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E_Pol

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Hi. I wish my first post here could have been something other than a cry for help, but here I am.

Help me geeks to go, you're my only hope!

I seem to have cool web search ripping my system apart. CW Shredder finds a "hiddenDLL" every time it scans, and it supposedly removes it. But they keep coming back. I've tried adaware, (which found 43 items), and spybot finds a couple instances of coolwebsearch.

Additionally, I can't update windows, because each time I try to access it I get brought back to about:blank (and several pop-ups).

Here's my hijack this log...

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:40:39 AM, on 3/12/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
D:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
D:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
D:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
D:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\DefWatch.exe
D:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\Rtvscan.exe
D:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
D:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\vptray.exe
D:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
D:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
D:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
D:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
D:\cwshredder1591\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = res://D:\DOCUME~1\Ed\LOCALS~1\Temp\se.dll/sp.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = res://D:\DOCUME~1\Ed\LOCALS~1\Temp\se.dll/sp.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = about:blank
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = about:blank
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = about:blank
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = www.google.com
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = www.google.com
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,HomeOldSP = about:blank
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = www.google.com
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,HomeOldSP = about:blank
R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {A8A8F473-9BE6-4128-91AC-5B6DF4A2FF00} - D:\WINDOWS\System32\aokp.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - D:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [11.tmp] D:\DOCUME~1\Ed\LOCALS~1\Temp\11.tmp.exe 4 10001
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "D:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [vptray] D:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\vptray.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "D:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk = D:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O15 - Trusted Zone: *.frame.crazywinnings.com
O15 - Trusted Zone: *.frame.crazywinnings.com (HKLM)
O15 - Trusted IP range: 206.161.125.149
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://v5.windowsupd...b?1107624723624
O18 - Filter: text/html - {468A7D24-0500-45F1-BCF3-BDBA2A543EE2} - D:\WINDOWS\System32\aokp.dll
O18 - Filter: text/plain - {468A7D24-0500-45F1-BCF3-BDBA2A543EE2} - D:\WINDOWS\System32\aokp.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: NavLogon - D:\WINDOWS\System32\NavLogon.dll
O23 - Service: DefWatch - Symantec Corporation - D:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\DefWatch.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec AntiVirus Client (Norton AntiVirus Server) - Symantec Corporation - D:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\Rtvscan.exe
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I should also add that it won't let me sign into yahoo or hotmail. I'm about 5 pop-ups away from throwing my computer out the window! :tazz:
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Okay, I've been able to update Windows XP, and I've downloaded and run about:buster, cwsserviceremove, and TDS-3. Nothing seems to be resolving the problem. Here's the new HijackThis log...

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 6:26:01 PM, on 3/13/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
D:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
D:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
D:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\DefWatch.exe
D:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\Rtvscan.exe
D:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
D:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
D:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
D:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\vptray.exe
D:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
D:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe
D:\cwshredder1591\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = res://D:\DOCUME~1\Ed\LOCALS~1\Temp\se.dll/sp.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = res://D:\DOCUME~1\Ed\LOCALS~1\Temp\se.dll/sp.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = about:blank
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = about:blank
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = about:blank
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = www.google.com
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,HomeOldSP = about:blank
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = www.google.com
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,HomeOldSP = about:blank
O1 - Hosts: 64.91.255.87 www.dcsresearch.com
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {0C316050-75DC-4DB3-910B-BD366457015F} - D:\WINDOWS\System32\aokp.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [11.tmp] D:\DOCUME~1\Ed\LOCALS~1\Temp\11.tmp.exe 4 10001
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "D:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [vptray] D:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\vptray.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "D:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk = D:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - D:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - D:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O15 - Trusted Zone: *.frame.crazywinnings.com
O15 - Trusted Zone: *.frame.crazywinnings.com (HKLM)
O15 - Trusted IP range: 206.161.125.149
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://v5.windowsupd...b?1107624723624
O18 - Filter: text/html - {ECDF20EB-A7F8-4442-B328-C832E30F8368} - D:\WINDOWS\System32\aokp.dll
O18 - Filter: text/plain - {ECDF20EB-A7F8-4442-B328-C832E30F8368} - D:\WINDOWS\System32\aokp.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: NavLogon - D:\WINDOWS\System32\NavLogon.dll
O23 - Service: DefWatch - Symantec Corporation - D:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\DefWatch.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec AntiVirus Client (Norton AntiVirus Server) - Symantec Corporation - D:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\Rtvscan.exe
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Hi E_Pol

Welcome to geekstogo ;)

Please read through the instructions before you start (you may want to print this out).

Please download and install these programs - don't run them yet!!

Please download and unzip
About:Buster to a folder. Inside the folder is a readme file that has instructions on the use of the program.
AboutBuster MUST be updated before you use it.
Start AboutBuster, click the update button, check for update, drag the box to the side and hit download updates, close the box . Don't run it yet.


Please download and install AD-Aware.
Check Here on how setup and use it - please make sure you update it first.

Download and unzip cwsserviceremove to your desktop. use either link below:
cwsserviceremove

cwsserviceremove.zip


Download CW-Shredder at the link below:
CWShredder

Open Windows Explorer & Go to Tools > Folder Options. Click on the View tab and make sure that "Show hidden files and folders" is checked.
Also uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" and untick "hide extensions for known file types" . Now click "Apply to all folders"
Click "Apply" then "OK"

For anyone using Windows XP, 'Search' will not automatically show hidden files even if your folder options settings are set to do that. Do this so you can see hidden files and folders - Click here to download xphidden.zip. Extract xphidden.reg from the zip file and save it to the desktop. When done, double-click the xphidden.reg and when asked to merge say yes.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Here's the fix:

Important Step
1. Go to Start->Run and type "Services.msc" (without quotes) then hit Ok
Scroll down and find the service called:


skip this section

When you find it, double-click on it. In the next window that opens, click the Stop button, then click on properties and under the General Tab, change the Startup Type to Disabled. Now hit Apply and then Ok and close any open windows. If you don´t find this service listed go ahead with the next steps.

a.) Copy the contents of the Quote Box below to Notepad.
b.) Save the file as RemoveTrustedZone.reg
c.) Change the Save as Type to All Files.
d.) Save this file to the desktop.

Quote:

REGEDIT4

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains]

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains]


--
e.) Double-click on RemoveTrustedZone.reg.
f.) When it asks you to merge the information to the registry click Yes.



2. Reboot into Safe Mode: Click here if you don't know how to do this.


3. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete once -> Click Task Manager -> Click the Processes tab -> Double-click the Image Name column header to alphabetically sort the processes -> Scroll through the list and look for:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\absey.dll
C:\WINDOWS\mspf32.dll
C:\WINDOWS\system32\sysdx32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\ielg.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\syser.exe[/B]

If you find the files, click on them, and then click End Process -> Exit the Task Manager.

4. CLOSE ALL WINDOWS AND BROWSERS Scan with HijackThis and put checks next to all the following,

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = res://D:\DOCUME~1\Ed\LOCALS~1\Temp\se.dll/sp.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = res://D:\DOCUME~1\Ed\LOCALS~1\Temp\se.dll/sp.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = about:blank
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = about:blank
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = about:blank
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = www.google.com
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,HomeOldSP = about:blank
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = www.google.com
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,HomeOldSP = about:blank
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {0C316050-75DC-4DB3-910B-BD366457015F} - D:\WINDOWS\System32\aokp.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [11.tmp] D:\DOCUME~1\Ed\LOCALS~1\Temp\11.tmp.exe 4 10001
O15 - Trusted Zone: *.frame.crazywinnings.com
O15 - Trusted Zone: *.frame.crazywinnings.com (HKLM)
O15 - Trusted IP range: 206.161.125.149
O18 - Filter: text/html - {ECDF20EB-A7F8-4442-B328-C832E30F8368} - D:\WINDOWS\System32\aokp.dll
O18 - Filter: text/plain - {ECDF20EB-A7F8-4442-B328-C832E30F8368} - D:\WINDOWS\System32\aokp.dll


Then click on "Fix Checked"

5. Using Windows Explorer delete the following files if present:
If you get an error when deleting a file. Right click on the file and check to see if the read only attribute is checked. if it is uncheck it and try again.

D:\DOCUME~1\Ed\LOCALS~1\Temp\se.dll/sp.html
D:\WINDOWS\System32\aokp.dll
D:\DOCUME~1\Ed\LOCALS~1\Temp\11.tmp.exe 4 10001


(and any other files with the same name that end in .dll, .exe or .dat, you may find them right next to each other, example - appsw.exe, appsw.dll, appsw.dat)

6. Run AboutBuster . This will scan your computer for the bad files and delete them. Save the report (copy and paste into notepad or wordpad and save as a .txt file) and post a copy back here when you are done with all the steps.

7. Scan with AdAware and let it remove any bad files found.

8. Clean out temporary and TIF files. Go to Start > Run and type in the box: cleanmgr. Let it scan your system for files to remove. Make sure these 3 are checked and then press *ok* to remove:

Download the ccleaner
I use this Program and is setup like this all boxs are check.

Clean out all temp files in Mozilla, Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer: Tools/ Internet Options/ General/ Temporary internet files/ Delete Files (NOTE, that this may take very long!). You can also set the memory limit to about 80 MB at the Settings.

Mozilla: Edit/ Options/ Extended/ Cache/ Clear Cache

9. Double click on the cwsserviceremove and when asked to merge say yes.

10. Run CW-Shredder - Hit the FIX button - let it run and fix what it finds.

11. Download Pocket Killbox and unzip it; save it to your Desktop.
Run it, and click the radio button that says Delete a file on reboot.
Paste them one at a time into the full path of file to delete box and click the red circle with a white cross in it.
The program will ask you if you want to reboot; say No each time until the last one has been pasted in whereupon you should answer Yes.
Let the system reboot.
D:\DOCUME~1\Ed\LOCALS~1\Temp\se.dll/sp.html
D:\WINDOWS\System32\aokp.dll
D:\DOCUME~1\Ed\LOCALS~1\Temp\11.tmp.exe 4 1


12. Reboot into normal mode.

13. Download the Hoster from here Press "Restore Original Hosts. and press "OK". Exit Program.

Please run the following free, online virus scans.
http://www.pandasoft...n_principal.htm
http://housecall.tre.../start_corp.asp

Please post the logs From both virus scans and HJT.log we will need them to remove previous infections that have left files on your system.

Kc :tazz:
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