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Browser Searches Being Redirected to Advertisement Sites

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#1 Superfluous


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Posted 01 June 2010 - 10:37 PM

On Tuesday, June 1, when using Firefox, my Google searches started to get re-directed to various advertisement sites. This immediately happened after I had opened one particular website and McAfee advised me of a threat, and immediately stopped it and advised me that it had deleted it. I continued searching on Google and that was when my searches starting getting re-directed. I closed my browser and did a full deep scan with McAfee. I also noticed that Internet Explorer would automatically launch to different advertisement sites (repeatedly). At the end of the scan, it said I had four threats and quarantined them. I started browsing in Google again, and still continued to get the re-directing of my searches. I downloaded Advert and scanned with it. It found six threats, which it deleted. I searched again in Google and still continued to get my searches re-directed. I downloaded Malwarebytes and rkill. I executed rkill and then ran Malwarebytes. It found six threats which it deleted. I am still getting my searches re-directed or message "cannot find server."

These are all of the ways that I know of getting rid of these types of issues. I have never had any virus or spyware problems before on my computer. I am not sure if this is a virus or spyware that is causing the odd behavior of my browser and would really appreciate any help. I have spent several hours trying to resolve this issue on my own and I do not know of any other way to correct this issue with my browser.

Thank you in advance.

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#2 boopme


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Posted 02 June 2010 - 12:12 PM

Hello,let's do these and see how we are.

Is this XP,Vista??

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

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.

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).

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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#3 Superfluous

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 05:58 PM


Thank you for replying to my post.

The answer to your first question is XP. I ran ATF Cleaner and also SUPERAntispyware in Safemode. SUPERAntispyware did not detect any threats. I have pasted below the results:

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log

Generated 06/03/2010 at 06:39 PM

Application Version : 4.38.1004

Core Rules Database Version : 5027
Trace Rules Database Version: 2839

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 02:15:57

Memory items scanned : 282
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 6595
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 25625
File threats detected : 0

This is copy of GooredFix scan:

GooredFix by jpshortstuff (
Log created at 19:05 on 03/06/2010 (Owner)
Firefox version 3.5.5 (en-US)

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

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

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\extensions\
Access Privileges Test [06:07 07/12/2006]
talkback@mozilla(2).org [02:23 18/12/2006]
{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd} [06:23 31/12/2006]
{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}(2) [02:23 18/12/2006]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0001-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [02:24 04/06/2007]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0002-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [23:18 22/07/2007]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0003-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [17:33 27/10/2007]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0005-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [00:04 25/03/2008]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0007-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [00:37 14/08/2008]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0011-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [05:09 25/12/2008]

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner.BENZIE\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xiclqmke.default\extensions\
optout@google.com [21:27 13/02/2010]
{289F3A4A-F3FF-4173-B994-DBC887E9C468} [05:03 26/11/2009]
{3d7eb24f-2740-49df-8937-200b1cc08f8a} [12:48 05/04/2010]
{4776510a-a1f4-41f3-a3c8-35b474ecef23}(2) [02:02 22/12/2006]
{53A03D43-5363-4669-8190-99061B2DEBA5} [12:48 05/04/2010]
{670076ae-6cd0-4df5-bb30-98f2b8c5ac61}(2) [02:07 22/12/2006]
{6aec4bf7-c16a-4e5c-a65a-114a57157969} [21:41 27/12/2006]
{99B98C2C-7274-45a3-A640-D9DF1A1C8460}(2) [02:15 22/12/2006]
{CE6E6E3B-84DD-4cac-9F63-8D2AE4F30A4B} [21:40 27/12/2006]
{d10d0bf8-f5b5-c8b4-a8b2-2b9879e08c5d} [21:27 13/02/2010]
{fce36c1e-58d8-498a-b2a5-66ad1cedebbb} [02:45 17/02/2009]

"{B7082FAA-CB62-4872-9106-E42DD88EDE45}"="C:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor" [01:41 07/03/2009]
"{20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b}"="c:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\Windows Presentation Foundation\DotNetAssistantExtension\" [02:27 28/08/2009]
"{ABDE892B-13A8-4d1b-88E6-365A6E755758}"="c:\program files\real\realplayer\browserrecord\firefox\ext" [21:25 02/12/2009]


This is the Malwarebytes scan:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.46

Database version: 4162

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702

6/3/2010 7:21:20 PM
mbam-log-2010-06-03 (19-21-20).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 136498
Time elapsed: 11 minute(s), 38 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)

Edited by Superfluous, 03 June 2010 - 06:25 PM.

#4 boopme


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Posted 03 June 2010 - 07:01 PM

As this is no cause for re directing showing here. We 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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