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Unsolicited IE pages

By AlbertLionheart
Aug 30, 2007
  1. Hi everyone - need your help with this one, please.
    Win XP Home system, all updates in place, 3 user accounts. Open IE 7 in any account to google as home page and within 10 secs there are 3 or 4 extra IE7 pages open without any further user intervention.
    AVG Rootkits - nothing
    AVG Spyware - cleared
    AVG AV - nothing
    Spybot - nothing
    HijackThis - cleared a few minor nasties but nothing.
    IE add-ons - no difference but did not work my way through the whole list as nothing seemed linked to the problem.
    IE security - all set to default.
    After clearing everything with this lot, reboot and check, find no new infections but the new IE pages reappear.
    Pages are listed as blocked but they still appear - try and add them to the list again by cut and past the URL and it reports already listed.
    Checked the registry for the URLs of the unwanted pages - nothing found.
    What is going on here? Anyone?
     
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    I'd like to have a look at your HJT log.



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  3. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,026

    Hi Rik
    I need to go back and get one next week. Believe me, there was nothing in it that the analysis page found dangerous.
    Any ideas what I should look for - this one is unfuriating!
     
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Without looking at the log, i cant be sure.

    Have you tried combofix?


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  5. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,026

    OK - I'll run another one next week - probably not before Wednesday so you will have to be patient!
     
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hi Albert.

    Something is obviously wrong and a malware infection of some kind is a distinct possibility.

    It`s something that definitely needs checking out.

    Go and read the Viruses/Spyware/Malware, preliminary removal instructions. Follow all the instructions exactly.

    Post fresh HJT, AVG Antispyware and Combofix logs as attachments into this thread, only after doing the above.

    Also, let us know the results of the AVG Antirootkit scan.


    Regards Howard :)

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  7. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,026

    Can I have a link for Combofix please?
     
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    It`s in step12 of the above link. However, I`d like so see all the requested log files, if you don`t mind.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  9. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,026

    Thanks Howard - as above, I will be able to do this next week, probably on Wednesday.
     
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    No worries mate. Just whenever you`re ready is fine with me.

    Regards Howard :)

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  11. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,026

    Follow up

    Follow up.
    The logs are as attached - if no log then the scan by the application found nothing.
    Since installing the software but before running the logs, the system has behaved itself and no more unsolicited IE pages have been appearing - but as I have done nothing I am suspicious!
    I look forward to the learned opinion, gentlemen.
    Thanks
     
  12. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Delete all files in AVG Antispyware quarantine.

    1. Please download The Avenger by Swandog46 from HERE. Save it to your Desktop and extract it.

    2. Download the attached avengerscript.txt and save it to your desktop

    Note: the above code was created specifically for this user. If you are not this user, do NOT follow these directions as they could damage the workings of your system.

    3. Now, start The Avenger program by double clicking on its icon on your desktop.

    Under "Script file to execute" choose "Load script from file".
    Now click on the folder icon which will open a new window titled "open Script File"
    navigate to the file you have just downloaded, click on it and press open
    Now click on the Green Light to begin execution of the script
    Answer "Yes" twice when prompted.

    4. The Avenger will automatically do the following:

    It will Restart your computer. ( In cases where the code to execute contains "Drivers to Unload", The Avenger will actually restart your system twice.)
    On reboot, it will briefly open a black command window on your desktop, this is normal.
    After the restart, it creates a log file that should open with the results of Avenger’s actions. This log file will be located at C:\avenger.txt
    The Avenger will also have backed up all the files, etc., that you asked it to delete, and will have zipped them and moved the zip archives to C:\avenger\backup.zip.

    5. Please attach the content of c:\avenger.txt into your reply, as well as a fresh HJT log.

    Regards Howard :)

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  13. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,026

    Hi Howard
    Thanks for the very quick response - I take it from your reply that you agree with me and cannot find anything wrong with the various logs for this machine.
    As I am not near it I will try and get remote access and should be able to get this to work from here.
    I will let you know how I get on.
    Ta
     
  14. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Quite the contrary.

    From your logfiles, it is plain your system has been infected with a couple of trojans. One of which is still active in one of your system restore points.

    Once you`ve followed the instructions in my last post, I`ll see what else needs to be done(if anything).

    Regards Howard :)

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