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#1 Lewey

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:20 PM

My little nephew is running a trainer from a trusted source which requires authentication(cheathappens). There have been exceptions put into the anti-virus for that file, but for some reason the authentication fails. I've been in contact with them and they believe it to be a virus and suggested to reformat (but would prefer trying other things first and use that as a last resort). I've noticed that when doing a route trace with avast it goes to CA like it should, but then it goes to NY which I do not believe is correct. Also many searches on google have been redirected to different pages (including a google search for bleepingcomputer.com).

Also in Avast I see a strange IP in my network connections that I was previously able to trace somewhere in Africa, now it says it is in a private ip range.

Scans will come up clean for 10 minutes to an hour and then the same infections show up again. Malware.trace, and previously showed a Trojan.BHO. The Trojan.BHO hasn't reappeared, but I believe it may have become hidden after previous deletions.

Things I've tried.

1. Avast full scan and boot scan.
2. MBAM Full scan(normal and safe mode)
3. SAS Full scan (normal and safe mode)
4. System Restore
5. GooredFix
6. Reset Hosts file
7. TDSSKiller
8. Rerunning updated version of MBAM after steps 5-7

Any other ideas on what I can do? Being redirected is rather annoying and I don't quite feel like reformatting if I do not have to.

Thank you in advance.

Edited by Lewey, 30 July 2011 - 09:24 PM.


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Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:28 PM

Are you on a router? Are others on it...if so do they redirect?

What is your Operating System?

Whay browser(s) are running.. which redirect?
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:31 PM

Are you on a router? Are others on it...if so do they redirect?

What is your Operating System?

Whay browser(s) are running.. which redirect?


I am on a router. Other connections to it are an iPhone and a Playstation 3. Haven't seen any redirects with them at all...

The operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

Usually use Firefox, but the fiance tends to use Google Chrome. The redirect seems to go to different "Search" engines I've never heard of usually with the url that starts with redirect.
I usually use google and after clicking on the link for bleepingcomputer.com it brought me to a different search page with completely unrelated links.
Strangely this doesn't happen every single time, it looks to be somewhat random.

Edited by Lewey, 30 July 2011 - 09:35 PM.


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Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:56 PM

OK, thanks.A couple more suggestions to try one at a time.


If still redirecting>>>
Change your DNS Servers:
  • Go to Posted Image > Run... and in the open box, type: cmd
  • Press OK or Hit Enter.
  • At the command prompt, type or copy/paste: ipconfig /flushdns
  • Hit Enter.
  • You will get a confirmation that the flush was successful.
  • Close the command box.
If the above commands did not resolve the problem, the next thing to try is to reset your network settings and Configure TCP/IP to use DNS.
  • Go to Posted Image > Control Panel, and choose Network Connections.
  • Right-click on your default connection, usually Local Area Connection or Dial-up Connection if you are using Dial-up, and and choose Properties.
  • Double-click on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) or highlight it and select Properties.
  • Under the General tab, write down any settings in case you should need to change them back.
  • Select the button that says "Obtain an IP address automatically" or make sure the DNS server IP address is the same as provided by your ISP.
  • Select the button that says "Obtain DNS servers automatically".
  • If unknown Preferred or Alternate DNS servers are listed, uncheck the box that says "Use the following DNS server address".
  • Click OK twice to get out of the properties screen and restart your computer. If not prompted to reboot go ahead and reboot manually.
-- Vista users can refer to How to Change TCP/IP settings

CAUTION: It's possible that your ISP (Internet Service Provider) requires specific DNS settings here. Make sure you know if you need these settings or not BEFORE you make any changes or you may lose your Internet connection. If you're sure you do not need a specific DNS address,
then you may proceed.


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I have seen where some addons in Firefox were doing this and disabling them one at a time found it. I have seen a Media addon a common culptit.

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Perhaps your router is hijacked by trojan DNS-hijacker.

  • Please read this: Malware Silently Alters Wireless Router Settings

  • Then reset your router to it's factory default settings:

    "If your machine has been infected by one of these Zlob/DNSchanger Trojans, and your router settings have been altered, I would strongly recommend that you reset the router to its default configuration. Usually, this can be done by inserting something tiny like a paper clip end or pencil tip into a small hole labeled "reset" located on the back of the router. Press and hold down the small button inside until the lights on the front of the router blink off and then on again (usually about 10 seconds)"


  • This is the difficult part.
    First get to the routers server. To do that open Internet Explorer and type http:\\192.168.1.1 in the address bar and click Enter. You get the log in window.
    Fill in the password you have already found and you will get the configuration page.
    Configure the router to allow you to connect to your ISP server. In some routers it is done by a setup wizard. But you have to fill in the log in password your ISP has initially given to you.
    You can also call your ISP if you don't have your initial password.
    Don't forget to change the routers default password and set a strong password. Note down the password and keep it somewhere for future reference.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:50 PM

I am so sorry, I forgot to mention that is one of the things that I have done just before I decided to come here for help.

Also forgot to mention that I had a popup after the system restore saying that my version of windows may be a counterfeit version of windows, but it came pre-installed from the manufacturer.


This has been resolved, thank you very much for your time. I ran a Dr. Web scan and that seemed to do the trick. Again, thanks a lot for the ideas :)

Edited by Lewey, 31 July 2011 - 12:51 AM.


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Posted 31 July 2011 - 04:54 PM

You're welcome.

If there are no more problems or signs of infection, you should Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been backed up, renamed and saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Posted Image > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Posted Image > Run... and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "Ok". Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.
  • Click the "More Options" tab, then click the "Clean up" button under System Restore.
  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?"
  • Click Yes, then click Ok.
  • Click Yes again when prompted with "Are you sure you want to perform these actions?"
  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.
Vista and Windows 7 users can refer to these links:
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