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Windows 7: Reboots after 1 minute, browser redirects, sirefef variants


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#1 EFish

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 10:26 AM

Hello everyone, this is a repost of a thread from a few years ago.

Through various Google searches involving my problem, this appears to be the best forum to post on, so here I go. I am running Windows 7 x64 and will outline the following:

1) I noted that I began getting various browser redirects from sites when searching through Google (I have not checked if this was elsewhere). The browser would redirect me to websites such as newsfudge.com.
2) From this point I decided to attempt to run some scans. I had Microsoft Security Essentials installed however noted that it claims the service isn't running. When attempting to enable the service, it stated the service was not installed.
- This was rectified. I uninstalled and reinstalled the application successfully.
3) Upon attempting to run both Malwarebytes and MSE (Security Essentials from here on out), I would reboot into the computer and began to notice that I would get a dialogue box that would explain my computer is about to be logged off because of a critical error.
- Attempting to restore "Last known good configuration" did not resolve this.
- The same dialogue box pops up when I try to restart in Safe Mode, I am currently posting this from my work computer.
- I haven't been able to find a specific error within the System Logs so if there should be one stated please tell me what to look for.
- I believe this occurs when MSE detects several infections, which appear to be different variants of sirefef.
-- The last two variants of sirefef detected by MSE are: Trojan:Win32/Sirefef.AB and Trojan:Win64/Sirefef.P
4) I'm getting numerous Adobe Flash 11.3 installation attempts, which is where this problem all leads back from.

Please help me save my computer from a reformat.

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#2 gringo_pr

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 04:50 PM

Greetings And Welcome To The Forums!!

My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your malware problems.

I have put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier and faster for both of us

  • Please do not run any tools unless instructed to do so.
    • We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.
  • Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.
    • Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.
  • Please read every post completely before doing anything.
    • Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.
  • Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.
    • A short statement describing how the computer is working helps us understand where to go next, for example: I am still getting redirected, the computer is running normally, etc. Please do not describe the computer as "the same", this requires the extra step of looking back at your previous post.
NOTE: At the top of your post, click on the Watch Topic Button, select Immediate Notification, and click on Proceed. This will send you an e-mail as soon as I reply to your topic, allowing us to resolve the issue faster.

NOTE: Backup any files that cannot be replaced. Removing malware can be unpredictable and this step can save a lot of hartaches if things don't go as planed. You can put them on a CD/DVD, external drive or a pen drive, anywhere except on the computer.

NOTE: It is good practice to copy and paste the instructions into notepad and print them in case it is necessary for you to go offline during the cleanup process. To open notepad, navigate to Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > Notepad. Please remember to copy the entire post so you do not miss any instructions.

download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool x64 and save it to a flash drive.

Plug the flash-drive into the infected PC.

Enter System Recovery Options.

To enter System Recovery Options from the Advanced Boot Options:
  • Restart the computer.
  • As soon as the BIOS is loaded begin tapping the F8 key until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  • Use the arrow keys to select the Repair your computer menu item.
  • Select US as the keyboard language settings, and then click Next.
  • Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.
  • Select your user account an click Next.

To enter System Recovery Options by using Windows installation disc:
  • Insert the installation disc.
  • Restart your computer.
  • If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc. If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, check your BIOS settings.
  • Click Repair your computer.
  • Select US as the keyboard language settings, and then click Next.
  • Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.
  • Select your user account and click Next.
On the System Recovery Options menu you will get the following options:
Startup Repair
System Restore
Windows Complete PC Restore
Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool
Command Prompt
[*]Select Command Prompt
[*]In the command window type in notepad and press Enter.
[*]The notepad opens. Under File menu select Open.
[*]Select "Computer" and find your flash drive letter and close the notepad.
[*]In the command window type e:\frst64.exe and press Enter
Note: Replace letter e with the drive letter of your flash drive.
[*]The tool will start to run.
[*]When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.

[*]First Press the Scan button.
[*]It will make a log (FRST.txt)

[*]Second Type the following in the edit box after "Search:". services.exe
[*]Click the Search button
[*]It will make a log (Search.txt)
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I want you to poste Both the FRST.txt report and the Search.txt into your reply to me

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#3 gringo_pr

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 12:05 AM

Hello

48 Hour bump

It has been more than 48 hours since my last post.

  • do you still need help with this?
  • do you need more time?
  • are you having problems following my instructions?
  • if after 48hrs you have not replied to this thread then it will have to be closed!

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#4 gringo_pr

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:43 AM

Due to the lack of feedback, this topic is now closed.In the event you still have problems, please send me or any Moderator a Private Message and ask them to reopen this topic within the next 5 days. Please include a link to your topic in the Private Message. Thank you.
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