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"Spitgot Inc, Search Settings"


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#1 JDPsilocybin

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:33 PM

Yesterday I was doing a little surfing the web and I believe I may have clicked on something that installed some sort of spyware/trojan etc.


I noticed a program called "Search Settings" was running in my toolbar giving me a notification somewhere along the lines of "Your search settings have changed / are being prevented from being changed".

At first I thought it was something that came with "Youtube downloader", a program that I downloaded off of CNet and from what I know what tested spyware free.

So the first couple of times I payed no attention to it but after I uninstalled Youtube Downloader the Search Settings Icon and notifiction were still there which started to make me nervous.

I attempted to find and uninstall this Search Settings in my Uninstall Programs list but wasn't found. Right clicking the Icon brought up no options and the only way I could remove it was by CTRL ALT DELETE and ending the process. From there I googled the problem and decided to scan my computer with the following results for each ..

"Advanced SystemCare"- found some spyware and removed it, but search settings was still there
"Malwarebyes Anti-malware"- no problems found
"Microsoft Security Essentials" - no problems found

Then I tried looking on msconfig to see where the files were located and it gave me the following location "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Spigot\Search Settings\Search Settings Exe." It is also located under startup item "Widgi Toolbar"

So THEN I tried to just manually delete the Spigot folder and tells me I need to confirm this operation, after hitting Continue the folder is apparently gone but I want to MAKE SURE that it is gone.

So since my 3 antimalware programs failed to find and remove this I was wondering if anybody could recommend a really solid antimalware program.

Thank you for reading this and a pre-apology for any lack of grammar as I typed this in a hurry.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 11:21 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums!

My secret agent name on the forums is SweetTech (you can call me ST for short), it's a pleasure to meet you. :)

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.

I would be glad to take a look at your log and help you with solving any malware problems.

If you have since resolved the issues you were originally experiencing, or have received help elsewhere, please inform me so that this topic can be closed.

If you have not, please adhere to the guidelines below and then follow instructions as outlined further below:

  • Logs from malware removal programs (OTL is one of them) can take some time to analyze. I need you to be patient while I analyze any logs you post. Please remember, I am a volunteer, and I do have a life outside of these forums.
  • Please make sure to carefully read any instruction that I give you. Attention to detail is important! Since I cannot see or directly interact with your computer I am dependent on you to "be my eyes" and provide as much information as you can regarding the current state of your computer.
  • If you're not sure, or if something unexpected happens, do NOT continue! Stop and ask!
  • In Windows Vista and Windows 7, all tools need to be started by right clicking and selecting Run as Administrator!
  • If I instruct you to download a specific tool in which you already have, please delete the copy that you have and re-download the tool. The reason I ask you to do this is because these tools are updated fairly regularly.
  • Do not do things I do not ask for, such as running a spyware scan on your computer. The one thing that you should always do, is to make sure sure that your anti-virus definitions are up-to-date!
  • Please do not use the Attachment feature for any log file. Do a Copy/Paste of the entire contents of the log file and submit it inside your post.
  • I am going to stick with you until ALL malware is gone from your system. I would appreciate it if you would do the same. From this point, we're in this together ;)
    Because of this, you must reply within three days
    failure to reply will result in the topic being closed!
  • Please do not PM me directly for help. If you have any questions, post them in this topic.
  • Lastly, I am no magician. I will try very hard to fix your issues, but no promises can be made. Also be aware that some infections are so severe that you might need to resort to reformatting and reinstalling your operating system.
    Don't worry, this only happens in severe cases, but it sadly does happen. Be prepared to back up your data. Have means of backing up your data available.

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Rootkit UnHooker (RkU)
Please download Rootkit Unhooker from one of the following links and save it to your desktop.
Link 1 (.exe file)
Link 2 (zipped file)
Link 3 (.rar file)In order to use this tool if you downloaded from either of the second two links, you will need to extract the RKUnhookerLE.exe file using a program capable of extracing ZIP and RAR compressed files. If you don't have an extraction program, you can downlaod, install and use the free 7-zip utility.

  • Double-click on RKUnhookerLE.exe to start the program.
    Vista/Windows 7 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.
  • Click the Report tab, then click Scan.
  • Check Drivers, Stealth Code, and uncheck the rest.
  • Click OK.
  • Wait until it's finished and then go to File > Save Report.
  • Save the report to your Desktop.
  • Copy and paste the contents of the report into your next reply.
-- Note: You may get this warning...just ignore it, click OK and continue: "Rootkit Unhooker has detected a parasite inside itself! It is recommended to remove parasite, okay?".



NEXT:


Running OTL

We need to create a FULL OTL Report
  • Please download OTL from here:
  • Save it to your desktop.
  • Double click on the Posted Image icon on your desktop.
  • Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.
  • Change the "Extra Registry" option to "SafeList"
  • Push the Posted Image button.
  • Two reports will open, copy and paste them in a reply here:
    • OTL.txt <-- Will be opened
    • Extras.txt <-- Will be minimized

NEXT:


Please provide an update on how things are running in your next reply.

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The instructions seen in this post have been specifically tailored to this user and the issues they are experiencing with their computer. If you think you have a similar problem, please first read this topic, and then begin your own, new thread. I do not offer private support via Private Message.


#3 SweetTech

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 10:01 AM

Do you still need help with your machine?

If the instructions are unclear or something isn't working, please let me know before proceeding.

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 09:58 AM

Due to lack of feedback this thread will now be closed. If you still require assistance, and would like to have your thread re-opened, please feel free to send me a Private Message (PM) being sure to include a link to your topic, and I'd be happy to re-open it.


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