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Searchqu infection, need help please

Unread postby cwm1150 » December 27th, 2011, 7:24 pm

I was downloading a program to facilitate music downloads on my home computer. The program carried the searchqu hijacker it seems. The thing hijacked my homepage with getting on the internet on firefox. The issue did not seem to affect IE. I managed to get it turned off but I can not delete it from my computer. Hijack this shows it but when I try to fix it if gives some error saying it can not access host files. Here are the DNS logs:

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_26
Run by user at 17:12:25 on 2011-12-27
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium 6.0.6002.2.1252.1.1033.18.3326.1911 [GMT -6:00]
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\nvSCPAPISvr.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcs
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k GPSvcGroup
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Display\nvxdsync.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\armsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Belkin\Router Setup and Monitor\BelkinService.exe
C:\Program Files\Flip Video\FlipShare\FlipShareService.exe
C:\Program Files\LeapFrog\LeapFrog Connect\CommandService.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k WerSvcGroup
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WLIDSVC.EXE
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Belkin\Router Setup and Monitor\BelkinSetup.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WLIDSvcM.exe
C:\Program Files\DivX\DivX Update\DivXUpdate.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation
c:\program files\steam\steam.exe
C:\Program Files\LeapFrog\LeapFrog Connect\Monitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============
uStart Page = hxxp://www.aol.com/
BHO: Adobe PDF Link Helper: {18df081c-e8ad-4283-a596-fa578c2ebdc3} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
BHO: DivX Plus Web Player HTML5 <video>: {326e768d-4182-46fd-9c16-1449a49795f4} - c:\program files\divx\divx plus web player\npdivx32.dll
BHO: DivX HiQ: {593ddec6-7468-4cdd-90e1-42dadaa222e9} - c:\program files\divx\divx plus web player\npdivx32.dll
BHO: Windows Live ID Sign-in Helper: {9030d464-4c02-4abf-8ecc-5164760863c6} - c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\windows live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
BHO: Searchqu Toolbar: {99079a25-328f-4bd4-be04-00955acaa0a7} - c:\progra~1\wi371a~1\datamngr\toolbar\searchqudtx.dll
BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper: {dbc80044-a445-435b-bc74-9c25c1c588a9} - c:\program files\java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
uRun: [ehTray.exe] c:\windows\ehome\ehTray.exe
mRun: [Windows Defender] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe -hide
mRun: [RtHDVCpl] c:\program files\realtek\audio\hda\RtHDVCpl.exe
mRun: [InstaLAN] "c:\program files\belkin\router setup and monitor\BelkinSetup.exe" startup
mRunOnce: [removeSearchqudatamngr] cmd.exe /c RD /S /Q "c:\program files\Windows iLivid Toolbar"
mRunOnce: [removeSearchqutoolbar] cmd.exe /c RD /S /Q "c:\program files\windows ilivid toolbar\datamngr\ToolBar"
mPolicies-explorer: BindDirectlyToPropertySetStorage = 0 (0x0)
mPolicies-system: EnableUIADesktopToggle = 0 (0x0)
Trusted Zone: clonewarsadventures.com
Trusted Zone: freerealms.com
Trusted Zone: soe.com
Trusted Zone: sony.com
TCP: DhcpNameServer =
TCP: Interfaces\{48DBB045-936F-4856-B6E6-CDDF63B96F33} : DhcpNameServer =
TCP: Interfaces\{7B42E3F2-B641-4D4F-9FC3-9FFDA2C2B8F3} : DhcpNameServer =
================= FIREFOX ===================
FF - ProfilePath - c:\users\user\appdata\roaming\mozilla\firefox\profiles\sak3al1i.default\
FF - prefs.js: browser.search.selectedEngine - Search Results
FF - prefs.js: browser.startup.homepage - hxxp://www.aol.com/?mtmhp=aolcustomfire ... ew00000006
FF - prefs.js: keyword.URL - hxxp://dts.search-results.com/sr?src=ff ... 06&sr=0&q=
FF - prefs.js: network.proxy.type - 0
FF - plugin: c:\program files\adobe\reader 10.0\reader\air\nppdf32.dll
FF - plugin: c:\program files\divx\divx ovs helper\npovshelper.dll
FF - plugin: c:\program files\divx\divx plus web player\npdivx32.dll
FF - plugin: c:\program files\google\google earth\plugin\npgeplugin.dll
FF - plugin: c:\program files\google\update\\npGoogleUpdate3.dll
FF - plugin: c:\program files\java\jre6\bin\new_plugin\npdeployJava1.dll
FF - plugin: c:\program files\microsoft silverlight\4.0.60831.0\npctrlui.dll
FF - plugin: c:\program files\mozilla firefox\plugins\npdeployJava1.dll
FF - plugin: c:\program files\nvidia corporation\3d vision\npnv3dv.dll
FF - plugin: c:\program files\nvidia corporation\3d vision\npnv3dvstreaming.dll
FF - plugin: c:\users\user\appdata\locallow\unity\webplayer\loader\npUnity3D32.dll
FF - plugin: c:\users\user\appdata\roaming\mozilla\firefox\profiles\sak3al1i.default\extensions\{000f1ea4-5e08-4564-a29b-29076f63a37a}\plugins\npsoe.dll
============= SERVICES / DRIVERS ===============
R2 AdobeARMservice;Adobe Acrobat Update Service;c:\program files\common files\adobe\arm\1.0\armsvc.exe [2011-6-6 64952]
R2 FontCache;Windows Font Cache Service;c:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation [2010-10-19 21504]
R2 Stereo Service;NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver Service;c:\program files\nvidia corporation\3d vision\nvSCPAPISvr.exe [2011-5-20 378472]
S2 clr_optimization_v4.0.30319_32;Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN v4.0.30319_X86;c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v4.0.30319\mscorsvw.exe [2010-3-18 130384]
S2 gupdate;Google Update Service (gupdate);c:\program files\google\update\GoogleUpdate.exe [2011-3-29 136176]
S3 FlyUsb;FLY Fusion;c:\windows\system32\drivers\FlyUsb.sys [2008-4-1 19456]
S3 gupdatem;Google Update Service (gupdatem);c:\program files\google\update\GoogleUpdate.exe [2011-3-29 136176]
S3 WPFFontCache_v0400;Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache;c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v4.0.30319\wpf\WPFFontCache_v0400.exe [2010-3-18 753504]
=============== Created Last 30 ================
2011-12-27 07:45:49 56200 ----a-w- c:\programdata\microsoft\windows defender\definition updates\{201b846c-1369-419b-a16d-0fa9e57343d2}\offreg.dll
2011-12-27 07:45:47 6823496 ----a-w- c:\programdata\microsoft\windows defender\definition updates\{201b846c-1369-419b-a16d-0fa9e57343d2}\mpengine.dll
2011-12-26 06:10:26 388096 ----a-r- c:\users\user\appdata\roaming\microsoft\installer\{45a66726-69bc-466b-a7a4-12fcba4883d7}\HiJackThis.exe
2011-12-26 06:10:26 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\Trend Micro
2011-12-26 05:51:59 869376 ----a-w- c:\windows\isRS-000.tmp
2011-12-25 17:45:02 -------- d-----w- c:\users\user\appdata\local\Ilivid Player
2011-12-25 17:44:11 -------- d-----w- c:\programdata\boost_interprocess
2011-12-25 17:44:11 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\Windows iLivid Toolbar
2011-12-25 17:44:03 -------- d-----w- c:\users\user\appdata\local\PackageAware
2011-12-24 11:26:15 677136 ----a-w- c:\programdata\microsoft\ehome\packages\mcespotlight\mcespotlight\SpotlightResources.dll
2011-12-24 01:29:52 -------- d-----w- c:\programdata\Affinegy
2011-12-24 01:29:52 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\Belkin
2011-12-14 06:05:02 3602816 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\ntkrnlpa.exe
2011-12-14 06:05:01 3550080 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
2011-12-14 06:05:00 429056 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\EncDec.dll
2011-12-14 06:04:59 2043904 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\win32k.sys
2011-12-14 06:04:58 2409784 ----a-w- c:\program files\windows mail\OESpamFilter.dat
2011-12-14 06:04:17 49152 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\csrsrv.dll
2011-12-14 06:04:10 2048 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\tzres.dll
2011-12-11 08:13:41 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\SystemRequirementsLab
==================== Find3M ====================
2011-12-26 05:10:09 141200 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\PnkBstrK.sys
2011-12-26 05:09:46 281656 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\PnkBstrB.xtr
2011-12-26 05:09:46 281656 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\PnkBstrB.exe
2011-12-26 05:07:45 281200 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\PnkBstrB.ex0
2011-12-10 07:23:40 138056 ----a-w- c:\users\user\appdata\roaming\PnkBstrK.sys
2011-12-10 07:23:22 75136 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\PnkBstrA.exe
2011-11-03 22:47:42 1798144 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\jscript9.dll
2011-11-03 22:40:21 1427456 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\inetcpl.cpl
2011-11-03 22:39:47 1127424 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wininet.dll
2011-11-03 22:31:57 2382848 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\mshtml.tlb
============= FINISH: 17:12:52.19 ===============
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Re: Searchqu infection, need help please

Unread postby deltalima » December 28th, 2011, 6:02 pm

checking your log - back soon.
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Re: Searchqu infection, need help please

Unread postby deltalima » December 28th, 2011, 6:07 pm

Hi cwm1150,

Welcome to the forum.

Please be aware that removing Malware is a potentially hazardous undertaking. I will take care not to knowingly suggest courses of action that might damage your computer. However it is impossible for me to foresee all interactions that may happen between the software on your computer and those we'll use to clear you of infection, and I cannot guarantee the safety of your system. It is possible that we might encounter situations where the only recourse is to re-format and re-install your operating system, or to necessitate you taking your computer to a repair shop.

Please note the following:
  • I will be working on your Malware issues, this may or may not, solve other issues you have with your machine.
  • The fixes are specific to your problem and should only be used for this issue on this machine.
  • Please do not run any scans or make any changes to the system unless I ask you too.
  • Please continue to review my answers until I tell you your machine appears to be clear. Absence of symptoms does not mean that everything is clear.
  • If after 3 days you have not responded to this topic, it will be closed, and you will need to start a new one.
  • It's often worth reading through these instructions and printing them for ease of reference.
  • If you don't know or understand something, please don't hesitate to say or ask!! It's better to be sure and safe than sorry.
  • Please reply to this thread. Do not start a new topic.

Please Note:
The programs I ask you to run need to be run in Administrator Mode by... Right clicking the program file and selecting: Run as Administrator.
Additionally, the built-in User Account Control (UAC) utility, if enabled, may prompt you for permission to run the program.
When prompted, please select: Allow. Reference: User Account Control (UAC) and Running as Administrator


  • Please download CKScanner from here to your Desktop.
  • Make sure that CKScanner.exe is on the your Desktop before running the application!
  • Right click on CKScanner.exe and select: Run as Administrator then click Search For Files.
  • After a very short time, when the cursor hourglass disappears, click Save List To File.
  • A message box will verify the file saved
  • Double-click on the CKFiles.txt icon on your Desktop and copy/paste the contents in your next reply.


  • Please download this tool from Microsoft.
  • Right click on MGADiag.exe and select: Run as Administrator.
  • Click Continue.
  • The program will run. It takes a while to finish the diagnosis, please be patient.
  • Once done, click on Copy.
  • Open Notepad and paste the contents in the window.
  • Save this file and copy/paste it in your next reply.

Please let me know if the computer is used for home or for business use.
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Re: Searchqu infection, need help please

Unread postby cwm1150 » December 29th, 2011, 8:47 am

The computer is for home use. I will folllow your instructions tonight thanks.
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Re: Searchqu infection, need help please

Unread postby deltalima » December 29th, 2011, 8:50 am

OK, please post logs when ready.
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Re: Searchqu infection, need help please

Unread postby deltalima » December 31st, 2011, 4:42 pm

Due to a lack of response, this topic is now closed.

If you still require help, please open a new thread in the Infected? Virus, malware, adware, ransomware, oh my! forum, include a fresh FRST log, and wait for a new helper.
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