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#1 SR Guy

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 03:20 PM

OK, first, I am NOT one of this site's experts. The solution I'm posting here was gleaned from reading other posts in this forum. It seems to be a very good one. One thing I did notice, with all due respect to the experts that did this, was that many directed folks having the Google redirect problem to try so many other anti-malware/spyware/virus programs BEFORE they got to the two that solved my problem. The two: 1. Dl combofix and run it. Get it from this site ONLY, as other sites may give you infected versions. Save the log. Read through the log. You may see that many different things have been removed from your computer. If you are having the same redirect problem as I had, you will also see, at the end of the log, that you may possibly have a rootkit infection. Combofix will not fix that, but it will suggest that you may have this problem. 2. Dl tdsskiller and run it. I did the preceeding two steps and I am absolutely cured. The whole thing took about twenty minutes. Best of luck to you!

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 04:41 PM

See this: ComboFix usage, Questions, Help? - Look here

ComboFix is an Anti-Malware tool used by advanced malware technicians specifically trained in its use.

Please DO NOT USE COMBOFIX on your own without supervision!!!

We ask that you obey the warnings about using this tool. Why? The warnings are given for a reason and one of them is to inform our members about the consequences that may occur when using ComboFix in an unsupervised environment. Yes, ComboFix is an excellent but powerful tool. I liken it to Acetaminophen (Tylenol). Used correctly, the drug will help with your aches and pains. Used incorrectly, it can destroy your liver and eventually kill you. The same scenario applies to ComboFix. Used in untrained hands this tool can disable your computer and in some cases can make it unbootable. Further, trained helpers prefer to see preliminary scans from other tools like DDS and GMER before asking anyone to run Combofix because they provide comprehensive logs with specific details about files, folders and registry keys which may have been modified by malware infection. Analysis of those logs allows checking for the presence of rootkits, planning an strategy for effective disinfection and a determination if using ComboFix is necessary.


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Posted 06 December 2010 - 06:38 PM

I did the preceeding two steps and I am absolutely cured.

There are no guarantees or shortcuts when it comes to malware removal, especially when dealing with backdoor Trojans, Botnets, IRCBots or rootkit components that can hook into the Windows 32-bit kernel, and patch several APIs to hide new registry keys and files they install. Security vendors that claim to be able to remove rootkits and backdoor Trojans cannot guarantee that all traces of will be removed as they may not find all the remnants.

Many experts in the security community believe that once infected with this type of malware, the best course of action is to wipe the drive clean, reformat and reinstall the OS. Please read:

Whenever a system has been compromised by a backdoor payload, it is impossible to know if or how much the backdoor has been used to affect your system...There are only a few ways to return a compromised system to a confident security configuration. These include:
• Reimaging the system
• Restoring the entire system using a full system backup from before the backdoor infection
• Reformatting and reinstalling the system

Backdoors and What They Mean to You

This is what Jesper M. Johansson at Microsoft TechNet has to say: Help: I Got Hacked. Now What Do I Do?.

The only way to clean a compromised system is to flatten and rebuild. That’s right. If you have a system that has been completely compromised, the only thing you can do is to flatten the system (reformat the system disk) and rebuild it from scratch (reinstall Windows and your applications).


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Posted 21 July 2011 - 10:24 AM

I fixed Google redirect infection by running Kaspersky Anti-rootkit utility TDSSKiller. Did not need combofix.

http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208283363

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 11:06 AM

This thread is 8 months old. Kaspersky has updated their tool several times since then in an effort to keep up with the new TDSS variants causing the redirects.
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