Google Links Being Redirected

June 20, 2009 at 08:59:55
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 3.201 GHz / 2559 MB
I have a very similar problem to that of jbro0512 as posted in thread 26523. Links from Google searches in IE8, Firefox, Chrome and Safari are bein redirected to such sites as Shopzilla, Celebrity MySpace, and others. It doesn't happen all the time- I tried just now and everything worked as it should. Other symptoms of trouble include:
1) blocking of anti-spyware sites, I had to download updates for Spyware Doctor on another machine (that uses the same router) and transfer with a flash drive
2) the changing of the name of the Spybot S&D executable to a random collection of letters and numbers with a 'scr' extension 3) interfering with 'hijackthis' - I had to change the name of the .exe to run it.
4) IE8 takes longer to start up than it used to, I get a blank window with 'Connecting ...' in the tab stop for 20-30 seconds at start up.
5) Clicking on some links in other websites causes the machine to freeze, including freezing the mouse pointer

Of course I can't be sure that these are all malware symptoms, but I'm just reporting any detail I can think of, no matter how trivial it may seem, as if I were talking to Sherlock Holmes.

I have run the DDS, AVZ and HijackThis scans and posted them at http://rapidshare.com/files/2466848...

Thanks very much in advance for any help you are able to offer.

Cheers MD.


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#1
June 20, 2009 at 09:35:36
Follow These steps in order numbered:

1) Download GMER: http://gmer.net/download.php
[This version will download a randomly named file (Recommended).]

2) Disconnect from the Internet and close all running programs.

3) Temporarily disable any real-time active protection so your security programs will not conflict with gmer's driver.

4) Double-click on the randomly named GMER file (i.e. n7gmo46c.exe) and allow the gmer.sys driver to load if asked.

5) GMER will open to the Rootkit/Malware tab and perform an automatic quick scan when first run. (do not use the computer while the scan is in progress)

6) If you receive a WARNING!!! about rootkit activity and are asked to fully scan your system...click NO.

7) Now click the Scan button. If you see a rootkit warning window, click OK.

8) When the scan is finished, click the Save... button to save the scan results to your Desktop. Save the file as gmer.log and upload it rapidshare.com. Post the download link to the uploaded file in your post.

9) Exit GMER and re-enable all active protection when done.

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#2
June 21, 2009 at 03:15:40
Here is the link: http://rapidshare.com/files/2469217...

I'm sorry this took so long. I have about 2M files on my C Drive (really) so the scan too maybe 10 hours. Plus, everything is getting harder, beset by freezes at startup, shutdown and while using explorer. I am also getting a highly suspicious looking 'network busy' page when attempting to access rapidshare. Rather bizarrely, this will always clear after an unsuccessful login to rapidshare.de This malware's tricks with the anti-spyware sites have made me paranoid about anything of that kind. Another thing I should maybe have mentioned is that I get a warning in the in-tray about the Windows Firewall, you know the little red shield? This clears after a few minutes, but I never used to get it.

Thanks for everything, it is really appreciated. I hope you sleep sometimes.

Cheers MD.


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#3
June 21, 2009 at 10:07:52
Some developments: a window popped up saying something about my browser not being secure, and would I give Windows permission to sort this out? /The window said the 'publisher' was Microsoft, but it was not a standard XP window. I said no: never seen a message like this, and it looked like a very Vista message, and I have XP- all looking fraudulent. However, just in case, I went to the MS website to check for updates. It wanted to download and install IE8 because it thought I didn't have it! I let it go ahead, with that and an MS02007 update. After a couple of restarts- one freezing- IE8 seemed to be working properly again, but it was all a cruel hoax: back to its old redirecting tricks; not easily letting me into rapidshare; taking a while to start and so on. Went back to the MS update page, but it says I require no updates. Not sure what I should conclude from this, but I thought it might be useful for you to know.

Cheers MD.


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#4
June 21, 2009 at 13:19:57
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.

begin
ExecuteAVUpdateEx( 'http://avz.virusinfo.info/avz_up/', 1, '','','');
ExecuteStdScr(3);
RebootWindows(true);
end.


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 virusinfo_syscure.zip inside. Upload that file to rapidshare.com 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 rapidshare.com 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 21, 2009 at 14:37:46

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#6
June 21, 2009 at 15:23:13
Follow these Steps in order numbered. Don't proceed to next step unless you have successfully completed previous step:

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

begin
SetAVZGuardStatus(True);
SearchRootkit(true, true);
 QuarantineFile('C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-5932991236-5599361089-673435949-8600\rundll32.exe','');
 QuarantineFile('\\?\globalroot\systemroot\system32\MSIVXfuxkltalsbyiudvnoxjixmyquwhhpmkt.dll','');
 DeleteFile('\\?\globalroot\systemroot\system32\MSIVXfuxkltalsbyiudvnoxjixmyquwhhpmkt.dll');
 DeleteFile('C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-5932991236-5599361089-673435949-8600\rundll32.exe');
BC_ImportDeletedList;
ExecuteSysClean;
BC_Activate;
RebootWindows(true);
end.

2) After reboot execute following script in AVZ:

begin
CreateQurantineArchive('C:\quarantine1.zip');    
end.


A file called quarantine1.zip should be created in C:\. Upload that file to rapidshare.com and Private message me download link.

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

Download it here -> http://download.bleepingcomputer.co...

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 (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic114351.html 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 rapidshare.com and paste the link here.

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#7
June 21, 2009 at 18:01:37
I don't think I'm having any success with ComboFix. I rename the file before I download it, shut everything down from the in-tray that I can, and double click. I get the little ComboFix progress bar, and then a dialogue box asking me if I really want to close the Quick Assistant, a utility for my webcam (not currently attached) which has no option to close on the contextual menu. Whether or not I click yes or no, there is no further evidence of any activity. Is this right? If I double click on the icon again, I get a message saying that some files could not be created, and that I should reboot windows and install again. If I do that exactly the same thing happens. What should I expect to see? How long should it be before icons and toolbars disappear, or something else happens? Do I just need to be more patient? It's 2am here so I'm going to get some sleep. Thank you so much for everything so far. I really appreciate your efforts.

Cheers MD.


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#8
June 21, 2009 at 18:14:04
Run Response Number 6 Step 3 in safe mode.

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#9
June 22, 2009 at 05:36:21
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:

begin
SetAVZGuardStatus(True);
SearchRootkit(true, true);
 QuarantineFile('C:\Windows\system32\MSIVXtuxkltalsbyiudvnoxjixmyquwhhpmkt.dll','');
 QuarantineFile('C:\Windows\system32\MSIVXyvkroledbquwbpjckrtjpirhkrtyhvlt.dll','');
 DeleteFile('C:\Windows\system32\MSIVXyvkroledbquwbpjckrtjpirhkrtyhvlt.dll');
 DeleteFile('C:\Windows\system32\MSIVXtuxkltalsbyiudvnoxjixmyquwhhpmkt.dll');
BC_ImportDeletedList;
ExecuteSysClean;
BC_Activate;
RebootWindows(true);
end.


2) After reboot execute following script in AVZ:

begin
CreateQurantineArchive('C:\quarantine.zip');    
end.

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

4) Lastly, uninstall Combofix by: pause Antivirus/Sypware programs (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic114351.html Programs to disable) > Start > run > type combofix /u > ok. Or Start > run > type 123 /u > ok.

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#10
June 22, 2009 at 10:16:42
I can't get combofix to uninstall. When I follow your instructions I get an errror message that begins "Windows can't find 123" (I changed the name of the .exe to123). I tried putting in the full pathname but it wont accept pathnames with spaces (as in "Documents and settings"). Tried putting quotes around the parts of the pathname with spaces but it wasn't having that either. Moved 123.exe to the C root, so th pathname is now C:\123.exe and typed C:\123 /u. Got the little progress bar agian as when I ran combofix, and nothing else, the icon didn't disappear. Tried it again, and got the mesaage about some files not being created that I got when Ii was trying to run combofix earlier. I wondered if I was meant to be typing these commands on the command line (although the OK wouldn't then make sense) and tried that with identical results. What to do?

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#11
June 22, 2009 at 10:40:21
Download: http://oldtimer.geekstogo.com/OTC.exe Click on Clean Up reboot. That should remove combofix or try combofix /u instead of 123 /u. Is your original problem fixed?

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#12
June 22, 2009 at 11:47:58
As far as I can tell, all the original problems are fixed. You are truly a prince/princess amongst men/women. How can I defend against this happening again? There seem to be a number of people who have suffered this. I have adaware, Spybot, Spyware Doctor and avg but none of the fixed it by themselves (although only avg was there in advance). Slao, I don't really know what I did, although I intend to examine your instructions and try to understand. I suspect though, that you have to be an expert to deal with this sort of thing, and amateurs like me would just mess it up. So, thank you again and God bless. Google should pay you.

Still can't shift combofix, though. Does it matter?

Cheers MD.


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#13
June 22, 2009 at 12:06:08
You can delete combofix manually. Follow these next:

1) Run complete scan with: http://onecare.live.com/site/en-Us/...

2) Install, update database and run full scan with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Attach malwarebyte full scan log, fix anything detected.

3) House cleaning. Run full Scan with SuperAntispyware : http://www.superantispyware.com/dow... . Fix what it detects and post summary scan log.

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#14
June 24, 2009 at 15:32:16
OK, all done.

The Onecare scan got very excited about the contents of the Qoobox file and reported them to MS. Is it OK to delete Qoobox? And by delete I mean use Eraser to destroy it witha 35 pass scan. Likewise, when you say delete combofix manually, can I use Eraser on that?

The Malwarebyte log is at http://rapidshare.com/files/2482896...

I must have missed the option to save the SAS log, but I know that it was all tracking cookies. All dealt with.

I really can't thank you enough for this. It's great to have my machine back again. Can I ask again how you think I got the problem in the first place, and what can I do to stop it happening again?

Best wishes

Cheers MD.

PS can I take all those files down off rs now?

Cheers MD.


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#15
June 24, 2009 at 16:06:11
No clue how you got it. It can be number of things. Yes you can take it down. Keep a good antispyware and antivirus installed preferable kaspersky/bitdefender/eset/norton/microsoft (basic free)/Avira /avg (free). Fix what malwarebytes detected. if you need further help free to private message me.

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