Redirecting links is the new black...

By Plagued ยท 5 replies
Feb 8, 2010
  1. Seems everyone is having the same issues here. Ive read many of the other posts with similar issues to mine. My search engine links (Yahoo/Google) redirect to random sites. Ive read other posts to see if there is any similarity with my issue. There seems to be some common ground between them but i have to admin techspot admins/helpers are king at translating anti-virus and hijackthis logs.

    Problem - Search engine links redirect to ad sites.
    Internet Browser - Mozilla Firefox
    OS - Windows XP SP 2

    Ive included the logs i have completed, at the moment superantispyware is finishing its scan. Last night it found 6 virus's and removed them. The problem was fixed for approx. 5min before it resumed its spyware activity.

    I understand that superantispyware, Spybot, and Antivir are all present in my Hijackthis log, simply because i ran a scan with each, independently of course, and with their active protection disabled, so yes they're all on but not active.

    Currently i have to leave the house, when i return ill post the complete scan log from SuperAntiSpyware.

    Thanks for the help.

    Update: Finished SuperAntiSpyware scan, nothing found. i can upload the log if you like but no results with full scan...

    Additional Info: Just a heads up on what has been done to this pc. I have run MalwareBytes, Superantispyware, Antivir, Spybot, CCleaner, Hijackthis, and as instructions indicated on a Bleepingcomputer post; combofix. Also ran AVG which would allow the redirecting to continue but constantly informed me that i had a Fake SVCHOST.EXE running, and sure enough there is... but if i turn it off it will, as all spyware does, it will turn itself back on. Ive manually searched for the files to remove them with no luck in finding them, even with Hidden/system files shown, ive also enabled Superhidden files as that seems to be the trend to hid malware.
    When superantispyware located malware last night all of it was located in C:\Volume information... etc... whatever that means, im not sure where to look to make sure its clean.
    Oh and java should be updated, as of last night.

    Attached Files:

  2. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,258   +383

    Please download ComboFix from Here or Here to your Desktop.

    **Note: In the event you already have Combofix, this is a new version that I need you to download. It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop**
    • Please, never rename Combofix unless instructed.
    • Close any open browsers.
    • Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.
    • Very Important! Temporarily disable your anti-virus, script blocking and any anti-malware real-time protection before performing a scan. They can interfere with ComboFix or remove some of its embedded files which may cause "unpredictable results".
    • Click on this link to see a list of programs that should be disabled. The list is not all inclusive. If yours is not listed and you don't know how to disable it, please ask.
    NOTE 1. If Combofix asks you to install Recovery Console, please allow it.
    NOTE 2. If Combofix asks you to update the program, always do so.

    • Close any open browsers.
    • WARNING: Combofix will disconnect your machine from the Internet as soon as it starts
    • Please do not attempt to re-connect your machine back to the Internet until Combofix has completely finished.
    • If there is no internet connection after running Combofix, then restart your computer to restore back your connection.
    • Double click on combofix.exe & follow the prompts.
    • When finished, it will produce a report for you.
    • Please post the "C:\ComboFix.txt" along with a new HijackThis log for further review.
    **Note: Do not mouseclick combofix's window while it's running. That may cause it to stall**

    Make sure, you re-enable your security programs, when you're done with Combofix.

    DO NOT make any other changes to your computer (like installing programs, using other cleaning tools, etc.), until it's officially declared clean!!!
  3. Plagued

    Plagued TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the help Broni. Ran ComboFix as instructed above. Every symptom has been resolved. Did some checks on the system and found that all rogue files have been deleted and have not returned as of now. Redirecting has stopped and i have full control of the system now. Couldnt be happier with the results. Ty techspot.... again.
  4. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,258   +383

    I'm glad, things are better :), but...
    I won't let you go that easy.
    I still need to see Combofix and HJT logs.
  5. Plagued

    Plagued TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Oh sorry forgot to post outcome. Just checking my mail before bed, ill post the results tomorrow. I wanna make sure theres no stragglers left, i didnt think you would have time to straighten me up. Appreciate it Broni and ill run the progs and post result tomorrow.
  6. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,258   +383

    No problem and you're welcome :)
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