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Google redirect hijack using Firefox [solved]

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#1 ericms


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Posted 29 May 2011 - 11:01 AM

Google search links are occasionally redirected to other websites such as livingsocial.com, greatsearchonline.com, possibly others.

From my browser logs, it looks like redirects come via:

Running Windows 7 Enterprise, Firefox 4.0.1 (latest), Avira Antivir (latest update). Computer doesn't appear slow, no weird behaviour, could access various antivirus websites fine, just the very occasional browser redirect. A search for 5vg58t1.com revealed very few links, and followed one here. I followed some advice given to others with similar browser hijack problems:

TDSSkiller had no results.
MBAM had no results.
ESET online scan found opencandy (related to CDburnerXP, not the issue)
Hosts file is normal
Searched registry for irregular google references (none)
Complete scan with with Avira showed no detections.

FINALLY solved -- ran gooredfix.exe, found an invisible Firefox add-on! See below for log, in case it helps anyone else. No redirects so far, I will post if it comes back. I suspect I got infected after doing a Google image search and clicked on an image, but I'm not sure.

Hope this helps others!

GooredFix by jpshortstuff (
Log created at 08:23 on 29/05/2011 (eric)
Firefox version 4.0.1 (en-US)

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

Deleting HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions\\{0DE2447C-4D6F-491F-AAF5-09227D23BD28} -> Success!
Deleting C:\Users\eric\AppData\Local\{0DE2447C-4D6F-491F-AAF5-09227D23BD28} -> Success!

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

C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\extensions\
{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd} [21:07 06/05/2011]
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0024-ABCDEFFEDCBA} [00:51 28/03/2011]

C:\Users\eric\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\q33qoy29.default\extensions\
{3d7eb24f-2740-49df-8937-200b1cc08f8a} [01:53 07/05/2011]

"offerboxffx@offerbox.com"="C:\Program Files (x86)\OfferBox\offerboxffx@offerbox.com" [02:30 01/03/2011]


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