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Hijacked browser search hits (much like other trojan reports here)

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#1 jeffc_lenovot43


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Posted 20 April 2010 - 12:23 PM

I have been fighting either one or two trojans/rootkits for the past 11 days. One is a browser search hit/random tabs

opened issue. It appears to be a rootkit. The second is something that's executing on a PID for svchost.exe and that

initiates internet chatter that leaves droppings in the NetworkService profile's temporary internet, cookies and

browser history caches.

I had hoped that I could cure this/these on my own, and failed. I do not believe that I've made any uncorrectable

steps (e.g., I backed up registry keys before deleting, etc.)

The tools I've used in the attempt have been: aVast; Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware; SUPERAntiSpyware; Spyware S&D;

TDSSKiller; HijackThis; GMER/MBR.exe; Windows Defender; Ad-Aware; ATF-Cleander; HouseCall; HitManPro; and ComboFix.

As the GMER log indicated a suspicious modification to atapi.sys, I attempted to replace it by using the recovery

console and the expand command to get a copy from the service pack cab. I've downloaded, but not really used, OTL.

One of the symptoms of my infection has been the inability to run ComboFix (attempts ending in a BSOD with a message

about mbr.sys - sound familiar). Yesterday I noticed a post that suggested executing ComboFix from safe mode. I

attempted that and it succeeded (log attached).

Other odd symptoms include the creation of the FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION registry key and population of the key with

the key/value pair 'svchost.exe=0x00001f40'.

Whatever's tickling the internet has the ability to get to sites where various bad things are found and during this

time I've been infected three times with fake AV software that has used either ave.exe or, most recently, both

ave.exe and av.exe to install/run junk. I've used MBAM to get rid of those in combination with a registry file that

restores the keys that get hammered.

I have never run ComboFix (or any other tool) in a non-default fashion (simply executed the program/started a


I have three goals: 1) Get rid of the virus(es); 2) a device driver on the SCSI controller (must be on-board) seems

to have gone missing (the box reports "new hardware found" and cannot find a driver to repair the issue); and 3) the

aVast task bar client no longer starts on user log-on.

Can someone help? I'm close to my wit's end. Thanks in advance.

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 06:47 PM


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