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#1 notageek55

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 08:09 PM

I'm experiencing a big-time slowdown on my laptop and am seeing a redirect at the bottom left "s.yimg.com."  When I googled it I learned that this is a particularly virulent and intrusive trojan horse type virus.  Super Anti-Spyware and Malwarebytes did not detect it.  So, I did a system restore going back 4 days ago when I knew I did not have it, but it's still there.

 

I'm going to try to download rkill, combofix and adwclear and see if I can find a solution.  If anyone knows of a better way, please HELP!!


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 08:14 PM

Please do not run ComboFix on your own.  That is a specialized tool reserved for use in the log forum and to be used under the guidance of those trained in its use.

 

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 08:27 PM

Hello notageek, running Combofix as a cure all is dangerous and could bork your commuter. Especially as s.yimg isn't malware. It stands for YouTube image. It may may your cookie setting if you are using Firefox.
Firefox can be configured to always accept/reject cookies from a particular domain.

• Enable and disable cookies that websites use to track your preferences


Now you also may have infection that is slowing you down so let's take a look.

Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.
Checkmark the following checkboxes:
  • Flush DNS
  • Report IE Proxy Settings
  • Reset IE Proxy Settings
  • Report FF Proxy Settings
  • Reset FF Proxy Settings
  • List content of Hosts
  • List IP configuration
  • List Winsock Entries
  • List last 10 Event Viewer log
  • List Installed Programs
  • List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
  • Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.
    Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.



    Download TDSSKiller and save it to your desktop.
  • Extract (unzip) its contents to your desktop.
  • Open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.
  • If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.
  • If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.
  • It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.
  • If no reboot is require, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.
  • If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory (usually C:\ folder) in the form of TDSSKiller_xxxx_log.txt. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.
  • .
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    ADW Cleaner

    Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.
  • Double-click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
    Vista/Windows 7/8 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.
  • Click on the Scan button.
  • AdwCleaner will begin...be patient as the scan may take some time to complete.
  • After the scan has finished, click on the Report button...a logfile (AdwCleaner[R0].txt) will open in Notepad for review.
  • After reviewing the log, click on the Clean button.
  • Press OK when asked to close all programs and follow the onscreen prompts.
  • Press OK again to allow AdwCleaner to restart the computer and complete the removal process.
  • After rebooting, a logfile report (AdwCleaner[S0].txt) will open automatically.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that logfile in your next reply.
  • A copy of all logfiles are saved in the C:\AdwCleaner folder which was created when running the tool.
  • -- Note: The contents of the AdwCleaner log file may be confusing. Unless you see a program name that you recognize and know should not be removed, don't worry about it. If you see an entry you want to keep, return to AdwCleaner before cleaning...all detected items will be listed (and checked) in each tab. Click on each one and uncheck any items you want to keep (except you cannot uncheck Chrome and Firefox preferences lines).


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    thisisujrt.gif Please download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.
  • 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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  • Last run ESET.
  • Hold down Control and click on this link to open ESET OnlineScan in a new window.
  • Click the esetonlinebtn.png button.
  • For alternate browsers only: (Microsoft Internet Explorer users can skip these steps)
  • Click on esetsmartinstaller_enu.exe to download the ESET Smart Installer. Save it to your desktop.
  • Double click on the esetsmartinstaller_enu.png icon on your desktop.
  • Check "YES, I accept the Terms of Use."
  • Click the Start button.
  • Accept any security warnings from your browser.
  • Under scan settings, check "Scan Archives" and "Remove found threats"
  • Click Advanced settings and select the following:
  • Scan potentially unwanted applications
  • Scan for potentially unsafe applications
  • Enable Anti-Stealth technology
  • ESET will then download updates for itself, install itself, and begin scanning your computer. Please be patient as this can take some time.
  • When the scan completes, click List Threats
  • Click Export, and save the file to your desktop using a unique name, such as ESETScan. Include the contents of this report in your next reply.
  • Click the Back button.
  • Click the Finish button.
  • NOTE:Sometimes if ESET finds no infections it will not create a log.

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#4 notageek55

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 10:16 PM

Please do not run ComboFix on your own.  That is a specialized tool reserved for use in the log forum and to be used under the guidance of those trained in its use.

 

~ OB :cherry:

I already ran ComboFix because someone I trusted told me to download it and run it.  Ooops!  I am so lost when it comes to fixing all this crazy malware.  And I have no clue how I keep getting these viruses.  But I am beyond frustrated.  This computer is used almost solely for work, which for me is research and writing.  I depend so much upon it and am concerned for what I stand to lose if it keeps getting infected.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 10:27 PM

Hello notageek, running Combofix as a cure all is dangerous and could bork your commuter. Especially as s.yimg isn't malware. It stands for YouTube image. It may may your cookie setting if you are using Firefox.
Firefox can be configured to always accept/reject cookies from a particular domain.

• Enable and disable cookies that websites use to track your preferences


Now you also may have infection that is slowing you down so let's take a look.

Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.
Checkmark the following checkboxes:

  • Flush DNS
  • Report IE Proxy Settings
  • Reset IE Proxy Settings
  • Report FF Proxy Settings
  • Reset FF Proxy Settings
  • List content of Hosts
  • List IP configuration
  • List Winsock Entries
  • List last 10 Event Viewer log
  • List Installed Programs
  • List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
  • Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.
    Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.



    Download TDSSKiller and save it to your desktop.
  • Extract (unzip) its contents to your desktop.
  • Open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.
  • If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.
  • If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.
  • It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.
  • If no reboot is require, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.
  • If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory (usually C:\ folder) in the form of TDSSKiller_xxxx_log.txt. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.
  • .
    .
    .
    ADW Cleaner

    Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.
  • Double-click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
    Vista/Windows 7/8 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.
  • Click on the Scan button.
  • AdwCleaner will begin...be patient as the scan may take some time to complete.
  • After the scan has finished, click on the Report button...a logfile (AdwCleaner[R0].txt) will open in Notepad for review.
  • After reviewing the log, click on the Clean button.
  • Press OK when asked to close all programs and follow the onscreen prompts.
  • Press OK again to allow AdwCleaner to restart the computer and complete the removal process.
  • After rebooting, a logfile report (AdwCleaner[S0].txt) will open automatically.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that logfile in your next reply.
  • A copy of all logfiles are saved in the C:\AdwCleaner folder which was created when running the tool.
  • -- Note: The contents of the AdwCleaner log file may be confusing. Unless you see a program name that you recognize and know should not be removed, don't worry about it. If you see an entry you want to keep, return to AdwCleaner before cleaning...all detected items will be listed (and checked) in each tab. Click on each one and uncheck any items you want to keep (except you cannot uncheck Chrome and Firefox preferences lines).


    .

    thisisujrt.gif Please download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.
  • 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.
  • .
    .
    .
    .
  • Last run ESET.
  • Hold down Control and click on this link to open ESET OnlineScan in a new window.
  • Click the esetonlinebtn.png button.
  • For alternate browsers only: (Microsoft Internet Explorer users can skip these steps)
  • Click on esetsmartinstaller_enu.exe to download the ESET Smart Installer. Save it to your desktop.
  • Double click on the esetsmartinstaller_enu.png icon on your desktop.
  • Check "YES, I accept the Terms of Use."
  • Click the Start button.
  • Accept any security warnings from your browser.
  • Under scan settings, check "Scan Archives" and "Remove found threats"
  • Click Advanced settings and select the following:
  • Scan potentially unwanted applications
  • Scan for potentially unsafe applications
  • Enable Anti-Stealth technology
  • ESET will then download updates for itself, install itself, and begin scanning your computer. Please be patient as this can take some time.
  • When the scan completes, click List Threats
  • Click Export, and save the file to your desktop using a unique name, such as ESETScan. Include the contents of this report in your next reply.
  • Click the Back button.
  • Click the Finish button.
  • NOTE:Sometimes if ESET finds no infections it will not create a log.

 

That's a lot of stuff to do that I must confess I feel pretty unsure about.  And when I did a google search on s.yimg.com, this is what I got:  http://www.yac.mx/en/guides/browser-hijacker-removal/20140624-how-to-remove-s.yimg.com-from-Firefox-by-yac-pc-cleaner.html, which says:  "s.yimg.com has been considered as a severe computer problem, which tends to modify web browser‚Äôs settings and monitor your Internet browsing habits. It conceals a lot of dark sinister stuff including the activity of the Google Redirect Virus that spead worldwide. s.yimg.com can hijack all of your web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google chrome or Internet Explorer and push your internet traffics to its fake Google search site."  And no matter what it is, I know enough to know I shouldn't keep being redirected to it every time I try to open a new tab or start a new search.  I am beyond frustrated to know who to trust and what to believe and what not to believe.



#6 Orange Blossom

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 10:50 PM

One letter makes such a big difference. The legitimate one, which is connected with YouTube is s.ytimg.com The site you listed lacks the t in the name.

That said, the tools boopme has suggested you run are all legitimate tools used here on BC to assist others. One of them, in fact, is one that you already mentioned in your initial post. I'd suggest following boopme's instructions. I've never heard of YAC Cleaner.

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 08:12 AM

I've never heard of YAC Cleaner.

Just a F.Y.I. on YAC  -

I have heard of it and have posted 2 reviews of it in the Antivirus Forum Area.......

 

Yet Another Cleaner, is (I found ) a "generally" useless program but includes Antivirus and a few other inbuilt tools.






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