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#1 bigsky7000

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 10:21 AM

Have spent multiple hours attempting to remove spyware that changes my home page and causes popups telling me my computer is infected with spyware (and invits me to download free software to fix it!)

Running UPDATED versions of Adware, Spybot, CWShredder, and "Hijckthis" temprarily eliminate problem, but it always returns. Specifically..

ADAWARE 6.0 finds and quarantines:

COOLWEBSEARCH
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obj[0]=RegValue : SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
obj[8]=RegValue : Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser
obj[11]=File : c:\docume~1\rlb\locals~1\temp\sp.html

POSSIBLE BROWSER HIJACK ATTEMPT
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obj[1]=RegData : Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
obj[2]=RegData : Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
obj[3]=RegData : Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
obj[4]=RegData : Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search
obj[5]=RegData : Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
obj[6]=RegData : Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
obj[7]=RegData : Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search
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SPYBOT finds and fixes about 6 or 7 DSO threats (?... can't find report)

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CWShredder detects and removes CWS.searchx

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"HIJACKTHIS" log (after "re-infection") as follows...

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 11:20:43 AM, on 6/28/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

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:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~2\NORTON~1\navapw32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Corel\Print Office 2000\Register\Remind32.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Distillr\acrotray.exe
C:\Program Files\WinZip\WZQKPICK.EXE
C:\Program Files\Nikon\NkView6\NkvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Palm\hotsync.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Utilities\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~2\SPEEDD~1\nopdb.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Acrobat\Acrobat.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\rlb\My Documents\Temp\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = file://C:\DOCUME~1\rlb\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = file://C:\DOCUME~1\rlb\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = file://C:\DOCUME~1\rlb\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = file://C:\DOCUME~1\rlb\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = file://C:\DOCUME~1\rlb\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = file://C:\DOCUME~1\rlb\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,HomeOldSP = about:blank
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\ADOBE\ACROBAT 6.0\ACROBAT\ACTIVEX\ACROIEHELPER.DLL
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {95C3FBFF-E1F9-4F23-9FB9-62A5819FCE59} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\ilad.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {AE7CD045-E861-484f-8273-0445EE161910} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\ADOBE\ACROBAT 6.0\ACROBAT\ACROIEFAVCLIENT.DLL
O2 - BHO: NAV Helper - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: Adobe PDF - {47833539-D0C5-4125-9FA8-0819E2EAAC93} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\ADOBE\ACROBAT 6.0\ACROBAT\ACROIEFAVCLIENT.DLL
O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SystemTray] SysTray.Exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NAV Agent] C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~2\NORTON~1\navapw32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\System32\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [win32.exe] C:\WINDOWS\win32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [MOSearch] C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\System\MOSearch\Bin\mosearch.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Symantec NetDriver Monitor] C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\SNDMon.EXE
O4 - Startup: HotSync Manager.lnk = C:\Program Files\Palm\hotsync.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Corel Print Office Registration.lnk = C:\Program Files\Corel\Print Office 2000\Register\Remind32.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Acrobat Assistant.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Distillr\acrotray.exe
O4 - Global Startup: WinZip Quick Pick.lnk = C:\Program Files\WinZip\WZQKPICK.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\OSA.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: NkvMon.exe.lnk = C:\Program Files\Nikon\NkView6\NkvMon.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~1\OFFICE10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O12 - Plugin for .mpeg: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\PLUGINS\npqtplugin3.dll
O16 - DPF: {0E5F0222-96B9-11D3-8997-00104BD12D94} (PCPitstop Utility) - http://www.pcpitstop...p/PCPitStop.CAB
O16 - DPF: {10003000-1000-0000-1000-000000000000} - ms-its:mhtml:file://C:\foo.mht!http://66.230.145.49...m::/on-line.exe
O16 - DPF: {11311111-1111-1111-1111-111111111157} - file://C:\Recycled\Q330995.exe
O16 - DPF: {1663ed61-23eb-11d2-b92f-008048fdd814} (MeadCo ScriptX Advanced) - http://www.clerk.org/activex/smsx.cab
O16 - DPF: {16FD824B-8E7B-11D2-9855-00802962956C} (Specfile Control) - http://mfr.mlxchange...ol/Specfile.cab
O16 - DPF: {19E28AFC-EAE3-4CE5-AC83-2407B42F57C9} (MSSecurityAdvisor Class) - http://download.micr...b?1087512233494
O16 - DPF: {2253F320-AB68-4A07-917D-4F12D8884A06} (ChainCast VMR Client Proxy) - http://www.streamaud...d/ccpm_0237.cab
O16 - DPF: {284DAE3C-A691-11D3-AD58-00E0B8107A24} (SISCtrl Class) - http://mfr.mlxchange...ontrol/SISC.cab
O16 - DPF: {4989312D-58CF-11D5-A7D7-00E02911103E} (Interealty MultiSelect) - http://mfr.mlxchange...ectComboBox.cab
O16 - DPF: {5881537F-6EC4-11D4-A18C-00A0C9AF5124} (ImagePad.ctlImagePad) - http://www.clerk.org...ex/ImagePad.cab
O16 - DPF: {6FD482A3-7B57-438B-B040-52CAA30147EE} (MLXchange Client Utils) - http://mfr.mlxchange...ClientUtils.cab
O16 - DPF: {78523E50-56EB-11D3-B739-CAA1986A452F} (LiteGridCtl Class) - http://mfr.mlxchange...ol/LiteGrid.cab
O16 - DPF: {83AB6E4D-CDD7-11D3-B5E7-00104B9AFF6E} (GeacRevw Control) - http://mfr.mlxchange...ol/IRCSharc.cab
O16 - DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} (Update Class) - http://v4.windowsupd...8120.6228356482
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macr...ash/swflash.cab
O16 - DPF: {F060A272-A18A-11D3-B75B-00E0B81077E8} (DropList Class) - http://mfr.mlxchange...CustomCtrls.cab

#2 MavZZ

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Posted 05 July 2004 - 10:04 PM

Hey, finally after days of trying i finally erradicated CWS from my computer. no spyware removing program worked so i know how you are feeling. your version looks very similar to mine (R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = file://C:\DOCUME~1\rlb\LOCALS~1\Temp\sp.html rather than other places) and after tons of research and reading it was suggested that CWS.Searchx wasnt being removed by CWShredder because it was "covered" by CWS.Realyellowpage.
The removal instructions and programs needed are in Merijn's page although the strand i had is not the same as the one posted there (different file size, etc). When looking for the dll, i thought the file without a description in the log, (from the PrcView, which in my case was called ncb.dll) was suspicious, and then checked its properties and realised it wasnt written by any major companies. Backup copies were made (zipped) and proceeded to delete it with KillBox as the instructions say, then ran CWShredded to delete CWS.Searchx and DONE! dont delete any dll without making a zipped backup copy, just to make sure it runs, and also MAKE SURE its not a file used by some other program.

hope this helps a bit, maybe if u post the PcrView log (option 2, Internet Explorer's DLLs) I might be able to help you more.

Cheers,

MavZZ




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