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15-Dec-2012, 03:11 PM #1
Facebook will not load
I cannot get facebook to load on my laptop through wifi, any browser. Cleared cache/history, not using proxies, no firewall, all other pages load fine, m.facebook.com loads and works fine.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Tracing route to facebook.com [173.252.100.16]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 2 ms 1 ms 1 ms dslrouter.netgear.com [192.168.254.254]
2 27 ms 27 ms 27 ms drr03.snpr.wi.frontiernet.net [74.42.148.70]
3 * * * Request timed out.
4 53 ms 51 ms 51 ms xe--10-1-0---0.cor01.asbn.va.frontiernet.net [74
.40.1.77]
5 50 ms 50 ms 50 ms ae1---0.cbr01.asbn.va.frontiernet.net [74.40.2.1
74]
6 50 ms 50 ms 51 ms 206.126.236.183
7 51 ms 52 ms 59 ms ae2.bb01.iad1.tfbnw.net [204.15.20.120]
8 79 ms 67 ms 67 ms ae8.bb01.frc1.tfbnw.net [31.13.24.32]
9 66 ms 61 ms 82 ms ae1.dr01.frc1.tfbnw.net [31.13.24.15]
10 60 ms 60 ms 61 ms po1022.csw12d.frc1.tfbnw.net [31.13.31.119]
11 61 ms 64 ms 61 ms www-slb-ecmp-12-frc1.facebook.com [173.252.100.1
6]

Trace complete.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Sub-Finity-Excelon>ping www.facebook.com

Pinging star.c10r.facebook.com [31.13.69.55] with 32 bytes of data:
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.

Ping statistics for 31.13.69.55:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

C:\Users\Sub-Finity-Excelon>ping facebook.com

Pinging facebook.com [173.252.100.16] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 173.252.100.16: bytes=32 time=62ms TTL=245
Reply from 173.252.100.16: bytes=32 time=61ms TTL=245
Reply from 173.252.100.16: bytes=32 time=62ms TTL=245
Reply from 173.252.100.16: bytes=32 time=61ms TTL=245

Ping statistics for 173.252.100.16:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 61ms, Maximum = 62ms, Average = 61ms

C:\Users\Sub-Finity-Excelon>

I read another thread about checking the windows HOSTS file. I feel a bit stupid, but i couldn't find it in the system32 folder, even with hidden files/folders visible.

I downloaded malwarebytes and scanned, came up with 2 objects, removing them didn't fix the problem. I don't have antivirus software. Periodically i will download one and scan before i remove it again, haven't had any problems. I haven't checked with an antivirus yet because i really doubt that's the problem, but maybe i should. I am running windows 7 x64.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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15-Dec-2012, 03:30 PM #2
For Windows 7 64-bit, look in C:\Windows\SysWOW64\drivers\etc.
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15-Dec-2012, 03:33 PM #3
For which file, specifically? I do not see hosts in that folder or sub-folders. Thanks for the quick response! you're awesome.
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15-Dec-2012, 03:34 PM #4
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For which file, specifically? I do not see hosts in that folder or sub-folders. Thanks for the quick response! you're awesome.
It may be hidden?
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15-Dec-2012, 03:46 PM #5
i set it to show hidden files/folders as well as display protected system files/folders and still nothing. I can screencapture what is there if that would help.
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15-Dec-2012, 03:54 PM #6
1- Please click HERE to download HijackThis.

2- Run the program.

3- Click on the Main Menu button if not already there.

4- Select Do a system scan and save a logfile.

5- Copy and paste the scan log from Notepad into your next reply. Do not attach it.

6- Do not "Fix" anything unless advised to do so.


For Windows 7 and Vista:

If Windows is denying access to the Hosts file, run HijackThis as Administrator or disable the UAC first.
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15-Dec-2012, 04:04 PM #7
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 2:02:28 PM, on 12/15/2012
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16447)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\SharpEnviro\SharpCore.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\SharpEnviro\SharpDesk.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\SharpEnviro\SharpBar.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\SharpEnviro\SharpBar.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\ATK Hotkey\HControlUser.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Winamp\winampa.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Unlocker\UnlockerAssistant.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ashampoo\Ashampoo HDD Control 2\AHDDC2_Guard.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
C:\Users\Sub-Finity-Excelon\AppData\Local\Google\Google Talk Plugin\googletalkplugin.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashPlayerPlugin_11_5_502_135.exe
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashPlayerPlugin_11_5_502_135.exe
C:\Users\Sub-Finity-Excelon\Downloads\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
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=69157
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = C:\Windows\SysWOW64\blank.htm
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=userinit.exe,
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In SSV Helper - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre7\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: Windows Live ID Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - c:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre7\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HControlUser] C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\ATK Hotkey\HControlUser.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [StartCCC] "C:\Program Files (x86)\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\CLIStart.exe" MSRun
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe ARM] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinampAgent] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Winamp\winampa.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SwitchBoard] C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\SwitchBoard\SwitchBoard.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AdobeCS5ServiceManager] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\CS5ServiceManager\CS5ServiceManager.exe" -launchedbylogin
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UnlockerAssistant] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Unlocker\UnlockerAssistant.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Google Update] "C:\Users\Sub-Finity-Excelon\AppData\Local\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Facebook Update] "C:\Users\Sub-Finity-Excelon\AppData\Local\Facebook\Update\FacebookUpdate.exe" /c /nocrashserver
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /autoRun (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\RunOnce: [mctadmin] C:\Windows\System32\mctadmin.exe (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /autoRun (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\RunOnce: [mctadmin] C:\Windows\System32\mctadmin.exe (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - Startup: Facebook Messenger.lnk = Sub-Finity-Excelon\AppData\Local\Facebook\Messenger\2.1.4651.0\FacebookMessenger.exe
O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:\program files (x86)\common files\microsoft shared\windows live\wlidnsp.dll
O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:\program files (x86)\common files\microsoft shared\windows live\wlidnsp.dll
O11 - Options group: [ACCELERATED_GRAPHICS] Accelerated graphics
O23 - Service: Adobe Acrobat Update Service (AdobeARMservice) - Adobe Systems Incorporated - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\armsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Adobe Flash Player Update Service (AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc) - Adobe Systems Incorporated - C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe
O23 - Service: Ashampoo HDD Control 2 Service (AHDDC2) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files (x86)\Ashampoo\Ashampoo HDD Control 2\AHDDC2_Service.exe
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\Alg.exe,-112 (ALG) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\alg.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: AMD External Events Utility - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\atiesrxx.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: ASLDR Service (ASLDRService) - ASUS - C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\ATK Hotkey\ASLDRSrv.exe
O23 - Service: Alcohol Virtual Drive Auto-mount Service (AxAutoMntSrv) - Alcohol Soft Development Team - C:\Program Files (x86)\Alcohol Soft\Alcohol 120\AxAutoMntSrv.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: Futuremark SystemInfo Service - Futuremark Corporation - C:\Program Files (x86)\Futuremark\Futuremark SystemInfo\FMSISvc.exe
O23 - Service: @keyiso.dll,-100 (KeyIso) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Intel(R) Management and Security Application Local Management Service (LMS) - Intel Corporation - C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\LMS\LMS.exe
O23 - Service: Mozilla Maintenance Service (MozillaMaintenance) - Mozilla Foundation - C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Maintenance Service\maintenanceservice.exe
O23 - Service: @comres.dll,-2797 (MSDTC) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\msdtc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\System32\netlogon.dll,-102 (Netlogon) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\psbase.dll,-300 (ProtectedStorage) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
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: SBSD Security Center Service (SBSDWSCService) - Safer Networking Ltd. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDWinSec.exe
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: StarWind AE Service (StarWindServiceAE) - StarWind Software - C:\Program Files (x86)\Alcohol Soft\Alcohol 120\StarWind\StarWindServiceAE.exe
O23 - Service: Adobe SwitchBoard (SwitchBoard) - Adobe Systems Incorporated - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\SwitchBoard\SwitchBoard.exe
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\ui0detect.exe,-101 (UI0Detect) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\UI0Detect.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Intel(R) Management & Security Application User Notification Service (UNS) - Intel Corporation - C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\UNS\UNS.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)

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End of file - 9356 bytes
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15-Dec-2012, 04:13 PM #8
OK, the log isn't showing what I needed.

Try the following:

1. Type Notepad.exe in the Search box (Start > Search), so that it appears in the program list (or browse to it)
2. Right-click Notepad.exe and choose Run as Administrator.
3. Now browse to the HOSTS file and open it in the elevated Notepad instance.


If still no luck, run HijackThis again.

Click the Open the Misc Tools section button.

Click on Open hosts file manager.

Do you see any entries for Facebook in there?
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15-Dec-2012, 04:24 PM #9
Right, but where do i browse to find the HOSTS file? I cannot find the directory you posted C:\Windows\SysWOW64\drivers\etc. or C:\Windows\SysWOW64\drivers\etc and C:\Windows\SysWOW64\drivers (including subfolders) does not seem to contain a file named HOSTS. Could this be user error on my part?
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15-Dec-2012, 04:31 PM #10
With Notepad opened as Administrator, also have a look into: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc.
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It is actually in system32/drivers/etc, checked the file, only facebook related entries are
127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com.img335.tk
127.0.0.1 facebook.com.img335.tk
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15-Dec-2012, 04:33 PM #12
Well, now we're getting somewhere!

Delete those two entries.

Once you are finished, go up to 'File' and click 'Save'.

If using Notepad to edit the file, make sure to change the Save as Type: box to All files. Otherwise, Notepad may add a .txt extension to the file which will keep it from working. If you don't have your system set to show extensions, it's easy to miss that.

Next,

Browse to Facebook!
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Okay, i did as you instructed, deleted the facebook entries and saved the file as all types to replace the original. Facebook is still giving connection timeout in firefox and internet explorer. If most entries in the host file (since i've not edited it myself until now) are likely from malware, how do i go about clearing them? Can i just manually remove them, are there certain things that need to be there?
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15-Dec-2012, 04:46 PM #14
A normal Windows 7 hosts file looks like the following:



Any other entries are usually put there by malware (unless edited by you), so you should really install an antivirus soon.
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Okay, i did as you instructed, deleted the facebook entries and saved the file as all types to replace the original. Facebook is still giving connection timeout in firefox and internet explorer. If most entries in the host file (since i've not edited it myself until now) are likely from malware, how do i go about clearing them? Can i just manually remove them, are there certain things that need to be there?
Check your hosts file again to make sure the entries are not back. Malware may be preventing any change.
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