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#1 wendigo69

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 01:48 PM

Hi I hope someone can help me. I visited popular comics news site Newsarama.com and either they or their adserver tagged me with something nasty. Windows Media Player opened, my Microsoft Security Essentials immediately announced it was suspending something and did so but by then the damage was done. Now every Google search on any browser redirects to attack pages. I can use Google cache to find stuff but I can't fix the underlying problem. I've updated and run full Microsoft Security Essentials scans, Malwarebytes (both with System Restore on and off), Spybot and Housecall. No dice. I installed the Firefox addon NoRedirect which worked for a while and then bizarrely stopped working as if the bugger and learned how to get around it. At this Google Support Forum http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Web%20Search/thread?tid=6df7e15519290612&hl=en someone had recommended ComboFix to solve the problem but surrounded by bloodcurdling warnings to only use it under the supervision of an expert. End of my rope here and I really hope someone can help me.

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 02:41 PM

I would recommend re-posting in THIS forum.

Edited by jnk1296, 28 December 2010 - 02:42 PM.


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Posted 28 December 2010 - 03:38 PM

thank you - sorry I went to the wrong place

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 03:44 PM

Hello I moved you from XP to here.

Let's first try this.

Reboot into Safe Mode with Networking
How to enter safe mode(XP/Vista)
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 with Networking using the arrow keys.
Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode
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>>>> Download this file and doubleclick on it to run it. Allow the information to be merged with the registry.

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
    Link 2
    Link 3
    Link 4

  • 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. Or if rebooting is required run it again.


If you continue having problems running rkill.com, you can download iExplore.exe or eXplorer.exe, which are renamed copies of rkill.com, and try them instead.



Next run Superantisypware (SAS):

Download and scan with SUPERAntiSpyware Free for Home Users
  • 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.
  • If asked to update the program definitions, click "Yes". If not, update the definitions before scanning by selecting "Check for Updates". (If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here. Double-click on the hyperlink for Download Installer and save SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to your desktop. Then double-click on SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to install the definitions.)
  • In the Main Menu, click the Preferences... button.
  • Click the Scanning Control tab.
  • 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.
  • Back on the main screen, under "Scan for Harmful Software" click Scan your computer.
  • On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
  • On the right, under "Complete Scan", choose Perform Complete Scan.
  • Click "Next" to start the scan. Please be patient while it scans your computer.
  • After the scan is complete, a Scan Summary box will appear with potentially harmful items that were detected. Click "OK".
  • Make sure everything has a checkmark next to it and click "Next".
  • A notification will appear that "Quarantine and Removal is Complete". Click "OK" and then click the "Finish" button to return to the main menu.
  • If asked if you want to reboot, click "Yes".
  • 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.
If you have a problem downloading, installing or getting SAS to run, try downloading and using the SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner instead. Save the randomly named file (i.e. SAS_1710895.COM) to a usb drive or CD and transfer to the infected computer. Then double-click on it to launch and scan. The file is randomly named to help keep malware from blocking the scanner.


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 28 December 2010 - 03:52 PM

Well there's new info: I installed and ran the free trial of HitmanPro35 - it worked. It caught 2 items: winlogin.exe identified as Malware in C:\WINDOWS\system32\ which it deleted and ms.dll identified as a trojan in C:\WINDOWS\32\ which it quarantined. Great. Except now Windows Explorer crashes on startup and can't be restarted. I can access everything with Taskmanager including the internet - with no search redirect problem so that problem was fixed at least. I tried doing a Microsoft Update. Nope still no working Explorer. So I'm assuming that dll that's quarantined is necessary for it's operation - yes, I have just enough knowledge to be dangerous ; ). No, I don't know where my Windows XP discs are, but hopefully with internet access I can fix this problem without them. Any suggestions?

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 04:03 PM

Try going into Hitman anf restoring the Quarantined files. I dont like or use that app so I cannot tell you how.
This should get you back to the original infected state. Then use my post. We will probably need to run another tool to remove that infection but ai want to do it this way,
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