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#1 hortoholic

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 09:35 AM

Hey Guys, I seem to have a small adware infection. And I cannot for the life of my figure out why when Malwarebyte's, Adaware, Spybot,. All show clean. The onyl thing it finds are cookies which I keep deleting. If I leave my computer or search in google, a popup from sites I have never been too pop up. I do not know where this little thing is hiding.. Ads in the area of jewlery of whatever my last search result is even when I am not actively surfing. I am running XP and the happens every so often but not every second if you know what I mean. Anyone think they could help? I would be extremely grateful!

If you need more details I would be happy to provide.

EDIT: Moved from XP to Am I Infected forum ~ Hamluis.

Edited by hamluis, 24 May 2010 - 10:02 AM.


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Posted 24 May 2010 - 01:59 PM

Hello,we'll try this..
We need to disable Spybot S&D's "TeaTimer" if running
TeaTimer works by preventing ANY changes to the system. It will attempt to undo any fixes we run, because it blocks these fixes from running.

In order to safeguard your system from problems that can be brought on by a half finished fix, we need to disable TeaTimer. We can reenable it when we're done if you like.
  • Open SpyBot Search and Destroy by going to Start -> All Programs -> Spybot Search and Destroy -> Spybot Search and Destroy.
  • If prompted with a legal dialog, accept the warning.
  • Click Posted Image and then on "Advanced Mode"
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  • You may be presented with a warning dialog. If so, press Posted Image
  • Click on Posted Image
  • Click on Posted Image
  • Uncheck this checkbox:
    Posted Image
  • Close/Exit Spybot Search and Destroy

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 25 May 2010 - 09:46 AM

Ok, Here are my logs:

Super Anti Spyware:

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

Generated 05/25/2010 at 10:07 AM

Application Version : 4.37.1000

Core Rules Database Version : 4983
Trace Rules Database Version: 2795

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 01:06:47

Memory items scanned : 227
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 4238
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 24969
File threats detected : 0

MBAM:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.46
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 4131

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 (Safe Mode)
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702

5/25/2010 10:17:24 AM
mbam-log-2010-05-25 (10-17-24).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 129590
Time elapsed: 7 minute(s), 42 second(s)

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

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:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)



The odd thing is that when I first loaded up the browser (home page set to msn and google) it still launched a popup for a survey I did not click on. Some google search results also get redirected. I understand if I have to reinstall windows if need be.

I thank you so much for your help.

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 12:16 PM

Ok, No it's just a protected malware and we'll get it. We just need a deeper look. Please go here....
Preparation Guide ,do steps 6 - 9.

Create a DDS log and post it in the new topic explained in step 9,which is here Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs and not in this topic,thanks.
If Gmer won't run,skip it and move on.
Let me know if that went well.
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Posted 26 May 2010 - 10:11 AM

Thank you soo much for your help boopme. I will post my logs on the thread you specified. GMER and DDS were flawless.

Edited by hortoholic, 26 May 2010 - 11:11 AM.


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Posted 26 May 2010 - 01:04 PM

Hello,

Now that you have posted a log here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/319367/infected-with-unknown-rootkit-possible-google-random-redirect/ you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a MRT Team member, nor should you ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the MRT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the MRT Team members are EXTREMELY busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the MRT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another MRT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

Please be patient. It may take several days to get a response but your log will be reviewed and answered as soon as possible. I advise checking your topic once a day for responses as the e-mail notification system is unreliable.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic. Good luck with your log.

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