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Browser (firefox) constantly redirects when I click on google search results

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#1 corazonita


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Posted 26 April 2011 - 07:10 PM

Hi guys, I got a run of the mill search hijack when I do a google search that Im lookin' for help with.

Heres the specs: when i put in addresses directly, no redirect happens. Only happens when i google search. and if i right click and select "copy link location" and paste it in the address bar, it works fine and goes to the right spot. But when i google search and then click on any of the results, it redirects me to various different pages. usually its to the "search" sites that claim to be (whatever-term-i-searched-for.com) and full of nothing but fake links , etc. some popups too, but not a whole lot, firefox stll blocks some of them. For the record, theres not a particular search engine or ad page that comes up repeatedly as far as I notice. In the past it kept going to "tazinga", but not lately.

Anyways, I ran Malwarebytes and nothing came up the last time I used this computer. Im on a dell netbook and I had stopped using it for a few months. when i began using it again today, I realized that I still had this redirect problem from last time, so Im running malwarebytes again, but Im guessing it may not find anything this time either, so far, nothing and its been going for over 2 hrs. Im not really noticing any particular things that stand out with the redirects, its a very generic kind of thing no specific sites or ads that keep popping up, etc.

Ill be happy to post any other information you need from me. i keep trying to attach my gmer log etc but its not working. and believe me i know how to attach a file on a forum==its just not working when i click attach after selecting the files. at least i can put my dds log:

DDS (Ver_11-03-05.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Hello at 20:29:06.56 on Tue 04/26/2011
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.5512
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1014.146 [GMT -4:00]
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroup
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k Akamai
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG10\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Search Enhancement Pack\SeaPort\SeaPort.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Support Center\bin\sprtsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG10\Identity Protection\Agent\Bin\AVGIDSAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG10\avgnsx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG10\avgemcx.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\WSED\WSED.exe
C:\Program Files\Battery Meter\BTMeter.exe
C:\Program Files\CapsLKNotify\CapsLKNotify.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG10\avgtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Video Chat\DellVideoChat.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG10\Identity Protection\agent\bin\avgidsmonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Desktop Search\WindowsSearch.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG10\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Hello\My Documents\Downloads\dds.scr
============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============
uSearch Page = hxxp://www.live.com
mDefault_Page_URL = hxxp://www.dell.com
mStart Page = hxxp://www.dell.com
BHO: Adobe PDF Link Helper: {18df081c-e8ad-4283-a596-fa578c2ebdc3} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
BHO: AVG Safe Search: {3ca2f312-6f6e-4b53-a66e-4e65e497c8c0} - c:\program files\avg\avg10\avgssie.dll
BHO: {5C255C8A-E604-49b4-9D64-90988571CECB} - No File
BHO: Search Helper: {6ebf7485-159f-4bff-a14f-b9e3aac4465b} - c:\program files\microsoft\search enhancement pack\search helper\SearchHelper.dll
BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper: {9030d464-4c02-4abf-8ecc-5164760863c6} - c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\windows live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
BHO: Java™ Plug-In 2 SSV Helper: {dbc80044-a445-435b-bc74-9c25c1c588a9} - c:\program files\java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
BHO: Windows Live Toolbar Helper: {e15a8dc0-8516-42a1-81ea-dc94ec1acf10} - c:\program files\windows live\toolbar\wltcore.dll
BHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl Class: {e7e6f031-17ce-4c07-bc86-eabfe594f69c} - c:\program files\java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie\jqs_plugin.dll
TB: &Windows Live Toolbar: {21fa44ef-376d-4d53-9b0f-8a89d3229068} - c:\program files\windows live\toolbar\wltcore.dll
uRun: [SightSpeed] "c:\program files\dell video chat\DellVideoChat.exe" -bootmode
uRun: [uTorrent] "c:\program files\utorrent\uTorrent.exe"
uRun: [Aim] "c:\program files\aim\aim.exe" /d locale=en-US
uRun: [MSMSGS] "c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
mRun: [SynTPEnh] c:\program files\synaptics\syntp\SynTPEnh.exe
mRun: [Alcmtr] ALCMTR.EXE
mRun: [IgfxTray] c:\windows\system32\igfxtray.exe
mRun: [HotKeysCmds] c:\windows\system32\hkcmd.exe
mRun: [Persistence] c:\windows\system32\igfxpers.exe
mRun: [OA012Mon] c:\windows\OA012Mon.exe
mRun: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "c:\program files\java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe"
mRun: [Broadcom Wireless Manager UI] c:\windows\system32\WLTRAY.exe
mRun: [WSED] c:\program files\wsed\WSED.exe
mRun: [<NO NAME>]
mRun: [BTMeter] c:\program files\battery meter\BTMeter.exe
mRun: [CapsLKNotify] c:\program files\capslknotify\CapsLKNotify.exe
mRun: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "c:\program files\adobe\reader 9.0\reader\Reader_sl.exe"
mRun: [dellsupportcenter] "c:\program files\dell support center\bin\sprtcmd.exe" /P dellsupportcenter
mRun: [AdobeCS4ServiceManager] "c:\program files\common files\adobe\cs4servicemanager\CS4ServiceManager.exe" -launchedbylogin
mRun: [AVG_TRAY] c:\program files\avg\avg10\avgtray.exe
mRunOnce: [Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware] c:\program files\malwarebytes' anti-malware\mbamgui.exe /install /silent
StartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\window~1.lnk - c:\program files\windows desktop search\WindowsSearch.exe
IE: {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
IE: {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe
IE: {219C3416-8CB2-491a-A3C7-D9FCDDC9D600} - {5F7B1267-94A9-47F5-98DB-E99415F33AEC} - c:\program files\windows live\writer\WriterBrowserExtension.dll
DPF: {8AD9C840-044E-11D1-B3E9-00805F499D93} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_13-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
Handler: linkscanner - {F274614C-63F8-47D5-A4D1-FBDDE494F8D1} - c:\program files\avg\avg10\avgpp.dll
Notify: igfxcui - igfxdev.dll
SSODL: WPDShServiceObj - {AAA288BA-9A4C-45B0-95D7-94D524869DB5} - c:\windows\system32\WPDShServiceObj.dll
SEH: Windows Desktop Search Namespace Manager: {56f9679e-7826-4c84-81f3-532071a8bcc5} - c:\program files\windows desktop search\MSNLNamespaceMgr.dll
================= FIREFOX ===================
FF - ProfilePath - c:\docume~1\hello\applic~1\mozilla\firefox\profiles\cm93jpx8.default\
FF - prefs.js: browser.startup.homepage - www.google.com
FF - component: c:\program files\avg\avg10\firefox\components\avgssff.dll
FF - plugin: c:\program files\mozilla firefox\plugins\npdnu.dll
FF - plugin: c:\program files\mozilla firefox\plugins\npdnupdater2.dll
FF - plugin: c:\program files\windows live\photo gallery\NPWLPG.dll
FF - Ext: Default: {972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd} - c:\program files\mozilla firefox\extensions\{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}
FF - Ext: Java Quick Starter: jqs@sun.com - c:\program files\java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ff
FF - Ext: Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant: {20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b} - c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v3.5\windows presentation foundation\DotNetAssistantExtension
FF - Ext: AVG Safe Search: {3f963a5b-e555-4543-90e2-c3908898db71} - c:\program files\avg\avg10\Firefox
FF - Ext: Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant: {20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b} - %profile%\extensions\{20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b}
FF - user.js: network.cookie.cookieBehavior - 0
FF - user.js: privacy.clearOnShutdown.cookies - false
FF - user.js: security.warn_viewing_mixed - false
FF - user.js: security.warn_viewing_mixed.show_once - false
FF - user.js: security.warn_submit_insecure - false
FF - user.js: security.warn_submit_insecure.show_once - false
============= SERVICES / DRIVERS ===============
R0 AVGIDSEH;AVGIDSEH;c:\windows\system32\drivers\AVGIDSEH.sys [2010-9-13 25680]
R0 Avgrkx86;AVG Anti-Rootkit Driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgrkx86.sys [2010-9-7 26064]
R1 Avgldx86;AVG AVI Loader Driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgldx86.sys [2010-9-7 249424]
R1 Avgmfx86;AVG Mini-Filter Resident Anti-Virus Shield;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgmfx86.sys [2010-9-7 34384]
R1 Avgtdix;AVG TDI Driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgtdix.sys [2010-11-9 299984]
R3 AVGIDSDriver;AVGIDSDriver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\AVGIDSDriver.sys [2010-8-19 123472]
R3 AVGIDSFilter;AVGIDSFilter;c:\windows\system32\drivers\AVGIDSFilter.sys [2010-8-19 30288]
R3 AVGIDSShim;AVGIDSShim;c:\windows\system32\drivers\AVGIDSShim.sys [2010-8-19 26192]
S3 Ambfilt;Ambfilt;c:\windows\system32\drivers\Ambfilt.sys [2009-8-19 1684736]
=============== Created Last 30 ================
2011-04-26 23:38:21 38224 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbamswissarmy.sys
2011-04-26 23:38:17 20952 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbam.sys
2011-04-26 23:38:16 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
2011-04-26 23:05:17 709456 ----a-w- c:\windows\isRS-000.tmp
==================== Find3M ====================
=================== ROOTKIT ====================
Stealth MBR rootkit/Mebroot/Sinowal/TDL4 detector 0.4.2 by Gmer, http://www.gmer.net
Windows 5.1.2600 Disk: ST9120817AS rev.3.ADB -> Harddisk0\DR0 -> \Device\Ide\IdePort0 P0T0L0-3
device: opened successfully
user: MBR read successfully
Disk trace:
called modules: ntkrnlpa.exe CLASSPNP.SYS disk.sys ACPI.sys hal.dll >>UNKNOWN [0x864FB446]<<
_asm { PUSH EBP; MOV EBP, ESP; PUSH ECX; MOV EAX, [EBP+0x8]; CMP EAX, [0x86501504]; MOV EAX, [0x86501580]; PUSH EBX; PUSH ESI; MOV ESI, [EBP+0xc]; MOV EBX, [ESI+0x60]; PUSH EDI; JNZ 0x20; MOV [EBP+0x8], EAX; }
1 ntkrnlpa!IofCallDriver[0x804EF1A6] -> \Device\Harddisk0\DR0[0x86559AB8]
3 CLASSPNP[0xF75FDFD7] -> ntkrnlpa!IofCallDriver[0x804EF1A6] -> \Device\0000006b[0x8657B9E8]
5 ACPI[0xF7494620] -> ntkrnlpa!IofCallDriver[0x804EF1A6] -> [0x8657BD98]
\Driver\atapi[0x86578270] -> IRP_MJ_CREATE -> 0x864FB446
kernel: MBR read successfully
_asm { XOR AX, AX; MOV SS, AX; MOV SP, 0x7c00; MOV ES, AX; MOV DS, AX; MOV SI, 0x7c00; MOV DI, 0x600; MOV CX, 0x200; CLD ; REP MOVSB ; PUSH AX; PUSH 0x61c; RETF ; STI ; PUSHA ; MOV CX, 0x137; MOV BP, 0x62a; ROR BYTE [BP+0x0], CL; INC BP; }
detected disk devices:
\Device\Ide\IdeDeviceP0T0L0-3 -> \??\IDE#DiskST9120817AS_____________________________3.ADB___#5&33dc7a75&0&0.0.0#{53f56307-b6bf-11d0-94f2-00a0c91efb8b} device not found
detected hooks:
user != kernel MBR !!!
sectors 234441646 (+255): user != kernel
Warning: possible TDL4 rootkit infection !
TDL4 rootkit infection detected ! Use: "mbr.exe -f" to fix.
============= FINISH: 20:33:29.09 ===============

Edited by corazonita, 26 April 2011 - 09:23 PM.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 04:30 PM

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I am very sorry for the delay in responding, but as you can see we are at the moment being flooded with logs which, when paired with the never-ending shortage of helpers, resulted in the delayed responding to your thread.

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