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How to reset all browsers that have been hijacked?

BobMCT (IS/IT--Management) (OP)
9 Dec 11 19:57
On my Win 7 machine with many browsers installed (for testing) I recently got bitten by the system-fix trojan.  Screwed my system up really bad.

One recurring issue is that all my browsers have been hijacked meaning that if I enter a search into my search bar and access the search engine I get the desired results displayed but when I click on ANY links offered I get sent to off ball sites, some marketing, some porn, some others, just unwanted material.

I've been trying to research and resolve this with no luck yet.  I am hoping that someone here has experienced this and successfully resolved this same issue or any other issues caused by the system fix trojan.

I eagerly await some helpful hints and ideas.  Thanks  sad
Turkbear (TechnicalUser)
9 Dec 11 22:53
Hi,
Try Combofix from

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix

Follow the insrtuctions carefully and it should clear things up.

 

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To Paraphrase:"The Help you get is proportional to the Help you give.."

linney (TechnicalUser)
10 Dec 11 13:02
Virus/Spyware discussion  forum
http://www.tek-tips.com/threadminder.cfm?pid=760


I see lots of recommendations here for programs like -

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free

SuperAntispyware
http://superantispyware.com/
BadBigBen (MIS)
11 Dec 11 7:09
as mentioned by Turkbear and Linney, use the mentioned antimalware apps and preferrable in the following order...

first: SuperAntiSpyware
second: Malwarebytes AntiMalware
third: Combofix

and if you are still experiencing a problem, then follow up with:

HiJackThis from the TrendMicro website...

and post the HiJackThis LOG, after the cleaning from above...

Ben
"If it works don't fix it! If it doesn't use a sledgehammer..."
How to ask a question, when posting them to a professional forum.
Only ask questions with yes/no answers if you want "yes" or "no"

BobMCT (IS/IT--Management) (OP)
11 Dec 11 7:37
Thanks all - but still no luck in removing the hijacked browsers.
As requested, here is the hijack output log:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 7:29:10 AM, on 12/11/2011
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Odometer\hpsysdrv.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\hp\HP Software Update\hpwuschd2.exe
c:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\TouchSmart\Media\Kernel\CLML\CLMLSvc.exe
C:\Users\sysop\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=56626&homepage=http://g.msn.com/HPDSK/1
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = C:\Windows\SysWOW64\blank.htm
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: Search Toolbar - {9D425283-D487-4337-BAB6-AB8354A81457} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Search Toolbar\SearchToolbar.dll (file missing)
O2 - BHO: pdfforge Toolbar - {B922D405-6D13-4A2B-AE89-08A030DA4402} - C:\Program Files (x86)\pdfforge Toolbar\IE\4.6\pdfforgeToolbarIE.dll (file missing)
O2 - BHO: Bing Bar Helper - {d2ce3e00-f94a-4740-988e-03dc2f38c34f} - "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\BingBar\BingExt.dll" (file missing)
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll (file missing)
O3 - Toolbar: Search Toolbar - {9D425283-D487-4337-BAB6-AB8354A81457} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Search Toolbar\SearchToolbar.dll (file missing)
O3 - Toolbar: pdfforge Toolbar - {B922D405-6D13-4A2B-AE89-08A030DA4402} - C:\Program Files (x86)\pdfforge Toolbar\IE\4.6\pdfforgeToolbarIE.dll (file missing)
O3 - Toolbar: Bing Bar - {8dcb7100-df86-4384-8842-8fa844297b3f} - "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\BingBar\BingExt.dll" (file missing)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hpsysdrv] c:\program files (x86)\hewlett-packard\HP odometer\hpsysdrv.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Software Update] c:\Program Files (x86)\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [BrMfcWnd] C:\Program Files (x86)\Brother\Brmfcmon\BrMfcWnd.exe /AUTORUN
O11 - Options group: [ACCELERATED_GRAPHICS] Accelerated graphics
O18 - Protocol: skype4com - {FFC8B962-9B40-4DFF-9458-1830C7DD7F5D} - C:\PROGRA~2\COMMON~1\Skype\SKYPE4~1.DLL
O23 - Service: ArcSoft Connect Daemon (ACDaemon) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\ArcSoft\Connection Service\Bin\ACService.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Acronis Scheduler2 Service (AcrSch2Svc) - Acronis - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedul2.exe
O23 - Service: Acronis Nonstop Backup Service (afcdpsrv) - Acronis - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Acronis\CDP\afcdpsrv.exe
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\Alg.exe,-112 (ALG) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\alg.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Apache2.2 - Apache Software Foundation - c:\xampp\apache\bin\httpd.exe
O23 - Service: BrYNSvc - Brother Industries, Ltd. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Browny02\BrYNSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Crypkey License - Unknown owner - crypserv.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: DS-Client - ASIGRA Inc. - C:\Program Files\CloudBackup\DS-Client\dsclient.exe
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\efssvc.dll,-100 (EFS) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\fxsresm.dll,-118 (Fax) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\fxssvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate) (gupdate) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdatem) (gupdatem) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
O23 - Service: Google Updater Service (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
O23 - Service: HASP License Manager (hasplms) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\hasplms.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: HP Support Assistant Service - Hewlett-Packard Company - C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Support Framework\hpsa_service.exe
O23 - Service: HP Quick Synchronization Service (HPDrvMntSvc.exe) - Hewlett-Packard Company - C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\Shared\HPDrvMntSvc.exe
O23 - Service: HP Software Framework Service (hpqwmiex) - Hewlett-Packard Company - C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\Shared\hpqwmiex.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: @keyiso.dll,-100 (KeyIso) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: LightScribeService Direct Disc Labeling Service (LightScribeService) - Hewlett-Packard Company - c:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
O23 - Service: @comres.dll,-2797 (MSDTC) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\msdtc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: mysql - Unknown owner - c:\xampp\mysql\bin\mysqld.exe
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\System32\netlogon.dll,-102 (Netlogon) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (nvsvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\psbase.dll,-300 (ProtectedStorage) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Protexis Licensing V2 (PSI_SVC_2) - Protexis Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Protexis\License Service\PsiService_2.exe
O23 - Service: Macrium Reflect Image Mounting Service (ReflectService) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Macrium\Reflect\ReflectService.exe
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\Locator.exe,-2 (RpcLocator) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\locator.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\samsrv.dll,-1 (SamSs) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\snmptrap.exe,-3 (SNMPTRAP) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\snmptrap.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\spoolsv.exe,-1 (Spooler) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\spoolsv.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\sppsvc.exe,-101 (sppsvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\sppsvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: TeamViewer 5 (TeamViewer5) - TeamViewer GmbH - C:\Program Files (x86)\TeamViewer\Version5\TeamViewer_Service.exe
O23 - Service: Tenable Nessus - Tenable Network Security, Inc - C:\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus\nessus-service.exe
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\ui0detect.exe,-101 (UI0Detect) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\UI0Detect.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Ulead Burning Helper (UleadBurningHelper) - Ulead Systems, Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Ulead Systems\DVD\ULCDRSvr.exe
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\vaultsvc.dll,-1003 (VaultSvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\vds.exe,-100 (vds) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\vds.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\vssvc.exe,-102 (VSS) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\vssvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\Wat\WatUX.exe,-601 (WatAdminSvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\Wat\WatAdminSvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\wbengine.exe,-104 (wbengine) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\wbengine.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%Systemroot%\system32\wbem\wmiapsrv.exe,-110 (wmiApSrv) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\wbem\WmiApSrv.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%PROGRAMFILES%\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe,-101 (WMPNetworkSvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe (file missing)

--
End of file - 8268 bytes

I actually selected everything to run and after a reboot the browsers still are hijacked (I think I already said that).

Any more ideas would be appreciated.   Thanks.
linney (TechnicalUser)
11 Dec 11 13:22
I don't recall ever seeing a Hijack This log with so many "file missing" comments.  I wonder whether it is time to save your valuable data then reformat and and reinstall Windows?  
BadBigBen (MIS)
12 Dec 11 1:45
Nothing really obvious, except that which Linney already mentioned, but those are just minor issues...

now in a CLI command window (DOS prompt) enter the following commands:

netsh winsock reset catalog

and reboot when prompted... test again...

then by all means get rid off all those Search Bars (Bing etc.) and update your Java...

report back...

Ben
"If it works don't fix it! If it doesn't use a sledgehammer..."
How to ask a question, when posting them to a professional forum.
Only ask questions with yes/no answers if you want "yes" or "no"

goombawaho (MIS)
13 Dec 11 8:16
If you have tried the following (in the following order) and things are not improved, a format/reload is in your future UNLESS you want to spend a huge amount of time piddling with it.

1.  MalwareByte's Anti-malware FULL SCAN
2.  TDSS Killer
3.  Check hosts file http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972034
4.  Combofix
 
BobMCT (IS/IT--Management) (OP)
13 Dec 11 9:13
Yes I have tried all of the above suggestions/recommendations and unfortunately none resolved my desktops problems.  So I've backed up all my preserved FILES (not any programs) to a NAS and in the next day or two its reinstall from a Win7 Distro CD.  I anticipated restoring from the RECOVERY DRIVE provided by the mfg (HP) but it wouldn't even boot.  Go figure.

Thanks all for all your ideas.  This is a great forum for assistance when needed.

Bob  thumbsup2
goombawaho (MIS)
13 Dec 11 10:44
One of the finer points to malware removal is to know when to give up!  If it's your computer and you feel like fighting the stuff for a couple of weeks now and then, it's cool.

If you're on the clock at work or repairing someone's PC, you have to call it a day at some intelligent point to be fiscally prudent.  It think if it's on a work computer, it would be better to give up sooner rather than later from a security perspective.  You don't want other PCs to get hit and you don't want any data leaving the building or passwords compromised.

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