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#1 TheGrouch51

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 10:12 AM

I just recovered from ave.exe using AVG and MBAM. I restored my exe file associations and have brought my paralyzed XP Home Media Center laptop back from its deathbed. However, my Firefox search result links are being redirected to various sites. The search works fine, but when a click the search results links, I am redirected to all kinds of weird sites.

AVG and MBAM full scans are coming up clean. I've cleared my cookies and cache, but the problem persists.

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 10:39 AM

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 10:58 AM

Hello...
Next run ATF and SAS: If you cannot access Safe Mode,run in normal ,but let me know.

Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".

From your regular user account..
Download Attribune's ATF Cleaner and then SUPERAntiSpyware , Free Home Version. Save both to desktop ..
DO NOT run yet.
Open SUPER from icon and install and Update it
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
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Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program. DO NOT run yet.

Now reboot into Safe Mode: 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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Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
Click the Empty Selected button.

If you use Firefox or Opera browser click that browser at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program
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NOW Scan with SUPER
Open from the desktop icon or the program Files list
On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
Perform a Complete scan. After scan,Verify they are all checked.
Click OK on the summary screen to quarantine all found items.
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.


Rerun MBAM (MalwareBytes) like this:

Open MBAM in normal mode and click Update tab, select Check for Updates,when done
click Scanner tab,select Quick scan and scan (normal mode).
After scan click Remove Selected, Post new scan log and Reboot into normal mode.

Please ask any needed questions,post logs and Let us know how the PC is running now.
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Posted 31 May 2010 - 07:24 PM

I've now downloaded and run ATF Cleaner and SAS as described. I then reran MBAM. I've done these steps multiple times in safe mode and my searches are still being redirected. Here are the latest logs.

SAS Log:


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

Generated 05/31/2010 at 02:48 PM

Application Version : 4.38.1004

Core Rules Database Version : 5011
Trace Rules Database Version: 2823

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:45:09

Memory items scanned : 338
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 7244
Registry threats detected : 1
File items scanned : 31059
File threats detected : 3

System.BrokenFileAssociation
HKCR\.exe

Adware.Flash Tracking Cookie
C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Application Data\MACROMEDIA\FLASH PLAYER\#SHAREDOBJECTS\PUZ26GU5\BC.YOUPORN.COM
C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Application Data\MACROMEDIA\FLASH PLAYER\#SHAREDOBJECTS\PUZ26GU5\STATIC.YOUPORN.COM
C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Application Data\MACROMEDIA\FLASH PLAYER\#SHAREDOBJECTS\PUZ26GU5\MEDIA1.BREAK.COM


And the MBAM Log:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.46
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 4052

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702

5/7/2010 5:47:49 PM
mbam-log-2010-05-07 (17-47-49).txt

Scan type: Full scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 232050
Time elapsed: 1 hour(s), 59 minute(s), 2 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 1
Registry Data Items Infected: 2
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 1

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\adobe loader (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> No action taken.

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\AntiVirusDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> No action taken.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\FirewallDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> No action taken.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\Program Files\adb9_32.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> No action taken.


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Posted 31 May 2010 - 07:44 PM

I don't want to jump the gun again as I did in another thread so I'll try to hide my excitement this time.

I had what seems to be referred to as the dreaded google redirect virus. I spent hours downloading and then running every free malware and spyware program that were recommended in other forums. Even the ones that others reported clearing up their problem. However, nothing worked for me and I was about to literally throw this laptop out the window (just trash it).

Then I ran across the TDSS Killer and ran it. It immediately cleared out the redirect virus. It also allowed me to access the microsoft windows update sites which were locked out before as from what I understand, it is caused by the same infection.

IF, you are running XP, then give it a try. Like I say, I literally tried every free malware program out there and not a one cleared it up. This finally did:

TDSSKiller

I'm not a tech person so I have no ideal exactly what it is but I'm overjoyed that it cleared it up.

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 10:24 AM

I don't want to jump the gun again as I did in another thread so I'll try to hide my excitement this time.

I had what seems to be referred to as the dreaded google redirect virus. I spent hours downloading and then running every free malware and spyware program that were recommended in other forums. Even the ones that others reported clearing up their problem. However, nothing worked for me and I was about to literally throw this laptop out the window (just trash it).

Then I ran across the TDSS Killer and ran it. It immediately cleared out the redirect virus. It also allowed me to access the microsoft windows update sites which were locked out before as from what I understand, it is caused by the same infection.

IF, you are running XP, then give it a try. Like I say, I literally tried every free malware program out there and not a one cleared it up. This finally did:

TDSSKiller

I'm not a tech person so I have no ideal exactly what it is but I'm overjoyed that it cleared it up.



So far so good. I couldn't get through 3 links before being redirected. I've now run this TDSSKiller and my first 20 search result links are working fine.

THANK YOU!!!

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 10:51 AM

Hello had a family emergency and was away a few days.. If alls good here now.....
Now you should Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been backed up, renamed and saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "Ok". Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.
  • Click the "More Options" tab, then click the "Clean up" button under System Restore.
  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?"
  • Click Yes, then click Ok.
  • Click Yes again when prompted with "Are you sure you want to perform these actions?"
  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.
Vista and Windows 7 users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point in Vista or Windows 7 and Disk Cleanup in Vista.
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