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Infected with unknown Search Engine Hijacker


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#1 mlord13

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 11:01 PM

My search engine results have been hijacked. Specifically, any search engine i use will display search results, but any link I click on in those result redirects me to random sites (some of them independently host malware, some are advertisement sites, and I've been sent over to yahoo jobs a couple of times). I have run ad-aware, spybot, malware bytes, avg, microsoft's windows malware scanning program, mcaffee's scanning program, housecall, and none of them could identify or correct whatever piece of malware is causing the redirect. I have a windows xp (SP3) laptop that runs on a private wireless router. My roommate's laptop is not having this problem. As I cannot determine the source of my hijacking, I'm turning to you guys for some help on this one. Logs are below.


DDS (Ver_09-12-01.01) - NTFSx86
Run by JD at 21:40:15.27 on Sun 01/17/2010
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.5512 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_11
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.511.101 [GMT -6:00]

AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Apoint\Apoint.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\Acrotray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\WLTRAY.exe
C:\WINDOWS\PixArt\PAC7302\Monitor.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb11.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hphmon06.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\Program Files\Audible\Bin\AudibleDownloadHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Apoint\Apntex.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgnsx.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wltrysvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\JD\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\JD\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\JD\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\JD\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\JD\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\JD\Desktop\dds.scr

============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============

uInternet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
BHO: Adobe PDF Link Helper: {18df081c-e8ad-4283-a596-fa578c2ebdc3} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
BHO: AVG Safe Search: {3ca2f312-6f6e-4b53-a66e-4e65e497c8c0} - c:\program files\avg\avg9\avgssie.dll
BHO: Spybot-S&D IE Protection: {53707962-6f74-2d53-2644-206d7942484f} - c:\progra~1\spybot~1\SDHelper.dll
BHO: Adobe PDF Conversion Toolbar Helper: {ae7cd045-e861-484f-8273-0445ee161910} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEFavClient.dll
BHO: SmartSelect Class: {f4971ee7-daa0-4053-9964-665d8ee6a077} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEFavClient.dll
TB: Adobe PDF: {47833539-d0c5-4125-9fa8-0819e2eaac93} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEFavClient.dll
EB: {32683183-48a0-441b-a342-7c2a440a9478} - No File
uRun: [MSMSGS] "c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
uRun: [SpybotSD TeaTimer] c:\program files\spybot - search & destroy\TeaTimer.exe
uRun: [Google Update] "c:\documents and settings\jd\local settings\application data\google\update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c
mRun: [Apoint] c:\program files\apoint\Apoint.exe
mRun: [ATIPTA] "c:\program files\ati technologies\ati control panel\atiptaxx.exe"
mRun: [Ad-Watch] c:\program files\lavasoft\ad-aware\AAWTray.exe
mRun: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "c:\program files\java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe"
mRun: [Adobe Acrobat Speed Launcher] "c:\program files\adobe\acrobat 9.0\acrobat\Acrobat_sl.exe"
mRun: [<NO NAME>]
mRun: [Acrobat Assistant 8.0] "c:\program files\adobe\acrobat 9.0\acrobat\Acrotray.exe"
mRun: [Broadcom Wireless Manager UI] c:\windows\system32\WLTRAY.exe
mRun: [snp2uvc] c:\windows\vsnp2uvc.exe
mRun: [tsnp2uvc] c:\windows\tsnp2uvc.exe
mRun: [PAC7302_Monitor] c:\windows\pixart\pac7302\Monitor.exe
mRun: [Adobe ARM] "c:\program files\common files\adobe\arm\1.0\AdobeARM.exe"
mRun: [HPDJ Taskbar Utility] c:\windows\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb11.exe
mRun: [HPHUPD06] c:\program files\hp\{aac4fc36-8f89-4587-8dd3-ebc57c83374d}\hphupd06.exe
mRun: [HP Software Update] "c:\program files\hp\hp software update\HPWuSchd2.exe"
mRun: [HP Component Manager] "c:\program files\hp\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe"
mRun: [HPHmon06] c:\windows\system32\hphmon06.exe
mRun: [QuickTime Task] "c:\program files\quicktime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime
mRun: [iTunesHelper] "c:\program files\itunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
mRun: [AVG9_TRAY] c:\progra~1\avg\avg9\avgtray.exe
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\audibl~1.lnk - c:\program files\audible\bin\AudibleDownloadHelper.exe
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\hpdigi~1.lnk - c:\program files\hp\digital imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\micros~1.lnk - c:\program files\microsoft office\office10\OSA.EXE
IE: Append Link Target to Existing PDF - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIEAppendSelLinks.html
IE: Append to Existing PDF - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIEAppend.html
IE: Convert Link Target to Adobe PDF - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIECaptureSelLinks.html
IE: Convert to Adobe PDF - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIECapture.html
IE: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - c:\progra~1\micros~2\office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
IE: {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
IE: {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe
IE: {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - c:\progra~1\spybot~1\SDHelper.dll
DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} - hxxp://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/wuweb_site.cab?1243046623579
DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} - hxxp://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
DPF: {EF791A6B-FC12-4C68-99EF-FB9E207A39E6} - hxxp://download.mcafee.com/molbin/iss-loc/mcfscan/2,2,0,5864/mcfscan.cab
Handler: cdo - {CD00020A-8B95-11D1-82DB-00C04FB1625D} - c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web folders\PKMCDO.DLL
Handler: cetihpz - {CF184AD3-CDCB-4168-A3F7-8E447D129300} - c:\program files\hp\hpcoretech\comp\hpuiprot.dll
Handler: linkscanner - {F274614C-63F8-47D5-A4D1-FBDDE494F8D1} - c:\program files\avg\avg9\avgpp.dll
Handler: skype4com - {FFC8B962-9B40-4DFF-9458-1830C7DD7F5D} - c:\progra~1\common~1\skype\SKYPE4~1.DLL
Notify: AtiExtEvent - Ati2evxx.dll
Notify: avgrsstarter - avgrsstx.dll
Hosts: 127.0.0.1 www.spywareinfo.com

================= FIREFOX ===================

FF - ProfilePath - c:\docume~1\jd\applic~1\mozilla\firefox\profiles\f7jan4nq.default\
FF - prefs.js: browser.search.selectedEngine - Google
FF - prefs.js: browser.startup.homepage - gmail.com
FF - component: c:\program files\avg\avg9\firefox\components\avgssff.dll
FF - plugin: c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\nexonus\ngm\npNxGameUS.dll
FF - plugin: c:\documents and settings\jd\application data\mozilla\firefox\profiles\f7jan4nq.default\extensions\moveplayer@movenetworks.com\platform\winnt_x86-msvc\plugins\npmnqmp071301000019.dll
FF - plugin: c:\documents and settings\jd\application data\mozilla\plugins\npgoogletalk.dll
FF - plugin: c:\documents and settings\jd\local settings\application data\google\update\1.2.183.13\npGoogleOneClick8.dll
FF - plugin: c:\program files\mozilla firefox\plugins\npPandoWebInst.dll
FF - HiddenExtension: Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant: {20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b} - c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v3.5\windows presentation foundation\dotnetassistantextension\
FF - HiddenExtension: Java Console: No Registry Reference - c:\program files\mozilla firefox\extensions\{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0011-ABCDEFFEDCBA}

---- FIREFOX POLICIES ----
c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\security-prefs.js - pref("security.ssl3.rsa_seed_sha", true);

============= SERVICES / DRIVERS ===============

R0 Lbd;Lbd;c:\windows\system32\drivers\Lbd.sys [2009-5-23 64160]
R1 AvgLdx86;AVG Free AVI Loader Driver x86;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgldx86.sys [2009-5-22 333192]
R1 AvgMfx86;AVG Free On-access Scanner Minifilter Driver x86;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgmfx86.sys [2009-5-22 28424]
R1 AvgTdiX;AVG Free8 Network Redirector;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgtdix.sys [2009-5-22 360584]
R2 avg9wd;AVG Free WatchDog;c:\program files\avg\avg9\avgwdsvc.exe [2010-1-17 285392]
R2 Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service;Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service;c:\program files\lavasoft\ad-aware\AAWService.exe [2009-3-9 1028432]

=============== Created Last 30 ================

2010-01-18 03:12:34 0 d-----w- c:\program files\Trend Micro
2010-01-17 23:31:05 0 d-----w- c:\windows\McAfee.com
2010-01-17 18:18:00 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\jd\applic~1\Malwarebytes
2010-01-17 18:17:54 38224 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbamswissarmy.sys
2010-01-17 18:17:52 19160 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbam.sys
2010-01-17 18:17:52 0 d-----w- c:\program files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
2010-01-17 18:17:52 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\Malwarebytes
2010-01-17 18:08:38 0 d--h--w- C:\$AVG
2010-01-17 18:05:27 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\avg9
2010-01-17 18:00:17 0 d-----w- c:\windows\SxsCaPendDel
2010-01-17 01:21:04 0 dc-h--w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\{BC9FCCF7-E686-494B-8C9B-55C9A39A7CA9}
2010-01-11 02:11:24 21504 -c--a-w- c:\windows\system32\dllcache\hidserv.dll
2010-01-11 02:11:24 21504 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\hidserv.dll
2009-12-30 02:52:22 664 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\d3d9caps.dat
2009-12-28 23:54:34 0 d-----w- c:\program files\Wizards of the Coast
2009-12-22 01:55:13 107368 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\GEARAspi.dll
2009-12-22 01:55:12 26600 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\GEARAspiWDM.sys
2009-12-22 01:53:02 0 d-----w- c:\program files\iPod
2009-12-22 01:52:45 0 d-----w- c:\program files\iTunes
2009-12-22 01:52:45 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\{755AC846-7372-4AC8-8550-C52491DAA8BD}
2009-12-22 01:24:21 0 d-----w- c:\program files\MSXML 4.0
2009-12-22 01:20:12 0 d-----w- c:\windows\system32\appmgmt
2009-12-21 01:34:19 82432 ----a-r- c:\windows\system32\MSXML4r.dll
2009-12-21 01:34:18 44544 ----a-r- c:\windows\system32\MSXML4a.dll
2009-12-21 01:34:16 626960 ----a-r- c:\windows\system32\hpvaut32.dll
2009-12-21 01:34:16 487424 ----a-r- c:\windows\system32\hpvcp70.dll
2009-12-21 01:34:15 344064 ----a-r- c:\windows\system32\hpvcr70.dll
2009-12-21 01:29:56 61440 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\HPZinw12.exe
2009-12-21 01:29:55 94208 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\HPZipt12.dll
2009-12-21 01:29:55 65536 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\HPZipm12.exe
2009-12-21 01:29:55 57344 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\HPZisn12.dll
2009-12-21 01:29:55 204800 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\HPZipr12.dll
2009-12-21 01:29:54 278584 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\HPZidr12.dll
2009-12-21 01:27:53 0 d-----w- c:\program files\HP
2009-12-21 01:26:24 93418 ----a-w- c:\windows\HPHins03.dat
2009-12-21 01:26:24 2655 ------w- c:\windows\hphmdl03.dat

==================== Find3M ====================

2010-01-17 18:08:17 360584 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgtdix.sys
2010-01-17 18:08:16 333192 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgldx86.sys
2010-01-17 18:06:47 12464 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\avgrsstx.dll
2009-10-29 05:38:23 667136 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wininet.dll
2009-10-21 05:38:36 75776 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\strmfilt.dll
2009-10-21 05:38:36 25088 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\httpapi.dll

============= FINISH: 21:41:54.93 ===============

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#2 mlord13

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 08:31 AM

Update: In addition to hijacking my search results (which continues unabated), whatever this is is also now throwing random websites at me. For example, this morning I logged into bleeping computer to see if anyone had responded, and a second tab was created in my firefox browser sending me to a website that informed me my computer had a virus, had a little pop-up window, etc. (Clearly a scam site).

I don't know if these sites that are being thrown at me are pop-ups per se`, since they are being created as tabs in my browser.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.


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Further, our malware removal staff is comprised of team members with various levels of skill and expertise to deal with thousands of malware variants, some more complex than others. Although we try to take DDS/HJT logs in order (starting with the oldest), it is often the skill level of the particular helper and sometimes the operating system that dictates which logs get selected first. Some infections are more complicated than others and require a higher skill level to remove. Without that skill level attempted removal could result in disastrous results. In other instances, the helper may not be familiar with the operating system that you are using, since they use another. In either case, neither of us want someone to assist you who is not familiar with your issue and attempt to fix it.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 09:11 AM

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer

We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.

If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine.

If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.

Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.

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Thanks and again sorry for the delay.

We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:
  • Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.
  • Double click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.
  • A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.
  • Notepad will open with the results.
  • Follow the instructions that pop up for posting the results.
  • Close the program window, and delete the program from your desktop.
Please note: You may have to disable any script protection running if the scan fails to run. After downloading the tool, disconnect from the internet and disable all antivirus protection. Run the scan, enable your A/V and reconnect to the internet.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 10:19 AM

Thank you for your availability, but you can officially consider this thread closed.

Yesterday my computer was infected by something very, very malicious. It interfered with my boot-up by forcing a pop-up window that was headed by "SPYWARE ALERT!" It informed me that I had worm.win32.netsky, and told me it was a security risk of 5 out of 0-5. It had an "OK" button I could click on and a close button in the upper right hand corner. I recognized it as highly, highly suspect, and closed it.

It responded by hijacking the background image of my monitor to a black block with red text warning me that my system was infected and I needed to get antispyware software.

I then began getting random pop-ups telling me that system files were infected and that applications could not be executed. Then I was unable to activate any of my web browsers, receiving the same pop-up.

I attempted to restart my computer in safe mode, and could not. Performance speed all but disappeared.

I would restart my computer and windows explorer would not load at all. When I attempted to open my task manager, I received a pop-up that informed me that the administrator had blocked my use of the task manager.

I rebooted my computer in safe-mode and logged in as the administrator and was told again that the administrator had blocked my use of the task bar.

With this progression, I have now hard-formatted my drive and reinstalled windows xp. I am not having anymore of the problems I was having before, so I believe I have erradicated whatever was causing the problems originally.

Anyone who was looking into this can disregard it, as it is now too late.

Thank you again to anyone who was investigating my problem.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 12:27 PM

Thanks for letting me know.

Since this issue appears to be resolved ... this Topic has been closed.

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