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#1 lolog88

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 11:34 PM

I am running windows XP, IE 8. Lately when I search or even try to go to another web page, I receive a message
"please wait while Windows Configures Search Setting v1.2.3"
Nothing seems to get rid of the message and it happens continually.
Can anyone tell me what is going on and how to get rid of this?
I have run my virus protection program several times and get no hits, so I assume this is legit.
Thanks in advance.

Edited by Orange Blossom, 26 March 2010 - 10:46 PM.
Move to AII as no logs posted. ~ OB


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#2 techextreme

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:32 PM

Scan for Spyware/Adware

The process of cleaning your computer may require you to temporarily disable some security programs. If you are using SpyBot Search and Destroy, please refer to Note 2 at the bottom of this page.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free version and save it to your desktop.

NOTE: Before saving MBAM please rename it to zztoy.exe....now save it to your desktop.


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alternate download link 2
  • 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 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 and exit MBAM.
Note:
-- If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you may be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. Regardless if prompted to restart the computer or not, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.

Note 2:
-- MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you're using other security programs that detect registry changes (like Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere with the fix or alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please disable such programs until disinfection is complete or permit them to allow the changes. To disable these programs, please view this topic: How To Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus, Firewall And Anti-malware Programs
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Be sure to re-enable your AV and malware scan tools if they were disabled

Please post your MBAM log when complete.

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#3 techextreme

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 08:16 AM

SAS, may take a long time to scan
Please download and scan with 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. Double-click on the hyperlink for Download Installer and save SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to your desktop. Then double-click on SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to install the definitions.)
  • In the Main Menu, 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.
  • First
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 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.
Note.. SAS doesn't open the registry hives for other user accounts on the system, so scans should be done from each user account.

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

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)

Edited by elise025, 30 March 2010 - 10:52 AM.

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#4 aktony

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 08:59 AM

My computer was/is infected by the Search Setting v1.2.3. My computer runs on a Windows 764-bit system. I followed your directions by downloading the SUPERAntiSpyware Free and Dr.Web CureIt. Now I have the report for the SUPERAntiSpyware Free scan. However the report for the Dr.Web CureIt scan did not save (I followed the directions and it never asked where I wanted to save the file). I tried locate the saved DrWeb.csv file and could not find it.

SUPERAntiSpyware Free Scan Report

UPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 01/22/2011 at 05:45 AM

Application Version : 4.48.1000

Core Rules Database Version : 6255
Trace Rules Database Version: 4067

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 01:40:53

Memory items scanned : 358
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 14300
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 179080
File threats detected : 87

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www.naiadsystems.com [ C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\JR49KSKN ]
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C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\antoine@a1.interclick[2].txt
C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\antoine@ad.wsod[2].txt
C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\antoine@ad.yieldmanager[2].txt
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C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\antoine@ads.bleepingcomputer[1].txt
C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\antoine@ads.bridgetrack[2].txt
C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\antoine@ads.infinisource[1].txt
C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\antoine@ads.pointroll[2].txt
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C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\antoine@adserver.twitpic[1].txt
C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\antoine@advertising[1].txt
C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\antoine@adxpose[1].txt
C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\antoine@apmebf[2].txt
C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\antoine@atdmt[2].txt
C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\antoine@bs.serving-sys[2].txt
C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\antoine@burstbeacon[1].txt
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C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\antoine@casalemedia[2].txt
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C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\antoine@cdn.mediatakeout[2].txt
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C:\Users\Antoine\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\antoine@interclick[2].txt
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Dr.Web CureIt *Description*

The program found 4 hotbar and search trojan viruses. I moved the viruses and when I rebooted I restarted the IE the Search Settings still shows up but states that it could not find the path. If I click ok it will not close the IE like before but will ask again until I click cancel.

Please show me how to get this thing off my computer and not just move it to a folder.


Thanks,

Aktony

Edited by aktony, 24 January 2011 - 09:44 AM.





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