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#1 skyork

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 05:46 AM

Hi there,

 

I am using Window 7 Home Premium

 

I think I may be infected. I have noticed that when I use the browser Firefox, I get links appearing in the contents of any page I visit...including www.trademe.co.nz. It seems to be randomly selecting words to change into links. When I hover over the links a popup appears, ussually giving the following information

 

(3) prizes avaliable

Do you qualify?

Take a 30 second survey

Click here.

 

It also has a animation of our national flag waving in the wind.

I am sure that something is not right. Not sure of the extent of the infection, and what else has been affected.

 

Can someone help?

Thanks in advance

Sherman


Edited by skyork, 29 September 2013 - 05:48 AM.


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Posted 29 September 2013 - 02:36 PM

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 01:55 AM

Hi BC Advisor, thanks for replying...

 

Its seems to be only firefox, it seems to also generate an alternative picture selection popup as well, that I have jst noticed. On the www.trademe.co.nz site, a site where I do my buying and selling from, similar to ebay, you are able to view pictures of the item being sold...on firefox it seems to display links and picture popups.

 

I have tried it on other browsers like ie and chrome but these seem to be unaffected with the trademe site.

 

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 08:05 PM

p22002970.gif Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.

  • Close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click on Scan button.
  • When the scan has finished click on Clean button.
  • Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  • Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.
  • You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.

 

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  • Shut down your protection software now to avoid potential conflicts.
  • Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista, 7, or 8; instead of double-clicking, right-mouse click JRT.exe and select "Run as Administrator".
  • The tool will open and start scanning your system.
  • Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.
  • On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
  • Post the contents of JRT.txt into your next message.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 02:41 AM

hi, I ran both programs, I ran adwarecleaner, then ran jrt, but forgot to disable my antivirus so I reran the jrt and it produce another text file, but it contained less output than the first one, but cannot find the first one now. I have given the second one here below instead. I hope this is ok?
 
Thanks
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# AdwCleaner v3.006 - Report created 01/10/2013 at 20:15:05
# Updated 01/10/2013 by Xplode
# Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (32 bits)
# Username : Steven - STEVEN-PC
# Running from : C:\Users\Steven\Downloads\adwcleaner.exe
# Option : Clean
 
***** [ Services ] *****
 
 
***** [ Files / Folders ] *****
 
Folder Deleted : C:\Program Files\MyPC Backup 
File Deleted : C:\windows\System32\Tasks\Scheduled Update for Ask Toolbar
 
***** [ Shortcuts ] *****
 
 
***** [ Registry ] *****
 
[#] Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\Scheduled Update for Ask Toolbar
[#] Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks\{2B6DA13A-A97A-4414-8523-147F608A49DA}
[#] Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Plain\{2B6DA13A-A97A-4414-8523-147F608A49DA}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\askpartnercobrandingtool_rasapi32
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\askpartnercobrandingtool_rasmancs
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\TaskScheduler_RASAPI32
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\TaskScheduler_RASMANCS
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{898EA8C8-E7FF-479B-8935-AEC46303B9E5}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{AE805869-2E5C-4ED4-8F7B-F1F7851A4497}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{AE805869-2E5C-4ED4-8F7B-F1F7851A4497}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{898EA8C8-E7FF-479B-8935-AEC46303B9E5}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{AE805869-2E5C-4ED4-8F7B-F1F7851A4497}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{AE805869-2E5C-4ED4-8F7B-F1F7851A4497}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions\{898EA8C8-E7FF-479B-8935-AEC46303B9E5}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{A92DAB39-4E2C-4304-9AB6-BC44E68B55E2}
 
***** [ Browsers ] *****
 
-\\ Internet Explorer v8.0.7601.17514
 
 
-\\ Mozilla Firefox v24.0 (en-GB)
 
[ File : C:\Users\Steven\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\8h4met2a.default\prefs.js ]
 
 
-\\ Google Chrome v27.0.1453.116
 
[ File : C:\Users\Steven\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\preferences ]
 
 
*************************
 
AdwCleaner[R0].txt - [2675 octets] - [01/10/2013 20:08:50]
AdwCleaner[R1].txt - [2735 octets] - [01/10/2013 20:13:02]
AdwCleaner[S0].txt - [2553 octets] - [01/10/2013 20:15:05]
 
########## EOF - C:\AdwCleaner\AdwCleaner[S0].txt - [2613 octets] ##########
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Junkware Removal Tool (JRT) by Thisisu
Version: 6.0.3 (09.27.2013:1)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x86
Ran by Steven on Tue 01/10/2013 at 20:33:07.10
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
 
 
 
~~~ Services
 
 
 
~~~ Registry Values
 
 
 
~~~ Registry Keys
 
 
 
~~~ Files
 
 
 
~~~ Folders
 
 
 
~~~ Event Viewer Logs were cleared
 
 
 
 
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Scan was completed on Tue 01/10/2013 at 20:34:32.43
End of JRT log
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 07:40 PM

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 03:47 AM

Hi there

 

Sorry for the late reply as I have been busy travelling a bit. Yes firefox seems to be working as it should....thank you very much for your help....

 

Kind regards

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 06:24 PM

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1. We need to reset system restore to prevent your computer from being accidentally reinfected by using some old restore point(s). We'll remove all old restore points and create fresh, clean restore point.

Turn system restore off.
Restart computer.
Turn system restore back on.

If you don't know how to do it...
Windows XP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310405
Vista and Windows 7: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/disable-system-restore-in-windows-vista/
Windows 8: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/windows-8-system-restore-guide/#disable

2. Make sure Windows Updates are current.

3. If any Trojan was listed among your infection(s), make sure, you change all of your on-line important passwords (bank account(s), secured web sites, etc.) immediately!

4. Check if your browser plugins are up to date.
Firefox - https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/plugincheck/
other browsers: https://browsercheck.qualys.com/ (click on "Launch a quick scan now" link)

5. Download, and install WOT (Web OF Trust): http://www.mywot.com/. It'll warn you (in most cases) about dangerous web sites.

6. Run Malwarebytes "Quick scan" once in a while to assure safety of your computer.

7. Run Temporary File Cleaner (TFC), AdwCleaner and Junkware Removal Tool (JRT) weekly.

8. Download and install Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI): http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/. The Secunia PSI is a FREE security tool designed to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs and plug-ins which expose your PC to attacks. Run it weekly.

9. (optional) If you want to keep all your programs up to date, download and install FileHippo Update Checker.
The Update Checker will scan your computer for installed software, check the versions and then send this information to FileHippo.com to see if there are any newer releases.

10. When installing\updating ANY program, make sure you always select "Custom " installation, so you can UN-check any possible "drive-by-install" (foistware), like toolbars etc., which may try to install along with the legitimate program. Do NOT click "Next" button without looking at any given page.

11. Read:
How did I get infected?, With steps so it does not happen again!: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic2520.html
Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the Internet: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/keep-your-computer-safe-online/

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