Google Links Being Redirected

June 17, 2009 at 14:10:40
Specs: Windows XP
Hello. For the past week or so, all of the links that I click in Google or other search engines are being redirected to various add sites.

I believe this is some type of spyware, but neither Malwarebytes and AVG picked up anything.

It also seems like this has been slowing down my internet browsing, but I can't be sure of that.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated, as my knowledge in this particular area is not that great. Thanks in advance.

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June 17, 2009 at 14:50:28
Can you post your HijackThis log. Upload it to and post a download link.

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June 17, 2009 at 14:56:42
Thank you for the quick response.

Here is the download link for the HijackThis log you requested:

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June 17, 2009 at 15:12:20
Does it happen in all the browsers? What sites does it redirect too?

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June 17, 2009 at 15:25:18
The only browsers that I have tried are Firefox and Internet Explorer 8, and it does happen in both of them.

Some examples of the sites I am getting redirected to are,, and

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June 17, 2009 at 15:42:19
i can take deeper look at your system if you want to post additional scan logs.

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June 17, 2009 at 15:46:23
Alright, what programs would you suggest I use to provide these additional logs?

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June 17, 2009 at 15:48:00
Note: I can help you remove malware manually. Please avoid installing/uninstalling or updating any programs and attempting any unsupervised fixes or scans. This can make helping you impossible. First Track this topic. Then follow:

1) Can you please post your AVZ log:
Note: Run AVZ in windows normal mode. If avz.exe doesn't start, then try to rename the file avz.exe to something else and try to run it again. Make sure you have your web browser open in background before following the steps below.

i) To create the log file, download AVZ by clicking HERE. Please save this file to your desktop or "My Documents" folder.

ii) Next, unpack the file to a new folder using the Compressed (zipped) folders wizard built into Windows XP/Vista, or a zip utility of your choice.

iii) Once you have unpacked the contents of the zip archive, please launch the file AVZ.exe by double clicking on it or right clicking and selecting Open.
Note: If you are running Windows vista launch AVZ.exe by right clicking and selecting Run as Administrator.

You should now see the main window of the AVZ utility. Please navigate to File->Custom Scripts. Copy the script below by using the keyboard shortcut CTRL+C or the corresponding option via right click.


Paste the script into the execution window by using CTRL+V keyboard shortcut, or the "paste" option via the right click menu. Click on Run to run the script, the PC will reboot. After the reboot the LOG subfolder is created in the folder with AVZ, with a file called inside. Upload that file to and paste the link here.

Image Tutorial

2) Download and Run DDS which will create a Pseudo HJT Report as part of its log: DDS Tool Download Link. When done, DDS will open two (2) logs

   1. DDS.txt
   2. Attach.txt

Upload the logs to and paste download link in your next reply.
Note: Disable any script-blocking programs and then double-click on the DDS.scr icon to start the program. If you did not disable a script-blocker that may be part of your antimalware program, you may receive a warning from your antimalware product asking if you would like DDS.scr to run. Please allow it to do so.

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June 17, 2009 at 16:39:01
AVZ log:

DDS is telling me that there's "Not enough main memory to complete the sort."

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June 17, 2009 at 16:55:11
Follow these Steps in order numbered. Don't proceed to next step unless you have sucessfully completed previous step:

1) Run this script in AVZ like before, your computer will reboot:

SearchRootkit(true, true);

2) After reboot execute following script in AVZ:


A file called should be created in C:\.

3) Attach a Combofix log, please review and follow these instructions carefully.

Download it here ->

Before Saving it to Desktop, please rename it to something like 123.exe to stop malware from disabling it.

Now, please make sure no other programs are running, close all other windows and pause Antivirus/Sypware programs ( Programs to disable) until after the scanning and removal process has taken place.

Please double click on the file you downloaded. Follow the onscreen prompts to start the scan. Once the scanning process has started please DO NOT click on the Combofix window or attempt to use your computer as this can cause the scanning process to stall. It may take a while to complete scanning and this is normal.

You will be disconnected from the internet and your desktop icons/toolbars will disappear during scanning, do not worry, this is normal and it will be restored after scanning has completed.

Combofix will create a logfile and display it after your computer has rebooted. Usually located in c:\combofix.txt, please upload that file to and paste the link here.

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June 17, 2009 at 17:43:41
Combofix log:

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June 17, 2009 at 18:02:16
Follow these Steps in order numbered. Don't proceed to next step unless you have sucessfully completed previous step:

1) A file called should be created in C:\. Then please zip up C:\qoobox\quarantine and upload it and C:\ to a filehost such as Then, Private Message me the Download links to the uploaded files.

2) Lastly, uninstall Combofix by: pause Antivirus/Sypware programs ( Programs to disable) > Start > run > type combofix /u > ok. Or Start > run > type 123 /u > ok.

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June 17, 2009 at 18:11:29
Alright, done with that last step.

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June 17, 2009 at 18:29:06
Thanks for the files. Please follow these steps in order numbered and post summary log after each step.

1) If you use Windows System restore, turn it off > reboot. How to turn it off/on:

Run a full scan with

# Check the box next to YES, I accept the Terms of Use.
# Click Start
# When asked, allow the activex control to be installed.
# Click Start
# Check below options:

    * Remove found threats
    * Scan archives
    * Scan for potentially unwanted applications (Advance Settings).
    * Enable Anti-Stealth technology (Advance Settings).

# Click Scan
# Wait for the scan to finish
# When it finishes it will create a log file here: C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Online Scanner\log.txt
# Attach this logfile to your next message.

Illustrated tutorial:

Note: Turn system restore back on, if you wish; this to remove malware from system volume information files.

2) House cleaning. Run full Scan with SuperAntispyware : . Fix what it detects and post summary scan log.

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June 17, 2009 at 22:56:02
Eset log:

ESETSmartInstaller@High as downloader log:
all ok
# version=6
# OnlineScannerApp.exe=
# OnlineScanner.ocx=
# api_version=3.0.2
# EOSSerial=dc0ee1be89bfda40b6f2d56323a7afe4
# end=finished
# remove_checked=true
# archives_checked=true
# unwanted_checked=true
# unsafe_checked=false
# antistealth_checked=true
# utc_time=2009-06-18 05:42:35
# local_time=2009-06-18 12:42:35 (-0600, Central Daylight Time)
# country="United States"
# lang=1033
# osver=5.1.2600 NT Service Pack 3
# compatibility_mode=1026 37 83 100 8871321875000
# scanned=102108
# found=0
# cleaned=0
# scan_time=4447

and I'm running the second one right now

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June 17, 2009 at 23:33:35
And here is the results running SUPERAntiSpyware

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log

Generated 06/18/2009 at 01:23 AM

Application Version : 4.26.1004

Core Rules Database Version : 3945
Trace Rules Database Version: 1887

Scan type : Quick Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:23:31

Memory items scanned : 568
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 614
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 11751
File threats detected : 18

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@kontera[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@fastclick[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@atdmt[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@advertising[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@xiti[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@adbrite[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@rotator.adjuggler[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@ad.yieldmanager[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@cgm.adbureau[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@ext-us.bestofmedia[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@tribalfusion[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@adserver.adtechus[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@casalemedia[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@avgtechnologies.112.2o7[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@interclick[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@doubleclick[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@microsoftwindows.112.2o7[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Broderhausen\Cookies\justin_broderhausen@adbureau[1].txt

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June 18, 2009 at 05:30:43
You are malware free. Is you original problem solved?

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June 18, 2009 at 08:04:03
Yes it is. Everything appears to be back to normal.

Thank you very much for helping me :D I really appreciate it!

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June 18, 2009 at 08:11:31
You might also want to run: Complete scan. No need to report back and no problem. I am not monitoring this post anymore if you still need help private message me.

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