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Posted 10 August 2010 - 08:13 PM

Firefox (both older and newer versions) search bar gives results page whose results link to a series of spam websites. At one point, Wireshark Antivirus ended up on the computer; I managed to get rid of it. But the Firefox hijack continues.

gmer crashed when run; its initial scan, however, found a "suspicious modification" in atapi.sys (in the system32\drivers folder). (I found some commentary on atapi.sys online, but I would like some specific advice rather than slashing away at it myself.)

dds log:


DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86
Run by [Username -- hidden by me after the log was created] at 20:39:42.57 on Tue 08/10/2010
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.2180 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_13
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.2.1252.1.1033.18.767.245 [GMT -4:00]

FW: ZoneAlarm Firewall *enabled* {829BDA32-94B3-44F4-8446-F8FCFF809F8B}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\devldr32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb10.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logitech\QCDriver2\LVCOMS.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\Logitech\MOUSEW~1\SYSTEM\EM_EXEC.EXE
C:\Program Files\McAfee.com\Agent\mcagent.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\AWS\WeatherBug\Weather.exe
C:\Program Files\Verizon Games Player\GPlayer.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor\McSACore.exe
C:\Program Files\ZyXEL G-220v3 Wireless USB Adapter Utility\ZyXEL G-220v3.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MSC\mcmscsvc.exe
c:\program files\common files\mcafee\mna\mcnasvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\MsPMSPSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Canon\CAL\CALMAIN.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k HTTPFilter
C:\Program Files\SiteAdvisor\Downloads\saSetup.exe
C:\DOCUME~1\MARGAR~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\SiteAdvisor\saInst.exe
C:\DOCUME~1\MARGAR~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\SiteAdvisor\mcinst.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Margaret & Steve\Desktop\dds.scr

============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============

uStart Page = about:blank
mSearchAssistant = hxxp://www.google.com/ie
BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper: {06849e9f-c8d7-4d59-b87d-784b7d6be0b3} - c:\program files\adobe\acrobat 7.0\activex\AcroIEHelper.dll
BHO: {089fd14d-132b-48fc-8861-0048ae113215} - c:\program files\siteadvisor\SiteAdv.dll
BHO: RealPlayer Download and Record Plugin for Internet Explorer: {3049c3e9-b461-4bc5-8870-4c09146192ca} - c:\program files\real\realplayer\rpbrowserrecordplugin.dll
BHO: Verizon Broadband Toolbar: {4e7bd74f-2b8d-469e-8cb0-ab60bb9aae22} - c:\progra~1\vol_to~1\VOL_TO~1.DLL
BHO: My Web Search Bar BHO: {8eab99c1-f9ec-4b64-a4ba-d9bcae8779c2} - c:\program files\mywebsearchwb\bar\1.bin\W6BAR.DLL
BHO: McAfee SiteAdvisor BHO: {b164e929-a1b6-4a06-b104-2cd0e90a88ff} - c:\progra~1\mcafee\sitead~1\mcieplg.dll
BHO: Java™ Plug-In 2 SSV Helper: {dbc80044-a445-435b-bc74-9c25c1c588a9} - c:\program files\java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
BHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl Class: {e7e6f031-17ce-4c07-bc86-eabfe594f69c} - c:\program files\java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie\jqs_plugin.dll
TB: McAfee SiteAdvisor: {0bf43445-2f28-4351-9252-17fe6e806aa0} - c:\program files\siteadvisor\SiteAdv.dll
TB: WeatherBug Browser Bar - powered by MyWebSearch: {8eab99c9-f9ec-4b64-a4ba-d9bcae8779c2} - c:\program files\mywebsearchwb\bar\1.bin\W6BAR.DLL
TB: McAfee SiteAdvisor Toolbar: {0ebbbe48-bad4-4b4c-8e5a-516abecae064} - c:\progra~1\mcafee\sitead~1\mcieplg.dll
TB: Verizon Broadband Toolbar: {4e7bd74f-2b8d-469e-8cb0-ab60bb9aae22} - c:\progra~1\vol_to~1\VOL_TO~1.DLL
EB: {32683183-48a0-441b-a342-7c2a440a9478} - No File
uRun: [ctfmon.exe] c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe
uRun: [Microsoft Works Update Detection] c:\program files\microsoft works\WkDetect.exe
uRun: [MSMSGS] "c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
uRun: [MoneyAgent] "c:\program files\microsoft money\system\Money Express.exe"
uRun: [Weather] c:\program files\aws\weatherbug\Weather.exe 1
uRun: [updateMgr] "c:\program files\adobe\acrobat 7.0\reader\AdobeUpdateManager.exe" AcRdB7_0_9 -reboot 1
uRun: [Exetender] "c:\program files\verizon games player\GPlayer.exe" /runonstartup
uRunOnce: [FlashPlayerUpdate] c:\windows\system32\macromed\flash\FlashUtil9f.exe
mRun: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE c:\windows\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
mRun: [HPDJ Taskbar Utility] c:\windows\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb10.exe
mRun: [UpdReg] c:\windows\Updreg.exe
mRun: [AHQInit] c:\program files\creative\sblive\program\AHQInit.exe
mRun: [LVCOMS] c:\program files\common files\logitech\qcdriver2\LVCOMS.EXE
mRun: [EM_EXEC] c:\progra~1\logitech\mousew~1\system\EM_EXEC.EXE
mRun: [mcagent_exe] "c:\program files\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe" /runkey
mRun: [ZoneAlarm Client] "c:\program files\zone labs\zonealarm\zlclient.exe"
mRun: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "c:\program files\java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe"
mRun: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
mRun: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE c:\windows\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
dRun: [Exetender] "c:\program files\verizon games player\GPlayer.exe" /runonstartup
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\zyxelg~1.lnk - c:\program files\zyxel g-220v3 wireless usb adapter utility\ZyXEL G-220v3.exe
IE: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - c:\progra~1\mi1933~1\office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
IE: {686C970F-1D7D-4469-85D1-4B35763B56CC} - http://www.emusic.com?fref=149133
IE: {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - c:\program files\aim\aim.exe
IE: {E5D12C4E-7B4F-11D3-B5C9-0050045C3C96} - c:\progra~1\yahoo!\messen~1\YPager.exe
IE: {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe
DPF: ActiveGS.cab - hxxp://www.virtualapple.org/activegs.cab
DPF: Microsoft XML Parser for Java - file://c:\windows\java\classes\xmldso.cab
DPF: RaptisoftGameLoader - hxxp://www.miniclip.com/hamsterball/raptisoftgameloader.cab
DPF: {8AD9C840-044E-11D1-B3E9-00805F499D93} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.5.0/jinstall-1_5_0_06-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {8FFBE65D-2C9C-4669-84BD-5829DC0B603C} - hxxp://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/ultrashim.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0015-0000-0000-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.5.0/jinstall-1_5_0-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0015-0000-0006-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.5.0/jinstall-1_5_0_06-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0013-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_13-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_13-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} - hxxp://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/swflash.cab
Handler: cdo - {CD00020A-8B95-11D1-82DB-00C04FB1625D} - c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web folders\PKMCDO.DLL
Handler: cetihpz - {CF184AD3-CDCB-4168-A3F7-8E447D129300} - c:\program files\hp\hpcoretech\comp\hpuiprot.dll
Handler: sacore - {5513F07E-936B-4E52-9B00-067394E91CC5} - c:\progra~1\mcafee\sitead~1\McIEPlg.dll
Handler: skype4com - {FFC8B962-9B40-4DFF-9458-1830C7DD7F5D} - c:\progra~1\common~1\skype\SKYPE4~1.DLL
SecurityProviders: msapsspc.dll, schannel.dll, digest.dll, msnsspc.dll, zwebauth.dll

============= SERVICES / DRIVERS ===============

R1 crlscsi;crlscsi;c:\windows\system32\drivers\crlscsi.sys [2005-4-13 6144]
R1 KLIF;KLIF;c:\windows\system32\drivers\klif.sys [2008-7-22 127768]
R1 vsdatant;vsdatant;c:\windows\system32\vsdatant.sys [2005-3-21 394952]
R2 McAfee SiteAdvisor Service;McAfee SiteAdvisor Service;c:\program files\mcafee\siteadvisor\McSACore.exe [2008-8-22 206112]
R2 vsmon;TrueVector Internet Monitor;c:\windows\system32\zonelabs\vsmon.exe -service --> c:\windows\system32\zonelabs\vsmon.exe -service [?]
R2 X4HSEx_Pr135;X4HSEx_Pr135;c:\program files\verizon games player\X4HSEx.sys [2010-7-16 56352]
R2 ZDCNDIS5;ZDCNDIS5 NDIS5.1 Protocol Driver;c:\windows\system32\ZDCndis5.sys [2009-10-6 20736]
R3 ZG760_XP;ZyXEL 802.11g XG762 1211 Driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\WlanGZXP.SYS [2009-10-6 735232]
S2 QTUpdate;Quicktime update;c:\program files\csrss.exe --> c:\program files\csrss.exe [?]
S2 X4HSEx;X4HSEx;\??\c:\program files\verizon games on demand player\x4hsex.sys --> c:\program files\verizon games on demand player\X4HSEx.Sys [?]
S3 BRGSp50;BRGSp50 NDIS Protocol Driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\BRGSp50.sys [2009-10-6 20608]

=============== Created Last 30 ================

2010-08-07 22:26:56 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\margar~1\applic~1\Malwarebytes
2010-08-07 16:31:45 38224 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbamswissarmy.sys
2010-08-07 16:31:43 20952 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbam.sys
2010-08-07 16:31:43 0 d-----w- c:\program files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
2010-08-07 16:31:43 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\Malwarebytes
2010-08-07 01:27:10 335 ----a-w- c:\windows\mozregistry.dat
2010-07-16 22:42:02 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\Verizon Games Player
2010-07-16 22:42:01 0 d-----w- c:\program files\Verizon Games (Purchase)
2010-07-16 22:41:52 0 d-----w- c:\program files\Verizon Games Player
2010-07-14 10:09:57 743936 -c----w- c:\windows\system32\dllcache\helpsvc.exe

==================== Find3M ====================

2010-08-11 00:40:19 39481376 --sha-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\fidbox.dat
2010-08-10 20:52:58 464408 --sha-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\fidbox.idx

============= FINISH: 20:44:57.44 ===============

Also, I notice that my ZoneAlarm is blocking mcupdmgr.exe and McSACore.exe outgoing traffic to some odd destinations, including localpages.com (one of the sites to which I've seen traffic redirect under this hijack).

Merged posts. ~ OB

Attached Files


Edited by Orange Blossom, 10 August 2010 - 09:04 PM.


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