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Guess what? Virulent Google redirects


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#1 AlinNYC

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 10:49 AM

For the past several days my computer (xp sp2) has suffered from numerous Google redirect and fake anti-virus (avsoft and avsuite) attacks. I've updated and run MalwareBytes several times and it has eliminated a lot of things, and I've gone into the registry to delete rogue registry entries as instructed by other sites, but every time it looks like I have this licked it soon comes back.
Earlier in the week I could escape and work on it by going into safe mode, but now I even get it there - constantly popping up fake security alerts and warnings, stopping me from executing many programs, redirecting my search results to ad sites, etc. I get rid of it for a few minutes and then it comes right back. One thing that seems to have happened with this attack, and may be related, is that programs running in my taskmgr, especially one iteration of svchost.exe or acrord32 seem to have become bloated and sometime take up a lot of CPU.
I have run HijackThis and deleted a few things that way too. I have ComboFix downloaded, but I hesitate to use it without instructions for obvious reasons.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 11:33 AM

Hello and welcome..
Yes wait on the ComboFix

SUPERAntiSypware has a built in "Repairs" feature to fix policy restrictions and certain Windows settings which are sometimes targeted by malware infection.

Please download SUPERAntiSpyware Free
  • Double-click SUPERAntiSpyware.exe and use the default

    settings for installation.
  • An icon will be created on your desktop. Double-click that icon to launch the program.
  • Click the Repairs tab.
  • Click on (highlight) "Repair broken SafeBoot key" and then click the Repair button.
  • You may be asked to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
Now run A Safe Mode scan and post back the log.


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.


How is it now??

Edited by boopme, 04 June 2010 - 11:34 AM.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 03:46 PM

Here is what happened when I followed your suggestions. Repaired Safe Mode BootKey. Then ran SuperAntiSpyware full scan in safe mode. It noted a few things - log is below. (I neglected to mention that I had also run SuperAntiSpyware before too. It caught some things, and the problem went away briefly, but came back.).

I let SAS repair the things it caught, then I rebooted into normal mode. Within a couple of minutes the Antivirus Soft started up again and blocked the starting of my MalwareBytes. So I made a little end run around it and downloaded MBam again to a different location under a different name. Updated it and ran a quick scan, which took a long time with all of the popups etc., which resulted in it finding about a dozen things, including avsoft and avsuite again. However, when I tried to remove them and save the log the program froze up. I had to force quit a very large version of svchost.exe in order to complete the removal. The log apparently did not save.

When I rebooted into normal mode, Antivirus Soft started right back up again, the same as before. It also started popping up IE windows with porn sites. I am now back in Safe Mode.

SAS log:

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

Generated 06/04/2010 at 02:32 PM

Application Version : 4.38.1004

Core Rules Database Version : 5025
Trace Rules Database Version: 2837

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 01:19:46

Memory items scanned : 291
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 7000
Registry threats detected : 4
File items scanned : 27162
File threats detected : 0

Rogue.AntivirusSoft
HKU\S-1-5-21-3997937933-2686017741-4163961273-1007\Software\avsoft

Malware.Trace
HKU\S-1-5-21-3997937933-2686017741-4163961273-1007\SOFTWARE\AVSUITE
HKLM\SOFTWARE\AVSUITE
HKLM\SOFTWARE\AVSOFT

Edited by AlinNYC, 04 June 2010 - 03:48 PM.


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Posted 04 June 2010 - 04:38 PM

I found the MalwareBytes log file. I forgot that I used a different load (and filename) from the previous one:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.46
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 4169

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.2180

6/4/2010 4:12:46 PM
mbam-log-2010-06-04 (16-12-46).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 140461
Time elapsed: 16 minute(s), 11 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 2
Registry Values Infected: 2
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 6

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\avsoft (Trojan.Fraudpack) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\avsuite (Rogue.AntivirusSuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\oojwufcq (Rogue.AntivirusSuite.Gen) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\xumgtqgx (Rogue.AntivirusSuite.Gen) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-3997937933-2686017741-4163961273-1007\Dc552.exe (Rogue.AntispywareSoft) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-3997937933-2686017741-4163961273-1007\Dc553.exe (Rogue.AntispywareSoft) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-3997937933-2686017741-4163961273-1007\Dc550\nbtagustssd.exe (Rogue.AntispywareSoft) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Allan\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\6W66W2PV\CAG9INS5.aspx (Rogue.AntispywareSoft) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\Allan\Local Settings\Application Data\jcykctame\hgkpkydtssd.exe (Rogue.AntivirusSuite.Gen) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Documents and Settings\Allan\Local Settings\Application Data\pefichdat\iuihrjatssd.exe (Rogue.AntivirusSuite.Gen) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 06:57 PM

That looked like a good run on it. Did you reboot normally?

Now we'll run it once more.
In normal mode run RKill,then Updat and run MBAM agai in FULL scan.

RKill....

Download and Run RKill
  • Please download RKill by Grinler from one of the 4 links below and save it to your desktop.

    Link 1
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  • Before we begin, you should disable your anti-malware softwares you have installed so they do not interfere RKill running as some anti-malware softwares detect RKill as malicious. Please refer to this page if you are not sure how.
  • Double-click on Rkill on your desktop to run it. (If you are using Windows Vista, please right-click on it and select Run As Administrator)
  • A black screen will appear and then disappear. Please do not worry, that is normal. This means that the tool has been successfully executed.
  • If nothing happens or if the tool does not run, please let me know in your next reply
Do not reboot your computer after running rkill as the malware programs will start again.
You can reboot after the scan but will need to rerun it if you need yo scan again.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 10:44 AM

RKill ran but didn't find anything but itself.

I tried running a full Malwarebytes scan, but it soon took up about 90% of the CPU and bogged down. Then svchost.exe expanded to take up the rest of the CPU and it was running at a full 100% for many hours. Taskmgr wouldn't operate. Even though MBam finished eventually (I ran it overnight and it didn't complete until 10 AM) and found some things, I was unable to repair them since the program froze up when I tried.

So I ran a quick scan, which found nothing. I'm not getting rogue antivirus soft right now, but I'm still getting redirects on all Google search results and items in taskmgr are bloated in size.

I'm going to try to run the full scan again now.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 11:11 AM

Ok, I think this will do it now.

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).

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 12:30 PM

Malwarebytes full scan log:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.46
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 4170

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.2180

6/5/2010 1:05:29 PM
mbam-log-2010-06-05 (13-05-29).txt

Scan type: Full scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 226352
Time elapsed: 1 hour(s), 16 minute(s), 34 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: 4

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:
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{46DE8921-1D39-44D2-A9E9-64119261F211}\RP85\A0040747.exe (Rogue.AntispywareSoft) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{46DE8921-1D39-44D2-A9E9-64119261F211}\RP86\A0042835.exe (Rogue.AntispywareSoft) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{46DE8921-1D39-44D2-A9E9-64119261F211}\RP86\A0042836.exe (Rogue.AntispywareSoft) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{46DE8921-1D39-44D2-A9E9-64119261F211}\RP86\A0042837.exe (Rogue.AntispywareSoft) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.


GooredFix log:

GooredFix by jpshortstuff (08.01.10.1)
Log created at 13:25 on 05/06/2010 (Allan)
Firefox version 3.5.9 (en-US)

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


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

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\extensions\
{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd} [02:05 16/02/2005]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0001-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [15:11 23/07/2007]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0002-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [04:24 18/09/2007]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0003-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [05:04 20/12/2007]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0005-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [13:05 18/04/2008]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0007-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [14:06 02/10/2008]

C:\Documents and Settings\Allan\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\n9oqst7u.default\extensions\
{463F6CA5-EE3C-4be1-B7E6-7FEE11953374} [13:47 23/02/2010]
{b9db16a4-6edc-47ec-a1f4-b86292ed211d} [22:36 06/03/2010]
{D4DD63FA-01E4-46a7-B6B1-EDAB7D6AD389} [13:47 23/02/2010]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions]
"remoteExt@emusic.com"="C:\Program Files\eMusic Remote\remoteExt" [03:17 01/10/2007]
"{20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b}"="C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\Windows Presentation Foundation\DotNetAssistantExtension\" [18:56 23/09/2009]

-=E.O.F=-

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 04:38 PM

But I'm still getting redirects on all of my Google search results.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 07:01 PM

Apparantly the malware is being protected by a driver or something.
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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Posted 06 June 2010 - 09:13 AM

Ran DDS and GMER. Posted logs in new topic as instructed. Thank you very much!

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 12:35 PM

Hello,

Now that you have posted a log here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/322039/infected-with-google-redirects-and-rogue-av/ 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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