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I have a problem here. I got CW.Searchx and I can't get rid of it. It keeps hijacking my homepage and search. I used the latest version of Ad-Aware and it finds nothing. Spybot Search and Destroy keeps finding "DSO Exploit" but it keeps coming back. CWShredder and HiJackThis find CW.Searchx and remove it, however they only remove the hijacked homepage, they don't remove the hijacked search page. Then the homepage gets magically hijacked again.


Also I can't go to windows update for some reason. It just stays there at 0%.


I also tried manual CW.Searchx removal instructions from this site with no long term result.


Here is the HiJackthis log after I think I fixed it.


Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7

Scan saved at 9:20:38 PM, on 21/06/2004

Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)

MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)


Running processes:











C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe


C:\Program Files\Trillian\trillian.exe

C:\Program Files\eMule\emule.exe

C:\Program Files\Winamp\winamp.exe

C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe

C:\Hijack This\HijackThis.exe


O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll

O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NAV Agent] C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\navapw32.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickFinder Scheduler] "C:\Program Files\WordPerfect Office 11\Programs\QFSCHD110.EXE"

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ElbyCheckElbyCDFL] "C:\Program Files\Elaborate Bytes\CloneCD\ElbyCheck.exe" /L ElbyCDFL

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [symantec NetDriver Monitor] C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\SNDMon.EXE

O4 - Startup: PowerReg Scheduler.exe

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

O16 - DPF: JT's Blocks - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/blt1_x.cab

O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Bingo - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/xt0_x.cab

O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Bridge - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/bt1_x.cab

O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Checkers - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/kt3_x.cab

O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Chess - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/ct0_x.cab

O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Dots - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/dtt1_x.cab

O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Exploder - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/vtk_x.cab

O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Fleet - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/fltt2_x.cab

O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Graffiti - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/grt5_x.cab

O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Literati - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/tt0_x.cab

O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Poker - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/pt1_x.cab

O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Pool 2 - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/potc_x.cab

O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Spelldown - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/sdt1_x.cab

O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Towers 2.0 - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/ywt0_x.cab

O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Trivia - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/tvt0_x.cab

O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Word Racer - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/wt0_x.cab

O16 - DPF: {166B1BCA-3F9C-11CF-8075-444553540000} (Shockwave ActiveX Control) - http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwa...ector/swdir.cab

O16 - DPF: {AE1C01E3-0283-11D3-9B3F-00C04F8EF466} (HeartbeatCtl Class) - http://fdl.msn.com/zone/datafiles/heartbeat.cab

O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwa...ash/swflash.cab

O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553542500} - http://active.macromedia.com/flash2/cabs/swflash.cab

O16 - DPF: {F58E1CEF-A068-4C15-BA5E-587CAF3EE8C6} (MSN Chat Control 4.5) - http://fdl.msn.com/public/chat/msnchat45.cab

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Trust me. Sometimes it takes them a really long time (several hours) before you get a reply. (I'm right below you on the list of threads right now.) I just hit Track this thread and I'm figuring I'll get an email eventually when someone responds. It's really worth it when they do reply.

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There have Been many, many, many Of us who got jacked By this S.O.B Hijacker.

I just got RID of CWS SEARCHX myself..Thx from some peeps here and a little messing with it my self.


First things first get a file called REGLITE @ www.resplendence.com/download/reglite...


and get a file called find all.Bat @ http://freeatlast.100free.com/index.html


And if you dont have these 2 file's yet get them Ad-aware 6 build 181 & SpyBot Search And Destroy 1.3 both can be Downloaded from www.Download.com.


And CWS shredder...



Ok Time to find the random .dll that the Trojin/spyware use's

Open findall.bat and run it, it will tell you the culprete file .dll your looking for write it down, you can also find the file by doing a defrag & the file it cant move is the 1 you need to write down.


Ok once you have the .dll name as mine was d3dhii.dll open REGLITE and copy and paste this in the address bar:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\AppInit_DLLs and hit GO.


In the left pane, highlight "Windows" then right-click it and choose Rename. Change the name to NotWindows it will ask you if you want to make the change, click Yes.


Now, in the right pane, double-click the AppInit_Dlls value and highlight and delete the C:\WINNT\System32\d3dhii.DLL value in the value box(remember that you wrote the name of the .dll down as mine was d3dhii.dll your's will be differnt.


then hit Apply and Ok. Right-click "NotWindows" in the left pane, choose rename, and change the name back to Windows, then ok that change, close Reglite and reboot.


After rebooting, open the C:\WINNT\System32 folder in Explorer and look for THE .DLL file you found with findall.bat, which should now be visible. If it is, cut and paste it into a different folder i move mine to a folder called JUNK @ C:/JUNK, then try to delete it (You may or may not be able at that point.


you will need to reboot into safe mode by rebooting your comp and pressing F8 when in safe mode find the folder you moved the .dll file to and you will have to fidle with the premission's of the file but once you are able to set premissions for it you will now be-able to delete it.


if you keep getting the premission's denied error or simlar error dont sweat it happen to me many time's just keep messing with the premission for that file and it will finaly take and you will beable to delete it.


Once you have it deleted, run Ad-aware 6 run the update wizard to get the latest refference file.and then scan & fix all that it finds.


then run spybot 1.3 make sure you run the update wizard for it to get the updates then Run the scan fix all it finds, after that run CWS shredder and it shouldnt find anything then..


Reboot after you have done all this, once rebooted open internet options in Control panel and set your Browser back to whatever home page you had now you are free and clear of this NASTY Thing Hope this helps .


Post a Hijackthis Log also after you have done all this so people can help you with anything that's left over:

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