in IE I was getting some page display error. Also, I noticed on youtube a lot of videos would load entirely and begin playing, but after a random amount of time the image and sound would stop playing even though the timer at the bottom continued. I thought it might be from ZoneAlarm or one of the virus scanners erasing a temp file or one of the files in the sun java folder.

I uninstalled ZoneAlarm and so far the "content encoding error" and youtube loading issues haven't returned.

Programs used to look for any problems from the questionable website:
A-Squared Anti-Malware - normal scan and deep scan
Avira
TFC.exe
Link Advisor
Zone Alarm


Do you think I am now safe from a virus or keylogger or whatever that site did? Am I overreacting?

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 11:12 AM

I feel you are clean.. If you want to be certain there are no traces post an HJT log. Now that the machine is running well you wont have to fret the week wait.
You will need to run HJT/DDS. Iff rootrepeal won't work pass on it.
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 12 January 2010 - 08:30 PM

Hello,

Now that you have posted a log here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/286260/visited-a-website-got-a-virus-warning-from-avira-ran-scans-am-i-safe-now/ 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 ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in 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 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.

Please be patient. It may take several days, up to two weeks perhaps less, to get a response but your log will be reviewed and answered as soon as possible. I advise checking your topic once a day for responses as the e-mail notification system is unreliable.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic. Good luck with your log.

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