Search engine virus

February 10, 2009 at 06:08:55
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition SP3, Intel Pentium 4, CPU 3.20GHz, 503 MB RAM

I have a search-engine virus. This affects all search engines I have tried -- google, Yahoo, MSN -- and both Firefox and IE. It appears to be redirecting to another site. Search results come up but the websites are random unrelated sites.

I have run full scans on McAfee anti-virus 8.0, also CCleaner programs and registry, Spybot S&D and AdAware Anniversary Edition (both fully updated), but these did not find the problem.

Please help, thanks!


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#1
February 10, 2009 at 07:41:03

try malwarebytes and then do a bootscan using avast free, that should help.

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#2
February 10, 2009 at 17:39:30

The first program, Malwarebytes, didn't find anything.
The avast boot scan found two items, which I moved to the chest:
1. C:\Program Files\Online Services\Netscape Online\NSsetup.exe -- don't think this would be the problem.
2. A0166513.exe
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{8F7A5040-9305-48DA-A5EE-E7EE68E6A938}\RP1472

After booting up, Avast listed the following file as a possible problem:
C:\Windows\System32\wdmaud.sys
type: rootkit: hidden process

Is this a valid system file, or should it be deleted? I said to ignore, since I wasn't sure.

Even with those two files in the avast Chest, I still have the search redirect problem. What else do you recommend?


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#3
February 10, 2009 at 22:40:32

I googled and found this:
Important: Some malware camouflage themselves as wdmaud.sys, particularly if they are located in c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Thus check the wdmaud.sys process on your pc whether it is pest.

Here is more insight, I think avast was right:
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_10...

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#4
February 11, 2009 at 05:51:18

Thanks! I told Avast to delete that file, also followed its suggestion to reboot and scan. That fixed the problem.

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#5
February 11, 2009 at 10:55:49

Thanks for posting back & I'm glad your problem is resolved! Happy surfing!

Just for your own piece of mind, you may want to run HJT and then post the file in:
http://hijackthis.de/

It is pretty straight forward and it's easy to google any suspicious entries.
That should let you know that all is clear.
Thanks again for replying...OH, and I would suggest using winpatrol too...it's free and lets you know what is running on your PC...a great piece of software.

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