Solved virus - cannot search names of antivirus in google

March 16, 2012 at 00:36:55
Specs: Windows XP, 4GB RAM AMD CPU
if i type the name of anti-virus or anti-malware into google search engine it imidiatly block me by redirecting me to "Unable to connect" web page even tho i havent hit the enter key

i can search and use google normally to listen to music and watch videos but it only occurres if i use certain words e.g i delete the space in com odo to form comodo (name of a firewall) and redirects me before i can hit any other key including enter

my anti-virus hasn't found anything wrong (Avira free)

my firewall is running (windows firewall)

i have ESET Nod32 (no idea what it does but was told to keep it for background scans)

it isnt google because my laptop works fine

im using mozilla firefox becuase i absolutely hate windows explorer

i havent changed any files or updated anything in atlest 2 months

i only found it this morning because its not every day i search for anti-virus software so i have no idea how long its been going on

thats about it any information will be greatly appreciated thx


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March 22, 2012 at 10:56:39
I'm wondering if it infected the Master Boot Record or Master File Table rather than BIOS. The latter is difficult to infect as it would have to flash microchips. You may of-course have some info that pointed to BIOS and even the unlikely is not impossible.

MalwareBytes and/or SuperAntiSpyware are useful to have onboard so that you can hit a virus pronto if you get one. Even running CCleaner frequently can help because viruses are often put into Temporary Internet Files at first.

As for AV's, well Avast often gets good reports. Unfortunately there are always going to be viruses that might be picked up by one AV rather than another, so its tricky to be adament. It is not really on to have more than one AV running in real time because they can check each other and cause conflicts.

SpywareBlaster is good to have because it gives protection without running in the background (it puts kill bits in the registry to block nasties).

There is one thing that I believe all XP users should have onboard unless they want to run all the time with the nuisance of limited rights. It is the relatively little known "Drop My Rights" and is from MS. It is a very small program that again doesn't run in the background. It is actioned by creating a two stage shortcut to your Browser(s). It lowers your rights when browsing which means the "nasties" have low rights too, so are less likely to take. Very easy to put in and I have only found three rare instances when you will notice its existence. I can list these instances and give you more info and ideas if you decide to go that way.

I don't know which particular virus hit you but maybe someone else will have an idea. It obviously went very deep into your computer.


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#1
March 16, 2012 at 01:17:40
Eset NOD32 is not need if you have Avira AV

install and run Malwarebytes, may need to be in Safe Mode:

http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebyt...

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#2
March 16, 2012 at 04:13:50
aparently the virus even has safe mode under control but wierd thing is it doesnt affect google in private browsing (no idea why) anyone know why maybe?

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#3
March 16, 2012 at 06:44:16
It might accomplish this using a BHO, or a browser hook.

mike


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#4
March 16, 2012 at 16:03:20
"i absolutely hate windows explorer". I guess you mean Internet Explorer.

Did you try IE to see if it does the same?

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#5
March 16, 2012 at 18:01:31
ye it does the same thing with IE but i only every use firefox and never used IE or opened it since i last wiped my PC


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#6
March 16, 2012 at 18:31:26
Understood, but it does confirm that this is not related to a specific browser.

Re #2. "the virus even has safe mode under control"
Do you mean that you can't get into safe mode, or just that MalwareBytes didn't show anything when run from there? Or do you mean that you can't download MalwareBytes freebie from the Internet when in Safe Mode? If its the latter then download it on another computer and transfer it over using a flash drive.

If MalwareBytes won't run, change the exe file extension to either cmd or bat. This applies to both the downloaded file and the mbam.exe within the program.

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#7
March 16, 2012 at 22:28:59
i have tried multiple time from a flash drive to install anti-virus but anything with the name is catagorised as unknown file type and deleted as curupt files incluing my current anti-virus. it has spread accross many system and anything that can stop it is destroyed so im gunna make backups and clean whats left so i can do a full system wipe before it infects my boot loader

ither it got smarted an found out ima trying to kill it or it let others onto my system


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#8
March 17, 2012 at 08:28:17
You should be able to rename "MalwareBytes" to any old thing on the USB drive ("Test" for example), as long as it retains the exe extension (or bat or com alternatives). Maybe it will then run.

Another thing you could use is a freebie called "Rkill". You run this and it temporarily kills activity. While Rkill is still running you then use MalwareBytes. You might have to put both Rkill and MalwareBytes on the flash drive together in order to achieve this.


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#9
March 17, 2012 at 17:47:56
i did try that but when malwarebytes installs it calls itslelf malwarebytes under the regestry and is removed / blocked from finalizing the installation or removed after installation

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#10
March 17, 2012 at 19:19:04
Nasty little b*****r isn't it.

Well, unless you can get to Windows System Restore (which it will probably stop, or it might have infected) then I guess back up, wipe and start over is about the only option.

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#11
March 18, 2012 at 10:50:29
I would pop safemode with command prompt open, and install from there then run it there as well, had this work before with similer problem

mike


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#12
March 22, 2012 at 04:02:35
i was unable to use system restore as it removed its functions through regedit and safemode started to crash my pc

6 hours after that it infected my bios and i could no longer start up so i had to do a full system restore so its dead now

as a last question do u know the name of the virus which it might of had so i can kill it next time before it gets stronger in my system?

havent answered recently to this thread coz u know it killed my pc and i wiped my laptop to be sure coz i connect them together somtimes for data transfer


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March 22, 2012 at 10:56:39
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I'm wondering if it infected the Master Boot Record or Master File Table rather than BIOS. The latter is difficult to infect as it would have to flash microchips. You may of-course have some info that pointed to BIOS and even the unlikely is not impossible.

MalwareBytes and/or SuperAntiSpyware are useful to have onboard so that you can hit a virus pronto if you get one. Even running CCleaner frequently can help because viruses are often put into Temporary Internet Files at first.

As for AV's, well Avast often gets good reports. Unfortunately there are always going to be viruses that might be picked up by one AV rather than another, so its tricky to be adament. It is not really on to have more than one AV running in real time because they can check each other and cause conflicts.

SpywareBlaster is good to have because it gives protection without running in the background (it puts kill bits in the registry to block nasties).

There is one thing that I believe all XP users should have onboard unless they want to run all the time with the nuisance of limited rights. It is the relatively little known "Drop My Rights" and is from MS. It is a very small program that again doesn't run in the background. It is actioned by creating a two stage shortcut to your Browser(s). It lowers your rights when browsing which means the "nasties" have low rights too, so are less likely to take. Very easy to put in and I have only found three rare instances when you will notice its existence. I can list these instances and give you more info and ideas if you decide to go that way.

I don't know which particular virus hit you but maybe someone else will have an idea. It obviously went very deep into your computer.


Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#14
March 23, 2012 at 16:16:59
If you should decide to use Drop My Rights, these are the only things I have found that you need your old browser icons for (despite having it onboard for some years):

1. Some "MS" downloads in IE, probably other browsers too.

2. Changing some browser settings, such as default browser in
"Tools > Internet Options" IE.

3. Deleting Addons in Firefox (maybe other browsers too).

It doesn't affect normal Automatic Windows Updates.

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