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help to remove fastwebsearch, can you look at my log please

Unread postby rainbow bridge » October 18th, 2005, 2:51 pm

Hello

This log is from my own computer.
I have been so wrapped up sorting out 2 my kids friends' (Uni students!) pc's that my own has got into a mess! I hope someone can look at it, as the good people over on Pcadvisor forum said I need the big guns for this one! I have run the following and found nothing:
Adaware
Spybot
Spywareblaster
CWS
Ccleaner
Ms antispyware
BtYahoo antispy
AVG
Several online scans

Grateful for any advise please.


Here is the Log! :lol:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 19:38:58, on 18/10/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXE
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCD.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\Program Files\Lexmark X74-X75\lxbbbmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Yahoo!\browser\ybrwicon.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark X74-X75\lxbbbmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Evidence Eliminator\ee.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Yahoo!\browser\ycommon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\BT Yahoo! Help\bin\mpbtn.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\cisvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasDtServ.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\mqsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Yahoo!\MESSEN~1\ymsgr_tray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\mqtgsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cidaemon.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\browser\ybrowser.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\LYNNE\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,(Default) = http://fastsearchweb.com/srh.php?q=%s
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/cust ... _side.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/cust ... yahoo.com/
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://home.bt.yahoo.com
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://home.bt.yahoo.com
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/cust ... yahoo.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/cust ... _side.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/cust ... yahoo.com/
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://home.bt.yahoo.com
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,Default_Search_URL = about:blank
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/cust ... yahoo.com/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by BTinternet
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = 127.0.0.1
O2 - BHO: Yahoo! Companion BHO - {02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn3\ycomp5_6_2_0.dll
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: UberButton Class - {5BAB4B5B-68BC-4B02-94D6-2FC0DE4A7897} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\common\yiesrvc.dll
O2 - BHO: YahooTaggedBM Class - {65D886A2-7CA7-479B-BB95-14D1EFB7946A} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\common\YIeTagBm.dll
O2 - BHO: SidebarAutoLaunch Class - {F2AA9440-6328-4933-B7C9-A6CCDF9CBF6D} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\browser\YSidebarIEBHO.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Yahoo! Companion - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn3\ycomp5_6_2_0.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MsmqIntCert] regsvr32 /s mqrt.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PCDRealtime] C:\WINDOWS\realtime.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [InCD] C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCD.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Lexmark X74-X75] "C:\Program Files\Lexmark X74-X75\lxbbbmgr.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [gcasServ] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe /STARTUP
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_EMC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [YBrowser] C:\PROGRA~1\Yahoo!\browser\ybrwicon.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Zone Labs Client] C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [MRUBlaster] C:\Program Files\MRU-Blaster\indexcleaner.exe -CACHE
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Evidence Eliminator] C:\Program Files\Evidence Eliminator\ee.exe /m
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Yahoo! Pager] C:\PROGRA~1\Yahoo!\MESSEN~1\ypager.exe -quiet
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - Startup: MRU-Blaster Silent Clean.lnk = C:\Program Files\MRU-Blaster\mrublaster.exe
O4 - Global Startup: BT Yahoo! Help.lnk = C:\Program Files\BT Yahoo! Help\bin\matcli.exe
O6 - HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel present
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: BT Yahoo! Services - {5BAB4B5B-68BC-4B02-94D6-2FC0DE4A7897} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\common\yiesrvc.dll
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {D799B0E4-BEDE-41d2-AEE0-1E3A1C4EF918} - C:\Program Files\UnH Solutions\IE Privacy Keeper\IEPrivacyKeeper.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: IE Privacy Keeper - {D799B0E4-BEDE-41d2-AEE0-1E3A1C4EF918} - C:\Program Files\UnH Solutions\IE Privacy Keeper\IEPrivacyKeeper.exe
O9 - Extra button: @C:\Program Files\Messenger\Msgslang.dll,-61144 - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @C:\Program Files\Messenger\Msgslang.dll,-61144 - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O14 - IERESET.INF: START_PAGE_URL=http://www.btinternet.com
O16 - DPF: {04E214E5-63AF-4236-83C6-A7ADCBF9BD02} - http://housecall60.trendmicro.com/housecall/xscan60.cab
O16 - DPF: {0E5F0222-96B9-11D3-8997-00104BD12D94} (PCPitstop Utility) - http://www.pcpitstop.com/pcpitstop/PCPitStop.CAB
O16 - DPF: {11010101-1001-1111-1000-125765758523} - ms-its:C:\main.chm::/d_main.exe
O16 - DPF: {15589FA1-C456-11CE-BF01-000000000000} - http://www.errornuker.com/products/errn ... taller.exe
O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool) - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=39204
O16 - DPF: {1803B9EF-9905-4F34-AFC4-05D1BAB28801} (RegUserCfgUI Class) - http://us.dl1.yimg.com/download.yahoo.c ... egucfg.cab
O16 - DPF: {231B1C6E-F934-42A2-92B6-C2FEFEC24276} (yucsetreg Class) - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\common\yucconfig.dll
O16 - DPF: {2BC66F54-93A8-11D3-BEB6-00105AA9B6AE} (Symantec AntiVirus scanner) - http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/Shar ... vSniff.cab
O16 - DPF: {30528230-99f7-4bb4-88d8-fa1d4f56a2ab} (YInstStarter Class) - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\common\yinsthelper.dll
O16 - DPF: {4C39376E-FA9D-4349-BACC-D305C1750EF3} - http://tools.ebayimg.com/eps/wl/activex ... 0-3-30.cab
O16 - DPF: {4E62C4DE-627D-4604-B157-4B7D6B09F02E} (AccountTracking Profile Manager Class) - https://moneymanager.egg.com/Pinsafe/ac ... acking.cab
O16 - DPF: {4F1E5B1A-2A80-42CA-8532-2D05CB959537} (MSN Photo Upload Tool) - http://by14fd.bay14.hotmail.msn.com/res ... nPUpld.cab
O16 - DPF: {556DDE35-E955-11D0-A707-000000521957} - http://www.xblock.com/download/xclean_micro.exe
O16 - DPF: {644E432F-49D3-41A1-8DD5-E099162EEEC5} (Symantec RuFSI Utility Class) - http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/Shar ... /cabsa.cab
O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftup ... 0940124203
O16 - DPF: {74D05D43-3236-11D4-BDCD-00C04F9A3B61} - http://a840.g.akamai.net/7/840/537/2004 ... scan53.cab
O16 - DPF: {7B297BFD-85E4-4092-B2AF-16A91B2EA103} - http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/viru ... ebscan.cab
O16 - DPF: {9A9307A0-7DA4-4DAF-B042-5009F29E09E1} - http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/as5/asinst.cab
O16 - DPF: {B38870E4-7ECB-40DA-8C6A-595F0A5519FF} (MsnMessengerSetupDownloadControl Class) - http://messenger.msn.com/download/msnme ... loader.cab
O16 - DPF: {C3DFA998-A486-11D4-AA25-00C04F72DAEB} (MSN Photo Upload Tool) - http://sc.groups.msn.com/controls/PhotoUC/MsnPUpld.cab
O16 - DPF: {C606BA60-AB76-48B6-96A7-2C4D5C386F70} (PreQualifier Class) - http://downloads.broadbandassist.com/BT ... reQual.cab
O16 - DPF: {EC5A4E7B-02EB-451D-B310-D5F2E0A4D8C3} - http://register.btinternet.com/template ... rol023.cab
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{0EFB82C7-BB7F-4879-92A8-977B3B5214BE}: NameServer = 69.50.166.94,69.31.80.244
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{8534B358-6694-4A6D-B446-A9FFB850DF8E}: NameServer = 69.50.166.94,69.31.80.244
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{886CA090-CC66-4910-B486-DF943E96598E}: NameServer = 69.50.166.94,69.31.80.244
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{E2370431-B6BB-4AFE-9DCE-481EBE250E91}: NameServer = 69.50.166.94,69.31.80.244
O17 - HKLM\System\CS1\Services\Tcpip\..\{0EFB82C7-BB7F-4879-92A8-977B3B5214BE}: NameServer = 69.50.166.94,69.31.80.244
O23 - Service: ATI Smart - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ati2sgag.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Alert Manager Server (Avg7Alrt) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Update Service (Avg7UpdSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
O23 - Service: InCD Helper (InCDsrv) - Ahead Software AG - C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
O23 - Service: LexBce Server (LexBceS) - Lexmark International, Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
O23 - Service: TrueVector Internet Monitor (vsmon) - Zone Labs, LLC - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
O23 - Service: YPCService - Yahoo! Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\system32\YPCSER~1.EXE

Edited by NonSuch to combine information in two posts into one post.
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Unread postby Kimberly » October 19th, 2005, 2:08 pm

Hello rainbow bridge,

Let's try to fix your PC. Please follow all the instructions carefully, print them out for reference since you wont be able to view this page during the fix.

Go into SpywareBlaster, Tools, Misc IE Settings and remove the checkmark next to Disable the IE home Page Settings .... You can turn it on again after the cleanup.

Disable Microsoft AntiSpyware
  1. Open Microsoft AntiSpyware.
  2. Click on Options, Settings.
  3. In the left pane, click on Real-time Protection.
  4. Under Startup Options uncheck Enable the Microsoft AntiSpyware Security Agents on startup (recommended).
  5. Under Real-time spyware threat protection uncheck Enable real-time spyware threat protection (recommended).
  6. After you unchecked these, click on the Save button and close Microsoft AntiSpyware.
  7. Right click on the Microsoft AntiSpyware Icon on the taskbar and select Shutdown Microsoft AntiSpyware.
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Make sure that you can see hidden files.
  1. Click Start.
  2. Click My Computer.
  3. Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
  4. Select the View Tab.
  5. Under the Hidden files and folders heading select Show hidden files and folders.
  6. Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.
  7. Click Yes to confirm.
  8. Uncheck the Hide file extensions for known file types.
  9. Click OK.
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If you already have the latest Ad-Aware SE 1.06 version, skip to Run Ad-Aware. Otherwise download Ad-Aware SE 1.06 from here and install it. Uncheck all the options before leaving the Install Wizard.

Run Ad-Aware and Click on the World Icon. Click the Connect button on the webupdate screen. If an update is available download it and install it. Click the Finish button to go back to the main screen.

Click on the Gear Icon (second from the left at the top of the window) to access the Configuration Window.

Click on the General Button on the left and select in green
  • Under Safety
    • Automatically save log-file
    • Automatically quarantine objects prior to removal
    • Safe Mode (always request confirmation)
  • Under Definitions
    • Prompt to udate outdated definitions - set to 7 days
Click on the Scanning Button of the left and select in green
  • Under Driver, Folders & Files
    • Scan Within Archives
  • Under Select drives & folders to scan
    • choose all hard drives
  • Under Memory & Registry
    • Scan Active Processes
    • Scan Registry
    • Deep Scan Registry
    • Scan my IE favorites for banned URL’s
    • Scan my Hosts file
Click on the Advanced Button on the left and select in green
  • Under Shell Integration
    • Move deleted files to Recycle Bin
  • Under Logfile Detail Level
    • Include addtional object information
    • DESELECT - Include negligible objects information (make it show a red X)
    • Include environment information
  • Under Alternate Data Streams
    • Don't log streams smaller than 0 bytes
    • Don't log ADS with the following names: CA_INOCULATEIT
Click the Tweak Button and select in green
  • Under the Scanning Engine (Click on the + sign to expand)
    • DESELECT Unload recognized processes & modules during scan (make it show a red X)
    • Scan registry for all users instead of current user only
  • Under the Cleaning Engine (Click on the + sign to expand)
    • Always try to unload modules before deletion
    • During Removal, unload Explorer and IE if necessary
    • Let Windows remove files in use at next reboot
  • Under the Log Files (Click on the + sign to expand)
    • Include basic Ad-aware SE settings in logfile
    • Include additional Ad-aware SE settings in logfile
    • Include reference summarry in log file
    • Include alternate data stream details in log file
Click on Proceed to save the settings and close the program.
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If not already installed, download and install the VX2 Cleaner 2.0 plugin from Lavasoft by following the instructions below.

Installing VX2 Cleaner 2.0
  1. Close Ad-Aware, if it is currently open.
  2. Download the VX2 Cleaner 2.0 Plug-in here.
  3. Install the VX2 Cleaner by clicking on vx2cleaner_inst.exe
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If Spybot - S&D 1.4 is already installed on your system, skip to Update Spybot - S&D before using it. Otherwise download Spybot - S&D from the following link:
Spybot - Search and Destroy

When you have downloaded the program, double click on the downloaded file to start the installation. Follow the default selections, pressing the Next button until you get to the Select Additional Tasks screen.

Under Permanent protection, make sure to uncheck the following items for now:
  • Use Internet Explorer Protection
  • Use system settings Protection (TeaTimer)
Press the Next button and then the Install button to start the installation process. When the installation process is complete, make sure that Run Teatimer is unchecked.

Launch Spybot - S&D

If you told Spybot to launch when it was done installing, the program should now be open. Otherwise find the icon on your desktop and double-click on it. When you use Spybot - S&D for the first time, it will prompt you for certain tasks to complete. Skip all tasks for now by pressing the Next button. Click on the button labeled Start using this program to begin using Spybot - Search & Destroy.

Update Spybot - S&D before using it

Click on the Search for Updates button. If there are available updates, they will be listed. Click on the Download Updates button and Spybot - S&D will download the updates and install them.

Note : select one of the safer networking mirrors due to bad checksum problems.
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Files to download
  1. Download About:Buster to your Desktop or to your usual Download Folder.
    http://downloads.subratam.org/AboutBuster.zip
    Unzip the files to a convenient location such as C:\AboutBuster, and run AboutBuster.exe. Read the instructions then click Ok to proceed. Click Check for Updates, and then Download Updates to update About:Buster to the newest version.
  2. Download CWShredder to your Desktop or to your usual Download Folder.
    http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cw ... nload.html
    Run CWShredder.exe and Check for updates.
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Please download the trial version of Ewido Security Suite 3.5 from here:
http://www.ewido.net/en/download/
  • Install Ewido Security Suite.
  • When installing, under Additional Options uncheck Install background guard and Install scan via context menu.
  • When you run Ewido for the first time, you could get a warning "Database could not be found!". Click Ok.
  • The program will prompt you to update. Click the Ok button.
  • The program will now go to the main screen.
You will need to update Ewido to the latest definition files.
  • On the left-hand side of the main screen click the Update Button.
  • Click on Start.
The update will start and a progress bar will show the updates being installed.
Once finished updating, close Ewido.

If you are having problems with the updater, you can use this link to manually update ewido.
Ewido manual updates. Make sure to close Ewido before installing the update.
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You may want to print the rest of these instructions.

Please disconnect from the Internet and unplug your modem for the duration of this fix.
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Click on Start, Control Panel, click on Add/Remove Programs
Look through the installed programs for the following items and remove them if present:

ErrorNuker

During the uninstall process, you might be presented with several prompts to guide you through uninstalling the product. Read these carefully to make sure you are actually choosing to uninstall rather than keep the software.
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Reboot your computer in Safe Mode.
  • If the computer is running, shut down Windows, and then turn off the power.
  • Wait 30 seconds, and then turn the computer on.
  • Start tapping the F8 key. The Windows Advanced Options Menu appears. If you begin tapping the F8 key too soon, some computers display a "keyboard error" message. To resolve this, restart the computer and try again.
  • Ensure that the Safe Mode option is selected.
  • Press Enter. The computer then begins to start in Safe mode.
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Open CWShredder. Close ALL windows except CWShredder and click on the Fix button, then click Next.
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Run HijackThis, click on None of the above, just start the program, click on Scan. Put a check in the box on the left side of the following items if still present:

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,(Default) = http://fastsearchweb.com/srh.php?q=%s
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/cust ... _side.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/cust ... yahoo.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/cust ... yahoo.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/cust ... _side.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/cust ... yahoo.com/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,Default_Search_URL = about:blank
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/cust ... yahoo.com/
O16 - DPF: {11010101-1001-1111-1000-125765758523} - ms-its:C:\main.chm::/d_main.exe
O16 - DPF: {15589FA1-C456-11CE-BF01-000000000000} - http://www.errornuker.com/products/errn ... taller.exe
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{0EFB82C7-BB7F-4879-92A8-977B3B5214BE}: NameServer = 69.50.166.94,69.31.80.244
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{8534B358-6694-4A6D-B446-A9FFB850DF8E}: NameServer = 69.50.166.94,69.31.80.244
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{886CA090-CC66-4910-B486-DF943E96598E}: NameServer = 69.50.166.94,69.31.80.244
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{E2370431-B6BB-4AFE-9DCE-481EBE250E91}: NameServer = 69.50.166.94,69.31.80.244
O17 - HKLM\System\CS1\Services\Tcpip\..\{0EFB82C7-BB7F-4879-92A8-977B3B5214BE}: NameServer = 69.50.166.94,69.31.80.244


Close ALL windows and browsers except HijackThis and click Fix Checked
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Navigate to C:\Windows\Prefetch
Click Edit, click Select All, press the DELETE key, and then click Yes to confirm that you want to send all the items to the Recycle Bin.

Navigate to C:\Windows\Temp
Click Edit, click Select All, press the DELETE key, and then click Yes to confirm that you want to send all the items to the Recycle Bin.

Navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\(EVERY LISTED USER)\Local Settings\Temp
Click Edit, click Select All, press the DELETE key, and then click Yes to confirm that you want to send all the items to the Recycle Bin.

Clean out your Temporary Internet files. Procede like this:
  • Quit Internet Explorer and quit any instances of Windows Explorer.
  • Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Internet Options.
  • On the General tab, click Delete Files under Temporary Internet Files.
  • In the Delete Files dialog box, click to select the Delete all offline content check box , and then click OK.
  • On the General tab, click Delete Cookies under Temporary Internet Files, and then click OK.
  • Click on the Programs tab then click the Reset Web Settings button. Click Apply then OK.
  • Click OK.
Empty the Recycle Bin by right-clicking the Recycle Bin icon on your Desktop, and then clicking Empty Recycle Bin.
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Navigate to the C:\Aboutbuster directory and double-click on AboutBuster.exe. Click Begin Removal to allow AboutBuster to scan. When it has finished, AboutBuster will open a Scan Completed window. Click Ok. Another information window will open. Click on Exit. AboutBuster will inform you that a log has been created. Click Ok. I will need you to post that log later.
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Close ALL open Windows / Programs / Folders. Please start Ewido Security Suite, and run a full scan.
  • Click on Scanner
  • Click on Settings
    • Under How to scan all boxes should be checked
    • Under Unwanted Software all boxes should be checked
    • Under What to scan select Scan every file
    • Click on Ok
  • Click on Complete System Scan to start the scan process.
  • Let the program scan the machine.
If Ewido finds anything, it will pop up a notification. When it asks if you want to clean the first file, put a checkmark in the lower left corner of the box that says Perform action on all infections, then choose clean and click Ok.

Once the scan has completed, there will be a button located on the bottom of the screen named Save Report.
  • Click Save Report button
  • Save the report to your Desktop
Close Ewido and Reboot in Normal Mode. DONT connect to internet yet.
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Start Ad-Aware SE
  • Click on Add-ons
  • Select the VX2 Cleaner plug-in and click Run Tool
  • If your computer isn’t infected, click Close.
    OR
  • If you computer is infected with VX2, a dialog box with text such as New VX2 variant found or VX2 variant 1 found will appear.
  • Press Clean and a dialog box with text The first phase completed. Please reboot and perform a Smart Scan will appear.
  • Reboot your computer
  • Run Ad-Aware and Click on the Scan Now Button
    • Choose Perform Full System Scan
    • DESELECT Search for negligible risk entries, as negligible risk entries (MRU's) are not considered to be a threat. (make it show a red X)
    Click Next to begin the scan. When the scan is completed, the Performing System Scan screen will change name to Scan Complete.

    Click the Next Button to get to the Scanning Results Window where more information about the objects detected during the scan is available. Click the Critical Objects Tab. In general all of the items listed will be bad. To fix all the bad critical objects, right click on one of them, click the Select All entry in the pop-up menu to mark all entries. Click Next and then OK in the dialog box to confirm the removal.
Repeat this until the VX2 Cleaner reports System clean. Press Close to exit.

Run Ad-Aware one more time and perform a Perform Full System Scan of your computer to make sure VX2 has been found and removed.
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Run Spybot - S&D

Click the button Check for Problems
When Spybot is complete, it will be showing RED entries, BLACK entries and GREEN entries in the window.
Make sure that there is a check mark beside all of the RED entries ONLY.
Choose Fix Selected Problems and allow Spybot to fix the RED entries.

If it has trouble removing any spyware, you will get a message window, asking if it would be ok to run Spybot - S&D on the next reboot before any other applications start running. You should reply Yes to this. The next time you start Windows, Spybot will run automatically and fix any of the programs it could not fix previously.

At this point you will be presented with the list of found entries again, but now there will be large green checkmarks next to the items that Spybot - S&D was able to remove. The ones that are still checked but do not have the large green checkmark next to them will be fixed on the next reboot of windows. Reboot if needed.
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Let's fix your DNS servers., those Attrivo IP's can be a pain to remove.
  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections.
  2. Right-click the network connection that you want to configure, and then click Properties.
  3. On the General tab (for a local area connection), or the Networking tab (for all other connections), click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.
  4. If you want to obtain DNS server addresses from a DHCP server, click Obtain DNS server address automatically. (Recommended)
  5. If you want to manually configure DNS server addresses, click Use the following DNS server addresses, and then type the preferred DNS server and alternate DNS server IP addresses in the Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server boxes.
Click Start then Run type cmd and hit OK
type ipconfig /flushdns and hit Enter.

Reboot and you may now connect to Internet.
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Run Panda's ActiveScan and perform a full system scan.
  • Once you are on the Panda site click the Scan your PC button.
  • A new window will open...click the big Check Now button.
  • Enter your Country.
  • Enter your State/Province.
  • Enter your e-mail address.
  • Select either Home User or Company.
  • Click the big Scan Now button.
  • Allow the ActiveX component to install and download the files required for the scan. This may take a couple of minutes.
  • Click on Local Disks to start the scan.
Upon scan completion, if anything malicious is detected, click See Report, then click Save Report and save it to your Desktop.
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Please do an online scan with Kaspersky Online Scanner

Click on Kaspersky Online Scanner

You will be promted to install an ActiveX component from Kaspersky, Click Yes.
  • The program will launch and then start to download the latest definition files.
  • Once the scanner is installed and the definitions downloaded, click Next.
  • Now click on Scan Settings
  • In the scan settings make that the following are selected:
    • Scan using the following Anti-Virus database:
      • Extended (If available otherwise Standard)
    • Scan Options:
      • Scan Archives
      • Scan Mail Bases
  • Click OK
  • Now under select a target to scan select My Computer
  • The scan will take a while so be patient and let it run. Once the scan is complete it will display if your system has been infected.
  • Now click on the Save as Text button:
  • Save the file to your desktop.
  • Copy and paste that information in your next post.
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Run HijackThis again a post a fresh log along with the About:Buster log, the Ewido log, results of the Panda Scan and the results of the Kaspersky Scan. You might need several replies to post the logs, otherwise they might get cut of.

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Hi Kimberley

Unread postby rainbow bridge » October 19th, 2005, 2:35 pm

Cor! Just wanted to let you know I am working on it all now. so will report back asap! Thank you.
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Kimberley

Unread postby rainbow bridge » October 19th, 2005, 7:52 pm

Ok, well it all went well....apart from I can't get the pc to run in safe mode! I hit f8 at boot up, and can get to the safe mode choice, but when I choose it, the pc just keeps rebooting so I have to choose normal to get back in.
Anyway, all the scanners (apart from adaware which picked up error nuker-I paid for that! But I am glad its gone as I hear bad things about it now) came back clean, I have the logs of About buster, Kaspersky and Ewido but they are all clean, do you still want to see them?
Here is the new log then, and I thank you for your time....

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 00:43:51, on 20/10/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCD.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\Program Files\Lexmark X74-X75\lxbbbmgr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark X74-X75\lxbbbmon.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Yahoo!\browser\ybrwicon.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\Evidence Eliminator\ee.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\AdobeUpdateManager.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Yahoo!\browser\ycommon.exe
C:\Program Files\BT Yahoo! Help\bin\mpbtn.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Yahoo!\MESSEN~1\ymsgr_tray.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasDtServ.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\cisvc.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoctrl.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\mqsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\mqtgsvc.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\LYNNE\Desktop\HijackThis.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://www.yahoo.com/search/ie.html
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.btinternet.com
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.btinternet.com
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://home.bt.yahoo.com
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by BTinternet
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = 127.0.0.1
O2 - BHO: Yahoo! Companion BHO - {02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn3\ycomp5_6_2_0.dll
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: UberButton Class - {5BAB4B5B-68BC-4B02-94D6-2FC0DE4A7897} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\common\yiesrvc.dll
O2 - BHO: YahooTaggedBM Class - {65D886A2-7CA7-479B-BB95-14D1EFB7946A} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\common\YIeTagBm.dll
O2 - BHO: SidebarAutoLaunch Class - {F2AA9440-6328-4933-B7C9-A6CCDF9CBF6D} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\browser\YSidebarIEBHO.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Yahoo! Companion - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn3\ycomp5_6_2_0.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MsmqIntCert] regsvr32 /s mqrt.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PCDRealtime] C:\WINDOWS\realtime.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [InCD] C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCD.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Lexmark X74-X75] "C:\Program Files\Lexmark X74-X75\lxbbbmgr.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [gcasServ] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe /STARTUP
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_EMC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [YBrowser] C:\PROGRA~1\Yahoo!\browser\ybrwicon.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Zone Labs Client] C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [MRUBlaster] C:\Program Files\MRU-Blaster\indexcleaner.exe -CACHE
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Evidence Eliminator] C:\Program Files\Evidence Eliminator\ee.exe /m
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Yahoo! Pager] C:\PROGRA~1\Yahoo!\MESSEN~1\ypager.exe -quiet
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [updateMgr] C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\AdobeUpdateManager.exe AcRdB7_0_2
O4 - Startup: MRU-Blaster Silent Clean.lnk = C:\Program Files\MRU-Blaster\mrublaster.exe
O4 - Global Startup: BT Yahoo! Help.lnk = C:\Program Files\BT Yahoo! Help\bin\matcli.exe
O6 - HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel present
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: BT Yahoo! Services - {5BAB4B5B-68BC-4B02-94D6-2FC0DE4A7897} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\common\yiesrvc.dll
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {85d1f590-48f4-11d9-9669-0800200c9a66} - %windir%\bdoscandel.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Uninstall BitDefender Online Scanner v8 - {85d1f590-48f4-11d9-9669-0800200c9a66} - %windir%\bdoscandel.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {D799B0E4-BEDE-41d2-AEE0-1E3A1C4EF918} - C:\Program Files\UnH Solutions\IE Privacy Keeper\IEPrivacyKeeper.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: IE Privacy Keeper - {D799B0E4-BEDE-41d2-AEE0-1E3A1C4EF918} - C:\Program Files\UnH Solutions\IE Privacy Keeper\IEPrivacyKeeper.exe
O9 - Extra button: @C:\Program Files\Messenger\Msgslang.dll,-61144 - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @C:\Program Files\Messenger\Msgslang.dll,-61144 - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O14 - IERESET.INF: START_PAGE_URL=http://www.btinternet.com
O16 - DPF: {04E214E5-63AF-4236-83C6-A7ADCBF9BD02} - http://housecall60.trendmicro.com/housecall/xscan60.cab
O16 - DPF: {0E5F0222-96B9-11D3-8997-00104BD12D94} (PCPitstop Utility) - http://www.pcpitstop.com/pcpitstop/PCPitStop.CAB
O16 - DPF: {0EB0E74A-2A76-4AB3-A7FB-9BD8C29F7F75} (CKAVWebScan Object) - http://www.kaspersky.com/downloads/kws/ ... nicode.cab
O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool) - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=39204
O16 - DPF: {1803B9EF-9905-4F34-AFC4-05D1BAB28801} (RegUserCfgUI Class) - http://us.dl1.yimg.com/download.yahoo.c ... egucfg.cab
O16 - DPF: {231B1C6E-F934-42A2-92B6-C2FEFEC24276} (yucsetreg Class) - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\common\yucconfig.dll
O16 - DPF: {2BC66F54-93A8-11D3-BEB6-00105AA9B6AE} (Symantec AntiVirus scanner) - http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/Shar ... vSniff.cab
O16 - DPF: {30528230-99f7-4bb4-88d8-fa1d4f56a2ab} (YInstStarter Class) - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\common\yinsthelper.dll
O16 - DPF: {4C39376E-FA9D-4349-BACC-D305C1750EF3} - http://tools.ebayimg.com/eps/wl/activex ... 0-3-30.cab
O16 - DPF: {4E62C4DE-627D-4604-B157-4B7D6B09F02E} (AccountTracking Profile Manager Class) - https://moneymanager.egg.com/Pinsafe/ac ... acking.cab
O16 - DPF: {4F1E5B1A-2A80-42CA-8532-2D05CB959537} (MSN Photo Upload Tool) - http://by14fd.bay14.hotmail.msn.com/res ... nPUpld.cab
O16 - DPF: {556DDE35-E955-11D0-A707-000000521957} - http://www.xblock.com/download/xclean_micro.exe
O16 - DPF: {5D86DDB5-BDF9-441B-9E9E-D4730F4EE499} (BDSCANONLINE Control) - http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/oscan8.cab
O16 - DPF: {644E432F-49D3-41A1-8DD5-E099162EEEC5} (Symantec RuFSI Utility Class) - http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/Shar ... /cabsa.cab
O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftup ... 0940124203
O16 - DPF: {74D05D43-3236-11D4-BDCD-00C04F9A3B61} (HouseCall Control) - http://a840.g.akamai.net/7/840/537/2004 ... scan53.cab
O16 - DPF: {7B297BFD-85E4-4092-B2AF-16A91B2EA103} - http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/viru ... ebscan.cab
O16 - DPF: {9A9307A0-7DA4-4DAF-B042-5009F29E09E1} (ActiveScan Installer Class) - http://acs.pandasoftware.com/activescan ... asinst.cab
O16 - DPF: {B38870E4-7ECB-40DA-8C6A-595F0A5519FF} (MsnMessengerSetupDownloadControl Class) - http://messenger.msn.com/download/msnme ... loader.cab
O16 - DPF: {C3DFA998-A486-11D4-AA25-00C04F72DAEB} (MSN Photo Upload Tool) - http://sc.groups.msn.com/controls/PhotoUC/MsnPUpld.cab
O16 - DPF: {C606BA60-AB76-48B6-96A7-2C4D5C386F70} (PreQualifier Class) - http://downloads.broadbandassist.com/BT ... reQual.cab
O16 - DPF: {EC5A4E7B-02EB-451D-B310-D5F2E0A4D8C3} - http://register.btinternet.com/template ... rol023.cab
O23 - Service: ATI Smart - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ati2sgag.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Alert Manager Server (Avg7Alrt) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Update Service (Avg7UpdSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
O23 - Service: ewido security suite control - ewido networks - C:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoctrl.exe
O23 - Service: InCD Helper (InCDsrv) - Ahead Software AG - C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
O23 - Service: LexBce Server (LexBceS) - Lexmark International, Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
O23 - Service: TrueVector Internet Monitor (vsmon) - Zone Labs, LLC - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
O23 - Service: YPCService - Yahoo! Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\system32\YPCSER~1.EXE

Hope it looks better?
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Unread postby rainbow bridge » October 19th, 2005, 8:04 pm

Forgot to say,am off to bed now, will check in tomorrow.
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Unread postby Kimberly » October 19th, 2005, 8:38 pm

Hello rainbow bridge,

Have a good sleep. :)

To answer your question first, it looks perfect. :D

Ok, well it all went well....apart from I can't get the pc to run in safe mode! I hit f8 at boot up, and can get to the safe mode choice, but when I choose it, the pc just keeps rebooting so I have to choose normal to get back in.
We see it often with Vundo infections lately, I don't see how to fix that atm... if it can be fixed without reinstalling. I will have to do some research on that, or at least try.

Anyway, all the scanners (apart from adaware which picked up error nuker-I paid for that! But I am glad its gone as I hear bad things about it now) came back clean
Sorry to hear that you did buy the product. Actually it's open to debate at CastleCops, but I did advise removal because of the association with Trekblue.
http://castlecops.com/modules.php?name= ... 0000000000
TrekBlue registry scanner

Some more info about Trekblue and similar programs can be found here:
http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_ant ... m#swn_note

I have the logs of About buster, Kaspersky and Ewido but they are all clean, do you still want to see them?
No, if they are really clean, then it's ok.

I'm aware that I gave you a lot of work and I did make you run a lot of scans, but I traced back to 2 logs where the fastsearchweb homepage turned into an A:B infection. Furthermore, your DNS servers did point to Attrivo and from there on everything can go very fast. Not everything shows up in a HijackThis log, so I have no idea what amount of other bad files may be or may not be present on your computer. At least you didn't have tons of infected files on your PC, that's good news. :)

Keep an eye on the PC in the next days, especially after a reboot. Run HijackThis and look that those O17 lines don't come back. Let me know if they do.
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Final touch - All clean

Please reset System Restore to remove eventual backups of the spyware and trojans.

Turn off System Restore
  1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the System Restore tab.
  3. Select the Turn off System Restore check box (or the Turn off System Restore on all drives check box), and then click OK.
  4. Click Yes when you receive the prompt to the turn off System Restore.
Reboot your computer.

Turn System Restore back on
  1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the System Restore tab.
  3. Clear the Turn off System Restore check box (or the Turn off System Restore on all drives check box), and then click OK.
A new restore point will be created automatically.
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Hide your system files again.
  1. Click Start.
  2. Click My Computer.
  3. Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
  4. Select the View Tab.
  5. Under the Hidden files and folders heading uncheck Show hidden files and folders.
  6. Check the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.
  7. Click Yes to confirm.
  8. Click OK.
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Enable Microsoft AntiSpyware again and put the checkmark back in Spyware Blaster.
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Now that you are clean, please follow these simple steps in order to keep your computer clean and secure:

Windows, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office Updates

Visit Microsoft's Windows Update Site frequently. This will ensure your computer has always the latest security updates available installed on your computer. If there are new updates to install, install them immediately, reboot your computer, and revisit the site until there are no more critical updates.

If you are running Microsoft Office, or any application of it, go to the Microsoft's Office Update site and make sure you have at least all the critical updates installed.

Make your Internet Explorer more secure
  1. From within Internet Explorer click on the Tools menu and then click on Options.
  2. Click on the Security tab
  3. Click the Internet icon so it becomes highlighted.
  4. Click on Default Level and click Ok
  5. Click on the Custom Level button.
    • Change the Download signed ActiveX controls to Prompt
    • Change the Download unsigned ActiveX controls to Disable
    • Change the Initialise and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe to Disable
    • Change the Installation of desktop items to Prompt
    • Change the Launching programs and files in an IFRAME to Prompt
    • Change the Navigate sub-frames across different domains to Prompt
    • When all these settings have been made, click on the OK button.
    • If it prompts you as to whether or not you want to save the settings, press the Yes button.
  6. Next press the Apply button and then the OK to exit the Internet Properties page.
Additional information is available in the following KB article:
Resources for using Internet Explorer 6

Download and install the following free programs
  • SpywareBlaster
    SpywareBlaster will add a large list of programs and sites into your Internet Explorer settings that will protect you from running and downloading known malicious programs.
    You can download SpywareBlaster here
    A tutorial can be found here
  • SpywareGuard
    It provides a degree of real-time protection solution against spyware that is a great addition to SpywareBlaster's protection method. An anti-virus program scans files before you open them and prevents execution if a virus is detected - SpywareGuard does the same thing, but for spyware. And you can easily have an anti-virus program running alongside SpywareGuard. It also features Download Protection and Browser Hijacking Protection.
    You can download SpywareGuard here
    A tutorial can be found here
  • IE-SPYAD
    IE-SPYAD puts over 5000 sites in your restricted zone, so you'll be protected when you visit innocent-looking sites that aren't actually innocent at all. It basically prevents any downloads, cookies, scripts from the sites listed, although you will still be able to connect to the sites.
    You can download IE-SPYAD here
    A tutorial can be found here
  • Hosts File
    A Hosts file replaces your current HOSTS file with one containing well known ad, spyware sites etc. Basically, this prevents your coputer from connecting to those sites by redirecting them to 127.0.0.1 which is your local computer.
    A tutorial tutorial can be found here
    • MVPS Hosts File
      You can download the MVPS Hosts File here
      Furthermore the website contains useful tips and links to other resources and utilities.
    • Bluetack's Hosts File and Hosts Manager
      Essentially based on the research made by Webhelper, Andrew Clover and Eric L. Howes, it contains most if not all the known spyware sites, sites responsible for hijacks, rogue apllications etc...
      Download Bluetack's Hosts file here
      Download Bluetack's Hosts Manager here
Install Spyware Detection and Removal Programs
  • Ad-Aware
    It scans for known spyware on your computer. These scans should be run at least once every two weeks.
    You can download Ad-Aware here
    A tutorial can be found here
  • Spybot - Search & Destroy
    It scans for spyware and other malicious programs. Spybot has preventitive tools that stop programs from even installing on your computer.
    You can download Spybot - S&D here
    A tutorial can be found here
Before adding any other Spyware Detection and Removal programs always check the Rogue Anti-Spyware List for programs known to be misleading, mistaken, or just outright "Foistware".
You will find the list here

Use an AntiVirus Software

It is very important that your computer has an anti-virus software running on your machine. This alone can save you a lot of trouble with malware in the future. See the link below for a listing of some online & their stand-alone antivirus programs.
Computer Safety On line - Anti-Virus
http://www.malwareremoval.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=53#53

Update your Anti Virus Software

It is imperative that you update your Anti virus software at least once a week (Even more if you wish). If you do not update your anti virus software then it will not be able to catch any of the new variants that may come out.

Use a Firewall

I can not stress how important it is that you use a Firewall on your computer. Without a firewall your computer is susceptible to being hacked and taken over. Simply using a Firewall in its default configuration can lower your risk greatly. For an article on Firewalls and a listing of some available ones see the link below.
Computer Safety On line - Software Firewalls
http://www.malwareremoval.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=56#56
A tutorial on Understanding and Using Firewalls can be found here

For more information about Spyware, the tools available, and other informative material, including information on how you may have been infected in the first place, please check out this link.

Happy surf and good luck with your training. :)

Kim
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