I posted on the "Search Engine Redirect Virus" topic in the "AM I INFECTED WHAT DO I DO" Forum. Should have posted here I guess...
To reiterate from that prior posting, my daughter's XP PRO SP3 PC was recently infected with some kind of Search Engine Redirect malware, and based on info posted on the Mozilla forum about the effectiveness of COMBOFIX, I used it to clean her system, after first updating and running CCleaner and getting rid of many Megs of CRAP, and updating and attempting to scan the PC with Malwarebytes (which usually fixes the problem but did not this time).
Malwarebytes found nothing in Quick Scan, but this is what many folks had posted on the MOZILLA forum, so I aborted the Malwarebytes Full Scan (due to its lengthyness) and installed COMBOFIX and ran it instead.
COMBOFIX seems to have found AND REMOVED something, so I am posting the log here for those who know how to interpret the results.
My questions are simple:
1. WHAT WAS THE MALWARE VILLAIN IN THIS INSTANCE and HOW CAN WE AVOID IT IN THE FUTURE? I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT.
2. IS THE MALWARE GONE FOR GOOD NOW? (I sure hope so.)
3. ARE THERE ANY OTHER STEPS I NEED TO TAKE POST-COMBOFIX-CLEANUP? (I DO NOT PLAN ON UNINSTALLING COMBOFIX, BUT PREFER TO LEAVE IT IN CASE I EVER NEED IT AGAIN.)
If it is fixed for good, my hat is off to the programmer who wrote COMBOFIX. As a Programmer myself, I was impressed with the layers of detail in the program and all the steps it went through as it functioned. Amazing.
See attached COMBOFIX log file (attached).
Thanks in advance for the assistance.