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Browser Fails to load Security Related Sites

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#1 Zell Faze

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 08:35 PM

I have been working with a computer infected with several viruses for the better part of the day now. I believe I have almost everything cleaned off.

Table of Contents
I. Notable Events
II. Current Problem
III. Attempted solutions
IV. Specs
V. Log Files

Notable Events:

  • Computer was sent to me.
  • Booted and found it was infected with Malware.
  • Ran ClamWin Portable
  • Removed 2 files from memory
  • Attempted and Failed to insall AVG Free.
  • Ran Spybot S&D off Hiren Boot CD
  • Installed Spybot S&D
  • Ran Spybot S&D in Time Critical Mode.
  • Removed reported problems (could not remove changes to Hosts file)
  • Installed Malware Bytes
  • Ran Malware Bytes Quick Scan
  • Removed reported problems.
  • Ran Malware Bytes Full Scan
  • Removed Reported Problems
  • Ran Spybot S&D
  • Failed to fix Hosts File.
  • Booted into safe mode
  • Ran Spybot S&D
  • Failed to fix Hosts file
  • Booted into BackTrack Linux
  • Modified Hosts file to match original Windows Vista Hosts file
  • Booted into Windows
  • Ran Spybot S&D
  • Host file is not reported as a problem
  • Opened Host file to confirm.
  • Host file is clean.
  • Used System Internals Process Explorer to find and remove My Security Wall
  • Ran ClamAV
  • System is Clean
  • Ran Malware Bytes
  • System is Clean
  • Ran SpyBot S&D
  • System is Clean
  • Internet Explorer was originally set to use a proxy on the localhost
  • Security related websites time out or are redirected.
  • Anti-virus will not update. Installed updates manually.
  • They did have a copy of McAfee at one point, they removed it though as per the instructions of the Scareware Vista Antispyware 2010.
    • This un-installation was only partially successful. Some components of McAfee are still present on their system.
Found Viruses (that I remember)
  • Hotbar
  • My Security Wall
  • Vista Anti-virus 2010
  • Something that began with a Z that is rather common, but for the life of me I can't remember the name.
  • Spybot S&D fixed 50 some entries total.
  • Malware Bytes fixed 70 something entries total.
Current Problem
  1. Security related websites fail to load.
    • malwarebytes.org Resolves to (
    • bleepingcomputer.com Resolves to ( and Non-Authoritative Answer
    • Websites load if Freegate is used to proxy connections
  2. Anti-Virus fails to update.
    • Believed to be casued by the same thing as problem #1
Attempted Solutions
See Notable events for the full list of events that brought me to this point.
  • Ran ClamAV
  • Ran Spybot S&D
  • Ran Malware Bytes
  • Manually removed Vista Antispyware 2010
  • Manually removed My Security Wall
  • Manually modified C:\\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\HOSTS

In a nutshell:
32-bit Windows Vista Home Premium
Service Pack 1
Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.40 GHz

Full Specs:
Dell XPS M1530 Notebook

Log Files:
DDS Log: http://pastebin.com/98745
DDS Attach Log: http://pastebin.com/98746
ark.txt Log: http://pastebin.com/98753

If there is anything else you need, or if you would like me to download and attach these log files as files. Please let me know.

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#2 Zell Faze

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 08:42 PM

Problem Resolved!

I feel rather stupid now actually.

I decided to take a look at the IP settings for the NIC. There was my problem.
  • Opened up Network Center
  • Went to network interfaces.
  • Loaded the properties for my active NIC
  • Went to the properties for TCP/IPv4
  • Found these as custom DNS servers.
  • Switched it over to obtain DNS servers automatically
  • Checked whether the problem still existed
  • Felt really dumb

Thank you for your help. Even though I turned out not needing it.

~Zell Faze~
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#3 Elise


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Posted 28 February 2010 - 06:21 AM

Glad to hear you got it fixed.

This topic will now be closed.

regards, Elise

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