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Green links and Popupsearch....Oh My!

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Hey, first off, when I got some spy-ware problems the first time around, I managed to find most of the programs I needed on here. I managed to get rid of one of those damned Aurora infestations, as well as take care of quite a few things. I've gotta say, I like that Ewido program. However, I'm still seeing some problems. Whenever online, I'm seeing small selections of text turned into little green links, that are underlinded, and when I float the mouse over them, it implys that they are 'sponsored links'. I'm also seeing some pop-ups, despite my pop-up blockers, that come up about every other page I hit on my browser, if a little less then that. I blocked the sites associated with them, but they still pop up as blank pages, and it's really starting to piss me off that I have been unable to locate any general information pages that have been helpful.

Just wondering if someone could help me out? If so, thanks, that would be a great help. Oh, and I'll post my hijackthis log in a few minutes, after I do a system scan. I'll have that up in a jiffy.


Logfile Removed: HJT Logfile not requested

Edited by Andy_veal, 11 May 2005 - 12:28 PM.

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In order to assist you, we need to see the log from an Ad-Aware SE 1.05 full system scan.

Important Note! Before performing a scan, be sure that you have the most recent definitions file by using WebUpdate. (Click on the Globe icon, Click connect, Click OK, Click Finish.) At this current point * SE1R44 10.05.2005 * is the most recent definition file.

Ad-Aware SE comes preconfigured with default options so we need you to make only one change. Please deselect "Search for negligible risk entries" as negligible risk entries (MRU's) are not considered to be a threat. This option can be changed when choosing your scan type.

Select "Perform Full System Scan" and press "Next". When the scan has completed, click "Show Logfile".

Please copy/paste the complete log file here using the reply button. Don't quarantine or remove anything at this time, just post a complete logfile. This sometimes takes 2-3 posts to get it all posted. You will know you are at the end when you see the "Summary of this scan" information has been posted.

When you have posted your log here, Team Lavasoft can advise on what to do next.

Please post back if you have any questions or other problems.

Good luck

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Alright, here we go. A full system scan, leaving out 'negligible objects'

Ad-Aware SE Build 1.05
Logfile Created on:Wednesday, May 11, 2005 6:40:25 PM
Created with Ad-Aware SE Personal, free for private use.
Using definitions file:SE1R44 10.05.2005

References detected during the scan:
VX2(TAC index:10):2 total references

Ad-Aware SE Settings
Set : Safe mode (always request confirmation)
Set : Scan active processes
Set : Scan registry
Set : Deep-scan registry
Set : Scan my IE Favorites for banned URLs
Set : Scan within archives
Set : Scan my Hosts file

Extended Ad-Aware SE Settings
Set : Unload recognized processes & modules during scan
Set : Scan registry for all users instead of current user only
Set : Always try to unload modules before deletion
Set : During removal, unload Explorer and IE if necessary
Set : Let Windows remove files in use at next reboot
Set : Delete quarantined objects after restoring
Set : Include basic Ad-Aware settings in log file
Set : Include additional Ad-Aware settings in log file
Set : Include reference summary in log file
Set : Include alternate data stream details in log file
Set : Play sound at scan completion if scan locates critical objects

5-11-2005 6:40:25 PM - Scan started. (Full System Scan)

Listing running processes

#:1 [smss.exe]

#:2 [csrss.exe]

#:3 [winlogon.exe]

#:4 [services.exe]

#:5 [lsass.exe]

#:6 [svchost.exe]

#:7 [svchost.exe]

#:8 [svchost.exe]

#:9 [svchost.exe]

#:10 [svchost.exe]

#:11 [lexbces.exe]

#:12 [spoolsv.exe]

#:13 [lexpps.exe]

#:14 [explorer.exe]

#:15 [smax4pnp.exe]

#:16 [hkcmd.exe]

#:17 [jusched.exe]

#:18 [intelmem.exe]

#:19 [mm_tray.exe]

#:20 [mmtask.exe]

#:21 [mcagent.exe]

#:22 [realplay.exe]

#:23 [mcvsshld.exe]

#:24 [mscifapp.exe]

#:25 [aolsp scheduler.exe]

#:26 [mpftray.exe]

#:27 [dsagnt.exe]

#:28 [mskagent.exe]

#:29 [aoltray.exe]

#:30 [aolacsd.exe]

#:31 [wzqkpick.exe]

#:32 [mcvsescn.exe]

#:33 [mcvsrte.exe]

#:34 [mpfservice.exe]

#:35 [msksrvr.exe]

#:36 [mpfagent.exe]

#:37 [wdfmgr.exe]

#:38 [mcshield.exe]

#:39 [alg.exe]

#:40 [ad-aware.exe]

Memory scan result:
New critical objects: 0
Objects found so far: 0

Started registry scan

Registry Scan result:
New critical objects: 0
Objects found so far: 0

Started deep registry scan

Deep registry scan result:
New critical objects: 0
Objects found so far: 0

Started Tracking Cookie scan

Tracking cookie scan result:
New critical objects: 0
Objects found so far: 0

VX2 Object Recognized!
Type : File
Data : A0002698.exe
Object : C:\System Volume Information\_restore{202550A8-7A33-4BCA-9586-051D24DDBF8F}\RP21\

Disk Scan Result for C:\
New critical objects: 0
Objects found so far: 1

Scanning Hosts file......
Hosts file location:"C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts".

Hosts file scan result:
1 entries scanned.
New critical objects:0
Objects found so far: 1

Performing conditional scans...

VX2 Object Recognized!
Type : RegValue
Data :
Object : software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar\webbrowser
Value : {0E5CBF21-D15F-11D0-8301-00AA005B4383}

Conditional scan result:
New critical objects: 1
Objects found so far: 2

6:51:57 PM Scan Complete

Summary Of This Scan
Total scanning time:00:11:32.93
Objects scanned:102635
Objects identified:2
Objects ignored:0
New critical objects:2

Recognize anything? I've been doing some digging on my own, and found some more info. This aurora thing has become a really big cluster[bleep].
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If you chose to clean your computer from what Ad-aware found please follow these instructions below…

Please make sure that you are using the * SE1R44 10.05.2005 * definition file.

Please launch Ad-Aware SE and click on the gear to access the Configuration Menu. Please make sure that this setting is applied.

Click on Tweak > Cleaning Engine > UNcheck "Always try to unload modules before deletion".

Disconnect from the internet (for broadband/cable users, it is recommended that you disconnect the cable connection) and close all open browsers or other programs you have running.

Please then boot into Safe Mode

To clean your machine, it is highly recommended that you clean the following directory contents (but not the directory folder):

Please run CCleaner to assist in this process.
Download CCleaner (Setup: go to >options > settings > Uncheck "Only delete files in Windows Temp folders older than 48 hours" for cleaning malware files!)

* C:\Windows\Temp\
* C:\Documents and Settings\<Your Profile>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\ <- This will delete all your cached internet content including cookies.
* C:\Documents and Settings\<Your Profile>\Local Settings\Temp\
* C:\Documents and Settings\<Any other users Profile>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\
* C:\Documents and Settings\<Any other users Profile>\Local Settings\Temp\
* Empty your "Recycle Bin".

Please run Ad-Aware SE from the command lines shown in the instructions shown below.

Click "Start" > select "Run" > type the text shown in bold below (including the quotation marks and with the same spacing as shown)

"C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware SE Professional\Ad-Aware.exe" /full +procnuke
(For the Professional version)

"C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware SE Plus\Ad-Aware.exe" /full +procnuke
(For the Plus version)

"C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware SE Personal\Ad-Aware.exe" +procnuke
(For the Personal version)

Click OK.

Please note that the path above is of the default installion location for Ad-aware SE, if this is different, please adjust it to the location that you have installed it to.

When the scan has completed, select Next. In the Scanning Results window, select the "Scan Summary" tab. Check the box next to each "target family" you wish to remove. Click next, Click OK.

If problems are caused by deleting a family, please leave it.

Please shutdown/restart your computer after removal, run a new full scan and post the results as a reply. Do not launch any programs or connect to the internet at this time.

Please then copy & paste the complete log file here. Don't quarantine or remove anything at this time, just post a complete logfile. This can sometimes takes 2-3 posts to get it all posted, once the "Summary of this scan" information is shown, you have posted all of your logfile.

Please remember when posting another logfile keep "Search for negligible risk entries" deselected as negligible risk entries (MRU's) are not considered to be a threat. This option can be changed when choosing your scan type.

Please post back here

Good luck

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