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Dave Blake

Zone Labs unreachable - a hijack?

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Another friend with what sounds like a possible hijack problem (like buses nothing then 2 at once!). For the past week they have been unable to reach the Zonelabs web site. Initially they could reach the home page but not the subscription renewal, now they can't see any part of the site. I am on the same ISP and I can get to the pages no problem, the rest of the web is fine AKAIK.

 

When they enter www.zonelabs.com or even the direct IP address http://208.185.174.44 they get the timeout "page not found" for IP address 205.178.21.3.

 

Now 205.178.21.3 was the IP address of the Zone Labs servers in 2001, I don't know if they own that hardware any more but it does not have a web page. I wondered if it was a DNS lookup problem but the ISP insists that all their DNS servers are up to date and resolve to the correct IP address.

 

Why is their PC routing 208.185.174.44 to 205.178.21.3??

 

Same problem in both IE and Netscape.

No proxies defined (AFAIK).

Tried ipconfig /refresh

Tried deleting temporary files from IE.

Scanned clean with Adaware and Spybot (lastest versions)

Scanned clean with anti-virius tools

 

However the hijack this file is rather large, so I suspect there could be a problem. Could someone look at this please.

 

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.0

Scan saved at 06:56:46, on 06/07/2004

Platform: Windows ME (Win9x 4.90.3000)

MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

 

Running processes:

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\KERNEL32.DLL

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSGSRV32.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\mmtask.tsk

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MPREXE.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSTASK.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SSDPSRV.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\STIMON.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\GRISOFT\AVG6\AVGSERV9.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ZONELABS\VSMON.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\DEVLDR16.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\RNAAPP.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\TAPISRV.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\RESTORE\STMGR.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\GRISOFT\AVG6\AVGCC32.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\REAL\UPDATE_OB\REALSCHED.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\ERASER\ERASER.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\VTUNER\VTUNER.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\PSTORES.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\ZONE LABS\ZONEALARM\ZAPRO.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\MICROSOFT SHARED\WORKS SHARED\WKCALREM.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\DOWNLOADWIZARD\DOWNLOADWIZARD.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\UKPHONE2\PHONE.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\MICROSOFT OFFICE\OFFICE\1033\MSOFFICE.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\BLUEYONDER IST\BIN\MPBTN.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\MICROSOFT OFFICE\OFFICE10\OUTLOOK.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\HEWLETT-PACKARD\HP SHARE-TO-WEB\HPGS2WNF.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\WINZIP\WINZIP32.EXE

C:\UNZIPPED\HIJACKTHIS\HIJACKTHIS.EXE

 

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://broadband.blueyonder.co.uk/

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Microsoft Internet Explorer

N3 - Netscape 7: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://home.netscape.com/bookmark/7_0/home.html"); (C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\li4h32qf.slt\prefs.js)

N3 - Netscape 7: user_pref("browser.search.defaultengine", "engine://C%3A%5CPROGRAM%20FILES%5CNETSCAPE%5CNETSCAPE%5Csearchplugins%5CSBWeb_02.src"); (C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\li4h32qf.slt\prefs.js)

O1 - Hosts: 12.108.162.119 www.penny-arcade.com

O1 - Hosts: 216.151.100.131 www.tweak3d.net

O1 - Hosts: 64.246.15.57 www.tweaktown.com

O1 - Hosts: 207.115.64.44 www.3dspotlight.com

O1 - Hosts: 66.96.206.87 www.tweakersasylum.com

O1 - Hosts: 64.246.24.94 www.majorgeeks.com

O1 - Hosts: 212.46.120.56 www.tweakpc.de

O1 - Hosts: 216.151.100.102 www.anandtech.com

O1 - Hosts: 216.26.163.153 www.tweakxp.com

O1 - Hosts: 209.197.70.66 www.magictweak.com

O1 - Hosts: 12.96.164.109 www.guru3d.com

O1 - Hosts: 209.197.108.216 tweakcentral.com

O1 - Hosts: 195.161.114.15 www.hardwareportal.ru

O1 - Hosts: 66.45.6.44 www.tweakmax.com

O1 - Hosts: 207.178.137.30 www.techextreme.com

O1 - Hosts: 64.41.153.210 www.maximumpc.com

O1 - Hosts: 66.77.24.3 www.winmag.com

O1 - Hosts: 216.40.238.204 www.hardcoreware.net

O1 - Hosts: 194.200.132.34 www.bluescreenofdeth.net

O1 - Hosts: 142.31.214.210 www.rojakpot.com

O1 - Hosts: 205.188.137.185 members.aol.com

O1 - Hosts: 207.38.1.105 www.gamespy.com

O1 - Hosts: 206.16.0.151 www.gamespot.com

O1 - Hosts: 64.28.67.150 www.slashdot.org

O1 - Hosts: 207.199.1.103 www.planetquake.com

O1 - Hosts: 24.237.4.113 www.somethingaweful.com

O1 - Hosts: 207.0.114.195 www.tabworldonline.com

O1 - Hosts: 205.181.128.80 www.geek.com

O1 - Hosts: 199.105.102.131 www.happypuppy.com

O1 - Hosts: 205.229.72.80 www.hothardware.com

O1 - Hosts: 216.34.72.161 www.millisec.com

O1 - Hosts: 209.249.33.4 www.msicomputer.com

O1 - Hosts: 208.249.124.215 www.overclockers.com

O1 - Hosts: 213.207.14.141 zoiah.m3dzone.com

O1 - Hosts: 209.247.194.100 babelfish.altavista.digital.com

O1 - Hosts: 208.254.3.130 www.techconnect.com

O1 - Hosts: 209.126.167.4 www.motherboards.org

O1 - Hosts: 192.18.97.241 www.sun.com

O1 - Hosts: 216.62.153.3 www.pinkmonkey.com

O1 - Hosts: 159.33.1.85 cbc.ca

O1 - Hosts: 166.70.10.23 www.computerhope.com

O1 - Hosts: 208.47.252.43 www.bootdisk.com

O1 - Hosts: 137.82.195.9 careerowl.ca

O1 - Hosts: 209.66.74.94 www.techbargains.com

O1 - Hosts: 206.47.148.163 www.pccanada.com

O1 - Hosts: 206.161.202.96 www.skinz.org

O1 - Hosts: 208.228.126.53 www.express.com

O1 - Hosts: 207.168.8.2 www.egghead.com

O1 - Hosts: 216.241.100.190 www.computersurplusoutlet.com

O1 - Hosts: 209.67.181.21 www.buy.com

O1 - Hosts: 206.253.222.67 www.2cooltek.com

O1 - Hosts: 209.247.72.66 www.nbc.com

O1 - Hosts: 209.116.0.210 www.litestep.net

O1 - Hosts: 66.54.2.140 www.fox.com

O1 - Hosts: 193.125.199.4 www.icqplus.org

O1 - Hosts: 208.51.196.21 www.customize.org

O1 - Hosts: 63.227.17.77 www.cognitivedistortion.com

O1 - Hosts: 63.226.107.3 www.darkstep.com

O1 - Hosts: 64.225.121.225 www.designsbymark.com

O1 - Hosts: 207.228.228.14 www.98lite.net

O1 - Hosts: 128.242.228.49 www.examnotes.com

O1 - Hosts: 64.14.126.119 www.brainbench.com

O1 - Hosts: 212.100.224.151 www.freeskills.com

O1 - Hosts: 63.146.189.25 www.brainbuzz.com

O1 - Hosts: 130.94.22.181 www.cert21.com

O1 - Hosts: 209.207.169.163 www.examdumps.net

O1 - Hosts: 207.250.47.107 www.techskills.com

O1 - Hosts: 207.250.47.105 testprep.techskills.com

O1 - Hosts: 216.167.48.217 www.cheat-sheets.com

O1 - Hosts: 216.247.236.108 www.3dcool.com

O1 - Hosts: 209.223.117.234 www.coolerguys.com

O1 - Hosts: 207.207.242.92 www.coldcpu.com

O1 - Hosts: 206.16.0.129 downloads.cnet.com

O1 - Hosts: 208.189.120.138 www.drivershq.com

O1 - Hosts: 63.236.73.232 www.windrivers.com

O1 - Hosts: 209.68.46.122 www.driversguide.com

O1 - Hosts: 216.52.8.178 www.bigfix.com

O1 - Hosts: 64.39.31.20 www.pcnineoneone.com

O1 - Hosts: 65.220.224.30 www.pcworld.com

O1 - Hosts: 209.157.71.37 www.homestead.com

O1 - Hosts: 66.218.77.70 www.geocities.com

O1 - Hosts: 204.57.71.1 www.pricewatch.com

O1 - Hosts: 64.94.16.111 www.mysimon.com

O1 - Hosts: 206.16.0.132 www.cnet.com

O1 - Hosts: 205.181.112.65 www.zdnet.com

O1 - Hosts: 208.45.133.23 www.excite.com

O1 - Hosts: 64.12.180.19 www.netscape.net

O1 - Hosts: 208.185.160.77 www.directhit.com

O1 - Hosts: 205.188.160.121 www.aol.com

O1 - Hosts: 66.150.2.83 www.webcrawler.com

O1 - Hosts: 63.236.73.97 www.searchenginewatch.com

O1 - Hosts: 208.165.28.71 www.netstrider.com

O1 - Hosts: 66.54.217.83 www.web-search.com

O1 - Hosts: 66.150.2.69 www.dogpile.com

O1 - Hosts: 204.202.140.215 www.go.com

O1 - Hosts: 204.71.128.215 www.goto.com

O1 - Hosts: 64.15.202.151 www.goto.com

O1 - Hosts: 63.251.36.20 www.about.com

O1 - Hosts: 65.214.39.7 www.askjeeves.com

O1 - Hosts: 166.90.143.6 www.3dfx.com

O1 - Hosts: 212.4.208.117 www.x3dfx.com

O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\ADOBE\ACROBAT 5.0\READER\ACTIVEX\ACROIEHELPER.OCX

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll

O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSDXM.OCX

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG_CC] C:\PROGRAM FILES\GRISOFT\AVG6\avgcc32.exe /startup

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MSConfigReminder] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSCONFIG.EXE /reminder

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [devldr16.exe] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\devldr16.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [LoadPowerProfile] Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme

O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [schedulingAgent] mstask.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [sSDPSRV] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ssdpsrv.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [*StateMgr] C:\WINDOWS\System\Restore\StateMgr.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [stillImageMonitor] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\STIMON.EXE

O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [Avgserv9.exe] C:\PROGRA~1\GRISOFT\AVG6\Avgserv9.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [TrueVector] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ZONELABS\VSMON.EXE -service

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Eraser] C:\PROGRAM FILES\ERASER\ERASER.EXE -hide

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [tkonnect] C:\PROGRAM FILES\TISCALI\TKONNECT\TKONNECT.EXE updatemode

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [vTunerStartUp] C:\PROGRA~1\VTUNER\vTuner.exe WinStart=Yes

O4 - Startup: Microsoft Works Calendar Reminders.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\wkcalrem.exe

O4 - Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE

O4 - Startup: eBot.lnk = C:\WINDOWS\DownloadWizard\DownloadWizard.exe

O4 - Startup: UK Phone Codes Pop Up.lnk = C:\Program Files\ukphone2\phone.exe

O4 - Startup: blueyonder Instant Support Tool.lnk = C:\Program Files\blueyonder IST\bin\matcli.exe

O4 - Global Startup: ZoneAlarm Pro.lnk = C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zapro.exe

O6 - HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel present

O9 - Extra button: Researcher - {9455301C-CF6B-11D3-A266-00C04F689C50} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Reference 2001\EROProj.dll

O9 - Extra button: Messenger - -{FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\PROGRA~1\MESSEN~1\MSMSGS.EXE

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: MSN Messenger Service - -{FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\PROGRA~1\MESSEN~1\MSMSGS.EXE

O9 - Extra button: Net2Phone - {4B30061A-5B39-11D3-80F8-0090276F843F} - C:\Program Files\Net2Phone\Net2fone.exe

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Net2Phone - {4B30061A-5B39-11D3-80F8-0090276F843F} - C:\Program Files\Net2Phone\Net2fone.exe

O9 - Extra button: Dell Home - {EE117DAA-A30B-40FC-945C-38AE1B80C1FA} - http://www.euro.dell.com/countries/uk/enu/gen/default.htm (file missing) (HKCU)

O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll

O14 - IERESET.INF: START_PAGE_URL=http://www.euro.dell.com/countries/uk/enu/gen/default.htm

O16 - DPF: {AE9DCB17-F804-11D2-A44A-0020182C1446} (IntraLaunch.MainControl) - file://E:\supercd\IntraLaunch.CAB

O16 - DPF: {0FF3E97F-433D-11D2-B31A-00A0C9B135DB} (CoDetectDigitalRiver Class) - http://ebot.digitalriver.com/v2.0-doc/dlwi...zard3.0.4.3.cab

O16 - DPF: {C606BA60-AB76-48B6-96A7-2C4D5C386F70} (PreQualifier Class) - http://help.blueyonder.co.uk/html/software...tivePreQual.cab

O16 - DPF: {1D4DB7D2-6EC9-47A3-BD87-1E41684E07BB} - http://imgfarm.com/images/nocache/funwebpr...etup1.0.0.5.cab

O16 - DPF: {62475759-9E84-458E-A1AB-5D2C442ADFDE} - http://a1540.g.akamai.net/7/1540/52/200305...meInstaller.exe

O18 - Protocol: msero - {B0D92A71-886B-453B-A649-1B91F93801E7} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Reference 2001\msero.dll

O18 - Protocol: msencarta - {74D92DF3-6D9D-11D1-8B38-006097DBED7A} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Reference 2001\MSREF.DLL

O18 - Protocol: msref - {74D92DF3-6D9D-11D1-8B38-006097DBED7A} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Reference 2001\MSREF.DLL

O21 - SSODL: AUHook - {BCBCD383-3E06-11D3-91A9-00C04F68105C} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\AUHOOK.DLL

 

Sorry this post so long

Dave

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Hi,

Your log is basically clean ...

 

Try renaming your HOSTS file. Whatever you are using to create those entries is not correct, or is redirecting you. I only checked the first few but it's wrong!

 

[Example]

www.penny-arcade.com = 66.205.194.9

However your entry:

O1 - Hosts: 12.108.162.119 www.penny-arcade.com

 

www.tweak3d.net = 168.143.107.6

However your entry:

O1 - Hosts: 216.151.100.131 www.tweak3d.net

 

After renaming the HOSTS file ...

http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm#Rename

 

Start | Run (type) "winipcfg" (no quotes)

Use the options there to clear the DNS cache.

 

FYI: 205.178.21.3 = zonelabs2.brainstorm.net

208.185.174.44 = www.zonelabs.com

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Clean is good news, thank you.

 

I have now seen my friend's Hosts file and it has hundreds of entries, many as you note, out of date or incorrect. They have no idea how it got like that and have not consciously created *any* entries and do not recognise most of them. From the time stamp and backup copies it has been edited recently by something. The odd thing is none of the entries seems to be really malicious routing everything to some offensive site etc., they are just incorrect and route to varied IP address that just don't have web pages on them (any more?). For example it sends Zonelabs.com to the IP address they were using in 2001.

 

I guessed that replacing this Hosts file would help, but I worry about how it got in that mess. I presumed there would be something nasty lurcking somewhere. But you say the HJT log is basically clean, so the mystery remains.

 

Any ideas about what edited the Hosts file?

 

Thanks

Dave

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Hi,

Any ideas about what edited the Hosts file?

Usually these so-called "web accelerators" are the cause. You know the ones ... they advertise use our program and your browser will be 100 times faster!

 

Only thing is they don't work! If you are worried about changes to the HOSTS file you can make it "read only", and\or use the "Hosts Monitor" feature in WinPatrol.

http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

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