Welcome to MalwareRemoval.com,
What if we told you that you could get malware removal help from experts, and that it was 100% free? MalwareRemoval.com provides free support for people with infected computers. Our help, and the tools we use are always 100% free. No hidden catch. We simply enjoy helping others. You enjoy a clean, safe computer.

Malware Removal Instructions

AwesomeHomepage on Desktop and Pop-Ups, plus IE not working.

MalwareRemoval.com provides free support for people with infected computers. Using plain language that anyone can understand, our community of volunteer experts will walk you through each step.

AwesomeHomepage on Desktop and Pop-Ups, plus IE not working.

Unread postby xenabrat » May 28th, 2008, 11:06 am

Hello & thanks in advance for helping out. I am currently running Trend Micro Internet Security as my anti-virus. I've also used the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. But it keeps coming back. My pop-ups are blank pages in IE (This page cannot be displayed, etc.) and I have no issues with FF except that the homepage keeps resetting to this awesomehomepage.com. My desktop is a giant annoying cartoonish advertisement. I keep changing the wallpaper, but it's back to the ad at each restart.

Also, I'm SURE that I probably deleted something important. I tried to get rid of IE since I am a FF user anyway, and all the annoying stuff was happening in IE, but yet I still have IE trying to open pages - just it never works, even with regular clean websites. I ALWAYS get the page of death that it cannot be displayed. My next step was to reinstall Windows XP, but I'd hate to lose everything I have. I'm an amateur graphic artist and have thousands of files & art on my PC. I have a Gateway, and when we first got it something went wrong and they had to send me a reinstall disk because the original one didn't work - the replacement reinstall disk said eMachine on it, so I never used it (had an eMachine before - what a nightmare). I have the ORIGINAL disk, but not the eMachine one, so my fear is that it won't work if I need to start over.

Here is my TMHT log. I have 5 kids at home so I may be slow as well in responding & taking action. Thanks again in advance! :D


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:56:55 AM, on 5/28/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16640)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\New Boundary\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYS
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security\SfCtlCom.exe
C:\Program Files\Digital Media Reader\readericon45G.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_05\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\lsass.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security\UfSeAgnt.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource\Detector\CTDetect.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security\TMAS_OE\TMAS_OEMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\BM\TMBMSRV.exe
C:\Program Files\FinePixViewer\QuickDCF.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WLLoginProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security\TmProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://www.gateway.com/g/sidepanel.html ... P&M=GT5056
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.whynotsearchhere.com/start.php
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=C:\WINDOWS\system32\Userinit.exe
O2 - BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
O2 - BHO: DbarBHO - {CC11617C-259E-429c-9063-7D70B8355EBD} - C:\Program Files\dbar\Deskbar.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ehTray] C:\WINDOWS\ehome\ehtray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [readericon] C:\Program Files\Digital Media Reader\readericon45G.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Reminder] %WINDIR%\Creator\Remind_XP.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [EPSON Stylus CX7800 Series] C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\3\E_FATIAFA.EXE /P26 "EPSON Stylus CX7800 Series" /O6 "USB001" /M "Stylus CX7800"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_05\bin\jusched.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LSA Shellu] C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\lsass.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ExploreUpdSched] C:\WINDOWS\system32\kcntlkdm.exe DWramFF
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UfSeAgnt.exe] "C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security\UfSeAgnt.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [msnmsgr] "C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Creative Detector] C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource\Detector\CTDetect.exe /R
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [WinUpdater] "C:\Program Files\winvi\update.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [WebSUpdater] "C:\Program Files\winvi\wupda.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [OE] "C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security\TMAS_OE\TMAS_OEMon.exe"
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [Power2GoExpress] NA (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [Power2GoExpress] NA (User 'Default user')
O4 - Startup: Deewoo.lnk = C:\WINDOWS\system32\kcntlkdm.exe
O4 - Startup: DW_Start.lnk = C:\WINDOWS\system32\jkwnw64s.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Exif Launcher.lnk = ?
O6 - HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions present
O6 - HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions present
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_05\bin\ssv.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_05\bin\ssv.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - (no file)
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O16 - DPF: {0713E8D2-850A-101B-AFC0-4210102A8DA7} (Microsoft ProgressBar Control, version 5.0 (SP2)) - http://download.mcafee.com/molbin/Share ... mCtl32.cab
O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool) - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=39204
O16 - DPF: {41F17733-B041-4099-A042-B518BB6A408C} - http://appldnld.apple.com.edgesuite.net ... taller.exe
O16 - DPF: {4F1E5B1A-2A80-42CA-8532-2D05CB959537} (MSN Photo Upload Tool) - http://lakevillelisa.spaces.live.com//P ... nPUpld.cab
O16 - DPF: {9D190AE6-C81E-4039-8061-978EBAD10073} (F-Secure Online Scanner 3.0) - http://www.charter.net/files/charter/se ... /fscax.cab
O16 - DPF: {C3F79A2B-B9B4-4A66-B012-3EE46475B072} (MessengerStatsClient Class) - http://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/Me ... b56907.cab
O16 - DPF: {F5A7706B-B9C0-4C89-A715-7A0C6B05DD48} (Minesweeper Flags Class) - http://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/Mi ... b56986.cab
O19 - User stylesheet: C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\np1.css (file missing)
O20 - Winlogon Notify: ddcBRhgg - ddcBRhgg.dll (file missing)
O23 - Service: Apple Mobile Device - Apple, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
O23 - Service: Creative Service for CDROM Access - Creative Technology Ltd - C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.EXE
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\1050\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: iPod Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: PrismXL - New Boundary Technologies, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\New Boundary\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYS
O23 - Service: Trend Micro Central Control Component (SfCtlCom) - Trend Micro Inc. - C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security\SfCtlCom.exe
O23 - Service: Trend Micro Unauthorized Change Prevention Service (TMBMServer) - Trend Micro Inc. - C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\BM\TMBMSRV.exe
O23 - Service: Trend Micro Personal Firewall (TmPfw) - Trend Micro Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\TRENDM~1\INTERN~1\TmPfw.exe
O23 - Service: Trend Micro Proxy Service (tmproxy) - Trend Micro Inc. - C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security\TmProxy.exe

End of file - 9073 bytes
Active Member
Posts: 3
Joined: May 28th, 2008, 10:47 am
Register to Remove

Re: AwesomeHomepage on Desktop and Pop-Ups, plus IE not working.

Unread postby dan12 » May 28th, 2008, 6:03 pm

welcome to malwareremoval forums

My name is Dan, and I will be helping you to remove any infection(s) that you may have.

Please note! that all instructions given are customised for this computer only, the tools used may cause damage if used on a computer with different infections.

Please observe these rules while we work:
  • Perform all actions in the order given.
  • If you don't know, stop and ask! Don't keep going on.
  • Please reply to this thread. Do not start a new topic.
  • Stick with it till you're given the all clear.
If you can do these things, everything should go smoothly.
  • Please note you'll need to have Administrator priviledges to perform the fixes. (XP accounts are Administrator by default)
  • Please let me know if you are using a computer with multiple accounts, as this can affect the instructions given.

Unless informed of in advance, failure to post replies within 5 days will result in this thread being closed.

It may be helpful to you to print out or take a copy of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.

I'm presently looking over your log and hope not to be too long.
Will be back with you as soon as I can.
Thanks dan
User avatar
MRU Honors Grad Emeritus
Posts: 6123
Joined: March 30th, 2006, 3:22 am
Location: Leicestershire

Re: AwesomeHomepage on Desktop and Pop-Ups, plus IE not working.

Unread postby dan12 » May 28th, 2008, 6:13 pm

Ok, you have a couple of infections going on.

Download SDFix and save it to your Desktop.

Double click SDFix.exe and it will extract the files to %systemdrive%
(Drive that contains the Windows Directory, typically C:\SDFix)

Please then reboot your computer in Safe Mode by doing the following :
  • Restart your computer
  • After hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, tap the F8 key continually;
  • Instead of Windows loading as normal, the Advanced Options Menu should appear;
  • Select the first option, to run Windows in Safe Mode, then press Enter.
  • Choose your usual account.
  • Open the extracted SDFix folder and double click RunThis.bat to start the script.
  • Type Y to begin the cleanup process.
  • It will remove any Trojan Services and Registry Entries that it finds then prompt you to press any key to Reboot.
  • Press any Key and it will restart the PC.
  • When the PC restarts the Fixtool will run again and complete the removal process then display Finished, press any key to end the script and load your desktop icons.
  • Once the desktop icons load the SDFix report will open on screen and also save into the SDFix folder as Report.txt
    (Report.txt will also be copied to Clipboard ready for posting back on the forum).
  • Finally paste the contents of the Report.txt back on the forum with a new HijackThis log
User avatar
MRU Honors Grad Emeritus
Posts: 6123
Joined: March 30th, 2006, 3:22 am
Location: Leicestershire

Re: AwesomeHomepage on Desktop and Pop-Ups, plus IE not working.

Unread postby xenabrat » May 29th, 2008, 10:20 am

Okay. Well, all was going fine with this fix until I got the safe mode selection screen. I chose safe mode and a bunch of stuff came up like this -


that came up about 30 times with a different driver listed for each one. I couldn't do anything at that point. So I had to shut down the hard way, and it just kept coming up to that screen and I couldn't get past it. I tried every startup option. All to no avail. This is what the never-ending refreshing black screen said (I wrote down everything):

"We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.

If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files & folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the power or reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start Windows Normally.

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)

Start Windows Normally

Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice. Seconds until Windows restarts: 30"

So none of the options worked for me. And if I just let it go, then it would load all those driver names or whatever the multi disk rdisk stuff was, then it would wait a few seconds, then black screen, then a flash of a blue screen that I couldn't see what it said since it wasn't there long enough, then Windows loading screen and then back to the black safe mode selection screen.

I couldn't get online or even to my desktop. So away my PC went to a techie friend, and I am now on a loaner PC. :( Said friend is going to reinstall windows after getting whatever important files I have on my hard drive into his portable hard drive for retrieval later. *crosses fingers*

So, just wanted to keep you posted on what happened, and I really was hopeful it would work. I think you guys have a great site here & am thankful most people who know where to look are lucky enough to fix their PC's with your steps. :) Keep up the great work! Bummer it didn't work for mine, but I think maybe it was beyond repair or something. The only thing I could do was put in my CD that came with the computer and reinstall Windows... BUT I couldn't go through with it for fear of my precious files & photos.

Well, thanks again for your time & effort! If I am ever unlucky enough to have this happen again *crossing fingers I won't*, I know where to come! :)
Active Member
Posts: 3
Joined: May 28th, 2008, 10:47 am

Re: AwesomeHomepage on Desktop and Pop-Ups, plus IE not working.

Unread postby dan12 » May 29th, 2008, 12:10 pm

If you would like me to continue I'm happy to do so, but if your friend is going to reinstall windows, I will close the thread up.
I think at this stage it maybe a little radical for a format but this is your choice.
Let me know how you would like to continue.
dan :)
User avatar
MRU Honors Grad Emeritus
Posts: 6123
Joined: March 30th, 2006, 3:22 am
Location: Leicestershire

Re: AwesomeHomepage on Desktop and Pop-Ups, plus IE not working.

Unread postby xenabrat » May 29th, 2008, 2:39 pm

I think it's radical as well. But, not being able to use the PC at all while it gets fixed, it's kind of hard to check back on this forum. I don't have a spare PC or laptop, nor do I have access to one during the day. I would have to go to the library each time to print out instructions for the next steps, and that's kind of hard to do with little ones with me at all times. LOL My friend already has it in his hands and I am on his loaner (extra PC) for now. So, please close this topic & thanks for the help you gave (and continue to give others). Thanks again! :)
Active Member
Posts: 3
Joined: May 28th, 2008, 10:47 am

Re: AwesomeHomepage on Desktop and Pop-Ups, plus IE not working.

Unread postby dan12 » May 29th, 2008, 4:21 pm

Thanks for letting me know, can appreciate your difficulties in getting back posts to the forum.
Hope everything gets resovled soon for you.
regards dan :)
User avatar
MRU Honors Grad Emeritus
Posts: 6123
Joined: March 30th, 2006, 3:22 am
Location: Leicestershire

Re: AwesomeHomepage on Desktop and Pop-Ups, plus IE not working.

Unread postby Gary R » May 29th, 2008, 5:20 pm

This topic is now closed.

If you are the originator of this topic, and you need it re-opened please send an email to 'admin at malwareremoval.com', including a link to this topic.

If you have been helped and wish to donate to help with the costs of this volunteer site, please read Donations For Malware Removal

Please do not contact us if you are not the topic starter. A valid, working link to the closed topic is required along with the user name used. If the user name does not match the one in the thread linked, the email will be deleted.

Gary R
User avatar
Gary R
Posts: 21810
Joined: June 28th, 2005, 11:36 am
Location: Yorkshire
Register to Remove

  • Similar Topics
    Last post

Return to Infected? Virus, malware, adware, ransomware, oh my!

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 48 guests

Contact us:

Advertisements do not imply our endorsement of that product or service. Register to remove all ads. The forum is run by volunteers who donate their time and expertise. We make every attempt to ensure that the help and advice posted is accurate and will not cause harm to your computer. However, we do not guarantee that they are accurate and they are to be used at your own risk. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Member site: UNITE Against Malware