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#1 tjm74

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 08:40 PM

If I perform a search in Google, the search results page comes up as normal. However, every 3 times or so, when I click on a link in the search results, I'm taken to some landing page that has nothing to do with what I was searching for. When I hit the back button, I see that the link is actually a Google adsense link. If I refresh the search results page, the link works as it should, i.e. goes to the correct webpage. I'm assuming my machine has some kind of virus that is helping some crooked adsense hackers collected links! Malwarebytes doesn't seem to find anything. How can I check for this type of problem? Thanks!

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 11:49 PM

Hello. Let's run these abd see.

Please read and follow all these instructions .
  • Please download GooredFix and save it to your Desktop.
  • Double-click GooredFix.exe to run it.
  • A log will open, please post the contents of that log in your next reply (it can also be found on your desktop, called Goored.txt).

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
.
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
.

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 21 May 2010 - 05:16 PM

Hi, thanks so much for your reply and assistance. I've followed your instructions and am posting the requested logs below. I haven't done a lot of testing yet on Google search results pages, but so far so good. One thing I notice each time I reboot though: I get a warning box "RUNDLL" error that reads "Error loading C:\WINDOWS\ojakagupise.dll - The specified module could not be found." Is this related to virus removal activity?


GooredFix Log:
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GooredFix by jpshortstuff (08.01.10.1)
Log created at 10:50 on 21/05/2010 (tjm)
Firefox version 3.6.3 (en-US)

========== GooredScan ==========

Deleting HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions\\{F9A2A46B-5422-42C6-9C04-14FCB2795AB1} -> Success!
Deleting C:\Documents and Settings\tjm\Local Settings\Application Data\{F9A2A46B-5422-42C6-9C04-14FCB2795AB1} -> Success!

========== GooredLog ==========

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\extensions\
{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd} [21:39 27/02/2008]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0003-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [02:03 01/03/2008]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0005-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [00:56 13/06/2008]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0007-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [15:39 15/10/2008]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0011-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [16:14 12/12/2008]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0013-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [17:04 17/04/2009]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0015-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [18:32 12/08/2009]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0017-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [16:43 14/04/2010]

C:\Documents and Settings\tjm\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\yuzgk1f4.default\extensions\
moveplayer@movenetworks.com [04:54 28/03/2009]
{20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b} [02:22 09/09/2009]
{d57c9ff1-6389-48fc-b770-f78bd89b6e8a} [16:40 14/03/2008]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions]
"{3f963a5b-e555-4543-90e2-c3908898db71}"="C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\Firefox" [16:15 21/06/2008]
"{20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b}"="C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\Windows Presentation Foundation\DotNetAssistantExtension\" [20:38 10/07/2009]
"jqs@sun.com"="C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ff" [16:13 12/12/2008]

-=E.O.F=-



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

Generated 05/21/2010 at 02:18 PM

Application Version : 4.37.1000

Core Rules Database Version : 4967
Trace Rules Database Version: 2779

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 02:58:18

Memory items scanned : 282
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 5410
Registry threats detected : 7
File items scanned : 140005
File threats detected : 14

System.BrokenFileAssociation
HKCR\.exe

Trojan.Dropper/Win-NV
[DllHst] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\DLLHST3G.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\DLLHST3G.EXE

Trojan.Agent/Gen-FraudLoad
[Esent Utl] C:\DOCUME~1\tjm\APPLIC~1\ESENTUTL.EXE
C:\DOCUME~1\tjm\APPLIC~1\ESENTUTL.EXE
[Mstsc] C:\DOCUME~1\tjm\APPLIC~1\MSTSC.EXE
C:\DOCUME~1\tjm\APPLIC~1\MSTSC.EXE
[ComRepl] C:\DOCUME~1\tjm\LOCALS~1\APPLIC~1\MICROS~1\COMREPL.EXE
C:\DOCUME~1\tjm\LOCALS~1\APPLIC~1\MICROS~1\COMREPL.EXE
[Mstsc] C:\DOCUME~1\tjm\APPLIC~1\MSTSC.EXE
[load] C:\DOCUME~1\tjm\LOCALS~1\APPLIC~1\MICROS~1\CMSTP.EXE
C:\DOCUME~1\tjm\LOCALS~1\APPLIC~1\MICROS~1\CMSTP.EXE
C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\tjm\APPLICATION DATA\CLIPSRV.EXE
C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\tjm\APPLICATION DATA\ESENTUTL.EXE
C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\tjm\APPLICATION DATA\MSTSC.EXE
C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\tjm\LOCAL SETTINGS\APPLICATION DATA\DLLHST3G.EXE
C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\tjm\LOCAL SETTINGS\APPLICATION DATA\MICROSOFT\CMSTP.EXE
C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\tjm\LOCAL SETTINGS\APPLICATION DATA\MICROSOFT\COMREPL.EXE
C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\tjm\LOCAL SETTINGS\APPLICATION DATA\MICROSOFT\RSVP.EXE
C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\tjm\LOCAL SETTINGS\APPLICATION DATA\MSTSC.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\CMSTP.EXE


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

Database version: 4125

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.13

5/21/2010 2:56:30 PM
mbam-log-2010-05-21 (14-56-30).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 128053
Time elapsed: 8 minute(s), 54 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 1
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:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\IEXPLORE.EXE\shell\open\command\(default) (Hijack.StartMenuInternet) -> Bad: ("C:\Documents and Settings\tjm\Local Settings\Application Data\av.exe" /START "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe") Good: (iexplore.exe) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Start Menu\Programs\Security Tool.LNK (Rogue.SecurityTool) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 02:12 PM

Hi, We look much better. We'll do an online scan and we should be good.

Yes the "Error loading " was malware related :
Its not unusual to receive such an error after using specialized fix tools.

A "Cannot find...", "Could not run...", "Error loading... or "specific module could not be found" message is usually related to malware that was set to run at startup but has been deleted. Windows is trying to load this file but cannot locate it since the file was mostly likely removed during an anti-virus or anti-malware scan. However, an associated orphaned registry entry remains and is telling Windows to load the file when you boot up. Since the file no longer exists, Windows will display an error message. You need to remove this registry entry so Windows stops searching for the file when it loads.

To resolve this, download Autoruns, search for the related entry and then delete it.

Create a new folder on your hard drive called AutoRuns (C:\AutoRuns) and extract (unzip) the file there. (click here if you're not sure how to do this.)
Open the folder and double-click on autoruns.exe to launch it.
Please be patient as it scans and populates the entries.
When done scanning, it will say Ready at the bottom.
Scroll through the list and look for a startup entry related to the file(s) in the error message.
Right-click on the entry and choose delete.
Reboot your computer and see if the startup error returns.


ESET Online scan:
Please perform a scan with Eset Online Antiivirus Scanner.
(Requires Internet Explorer to work. If given the option, choose "Quarantine" instead of delete.)
Vista users need to run Internet Explorer as Administrator. Right-click on the IE icon in the Start Menu or Quick Launch Bar on the Taskbar and select Run as Administrator from the context menu.
  • Click the green ESET Online Scanner button.
  • Read the End User License Agreement and check the box: YES, I accept the Terms of Use.
  • Click on the Start button next to it.
  • You may receive an alert on the address bar that "This site might require the following ActiveX control...Click here to install...". Click on that alert and then click Insall ActiveX component.
  • A new window will appear asking "Do you want to install this software?"".
  • Answer Yes to download and install the ActiveX controls that allows the scan to run.
  • Click Start.
  • Check Remove found threats and Scan potentially unwanted applications.
  • Click Scan to start. (please be patient as the scan could take some time to complete)
  • If offered the option to get information or buy software. Just close the window.
  • When the scan has finished, a log.txt file will be created and automatically saved in the C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Online Scanner\log.txt
    folder.
  • Click Posted Image > Run..., then copy and paste this command into the open box: C:\Program Files\EsetOnlineScanner\log.txt
  • The scan results will open in Notepad. Copy and paste the contents of log.txt in your next reply.
Note: Some online scanners will detect existing anti-virus software and refuse to cooperate. You may have to disable the real-time protection components of your existing anti-virus and try running the scan again. If you do this, remember to turn them back on after you are finished.
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